The Blues Specialists is an Austin, Texas based blues/R&B band established by Texas Music Hall of Famers TD Bell and Erbie Bowser. The band has played numerous events and backed up a great number of blues musicians. Some of the festivals played include Utrech Holland Samson Blues festival, Benson & Hedges (Dallas), Messa Az festival, Houston blues festival, Smithville, San Antonio, Pflugerville, Brownwood, SXSW, etc(a lot more). Clubs include Victory Grill, Billy's Blues, Antones, and others.
We've backed Long John Hunter, Pete Mays, Lavell White, Carol Fran & Clarence Hollaman, WC Clark, Greyghost, Hosea Hargrove, and a hold host of others and was the starting point for a great number of Austin bands.
Our CD put out in '92 was nominated for WC Handy award for traditional CD of the year ('Its about Time'). To date we've completed two cd's 'Its About Time Again' and our current releases 'N2DEEP' & 'Urban Country Blues' all self released. Plans are to be very active and release cd's every 6 months. All songs on 'N2DEEP' and 'Urban Country Blues' are original with songs written by band members.
Because of the unique talents of the band members The Blues Specialists can perform from varying group sizes (ie. 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6) all maintaining the purpose of playing the Blues. Video can be viewed on youtube at: http://tinyurl.com/5f6x3j
What a wonderful world - Louis Armstrong, Pledging my love - Johnny Ace, Crazy Love - Van Morrison, Misty - Johnny Mathis, Stand by me - Ben E King, What would I do without you - Ray Charles, Indecision - Mel Davis/Blues Specialists , Can't Have Your Cake - Mel Davis/Blues Specialists , N2DEEP - Rob Richardson/Blues Specialists , Futher on up the road - Bobby Bland , Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker , Woke Up this Morning - BB King , Change gon' come - Sam Cook , Matilda - Cookie & Cupcakes , Watermelon man - Ramsey Lewis , Blue Berry Hill - Fats Domino , Send me someone to love - Percy Mayfield , Doctor Doctor - Artie White , Next Time You See Me - Junior Parker , Ghost in my house - Little Milton , Hello Strange Woman - Muddy Waters , Aint that loving you - Jimmie Reed , Flip Flop Fly - Big Joe Turner , Lady at the Casino - Johnny Taylor , Your Wife is cheating on us - Denise Lasalle , MoJo Working - Muddy Waters ,