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Bright Lights, Big City and the 1950's Blues scene.
Dark, raucous clubs. Brightly lit marquees upon worn brick exteriors. The moment you enter the door, the heat overtakes you.
The sights, smells, and primitive sounds within. This is
Down in the alley, old school Rhythm & Blues. Take no prisoners.
No one gets out without feeling the groove.
So put on your best two tone slides and walk thru the door.
They'll be waiting for you.
Joe Pilloud - Vocals
Kevin McCracken - Harmonica & Vocals
Wil Anderson - Fender Bass Guitar
Stan Whiting - Drums
Bruce Krupnik - Guitars, Vocals
The Strata-tones is the vision of the band’s founder, composer and guitarist, Bruce Krupnik. Bruce has opened for major blues artists like Tommy Castro, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats and Candye Kane and has also played The Monterey Blues Festival and performed at the IBC's in Memphis.
Bruce had been in a band with drummer, Rick Pittman and had talked to Rick about putting together a show band featuring original tunes. Their goal was to create a professional, tight, well dressed, Blues and R&B act.
“Having Rick driving the fat back beat was a great way to start this project,” Krupnik noted. “Since he has been on stage with some of the biggest stars in the blues and R&B scene, including Milton Hopkins (Lightnin’s Hopkins nephew), Ike Turner, and Roger Collins.
Next, Bruce called in local blues harmonica legend, Kevin McCracken. Kevin has opened for major touring acts like Charlie Musselwhite and Emmy Lou Harris. Kevin also writes most of the lyrics for Bruce’s music.
Bruce knew he needed that big, full organ sound to pull off the classic R&B shows he envisioned, so he gave Ken Burton a call. Burton came swirling into the scene with his classic Hammond B-3 organ sound – a sound that has landed him gigs opening for major touring acts including Joe Cocker, Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins,
The next draft pick was Wil Anderson, the funk bass player who fell in love with the blues 15 years ago. Wil has opened shows for major recording artists such as; Johnny Winter, Tommy Castro and Janiva Magness.
While conducting auditions for a vocalist, someone suggested Valerie Johnson, a vocalist whose extensive resume included filling the shoes of the legendary Janis Joplin, while touring with Big Brother & the Holding Company. Valerie has also toured the world with a renowned gospel group.
Val is also contributing original material for the band.
So fast forward... Unfortunately, Valerie had to leave the band due to health issues and Rick has gone onto other endeavors.
The Band welcomes drummer Stan Whiting and after an exhaustive search also welcomes new vocalist/frontman Joe Pilloud.
2015 brings about a change for the band. After recording and reviewing some recent demo's, we have decided to go for a more raw, trimmed down sound, without a keyboardist.
We would like to thank our friend and valued member of the band, Ken Burton for all his contributions to the band. He is a true gentleman.