are guaranteed a good time with The Johnny Max Band. A Rockin’ Boogie band
that has been a fixture of the Toronto Blues and R&B scene for almost
10 years. The Johnny Max Band have now completed their third CD, "Ride&Roll".
With their mixture of traditional Chicago style Blues…a
bit of old fashioned country…and, as always, a dopple of R'n'B…,they are
a crowd pleasing, get yer feet movin', get up outta yer chair kind of band,
no matter what or where they are playing. Thus making them "The Hardest
Working Band in the GTA"
Now working on their fourth CD and playing many festivals
in and around Ontario, come out and see why they have shared the stage
with the likes of Downchild, Morgan Davis, Mel Brown, Jack DeKeyzer, Fathead,
Jeff Healey and David Rotundo....and the list grows.
Johnny Max is a soulful singer whose respect, and
passion for all types of music is evident. He is also a brilliant entertainer
who has audiences thoroughly enjoying each show. Johnny Max has built
up a solid reputation as one of those guys who gives 110% and is one of
the most action-packed and satisfying entertainers around. Johnny takes
to performing like a fish to water, a perpetual motion machine, galvanizing
his spicy blend of Stax/Volt, Atlantic, Funk, and Blues into frenzied heights,
often propelling himself into the audience's eager arms.
guitar player's guitar player" for over 25 years, Kevin "Hurricane"
Higgins plays his Telecaster straight from the hip. With blistering
leads and soulful solos, there is nothin' finer north of the 49er, he carries
this band on his back.
Kevin has performed and recorded with Morgan Davis, David
Wilcox, Danny Brooks, Rita Chiarelli, and Chicago legends Willie "Big Eyes"
Smith, Snooky Pryor, Little Mack Simmons and A.C. Reed among others.
A guitarist of astonishing abilities, Kevin understands the "less is more"
approach to playing .
Duncan McBain started off playing with the Good
Bros. and Canadian Zephyr. He then formed a band with Garth Bourne from
Canadian Zephyr. In 1984 Dunc was introduced to Morgan Davis by a mutual
friend. His straight ahead style and impeccable timing grew into two years
of playing with Morgan, which led to playing with Michael Pickett, Dutch
Mason, Hock Walsh, and various members of the Downchild Blues Band.
While playing in the late 80s with The Headhunters, Dunc met Tom Barlow
and played with Tom for the next 14 years. Dunc is currently the drummer
for Stratochief, The Johnny Max Band, The Grant Lyle Band, and The Vaughn
Passmore Trio. Duncan's claim to fame (and he’ll make sure to tell
you) is that the McBean tartan flag on the moon was delivered by Allan
Bean from the Apollo 12 mission.
He is known by one name, Uli, and everyone knows who you’re
talking about. Uli Bohnet's abilities as a top end bass player,
is the main reason that he has been a mainstay on the Toronto Blues / Roots
scene for many years. His tasteful and solid bass playing has caused
him to be hired by great artists such as Paul Reddick + The Sidemen, Eugene
Smith, Danny Marks, Chuck Jackson, Danny B, Barbara Lynch, Uncle Shecky,
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Joe Mavety, Krista Blondin, The Dues Brothers, Virgil
Scott, George Gao, Little Mack Simmons, Jay Douglas, and countless others.
"Man, he can, outright, play" is what you hear about Martin
Aucoin. He doesn’t just play, He lets you hear what he’s saying. Martin
has played keyboards in numerous country and R&B bands around Toronto,
including Morgan Davis, and Jack DeKeyzer, before moving to Nashville in
1990. He then toured with BJ Thomas for a year and a half. He also
played on recording sessions for George Strait, Garth Brooks, Confederate
Railroad, and John Michael Montgomery. He has played live with Larry Carlton,
Tony Joe White, Bo Diddley, Ricky Van Shelton, Alan Jackson, Alex Harvey,
the Drifters, Mark O'Connor, as well as having a 4 year gig at the Grand
Ole Opry with Jimmy C. Newman, the great Cajun singer.