Mike Guldin and Rollin & Tumblin’
Mike Guldin and Rollin & Tumblin’ a Philadelphia-area blues band with a tight sound and high energy presence promises to deliver some “butt shakin” music here at Soul Shine. They are two time International Blues Challenge finalist influenced by blues legends like Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, and BB King as well as more contemporary artist such as the Allman Bros., Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and the Rolling Stones. These inspirations are fully realized with a roadhouse rhythm and soulful blues sound from seasoned musicians sure to tickle your ears and stir your soul.
Mike started playing guitar and singing at age 16. And has honed his craft playing in roadhouses, clubs, and bars for the last 20 years, his approach is that of a journeyman. Stinging guitar and soulful vocals are second nature for Guldin who has had the opportunity to open up for such acts as Sam and Dave, Molly Hatchet and Roy Buchanan. Mike has also shared the stage with Delbert McClinton, Levon Helm, the Nighthawks, Little Milton, Shemekia Copeland, Son Seals, Debbie Davies, E. G. Kight, Saffire the Uppity Blues Women, Michael Hill and his Blues Mob, John Sebastian and Jimmy Vivino. All of these influences and experiences come together in the original tunes of his new release “Caught Between the Blues and a Heartache”. Combined with the raucous backing sounds of Rollin’ & Tumblin’, these inspirations are fully realized.
Rollin’ & Tumblin’ consist of C.J. Clark bass guitar, Tim Hopper keyboards, Alan Howe guitar, and Matt McNally drums.
C.J. Clark attended Berklee College of Music very briefly before jumping to the club band circuit. He joined Chuck Jackson in the early seventies and toured extensively throughout the South. Later CJ became one of the “Philly-Sound” bassists in the mid-seventies mainly doing session work. He toured with Billy Paul until 1979, with the OJays from ’80-’81, and with Sister Sledge from late ’81 through ’82 when he decided to “hang it up.” “Big, Bad, Dangerous Daddy” resurfaced to work with select Philadelphia jazz and R&B bands from 1984 ’til present, settling in thankfully with Rollin’ and Tumblin’. CJ’s wit and boyish charm are every bit as important to the band and their fans as his monster chops.
Tim Hopper classically trained on the piano and self-taught on everything else. Tim was educated through high school in Great Britain (still trying to erase the mental image of Hoop in one of those Angus Young school-boy outfits). Later in the US, Tim received his Music Composition degree from Haverford College. Tim not only holds down the keyboards, but also adds his unique jazz inflected guitar voice to Rollin’ & Tumblin’. Tim’s been playing with a variety of bands off and on for 25 years, including Nancy and the White Boys (with CJ), Philadephia’s legendary Soul Survivors and, of course, Rollin’ & Tumblin’.
Alan Howe one of the newest Tumblers, joining the band in 1998, Alan (aka The Unit) has succeeded in integrating his own guitar voice into an already extraordinary ensemble. Known for his “less is more” approach to the blues, Alan’s emotional playing style recalls his major influences: BB King, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, Hollywood Fats, Jimmy Vaughan, and Albert Collins. In keeping with the ensemble spirit of the band, Alan enjoys being the third driving force in the rhythm section as much as his tasteful, soulful soloing. Groove is everything.
Matt McNally came down with drum fever at age twelve with vigorous tapping on table tops and walls. His folks finally got him a kit at fourteen. Later he studied percussion formally at the Haddonfield Conservatory. An admirer of rock drummers as diverse as John Bonham and Danny Seraphine, he counts studio legend Hal Blaine as his strongest influence. When it comes to drumming, Matt eschews flash in favor of taste. “The pocket is the main thing”, he says. Matt has played the local scene for many years in bands ranging from upstart original to country to funk/jazz. He has been a fixture at a number of long-running jams in the area, including the legendary Harleysville jam of the 1980s with Mike Guldin and Wayne Johnston. Nothing satisfies like a driving blues shuffle.
The Reece Lincoln Band
The Reece Lincoln Band features Reece Lincoln (guitar/vocals), Brad Willison (bass) and Keith Cozart (drums). Take a trip back in time to experience Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble live! Reece, Brad and Keith will get your foot tapping to some of Stevie Ray’s most memorable hits: Texas Flood, Cold Shot, Scuttle Buttin’ and more! This is not just a tribute performance. It is remembering and paying homage to one of the greatest guitarists and rhythm sections of all time.
Reece Lincoln (guitar/vocals) started playing music when he was 12 years old and is a 2007 Western Ohio “King of the Blues” Gibson/Guitar Center winner, one of 27 bands chosen nationwide to compete in the CBS Early Show Living Room Live Battle of the Bands. Reece describes his original music as, “High Octane Gospel…Fuel for the Soul.”
Brad Willison (bass) has performed around the country in concert halls, churches, festivals, occasional television appearances for over a decade. He has shared the stage with Hubert Sumlin, Toby Mac, Bob Margolin and is an accomplished musician on Electric, Fretless, and Upright Bass. Brad’s passion for various musical styles brings out a unique artistry in his note choices.
Keith Cozart (drums) is the Director of Percussion at Earlham College and online music faculty instructor at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. While performing as a freelance musician and running his own instructional percussion studio, Keith has appeared on stage with such international artists as Ray Charles, Max Weinberg, Paul Winter, Jeff Hamilton and Louis Bellson- plus locally with Michael Locke, Doug Hart, Sean Lamb and Noah Wotherspoon. Keith is a drum circle facilitator and has travel to and studied the music and culture in Salvador, Brazil, Guinea, West Africa and Java, Indonesia.
Phillips & Mercer
Dave Phillips and Otto Mercer have been part of the Findlay area music scene for decades. Dave has played in a several bands, and studied classical guitar and music composition extensively with some of the greats. Dave currently teaches traditional finger style blues, classical guitar, voice, and bass guitar. Otto a seasoned musician has performed in many bands to include Thick & Thin, Slick Black Cadillac, and the Rock Crushers, to name just a few. He currently plays with the Midnight Riders. Otto and Dave will perform country blues, drawing on the influences of Mississippi John Hurt, and Reverend Gary Davis. Reminiscent of the old Greek Garden shows they performed in mid-1990’s.
Bud Mowery & The All Star Blues Band
Bud Mowery & The All Star’s will complete the line-up at this year’s Soul Shine Blues Festival. Bud Mowery (Guitar) together with Glenn Roddy (Vocals), John Whitlow (Keyboards), Steve Wilson (Harmonica), Dave McNary (Bass), and Gary Burns (Drums) formed this band specifically for Soul Shine, and welcome the opportunity to play an all blues show.
Bud along with the All Stars have decades of experience, playing in local bands such as Brazin Bull, Xpando Band, Mars, Free Wild, Anthem, and The Mongrels. The one thing they all share in common is their love for the blues. Bud like a lot of aspiring young musicians that grew up in the 60’s and 70’s were introduced to the blues via Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page to mention just a few. Bud Mowery & The Blues All Stars will be a welcome addition to Soul Shine playing everything from BB King and Muddy Waters to more contemporary artist like Rory Gallagher and Joe Bonamassa.