Steve Marriner: is a dynamic and powerful performer. His incorporation of various styles of blues, roots and soul come together to form an original sound that is both deep and genuine.
Steve has toured internationally and performed at prestigious festivals, concert halls and music clubs throughout Canada, The US, Europe and Australia. While he currently dedicates most of his time to fronting the acclaimed roots sensation “MonkeyJunk”, Steve can often be found performing intimate solo shows and joining other artists as a dynamic sideman.
During breaks between tours, Steve has developed a sterling reputation as a studio musician and producer. He has an extensive discogrpahy and has recorded with the likes of Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Harry Manx, Richard Bell (The Band, Joplin), Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar, Grady), Paul DesLauriers, Steve Dawson and David Gogo. Not yet thirty years old, he has already produced ten full length studio albums. The man doesn’t stop.
Originally renown for his prowess on the harmonica, Steve has become a multi-instrumental force in recent years adding bass, guitar, drums, and keys into the mix. He’s won multiple Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player and Male Vocalist of The Year. As well as a 2012 Juno Award for Blues Album of The Year with MonkeyJunk.
Chris Caddell: Who would’ve thought that Belleville, Ontario could produce a musician with the southern vibe and bluesy reverence of a Stevie Ray Vaughan or Doyle Bramhall II?
Chris Caddell’s raw soulful voice and emotive guitar skills were an instant hit when the then-teen made the big move to Toronto. Within no time, his versatility was sought by various acts. He landed a lengthy gig touring with platinum-selling pop singer Fefe Dobson and also played with more rock-driven artists like Thornley and Rex Goudie. His primary current gig is as the other guitar player in Colin James’ band, and Chris also tours theatres in the fall acoustically as the other half of Colin’s duo.
His 2008 debut solo album, Chris Caddell & The Wreckage, was produced by Casey Marshall, and included collaborations with Ian Thornley. He supported it with many coveted gigs, such as opening for Colin James at Toronto’s venerable Massey Hall; Grady and The Trews at the Queen West Musicfest; and, perhaps most impressive of all, winning the fan-voted contest to open for Bon Jovi and Kid Rock at Toronto’s massive Rogers Centre in July 2010. July of 2012 included a major hometown show in Belleville opening for the Steve Miller Band.
Enjoying working as a sideman and front-and-centre, Chris says, “I just want to be known as a hard working musician. I make a living playing with other people, but I’d like to be my own boss eventually.”
Jesse O’Brien: played his first gig, with his father, at the age of 12. A few years later, he was playing piano for Ronnie Hawkins, and the teenager launched into an award winning career as a keyboardist. He was inspired by the late, great Buffalo-area musician Stan Szelest (one-time member of The Band), whose ability to play any style of music was something O’Brien admired. It was through Stan and his father, Michael that he first met Levon Helm being invited to perform with Levon at two Szelest family weddings and then later on to Join multiple tours with “Levon And The Barnburners” and even be invited to sit in with “The Band” for a few songs in Arkansas along with his Ronnie Hawkins bandmates.
O’Brien has recently recorded on albums with Colin James, The Cowboy Junkies, Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) Lee Harvey Osmond ,Marcy Playground and Steve Strongman, and keeps a busy touring schedule mainly with Colin James and the many projects of Tom Wilson.
Recently nominated for keyboard player of the year 3 times at the Maple Blues Awards Jesse received his first Juno for Co-producing The Harrison Kennedy album ‘This is From Here” in 2016. In addition to Blues, Jesse keeps a busy schedule working with mainstream artists playing/writing on The Platinum selling When it’s Dark Out by G-Eazy and adding piano to the debut by Banners including the smash “Shine A Light”