In late 2002, Rich Johnson (bass guitar) and Eric Carlson (guitar) decided to form The Jumpship Blues Band and set out to recruit some personnel. They invited Tedd Schmidt to try out as a vocalist with the band. He was an instant success. The band played several gigs with a variety of excellent musicians who were sharing time with other bands. By 2004, permanent membership had become their goal. They started looking for a keyboard or harp player and a drummer. Eric Grasamkee entered the picture and his skills on harp proved to be a good fit. In 2005, Harley Pryne joined the band on drums. They considered themselves fortunate to get the services of this veteran performer. Two years later, John Strassburg (keyboardist) heard the band at the Clark Place. He joined the band in the spring of 2007.
In early summer of 2011, Brother Tedd informed Jumpship Blues that it was time for him to move on. With his departure from the band imminent, it was decided to contact Tana Delonay, a veteran performer with a wide range of experience in a number of Wisconsin bands. Her influences range from jazz and blues to rock,rhythm and blues, soul and music theater . She sings with strength and soul and delivers songs with a creative gusto that not only inspires the band, but entreats the audience to swing along and enjoy the ride.
Jumpship's unique blues stylings are most influenced by Chicago Blues and West Coast Swing. The Jumpship Blues Band invites you to listen, dance, and sing along with them as they share their love for the blues.