About the Band
The Backtrack Blues Band hails from the Tampa Bay region of Florida and has been performing original blues music since 1980. As one of Florida’s longest running blues acts, Backtrack has performed with many blues legends – Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Koko Taylor, Johnny Winter, John Lee Hooker, and Robert Cray, just to mention a few.
The band's latest CD, " Way Back Home " (Harpo Records), charted at #8 on the Roots Music Blues Rock radio charts, and received extensive airplay in the U.S.A., Canada, Europe and Australia. This exceptional album was also selected as one of the world's top 50 blues albums for 2016. The band's songs were also chosen for international music television on Stingray Music.
This five-piece unit has an upbeat, electric blues sound reminiscent of the early Chicago blues scene. Sonny Charles supplies great amplified harmonica and vocals. Kid Royal adds blistering lead guitar and vocals. The solid rhythm section consists of Little Johnny Walter on rhythm guitar, Joe Bencomo on drums, and Stick Davis on bass. The band delivers its brand of original electric blues with the passion and integrity of a group that has spent decades refining its craft.
Backtrack has earned the respect of its musical peers, winning three prestigious Tampa Bay music awards for “Best Blues Band”. Backtrack has appeared at multiple , large blues festival around the world , including many appearances at the award winning Tampa Bay Blues Festival , Trois Rivieres en Blues, The Donnacona Blues Festival, and Mont- Tremblant International Blues Festival in Canada , Springing The Blues , Gasparilla Music Festival , Myakka River Blues Festival , St John Blues Festival in the U.S. Virgin Islands , Treasure Island Music Festival , Kool Jazz Festival , Ranch Jam 2015 , and more. They are very accustomed to performing at outdoor music festivals and large concert venues and theaters.
Song Previews: "Your Baby Has Left" Album
My Best Friend's Grave (Listen)
Your Baby Has Left (Listen)
Dixie Grill (Listen)
BACKTRACK WINS NATIONAL SONG CONTEST
Backtrack Blues Band was selected as the winner of the "Coolest Blues Song of 2019" Contest run by Detroit’s Big City Blues Magazine . A panel of blues music experts judged Backtrack’s song "Best Friend’s Grave" as the best blues song among the many nominated by some of America’s most prestigious blues songwriters .
With Make My Home In Florida , the Backtrack Blues Band has released a CD / DVD project that stands as one of the best live blues recordings around . Masterfully recorded and filmed with high definition cameras , at the historic Palladium Theater in St Petersburg , Florida , this album and DVD capture all the raw energy and superb musicianship of one of Florida's leading blues bands. This is a " must buy " album for everyone who likes authentic , electric blues music , played with emotion and exceptional talent. If you enjoy ripping , Texas - style guitar and soaring blues harmonica, this project hits the mark for you !
As noted blues music author and critic Bill Dahl wrote ," The aptly titled Make My Home In Florida captures the band lighting up the stage at the Palladium Theater. Sonny summons nails-tough vocals and boiling harp solos . Kid Royal stretches out on guitar in directions that would have amazed even T- Bone Walker! The originals are a distinguished lot . Whether they're cooking up a dynamic original or reviving a hallowed classic , the Backtrack Blues Band has a sound all its own . This exciting in-concert recording is the next best thing to experiencing them in the flesh ! "
"Backtrack Blues Band is a veteran band that delivers a powerful and energetic sound. From the lead guitar and harmonica sound, to its incredible rhythm section, they are a force to be reckoned with!"
— Gene Fontana, Riverfront Blues Festival, Delaware
"Backtrack Blues Band just opened for John Nemeth on the main stage at the Tremblant Blues Festival in Canada. They really delivered the goods! Seasoned veterans in the blues, Backtrack went through songs from their new CD and the crowd responded enthusiastically.
You will feel the heat with Backtrack Blues Band. Guaranteed!"
— Brian Slack, Festival Director, Tremblant International Blues Festival and Trois-Rivieres Blues Festival, Canada
"Backtrack Blues Band was one of the very top bands at this year’s Utah Blues Festival. They really got our crowd up and dancing. I would strongly recommend booking Backtrack at your festival - you won’t be disappointed!"
— Tripp Hopkins, Producer - Utah Blues Festival
"Backtrack Blues Band became a favorite with our audience, playing Chicago-inspired, crowd pleasing, harmonica and guitar driven classic electric blues. The band had people dancing in the aisles, with encores at every show!"
— Jostein Forsberg, Notodden International Blues Festival