Kickin' the Mule is:
Kelvin Dixon, lead vocals/drums. Kelvin has sung played with John Lee Hooker, Charles Brown, Bo Diddley, Otis Rush, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, and Irma Thomas, and toured and recorded with Sylvester, Two Tons of Fun (Weathergirls), Tom Mazzolini's Blues Cavalcade, Otis Rush, Lady Bianca, and Joe Louis Walker, among others. Kelvin's Texas-Louisiana roots come through loud and clear with his soulful singing and heavy swamp groove that makes you want to get up and dance. Kelvin received his formal music training under scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Lee Bloom, piano/organ. Lee has worked in many genres with a variety of creative artists including Madeleine Peyroux, Hal Stein, Pete Escovido, Denise Perrier, Chris O'Connell, and Dan Hicks. As a pianist, Lee contributed to the tribute recording to bluegrass icon Hazel Dickens, accompanying Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, and Madeleine Peyroux. As a session player, he has participated in a wide range of recording projects—from straight-ahead jazz to blues, singer/songwriter, R&B, funk, heavy metal, and country & western. He writes, not just music but also words, and has had his writings on jazz published in the All Music Guide to Jazz, 3rd edition.
Jeff Magidson, guitar. Jeff Magidson, renowned for his searing guitar work, was born in San Francisco into a family of musicians. In 1983, he went to France where he joined a jug band, playing acoustic blues and jazz. He spent the next twenty years playing various festivals all over Europe, sometimes soloing as a one-man band (simultaneously playing the bass drum, hi-hat, dobro, and harmonica) or with his trio under the name John Doe. Over the years Jeff has shared the bill for a wide range of artists, from Bob Brozman to B. B. King to Joe Louis Walker and from Arlo Guthrie to Stephan Grapelli. Jeff also plays rhythm guitar with the Hot Club of San Francisco and is music director at Red House Studios in Walnut Creek, California.
Patty Hammond, bass. Patty has worked with blues/R&B greats Freddie Hughes, Tia Carroll, Craig Horton, Lisa Kindred, Johnny Nitro, Birdlegg, and Sugar Pie DeSanto. She has worked with the Bay Area bands Birdlegg & the Tightfit Blues Band, Johnny Nitro and the Doorslammers, the Dave Workman Band with John Broadway Tucker, Phil Berkowitz and the Dirty Cats, MotorDude Zydeco, Tip of the Top, and Macy Blackman and the Might Fines. Formerly the bassist for San Jose’s acclaimed Gospel Travelers directed by Gospel Hall of Fame Award winner Jesse McDaniel, Patty has played at church programs and celebrations from Oakland to Sacramento and San Jose to Santa Cruz.
Mike Waters, tenor sax. Mike adds a touch of jazz and bebop into the mix, having honed his skills with tenor great Hal Stein. Known for his warm and melodic sound, Mike has performed with such Bay Area favorites as MJ’s Brass Boppers, the Jeff Magidson Blues Band, Tristan Norton’s Funk4Tet, the Bruno Pelletier Quartet, the Stocchi Jazz Band, Jonathan Poretz, Jellyroll, and Bob Dalpe.