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"Good Time Bluez With A Twist!!!": Bios

Charles "Big Daddy" Stallings - Guitar, Vocals

“Nobody writes lyrics and songs that generate more fun than “Big Daddy” Stallings”!!

                                                                                                - Blues Blast Magazine

Since 2004 Soul/Bluesman “Big Daddy” Stallings has been Delivering His “GoodTime Bluez With A Twist” to audiences from Baltimore to Barcelona via Radio and his Live Performances. 

     His New CD “I Like It When They Call Me Big Daddy” continues his Mission to Preserve and Expand The Blues by combining Soul Blues, R&B and Traditional Blues Progressions with stories that take listeners on a “Bluesical Journey” from Tobacco Road to the Fast Lane of Urban/Boogie Boulevard.  Staying true to his tradition “Big Daddy” calls on local and regional artists as musical guests to support his Vision on his recordings dating back to The Debut Release of “One Night Lover” in 2004.

     Born in Columbia, S.C. but raised on a farm with ten siblings in Hobbsville, N.C. “he lived The Blues everyday” turning to music for his escape.  “Big Boss Man” by Jimmy Reed was the first song he learned to play before migrating to Baltimore, MD. after military service with aspirations of becoming a recording artist.  In 2005 “One Night Lover Peaked at #1 on XM Radio (Bluesville) and on The Midnite Special Blues Radio Show in Paris, FranceThe Single “4x4 Woman” also received an Honorable Mention Distinction in The 16th Annual Billboard World Song Contest from over 1500 entries.  “Big Daddy’s” 2nd and 3rd CD’s “Blues Evolution” (2007) and “Blues Party” (2009) received Global Attention with Strong Reviews in Blues Matters and Blues & Soul (U.K.) IL Blues (Italy) and Soul Bag (France) Magazines.

     His 2013 Biographical Expose’ in Living Blues Magazine(#224) marked a Career Milestone Increasing His Exposure to Blues Fans Worldwide. 

     “Big Daddy” has shared the stage with the late Michael Burks, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Bernard Allison and Magic Slim as well as The Holmes Bros. and Mark Hummel using his Down-Home Delivery, Witty Originals and The Bluez Evolution Band to Create “The Ultimate Blues Party Experience” In Concert.

     His music is enjoyed Globally and “Big Daddy” has represented both The Baltimore and D.C Blues Societies at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

 

 “…Stallings is a rare find who’s come up from the cotton fields to the big city and has The Blues to back up the talk, He’s The Real Thing”!!!    - Big City R&B Magazine 

Steve Levine - Harp

Steve

Steve is originally from Laurel, Maryland and started playing harp when he was in high school. His main influences include Big Walter Horton, Phil Wiggins, Sonny Boy Williamson, James Cotton and George "Harmonica" Smith. Steve also plays with the acoustic blues/roots band The Shack Breakers. He has recorded with Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, Jeff Aug, Esther Haynes, Tom Paxton and The Resonators. Steve is a former director of the DC Blues Society and he has written for the DC Blues Calendar, Living Blues and Music Monthly.

Wayne Johns - Guitar, Vocals

 

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 Wayne began playing the guitar at age ten and was immediately captivated (influenced) by the Blues and Gospel music he heard on the radio and in churches while growing up on Maryland's Eastern shore.  His love for music grew as he continued to develop as a guitarist crediting Curtis Mayfield, Eric Clapton and Joe Walsh as musical mentors. Wayne fulfilled a lifelong dream when he became the guitarist with "The Singing Disciples" one of Baltimore, MD's favorite Gospel groups before joining The Bluez Evolution Band in 2005.  Wayne believes that playing music brings joy to others and is a pursuit that he will continue as long as possible. 

 

 

Ronald Bland - Bass

Ronald

Ron started his musical journey in elementary school playing piano and drums before trying the French horn in middle school. He picked up the Bass guitar because of the heavy sound produced by Alice Cooper in the early 70's while also studying acoustic guitar. His influences include Larry Graham, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke and local Bassist Barry Woodley. Ron has performed with numerous R & B and Top 40 Bands and enjoys writing and playing different genres of music.

Russell Hayward II - Drums

Russel

Russell began playing drums in the mid- 60's in St. Mary's County with R & B bands such as The Midniters and The Dynamic Corvettes and continued into the 90's with various Top 40 acts. His influences include his High School Band director as well as Frankie Beverly and Maze, Steve Ferrone, David Garibaldi, Michael White and local phenom Dennis Chambers. Russell also performs in churches and with a Jazz Trio while working as a music instructor in Baltimore City Public Schools. He enjoys cooking, cycling, softball, listening to music and spending time with his family.

Kelvin O'Neal - Trumpet Emeritus (2005 - 2010)

Kelvin

Kelvin is a 'lifelong musician' who began his musical studies playing the trumpet in childhood. His musical experience is vast due to his performing in Jazz, Gospel, R & B and Blues with both National and Local artists. He's been influenced as a player by Dizzy, Louis Armstrong, John Faddis and Roy McCoy and as a writer/ arranger by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tower of Power and Earth, Wind and Fire. Kelvin was previously a Director/ Musician with numerous musical groups including the Eubie Blake Legacy Big Band and is also a music instructor in Baltimore City Public Schools.

MEMORIAL

On December 18,2010 Kelvin passed away after a lengthy illness. As a Co-Founder of the band since it’s inception in 2005 he was the Centerpiece of the Horn Section helping to create “Big Daddy’s vision of “Good Time Bluez With A Twist”. His work can be heard exclusively on the 2007 release “Blues Evolution” and he continued to perform with the band last appearing at The 8x10 on Oct. 15.

Eflat - Alto Sax

Eflat

Eflat's musical experience also began in childhood after receiving a clarinet and later a saxophone as gifts and has continued into the present with his collaboration with 'Big Daddy' Stallings playing the Blues. His style was influenced by Maceo Parker, King Curtis and Junior Walker as well as guitarists Carlos Santana and B.B.King as well as various harmonica players. As a writer/ arranger he credits The Memphis Horns, Chicago, Tower of Power and The J. B's with his development and approach. Eflat feels that playing music and sharing it with others is a 'Blessing' from God and is proud to be reunited with previous bandmates O'Neal, Bland and Hayward in The Bluez Evolution Band.