The Otis Kings are new to the Atlanta Blues scene, although, the various band members have years of experience playing music ranging from jazz, rock, funk, soul, gospel and of course the Blues. The individual members bring their diverse musical background together to play Blues that will remind you of the great Blues sounds of the 1950's and 1960's played by B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf along with some Blues versions of more current songs. When you watch the Otis Kings perform you'll see that the band members love the music they make and their music will definitely get you movin' on to the dance floor.
Cornelius "Rooster" Pinkney (Vocals) - Peace & Love! I was born & raised in The City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pa. With roots in South Carolina: Sumter on one side & Abney on the other, it makes sense that I found my way back to the south. I am a distant relative to the "Late Great Bill Pinkney, of the original Drifters". I regret never meeting him! You can say I've been singing since birth, elementary through my 1st year of college, and my vocals have evolved from soprano to a strong tenor. My music experiences includes solos, duets, various types of choirs, performances (singing, dancing, acting) and peer educating with Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program in Philadelphia under the direction of Ms. Linda Burnette during high school. To sum it up: I Love Music, all types, always have, and life hasn't been an easy road. So the Blues seem to suite me just fine! I'm always up for a new adventurous challenge and this new path seems to be just that. I was a singer seeking a band in 2011 and I managed to find a band seeking a singer. We've practiced hard, upgraded the material of the original band to incorporate our many facets, and now we are ready to go! So as the Lead Singer of the Otis Kings, I challenge you to give us a chance... Hope to see you there!
Mark McCoy (Bass) - I've been a working blues musician for over 35 years. I took drum lessons at the age of 9 but switched to bass at age 12. In 1989 I began working with The Houseshakers Band, who were nominated twice for Best Blues Band in Florida. Since moving to Georgia in 1997, I've worked with several veteran blues artists and bands based in Atlanta. I continue to record and tour with brother, Tommy McCoy, an internationally known blues guitarist and singer and completed his first European tour during the summer of 2006. I've also performed at major Blues Festivals throughout the Southeast and have been touring and recording since moving to GA.
Jeff Shubert (Drums) - I like musicians who play what they love playing and who know the music they’re playing. All of us in the Otis Kings have that. It makes for great chemistry on and off the bandstand, and it allows me to focus on what’s important: Playing the music, not the drums. That’s what being behind the kit for so many years has taught me – and in the Otis Kings that’s exactly what I give. And I love giving it.
Robert Black (piano/organ) - The newest addition to The Otis Kings, I'm glad to have returned to the Atlanta music scene after a 25-year absence. It's am honor and a thrill to be providing the keyboard and Hammond B-3 sounds on such legendary blues songs, and to play with such a great set of musicians as we have in The Otis Kings. Give us a listen or come out and hear some of the best blues in the Atlanta area. We look forward to making you a fan of The Otis Kings!
Ed Omiecinski (Guitar) - I'm the founding member of the band. I grew up in Chicago and started my first rock band back in the mid 1960's. Even though we played songs from the British invasion bands like the Beatles, Stones and Yardbirds, we also played the Chicago blues of Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. I'm excited to be playing with the other members of the Otis Kings who are all amazing.