What groundhogs listen to when they're not looking for their shadows. A little bluesy, a little jazzy and not too far from the rock.- Bud Summers
One of the hardest working musicians in the St Louis area, Bud Summers averages 140 shows a year mostly in the St Louis area but also in Chicago, Nashville, Michigan's West Shoreline, and more. His guitar skills have been honed by studying classical and jazz music and by playing in rock, blues and country bands over the years. His vocal style is edgy but smooth at the same time and his writing is an eclectic blend of blues, jazz, rock, and folk. His live shows can be cover tunes- a wide mix of 60's through 2000's pop, blues, classic rock and easy listening styles or all original music from his four independently released albums.
“played with a degree of passion and enthusiasm that you just don’t see…with feeling and artistry-A.E. Hamberg– St Louis, MO
Raised in a musical family- his dad was a jazz bassist and his mom a public school music teacher. Bud tried violin and piano early on but found his true instrument with a second hand guitar. Exposed to jazz, classical, opera and show tunes, he favored blues and rock. He earned a B.A. in Music Performance from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville focusing on classical guitar and playing in the college jazz band. He travelled the midwest/south and recorded two records with The Shotdown Band. He later played guitar for Tizzy, Calson, Night Train and The Stingers before going solo in August of 2006. He has released four CDs of original music and is currently working on a new Bud Summers release and a Floyd Duncan Orchestra release- both planned for 2013.