Bill "Slim Willie" Keyes has been a student of the blues for over 20 years, but was well into building his career and family before pursuing music seriously. At an early age, family jams with his musician brothers provided a good foundation, so when he decided to get serious about playing, the learning came quickly. Classes and workshops with Joe Filisko in Chicago and David Barret's Harmonica Masterclass School in California helped provide a solid foundation for playing technique and big tone. Bill is a dedicated father of two, with a recent college graduate son and a daughter in her first year of college. Now retired from 30 years in the corporate world, he is thrilled to move out of the cube and onto the stage with Slim Willie and The Ride.

 Tom Kochie a Minnesota native grew up in Rochester, Mn. and started playing guitar in the mid-1960's after his older brother showed him how to play Bill Dogget's Honky Tonk, From there he went on to show off his new found passion at the 4th grade talent show  with a 2 song rendition of Honky Tonk and  Ray Charles What I Say. Warm weather and college took Tom to Austin, TX. It was there that he was reunited with  the blues and his most earliest influences. He traded in his complete record/CD collection to scrounge up money to start exploring the roots of blues. Tom was frequently caught at Antone's in Austin trying to snatch a few licks from the many blues legends that perform there. Family, work and cooler climate brought Tom back to Minnesota (Rochester) where he continues to explore his passion for blues music and evangelize one of  America's great art forms. Tom is a member of the Minnesota Blues Society and has been blessed with the opportunities to play at The Duluth Blues Festival, International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tn, and Buddy Guy's Legends (with Buddy !) in Chicago.

  Michael King a New Jersey native, has been performing in the upper midwest since relocating to Rochester, MN in the early 1990’s. An avid fan and student of jump blues, his influences include guitar greats Bill Jennings, Oscar Moore, Tiny Grimes, and Hollwood Fats.

Tim Scribner (Scribby) started playing bass at the age of 12 in the typical middle and high school rock bands. After high school he went on the road and traveled the Midwest with several Top 40 cover bands. While in the military, Scribby performed "old school" country on the weekends. After military service and yet another stint on the road with several bands, he settled in to a house gig with Jumpin' Jimmie Brown (first husband of R&B artist Ruth Brown). He was introduced to Jimmie Brown's extensive musical repertoire and learned the importance providing a solid foundation for the band. Since moving back to Minnesota in 1983, Scribby has had the good fortune to perform with many talented musicians and is excited to be holding down the groove with Slim Willie and The Ride.

Kurt Savela,  a Minnesota native, received early musical education from Duluth Public Schools and the University of Minnesota, with emphasis on big band / jazz and swing. Since the 1980's, Kurt has performed in a variety of musical settings including the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Twin Ports Wind Ensemble, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians, Dr. Hitt's Big Band and Julie & the Roadhouse Rockers. His rhythm and blues experience includes stints in bands such as Bob McKenna & Stash, Dr. Soul & The Blues Hounds, and The Richard Gozinya Implosion. Since relocating to the Rochester, MN area in 2003 Kurt has been busy drumming with local jazz groups and pit orchestras for a number of Rochester Civic Theater Company productions. He is currently a member of the North Shore Big Band (based in Duluth), Swing Street (Rochester), and is dedicated to creating strong rhythmic and musical foundations for any performers he is privileged to collaborate with.

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