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Reverend Raven - Guitar/Vocals

Reverend RavenBorn and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers. Since 1990 he has opened for Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy's Legends. Locally he has performed with Billy Flynn, Perry Weber, Piano Willie, Stokes, Jon Paris, Clyde Stubblefied, Bryan Lee and the Lamont Cranston band. The Reverend was the Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) award for best blues band in 1999, and 2000, and nominated again in 2002 and 2003
Spencer Panosh - Drums

A native of Whitelaw, Wisconsin, Spencer has made his living since the age of seventeen playing the drums. One of the most sought after drummers in Wisconsin, he has toured with the Dave Steffen band and played with Madison Slim, Ken Saydak, Jay Stulo and the Mighty Aces, Bruce Koenig, Bobby Evans and the Alimony Blues Band. With all the shows he's done in the six years with the band, Spencer has earned the respect and praise of a select set of "A" list drummers and musician's such as "Jelly Bean Johnson", Steve Douherty, Ed Novak, Reverend Mark Adams, Bryan Lee, Willie Kent and many more. A member of the Panosh family he is one of three great drummers in the family. His father Gino was a popular and talented jazz and blues drummer in the 60s and 70s and his brother Craig has played and toured with Bernard Allison and now is in Bryan Lee's touring band.

Benny Rickun
- Harmonica

Benny is a protege of Milwaukee harmonica great Jim Liban (Short Stuff). He plays his fills and comps like Big Walter Horton and solos with a style all his own with nods to Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton and Carey Bell. Hes been tearing up the clubs in Milwaukee with the Blue Rubies, The Alex Wilson Band and now as a member of Rev's band. His music store "Gearheadz", located at 40 w. National Ave in Milwaukee, is quickly becoming the place to buy and sell vintage amps and guitars. His store is a great place to meet and hang out with all kinds of unique musicians from the midwest.
Kent Knapp - Bass/Vocals

Kent honed his skills on Bourbon Street in New Orleans with The Jack Cole Band, J. Monque'D Band, and Paula and the Pontiacs. First at the Old Absinthe Bar and then at the 544 Club and Tipitina's. He also fronted his own band, "The Cane Cutter's", which featured Jack Cole on guitar. He's also played with Bo Diddley, Earl King, and Chris Thomas King. Before moving to New Orleans in the late 1990s Kent was a member of Milwaukee's "Blues Disciples" which included the Rev on guitar. Holding court to a packed house every Thursday night at Milwaukee's famed blues club "The Up & Under Pub". A student of Jim Liban and Billy Flynn he is steeped in the feel and little nuances of 50s and 60s traditional blues. Blessed with a great singing voice he takes the rock at our live shows and gives the old man a break by tearing up the house with his great choice of songs and grooves.