Hometown: Ventura, CA
Sounds Like: Ray Charles, BB King, Fats Domino - Singer, James Brown, Roomful of Blues
As Jon Norton of WGLT Blues in Illinois describes them, "The R&B Bombers are a killer jump blues band from Southern California." The band originally formed in the early 1980's and had some great initial success with their first LP simply entitled "The R&B Bombers", played in countless festivals all over Southern California and was the house band at the Ojai Bowlful of Blues for the first three years of it's existence, backing up artists such as Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Copeland, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and Pee Wee Crayton to name a few. The members have worked with and recorded with some of the greatest names in American music, among them, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Elvis Presley Joe Cocker, Tom Jones, Big Mama Thornton, Les McCann....the list goes on....
The R&B Bombers recorded in early 2009 and then released in the summer of 2009 the CD entitled, "Bad Behavior."
“...a double wallop of retro-nostalgic energy effectively shook up the joint. At the basic sonic, stylistically level, the infectious old school sound of the fantastic machine of a group known as the R&B Bombers deals with the timeless tones of old jump, swing, early R&B and blues-jazz..”
Josef Woodard - Santa Barbara New-Press
“The R & B Bombers are the most imaginative "big" Blues band I've heard in many years.”
Richard Ludmerer - BluesWax
“The lush ballad that lends the self-released 'Bad Behavior' its title is stunning.
Tom Hyslop - Blues Revue Magazine
“Outstanding! Lots of attitude there and a great release.
(on "Bad Behavior")”
Chas Lewis - KHUM The South Side
“I would recommend The R&B Bombers to all those who like horn-driven blues and R&B, big-band fans, and also to those who want to listen to a well-crafted CD that’s something different.”
George Fish - Illinois Blues
“Let the R&B Bombers blast you with their Big Band Blues horn showcase!”
Ben "the Harpman" Cox - Juke Joint Soul
"The R&B Bombers are a killer jump blues band from Southern California"
Jon Norton - WGLT
"I highly recommend "Bad Behavior!"
Johnny Fulltime - fulltimeblues.com