We are the Backstreet Blues Band
Brantt KingBee Hamilton (Harmonica/Vocals) is a veteran of the Cleveland Blues Scene, having played Northeast Ohio clubs, festivals and events for 30 years. He started out at the age of 19 with Princess Ladia’s Blue Knights from Chicago when they wanted an authentic amplified harmonica. He played every Sunday night in the Cleveland Flats as featured special guest of Bill Dawg and the Extrordinaires, then fronted several of his own bands for several years. He co-founded the KingBees, bringing a blues element into big band sound that has been part of Cleveland culture for 25 years. Now he is returning to his roots playing footstomping, juke joint, party-and-dance-all-night blues, wing, and rockabilly.
Jimmy Lee (Guitar/Vocals) — Has been fronting his own Jimmy Lee Experiment on the Cleveland scene for the last decade, while also performing solo and performing duo gigs with wife. He loves playing blues, rock, country, rockabilly, classics. His grooves are reminiscent of the great Vaughn brothers and deep blues like Jimmy Reed, with a touch of West Coast Swing and some down-home country.
Adriane Bennett (Bass/Vocals) is a fresh face in the Cleveland music scene, but not a ewcomer. eturning after some time off, She is a regular at many jams, playing nearly every night. Her love of rockin’ blues and swing music led her to a place at the heart of the ackstreet Blues Band.
Bubba Ruscin (Drums/Vocals) is the solid backbeat of the Backstreet Blues Band. He cut his teeth in the Travis Haddix band for two years, then on to 2 years with Frankie Starr and for the past six years has been with blues/rock outfit Mojo Honey. His ability to improvise and his bluesy,growly voice make him much more than a drummer…he makes every band better because he is part of it.
The four met at local gigs and jams, particularly Cleveland Blues Society events. They decided to form the Backstreet Blues Band to bring their love of blues, swing, rockabilly, and country into a houserockin’, foot-stompin’, juke joint-thumpin’ BLUES band from the backstreets of Cleveland.