Formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2006, The Blues Merchants released their second cd "Tattooed With The Blues" on August 11, 2012. The record, which includes a fresh, blues treatment of the Lemon Pipers' 1968 hit "Green Tambourin," is receiving radio airplay in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Indianapolis as well as some great reviews.
The Blues Merchants' live show also covers some great, danceable R&B and features the dynamic Amy McFarland as the band's featured vocalist. With an arresting stage presence Amy’s heartfelt performances command attention as she takes ownership of everything she sings. She was twice nominated for a Cammy Award as best rock vocalist in Cincinnati during her 7-year tenure with The Gamut. Amy has also appeared on several radio and television programs including frequent visits with WLW’s Gary Burbank on “Blues Fridays.” Amy also performs with the bands Trinity and Chasing Amy.
Guitarist, vocalist, & songwriter Chris Kepes has worked with the likes of the Dayton, Ohio based late blues veteran Piney Brown on the blues circuit and toured nationally with Alex Glover and Company based in New Jersey and the Robin Lewis Band from Las Vegas. Currently he is also the guitarist for The Monday Night Big Band in Cincinnati.
Besides The Blues Merchants, drummer Dave Koenig is also a longtime member of the Monday Night Big Band in Cincinnati. Dave has over 40 years experience in an assortment of various jazz and rock groups.
Bassist Marc Hoffman brings 30 years of solid experience to the band. Marc was the original bassist for the Warsaw Falcons and tenured with The Attitude and Crosseyed Cat before joining The Cincinnati Blues All Stars. In 1999 Marc was invited by blues legend Sonny Moorman to join his group and played on all of Sonny’s recordings and tours through 2008.
Hammond organ, keyboard player, vocalist and songwriter Bob Nave started playing in rhythm and blues bars and dance halls in 1958. Bob was a founding member of the acclaimed Lemon Pipers in the 60’s, and was the recipient of a Cammy award for lifetime achievement in 2003. In the 1990’s Bob guested on two albums and occasional gigs with the Greg Schaber Band based in Cincinnati.