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 30 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 35 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.
Sluggo Byrne - bass guitar and vocals
Sluggo played his first professional gig at 15 years old and hasn't stopped since. After studying jazz at Marshall University, he toured and recorded 3 albums with Charleston, WV based Cross Country. Since then he has played with groups like Exit111, The Faze, Acme Sound, John Bingham, Union Blues, JC and the Revival, and many others. In addition to playing live, Sluggo has contributed bass to recent releases by Underwood and Miller, Martha Christian and others.
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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