How it all began!
Welcome…Our band is called the North Star Blues Project and we thank you for stopping by to learn a little more about the band and our members. We began this musical journey by focusing primarily on blues based rock music both fresh and vintage. Our goal as a band is to take you on a blues road trip with stops in all of the cities and regions touched and influenced by the blues.
Happily this music born in the Mississippi Delta migrated to other port's of call in Louisiana, Texas then north to Memphis, St. Louis, Detroit and Chicago. The blues can be found and is represented in all genres’ of music, not only the traditional styles of blues like Delta, Texas and Piedmont but on to Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Southern Rock, Soul, County, Swing, Jazz and even Rockabilly.
With the new crop of contemporary artists such as Gary Clark Jr., Joe Bonamassa, The Black Keys, Ben Harper, Joss Stone, Davy Knowles, Raphael Saadiq, Grace Potter, Jack White, John Mayer, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, selling out concerts and tours, we know that the seeds have been sown once again on rich dark and fertile ground.
As you may know, these contemporary artists are going back to embrace all forms of the music to learn, re-invent and make new for there is no true innovation without knowing its history. Willie Dixon may have said it best when he declared "Blues is the roots and the rest are the fruits." Thankfully, this is sonic bedrock and even now as blues based music is catching fire again and experiencing a bit of a rebirth, you begin to ask yourself, did it ever really go away? It's simply too vital and enjoyed by music lovers everywhere.
Our sets are carefully constructed to give our audience a blend of the very newest blues tinged artists, classics that are rarely heard to educate and some fan favorites to entertain and engage. This is our musical heritage and we proudly stake claim to all of it as blues; pure American invention. Anywhere along this continuum is where you will find our song choices. As our band continues to evolve, these songs and sounds are embraced. After all, as long as they have a beat that makes you want to get up to dance or jump out of your seat, we will play’em!
Our current six piece line up consists of guitar(s), harp, bass, drums, keys and vocalist. Enough for a big full layered sound but nimble enough to be flexible to best serve the songs. With North Star Blues Project, hands start a clappin' and feet start a stompin'!!
Our name North Star Blues Project (NSBP) comes of course from our Minnesota roots but is also a tip of the cap to the name North Star which was a newspaper started by Frederick Douglass in the 1830's founded on the abolitionist principles of humanity and our gratitude to the many pioneering musicians to which we pay homage who gave birth to the origins of this American music which we hold in such high regard.
Blues Music that matters!
Now...for a bit of fun! Need a Blues Nickname?
Find an affliction + add a fruit + add the last name of a US President.
You then get Blind Lemon Jefferson or Deaf Kiwi Roosevelt...go ahead and give it a try!