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Robert Nighthawk Tooms is a 30 year veteran of Beale Street and the Blues, starting with The Reba Russell Band
in 1991, and he records and writes music with his band, THE WAMPUS CATS. He is endorsed by the HammondSuzuki organ company, makers of the B-3.
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• The Reba Russell Band - Going on Strong
• The Reba Russell Band - Buried Treasure
• The Reba Russell Band - City of the Blues
• Blind Mississippi Morris - Back Porch Blues
• The Memphis Sheiks - Slow-Cooked Pig Meat
• The Memphis Sheiks - Diamond in the Bluff
• The Memphis Sheiks - Up to No Good, Again
• Eddie Juke - It's a Memphis Thang! (UK)
• Big Bill Morganfield - Nineteen Years Old (Germany)
• Willie Foster, Henry Townsend, Fred Sanders, Blind Mississippi
• Morris Live in St. Louis
• Willie Foster - People Talk Too Much
• Robert Nighthawk II and the Wampus Cats - Toastin' the Blues
• Wally Ford & the Lizard Kings - Crawling like a Lizard
• The "M" Clan - The M Clan (Spain)
• Carol Plunk - A Piece of Me
• Blind Mississippi Morris - Live at the BBC! Paul Jones Show (UK)
• Tom Hackenberger and Friends - Memphis Music Sampler
• Barbara Pittman - First Lady of Sun Records
• Reverend Horton Heat - 706 Union Avenue





The Wampus Cats:

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Artist, Musician Wayne Russell was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi to parents who picked cotton on family land. Both his mother and father came from homes where music was a part of daily life. Most of his family members played and sang in church as well as community gatherings. At the age of 5, Wayne and his family moved from Mississippi to Memphis Tennessee where Wayne’s love of art and
music blossomed. He fondly remembers receiving art supplies and guitars each Christmas during his childhood, and by the time he completed High School he was voted most talented student.

Wayne has been a core member of the band since it was conceived. He writes a lot of the original songs the band performs and is is one of the best bassist in the Mid-South area. He has worked with such great blues artist as Tracy Nelson, Barbara Blue, Don McMinn, Mojo Buford, Jack Rowell…When you hear him play, you have heard one of the best




josh robertsAlthough still in his teens Josh Robert's guitar is on many of Brad Webb's Boogie Barbeque Label recordings. He has his own release with “Boogie Barbeque” as well. His latest contribution is to the Reba Russell band's new release “Broke Down But Not Out”. He also recently recorded with Steven Segal at The House of Blues Studio in Memphis TN for a project with Blues greats, Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin, Koko Taylor and many others.

Josh has remarkable skill and abilities of a much more seasoned player. His specialty is North Mississippi style Slide







doug mcminnDoug McMinn has been a professional musician for over twenty-one years. He started his career on the legendary Beale Street, opening and playing for over 9 years at The Rum Boogie Café and has toured Europe and the UK extensively over the past 8 years.

Live Performances:
The Coasters, The Drifters, The Shirelles, The Crystals, The Platters, The Tokens, Chuck Berry, Bowser (Sha Na Na), Percy Sledge, Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), Danny and The Juniors, Tommy Roe, Albert King, George “Mojo” Buford, Bruce Carroll, Rufus Thomas, B B King, Ace Cannon, John Angotti, Papa Don McMinn, Tommy Allen, Sir Mac Rice,Carla Thomas, Regina Bell…………….

Recording Performances
• Live At The Rum Boogie Café - Don McMinn
• Black Guitar - Don McMinn
• Do You Know - Linda Gail Lewis
• Cornerstone - Don McMinn
• Memphis Music For Him - Triplthret
• Home Blues – Papa Don McMinn & Nightrain
• Specials - Hope Studio Series Volume One
• Blues Ain’t A Color - Mojo Buford
• Just Like Last Night – “Papa” Don McMin