With an almost non-stop performance schedule for the last 37 years, Roomful of Blues has earned critical, popular and radio success and a legion of fans around the globe. Twice, the prestigious Down Beat International Critics Poll selected Roomful of Blues as Best Blues Band. Roomful’s horn section has won The Blues Foundation’s W.C. Handy Award for “Best Instrumentalist” three times and in 2004 won the prestigious W.C. Handy award for “Best Blues Band. They joined the Alligator Records family with That's Right! in 2003. The CD received massive amounts of praise and received yet another Grammy© nomination.
Currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger. With vocalist Phil Pemberton,
upright bassist John Turner, drummer Ephraim Lowell, keyboardist Travis Colby, baritone and tenor saxophonist Mark Earley along with
long-time member tenor and alto saxophonist Rich Lataille (the longest-standing member of the group) and trumpeter Doug Woolverton.
As always, the driving philosophy of Roomful of Blues as a musicians' band puts the unit ahead of any one individual. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance
Roomful of Blues—The Word Is Out
“In a class by itself . . ..”
“. . . irresistible on the dance floor.
“If you are afflicted with podomotophobia—the fear of tapping your feet—stay clear of this band.”
“[They are] the baddest big blues band in the land.”
“Roomful of Blues blows ’em out of the door . . . the hottest, most solid and wonderfully entertaining band of its type around.”
—San Francisco Examiner
“Roomful of Blues gave an object lesson in how to tackle modern blues with traditional swing and verve.”
—The Times, London
“They were f**king great!”
—Drew Carey (after Roomful of Blues played a season-ending wrap party for his TV series)