Bass Guitar, Harmonica, Lead/Backlog Vocals
Mike has been working in the music industry in one form or another since 1978. From management to working as a musician, and in 2018 being inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame as a Great Musician from the State of Kansas.
Those associations with music go back to the times Mike was homeless and would eventually fall in love with his late wife Mary Jane Erwin Furches. Mary Jane was an accomplished musician Mike met at church and living just down the street from the homeless shelter he was staying, they would fall in love.
Mike would promote concerts, as well as later on come to play with great musicians from around the world. He has recorded with Blues Hall of Fame Member Glenn Kaiser, performed on stage numerous times with Glenn and others in the Hall of Fame. Mike also participated and played on the song The Living Dead which included numerous talents including from the band Green Day. Mike has also rubbed shoulders with and worked with Steppenwolf, The Producers, Joan Jett, The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker Band and many others.
Mike has been a working musician for over 30 years now this however is his first solo project. His late wife Mary Jane who eventually succumbed to pancreatic cancer encouraged Mike to do his own project, so, he did and this is it. Some of these songs, (and others not recorded) were written out of the time he was his wife's caregiver. They were painful but in the true since of the blues, relay the pain. They also will provide assurances to some going through those types of pain that they are not alone.
A portion of the proceeds from this project will be donated to Victory in the Valley.
Lead Guitar, Lead/Backing Vocals
Ryan was always a precocious child, born at the age of 6, he showed a predilection towards the arts. At the ripe old age of 17, he discovered that music was his calling. After dabbling with various instruments he finally settled on the guitar. Realizing his dearth of knowledge in regard to the aforementioned instrument, he decided to take lessons and study theory at a university. This availed to him the opportunity to play and learn with a great many local musicians and bands. He then took this knowledge to Los Angeles, where he played in many studios and famous venues to hone his skills. After 30 years he hopes to exceed the mediocrity that defined his early years.
Drums, Backing Vocals
Troy started playing trombone in grade school where he attempted to play guitar and bass, before buying a drum set at the local hardware store in junior high.
Troy auditioned and made the jazz band his sophomore year playing trombone, before becoming the drummer his junior and senior year.
After graduation, his brother played in several local bands and landed with Lotus in the early 80’s playing drums. As he continued in his love for music, Ihe purchased a Ludwig drum set in October 2008 and started all over.
After a trip to Kansas City around 2010, he fell in love playing blues during a jam at Knuckleheads Saloon. He started playing local music jams, until he joined 90 Proof Project, Easily Confused, and Tailspin. In 2014, he played in a three piece blues band with Triple Threat/Spencer Cummings Band.
HeI continue to learn different music styles as he continue on his musical journey. He is entertained and inspired by his wacky brother Shawn Lee, as he continues his successful musical career in London.
Wichita native Paul Bland began playing drums at the age of 7 in school in nearby Haysville, KS. During college, he played in the last Wichita State University drumline, and the first incarnation of what would become Stainless Steel. Drawn to open blues jams around town, he’s played with Bill Landrum, Pat McJimsey, Kevin May, Donna Davis, and Tab Benoit. It was at these improv performances that Paul developed his washboard technique, alongside Austin’s Johnny Mac. Paul has also played many times with Lynn Avants and George Graybill, of his current band, BAG Of Blues. In addition to concert settings such as the Senseney Music Community Band and the Delano Chamber Orchestra and Brass groups, Paul has recently joined FlashPoint, Tim Deschaine’s evolution of his California project, Nimbus.