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Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures came into being in early 2010 when they put together a group for a local jug band contest. The synergy between original members Bernie King, Julie King, Matt Smith, and John Kurtis Dehn was so natural and right that they decided to keep on making great music as a band. And that's exactly what they did as witnessed by the release of two great albums, 2012’s Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures and 2014’s Pretty Little Gal.
2014 was a big year for the band as they dominated Reverbnation’s bluegrass category sitting in the #1 spot for more than ten months right through year’s end and into 2015 for the Twin Cities area.
2014 saw a change as original bassist Matt Smith retired to focus on his photography and the band welcomed new bassist Bradley Smith. Bradley's up tempo style was an immediate perfect fit and kept the band right on track for bigger and better things.
“After hearing KING, even a godless heathen like me wants to go ‘Drinking with the Lord’. Cinematic, evocative, timeless, and a fine traveling companion, KING is king!” Johnny Russia “Certainly a name that we should keep an eye on, Bernie
King makes this "King" for his own royal entrance as a singer songwriter.” Freddy Celis, Roots time.