The Lady Blue Band is:
Joy Koltenuk - lead & backup vocals, harmonica, percussion
Born and raised in Charleston WV, she's been singing since the age of three, with roots that stem from the Appalachian Mountains and a Southern way of life. She has an appreciation and love of music, especially blues and rock n’ roll and was inspired as a child by recordings of Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Elvis, Ray Charles, and more recently Koko Taylor, Etta James, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gary Moore (to name a few). For more than 25 years, she's been entertaining and writing the heartfelt lyrics for many of the band’s originals, showcased at every performance. Her powerful, sultry voice is complimented by the funk and dynamics of the band.
Steve Koltenuk - guitar & lead and backup vocals
Steve has been playing guitar for over 30 years so understandably he's been influenced by Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gary Moore, Robben Ford, Danny Gatton, and Jeff Beck. Known for his big guitar sound and his love of music, especially classic rock and blues rock, he has a tasteful, unique style and leads the solid, rockin' sound of the band in the writing, arranging, and performing of covers and originals that are foot stompin', boogie till you drop or slow, melt your heart tunes.
Norris Lytton - bass and backup vocals
While in elementary school, a teacher asked Norris what he wanted to do when he grew up. He replied, “make records.” Along the way he mastered the tenor sax, and co-founded the Esquires (a soul band that still performs today). Soon afterward, he switched from sax to bass and co-founded the Mind Garage, a progressive rock band that toured extensively and recorded two albums for RCA. After taking a few years off from this hectic pace he decided to break out the bass, turn up the volume, and do it all over again with the Lady Blue Band. While his passion is for rock and blues, his influences are too numerous to list.
Mike Pilato - Drums
Mike started playing drums at a young age after asking the Music Director what he needed and at sixteen, played in various bands in Central WV doing country, soul, and now blues and blues rock. In the Red Star Rockets, he had the pleasure of opening for Gary Puckett and the Pointer Sisters at the Charleston WV Regatta. After playing for over 30 years, he's an “in the pocket” drummer and is the other half of the tight, dynamic rhythm section that helps to set this band apart from the rest.
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