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Bad Influence Band / Press

“Let me tell you that when it comes to the blues, the Bad Influence Band does not monkey around. As a matter of fact, from what I'm hearing, they should consider changing the name of their Indie label from Badblues to Badassblues.”

“An enjoyable CD (Under The Influence) with a good blend of interesting original tunes and well selected covers. I would imagine that this is a great band to catch live and I can recommend the CD to a wide audience as there is something for all blues fans here.”

“It was a pleasure having you up here last night. I don’t have the numbers back yet, but I predict it will be one of the highest grossing shows of the year for us. You all play TIGHT, soulful blues music, and we’d love to have you back. Have a great summer!”

“The music was terrific. Bad Influence certainly puts together a strong spin on mostly Chicago styled blues with fine playing from Michael Tash and Roger Edsall (on slide guitar as well as harp) and bassist Bob Mallardi, Edsall and Tash being fine vocalists.”

“Had such a good time Saturday night. A really great bunch of guys, every single one. Their music is not something you listen to, it's something you experience. I mean that. It resonates through you. I've heard them, watched them, many times, each time in awe.”

Michelle Kirkpatrick - Fan

“Great attitude and great sets. Excellent musicianship. Pulled your fans and you were real pros... You kept the energy in the room exactly where it needed to be. And it was an honor to hear you play. In short - good stuff!”

Eric Cathcart, President - Potomac Talent

"Bad Influence really rocked the house at this year's annual Taste of the Town festival. What a tight band with great songs - both lyrically and instrumentally."

Patrick Barton, President - Party DC Events

"Many thanks to Michael & Bad Influence! Your soulful blues and upbeat music have truly lifted the spirits of injured soldiers and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. We greatly appreciate you playing for our brave military men and women. Your music always delivers a good time!"

Amanda Basek - Yellow Ribbon Fund

“Bad Influence Band - The #1 Blues Band on Reverbnation.com”


“A band to watch..”

Washingtonion Magazine

"A new generation of Washington blues musicians beginning to wow crowds."

Washingtonian Magazine

"Good writing skills, blue-collar vocals, and better-than-average delivery show throughout."

Living Blues Magazine

"Strong contemporary blues... The band's finesse and flair are highlighted in backscratchin' grooves..."

Blues Revue Magazine

"The band's latest release (Tastes Like Chicken) offers something more ambitious -- a solid collection of original material spiced with humor and soul."

Washington Post

"No Bad Influences here! This band is tight in the groove, swingin' blues at it's best. Tastes like Chicken tastes more like fine blues, these guys have come home to roost with this release!"

Geoff Pegler - BluesBeat 3HOTFM, Victor Harbor S.A. Australia

“They've taken their blues lessons well. The songs and production knock me out.”

Wayne Kahn - Right On Records, November 2001

"They can swing and shuffle with the best."

New Zealand Blues Society

"A Washington, DC band with cojones. Catch them live sometime."

Blues Access Magazine

“Bad Influence is "an above average band capable of rocking any tavern... ”

Blues Revue Magazine

"...the instrumental prowess on Where We Been is worth a listen."

Living Blues Magazine