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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: The Roustabouts (LIKE: "Out and about")

Recommended if you like: NRBQ, Freddy King,

Story behind your band/artist name: The band came together originally during several years of weekly sessions at the open mic blues jam at The Zoo Bar (RIP) in Cleveland Park. The same five guys getting up and playing two or three tunes week after week. At first there was nothing, then, there was something. It was very hap-hazard. And one night the MC called out, "Hey Pete (that's me) you're next. Go and get your band of Roustabouts together."

Band Members: Andrew Wiley (lead vocals), Pete Daniels (fiddle), Dan Shine (guitar), Jeff Muller (bass), Phil Bucci (drums)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Two of us (myself and the guitar player) are DC-area natives who grew up in Silver Spring just outside the city line. The other three are transplants who have lived here for years. Today all of us live in the Maryland suburbs... Hyattsville, Kensington and Rockville

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Fiddle player Pete Daniel's first performance in DC happened at the Kennedy Center at the age of 6 (as part of a large group of Suzuki students).
As teenagers, Pete Daniels & Dan Shine's favorite spot for shows was St. Stephens Church on 16th Street in Northwest, where bands like "Clutch" first got their start. Both also attended multiple shows at theORIGINAL 930 Club on F Street downtown.
Bassist Jeff Muller used to work at Maryland-based Paul Reed Smith guitars.
Despite living in the DC area for my entire life (this is Pete) I have never been to the top of the Washington Monument.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: The Roustabouts is no ordinary blues band.

Their genre-bending, fiddle-infused sound weaves traditional and contemporary blues together with healthy doses of rock, funk and classic R&B. The band’s debut album, "Plenty of Blues," features a dozen tracks, eleven of which are road-tested originals that have been thrilling Washington, DC-area audiences for years. With help from the legendary Mark Wenner of the Nighthawks on harmonica, award-winning R&B artist Tommy Lepson on keyboards, and others, "Plenty of Blues" takes listeners on a bold, groove-filled journey that defies easy labels.

The Roustabouts came together in the early 2000s, and made their mark on the local scene during a seven-year run of monthly gigs at The Zoo Bar, DC’s beloved blues dive and a frequent hang for many of theforemost performers in the city. The band's founding members are Pete Daniels, a classically-trained violinist, and Andrew Wiley, a choir and theater kid turned lead vocalist. The two met while attending college in Syracuse, New York, a gritty, rust-belt town filled with talented blues musicians who were more than happy to encourage new converts to this timeless genre. Journeyman guitarist Dan Shine, who has been obsessed with the six-string since childhood after seeing Chuck Berry perform, joined the band early on. More recent additions include veteran bassist Jeff Muller, who has played with scores of notable roots music acts including the late, great Allen Toussaint, and drummer Phil Bucci, whose powerful sound is influenced in part by years spent abroad in Africa and performances with the exceptional Cameroonian guitarist Vincent Nguini.

These days The Roustabouts perform regularly at venues in the greater DC Metro area and beyond, having inspired a large fan base affectionately known as the RoustaCrowd. The band sets out to create the most soulful, entertaining performance possible, giving audiences new ways to experience and enjoy the blues. Live performances include an exciting mix of original tunes and curated covers infused with intense musicality and emotion. And when things get really heated, it’s not unusual to find people dancing on the tables. It’s during moments like this, when the music comes alive and the bond between band and audience is strongest, that the blues is as vibrant as it has ever been.

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Main Genre: Blues

Other Genres: blues-rock, classic rock, classic r&b, funk, chicago blues