Best Kept Secret Blues Harmonica
- Artist: Tad Robinson, Mark DuFresne, Mitch Kashmar, Steve Bailey
- Format: CD
- Release Date:12/23/2004
TAD ROBINSON: Born in New York City in 1956, Tad Robinson moved to Chicago in 1985 to 'learn from the masters.' As leader of his own band, Robinson became the first white blues singer to sign with Delmark Records - a Chicago label that has been home to such greats as Magic Sam, Otis Rush and Junior Wells. Tad has an extensive discography of his own recordings as well as being a featured soloist on many blues CDs. MARK DuFRESNE: Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1953, Mark started playing harmonica in his early 20s. In 1979, Mark relocated to Seattle where he rubbed shoulders and swapped riffs with Paul Delay, Kim Wilson, Rick Estrin & Kim Field. He has backed such artists as Lazy Lester & Chick Willis and opened shows for countless blues headliners. The Washington Blues Society has awarded DuFresne numerous times for his harmonica, vocal and song writing expertise. He is currently touring and recording with Room Full of Blues. MITCH KASHMAR: Mitch Kashmar, born in Santa Barbara, California in 1960, was 'sneakin' in and sittin' in' with local bands while still in high school. He formed 'The Pontiax' in 1982, building a strong southern California reputation and playing festivals and clubs throughout the US, Canada & Europe. Kashmar has performed with many great bluesmen, including Big Joe Turner, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Lowell Fulson, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. STEVE BAILEY: Steve Bailey was born in 1950 in Washington State. A veteran of the Seattle music scene, Steve has received top awards for his harmonica prowess from the Washington State Blues Society, and with his Seattle group, the Blue Flames, has toured Europe and North America extensively. A sideman for seven years in the legendary Isaac Scott Band, he has also shared the stage with Albert Collins, Gregg Allman, Lowell Fulson, Robert Cray and many other blues greats.