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"The Breeze Kings hit you on every level. Driving rhythm, blistering guitar, and the fierce attack of Carlos
the Breeze Capote's harmonica. This band holds the music close to their hearts. You have to see them to understand."
-Mike Kane, producer and host of Blue Sunday radio show on Z93 92.9FM (Atlanta)
"Before I ever heard these guys I knew that they had been voted
Atlanta's best blues band 3 years in a row. After I heard them, I knew exactly why and
can only explain it like this... whenever these guys go to play a gig, they must take a spiritual detour through Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans. That's the
only way that I can explain their show. They are original, authentic and entertaining as well as a lot of fun. You'll hear some of the best harmonica, guitar,
bass, drums and blues vocals ever."
-Harty Wiedemann, Talent Buyer and Publicist for Blues Boys & Divas Music & Media
|Carlos "Breeze" Capote - vocals, harmonica
Originally from south FL, 'Breeze' grew up musically in the Atlanta blues scene and many locals still remember his first performances ever. That was a few years ago. Since then, his talent and reputation have grown far and fast. Blues fans everywhere have taken notice of his exciting harp style and passionate, natural vocals. Carlos has played with other local blues icons such as Mudcat, Slim Fatz, Shelton Powe, Smokestack Lightnin', Johnny Knox, Rough Draft, the Porkbellys and many blues legends from the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Carlos is also one of the founders and the former musical director of the Atlanta Blues Society's "Blues In The Schools" program. These programs are intended primarily for Atlanta area schools but are available to all community groups. The goal is to educate, enlighten and entertain students of all ages about the history, tradition, and cultural impact of American blues music through a presentation combining both live music and lecture. Check out www.atlantabluessociety.org for more information. In 2016 Carlos was awarded a lifetime honorary membership to the Atlanta Blues Society.
Carlos' recording credits include:
|Jim "Taste Bud" Ransone - guitar
Originally from VA, Jim's musical roots also started in Atlanta. Today, Jim is a
seasoned and soulful player, the likes of which are not often seen. With a deep foundation in old school blues
traditions ranging from the styles of the delta, to the piedmont to Chicago, Jim's classic tone and fluent finger picking leaves fellow
players and fans alike wide eyed and aching for more. Jim has played all over the Southeast with the Urban
Shakedancers, the Delta 88's, the Transport Blues Band, and is also well known in Atlanta for his documentary and research on local blues
legends as well as his days as an Atlanta blues DJ on WREK 91.1fm.
Jim's recording credits include:
Check out this tribute web site Jim designed for Atlanta's own blues
Photo by David Avant at Good Ol Days in Cumming GA 1-2-15
|Gregg "Tube Top" Shapiro - bass
He's originally from New York, but we try and excuse that. Whether you know him as Gregg, 'Schleper', 'Tube Top', 'Thumper' or 'The Dream', the point is the same. He's all you think about.
Gregg's recording credits include:
|Trevor "Nature Boy" Roberts - drums
Trevor was born in GA. He plays drums and teaches drums. He likes beer and Ric Flair.
Trevor's recording credits include:
The Breeze Kings formed in October 1997
The Breeze Kings have performed performed over 150 shows per year since 1997. They currently perform regularly at over 40 clubs in Georgia and all over the southeast.
Voted Creative Loafing's 1999 Critics Choice: Best Blues Band in Atlanta
Voted Runner Up for S.L.A.B. (Southern Local Area Bands) 1999 People's Choice Award: Best Band in Southeast
Voted Creative Loafing's 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2015 Reader's Choice: Best Blues Band in Atlanta
Atlanta Blues Society representatives at 2001, 2005 and 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN
Top 10 Finalist at the 2005 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN
Featured instructors at the 2012 "Rencontres Music Blues" de Blues Station (blues school) in Tournon France
Honoree at the 2013 WRFG Labor Day Blues BBQ
The Breeze Kings have shared the stage with (in no particular order) Tinsley Ellis, Sean Costello, Anson Funderburgh & Sam Myers, Tab Benoit, Louisiana Red, Sleepy LaBeef, Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel's drummer), Jerry McCain, Chick Willis, Eddie Kirkland, Cootie Stark, Francine Reed, Sandra Hall, Sweet Betty, Luther 'Housrocker' Johnson and the Shadows, Eddie Tigner, Tommy Brown, Roy Lee Johnson, Robert Lee Coleman, Harvey Scales, Lew Soloff, Coy Bowles and Donnie MaCormick.
They have opened for Saffire- The Uppity Blues Women, Buckwheat Zydeco, Leon Russell, George Thorogood, Steve Miller, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Bo Diddley, Eric Bibb, Otis Taylor, Robert Cray, and John Hammond.
Need to contact the Breeze Kings
about booking, the web site, or just to say hello? Here's how:
us at BreezeKings@BreezeKings.com
-or- call us at (404)315-8490
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