Blind Boy Chocolate & The Milk Sheiks started in the summer of 2009 as a three piece with Dwight Hawkins, Nicholas Marshall and Antone Costa primarily featuring the wood saw, mandolin and guitar respectively. After a half a year of heavy busking, the band gained momentum and began to play inside venues as well as on the sidewalk. Since then, Alex Brady has come into the ranks on the gut bucket bass, though other members have come in and out of the band as time and circumstances permitted. The band performed at Merlefest in the Spring of 2011 and has taken its antics throughout the Southern states, up and down the East coast and even a bit out in the Western states, but has mainly made a name for itself in Western NC. The band's repertoire is drawn largely from a bank of early American music, consisting of both black and white string and jug band music and draws on the pre-war blues, ragtime, early jazz and songster traditions.