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The King Bees are used to rockin' their blues in some great settings - Rome, New York City, Amsterdam. Their deep love of the genre, their keen musical sensibilities, and their pure pleasure in performing translate into any language.
Founded in 1987 by guitarist/organist Hound Dog Baskerville and singer/song-writer/bassist, Queen Bee Zamagni, The 'Bees cut their teeth and honed their skills sitting in with and backing up many blues titans - Bo Diddley, Tinsley Ellis, Billy Branch, Mojo Buford, Big Jack Johnson, Sam Carr, Frank Frost, Lazy Lester, Ronnie Earl - these are only a few who've invited The 'Bees to share the stage.
But what has most refined and sharpened their cut-to-the-bone talent are the years spent on the road with some of the most legendary of blues greats, such as Jerry McCain and Chicago Bob Nelson.
But don't think The King Bees are merely a superior back-up band. Having learned at the feet of the greats throughout the deep-South has amply prepared them to forge a smoldering, rocking, soul-stirring sound that's all their own. Over the many, many miles logged in the States, and in numerous European tours, they've proven that they can raise the roof at prestigious concert halls, such as Lincoln Center NYC, shake the stage at European festivals, and bring the crowd to their knees in a juke-joint way down South.
Tramp Records, a respected label based in Amsterdam released the CD BOOGIE BUZZ in late 1994 to international raves. Two European tours in '95 proved that the folks on the continent couldn't get enough of The King Bees. In October '96 Tramp released POLLENATIN', a CD bursting with great originals and highlighted by the talents of several blues legends and 'Bee mentors. Again The King Bees went across the water and were greeted with packed houses and warm responses.
There's alot about this band that's serious: their passion for the music, their dedication to digging deep and creating a unique sound, their devotion to those from whom the music passed to them, and their obvious professionalism. But when Zamagni, Baskerville and jazzy Jeff Jones (whose drumming prowess has taken him on tours of Russia, Japan and Australia) hit the stage, it ignites with the exuberant joy of folks having a hell of a good time putting on one of the hottest and most entertaining shows anywhere. And it sure is a fever that's catching!
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