A fresh approach was a bit risky but has paid huge dividends for the band. Also featured in Kingdom Brothers’ set list are traditional gospel/blues numbers made popular by groups like The Blind Boys of Alabama. Kingdom Brothers’ original songs, which include the title track from the band’s 2008 CD release 'Shine a Light', continue to win listeners over as well.
Notable local Kingdom Brothers’ events have included a TV appearance on KNLC Channel 24; a July 4th ‘08 main stage performance in Granite City before an estimated crowd of five-thousand; two very successful nights at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups; and a recent blow-out show at Harrah's Casino.
The line up of lead guitarist Ron Roskowske, vocalist Tom Wilson and bassist Walther have logged a combined one-hundred-five years of major blues performances. Roskowske, easily recognized for his high-intensity electric leads and smooth bottle-neck slide solos, is just as comfortable accompanying Wilson’s soulful vocals with some tasteful flat-top work, a la Robert Johnson. Walther's experience includes years alongside piano legend Johnnie Johnson. Stan Gill, a veteran keyboardist and formerly the stage manager for a major label; singing songwriter/guitarist Chris Shepherd; and award-winning drummer JR Payne round out the group.
Shine a Light is receiving FM radio play on four continents and has received excellent reviews here in the U.S. and in Europe. Kingdom Brothers continues to be a major crowd draw in St. Louis as they expand their listener base beyond just hardcore blues fans.
"I’m at the crossroads again. About nine years ago I was in LA, went to B.B. King’s and caught 'Brothers N’ Blues'. I remember being blown away as I listened to a Christian based blues band, and also remember thinking it was a paradox within itself. Now nine years later and in St. Louis I keep hearing about this band tearing it up around town, the Kingdom Brothers, and yes, a Christian based blues band. With much anticipation I got their newest CD from my buddy, Bob Walther (Bass)...
"Musically, this was nothing short of a great album with some blues highlights. The rich soulful vocals, plenty of guitar, piano boogie woogie and prominent bass make it an enjoyable listen. I liked it. In particular 'Shine A Light' was guitar-o-plenty with a solid bass and piano. 'You Was Wrong' is a terrific version of ZZ Hill's song with killer guitar. 'Bad Love' is a cool, Robert Cray-like song and among my favorites. 'Blind Man' takes us on a blues journey to Chicago with guitar and organ each taking shots at solos. 'Feel Like Crying' tastes like Freddie King with fancy fret work that left my mouth watering for more. The Kingdom Brothers bring together a mix of R&B, Blues and Gospel from their hometown, St. Louis."
• Feel Like Crying
• You Was Wrong
• Nobody's Fault But Mine
• Ice cold bottled water
• Travel expenses beyond 75 miles are negotiable
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