The Real Deal Dueling Guitar Brand of Hard Blues & Boogie....
Smokin' Gun has been burning its brand of high-powered Southern Rock/Texas Blues on America's concert and night club scene since June of 1992 and is generally acknowledged to be the best blues band in the Pacific Northwest. With over two hundred years of musical experience between them, and a blazing history of encore performances, these veteran blues-rockers have defined a sound that turns the clock back to a time when bands put it all on the line to bare their souls for an audience.
In addition to being a regular feature at the premier blues clubs in historic Pioneer Square, Smokin' Gun regularly headlines numerous State festivals, Fairs, Clubs, Benefits, and Bike-runs. Their decade long history of electrifying appearances have honed their collective skills to razor sharp perfection, causing jaw-dropping performances when opening for national recording artists such as: Jeff Beck, Little Feat, Delbert McClinton, Grand Funk Railroad, 38 Special, Pat Benatar, Lover Boy, Creedence Clearwater, Foghat, The Marshall Tucker Band, Elvin Bishop, Molly Hatchet, Steppin Wolf, Kansas, Nazareth, Iron Buttefly, The Guess Who, Black Oak Arkansas, Leslie West & Mountain, Mark Farner, Georgia Sattelites, Atlanta Rythmn Section, Pat Travers, Rare Earth, The Southern Rock Allstars and numerous others.
Smokin' Gun's show repertoire features original, blistering compositions from their award winning compact discs, "Bad Luck Blues" and "Live Rounds", plus material from their soon to be released up-coming CD and their unique signature on timeless "Covers" from The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ-Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and other legends in blues-rock history.
The band's sound fuses southern rock and Texas blues which, when combined with their unique delivery and high energy, makes their live performances even better than their self-produced studio products. Shadow Promotions, which hosts the state's Annual Classic Rock Festival, describes Smokin' Gun as the best unsigned band in the Northwest. Gritz Magazine, the Southern-rock "Rolling Stone" describes Smokin' Gun as one of the finest unsigned bands in America..
Their first album, "Bad Luck Blues," won the 1998 Washington Blues Society "Best Northwest Recording." Their sophomore effort, "Live Rounds from Seattle," recorded live at The Central in Pioneer Square, was nominated for the 2001 Washington Blues Society Best Northwest Recording. Since that time, in response to requests and encouragement from disc jockeys, record store owners and fans who have discovered them, they have has decided to release a collection of covers on a 3rd CD they call, appropriately, "Runnin' For Cover". The band also received Best of the Blues nominations in 2001 for best band, best male vocalist, best guitar, best bass, best keyboards, and best drums. 2002 has brought them W.B.S. nominations for best bass, best keyboards, and best drums.
In addition, "Live Rounds from Seattle" was listed among the "Top 25 for 2001" by Gritz, the Online Southern Music Magazine, in its January edition by its editor Michael Buffalo Smith; other selections included 1 - The Beatles; Riding with the King - Clapton & B.B. King; Peakin' at the Beacon - Allman Brothers Band; and other notables. Gritz gets 12,000 to 15,000 hits per day from all over the globe.
Smokin' Gun's song, "Don't Touch My Girl," was included on the recently released 2001 compilation, "Seattle's Best Blues, Vol. 1, from Raw Records. As of March 1, 2001 over 8000 copies have been sold locally.
A number of songs from the "Live Rounds" "Bad Luck Blues" and "Runnin For Cover" CDs are in the current rotation on KJLU FM, Jefferson City MO, serving St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield; Mark Smith (the Blues Pilot) plays them regularly due to his personal enjoyment and his listener's requests. He has hosted several tremendously successful Smokin' Gun weekends for his "Missouri Gunheads". The band receives airtime on various other blues radio programs throughout North & South America and Europe. They have sold thousands of CD's from the bandstand and over the Internet.
Wherever this veteran group plays, however, they sell out, win over new "Gunheads," and get reviews like the following:
"This band is tighter than a push-up bra at the end of the day, but without the discomfort. All in all, this gun is DEFINITELY smokin'... !" Diane Wells: www.701.com - Toronto, Ontario (Canada) - January 1, 2002
"Smokin' Gun is one of the finest unsigned bands in America. Their blues and rock blend brings to mind the golden era of The Allman Brothers Band, combined with some genuine Texas blues influence from Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan".....Gritz Online - September 2001
"With shades of the Allman Brothers and hints of Stevie Ray Vaughan, these Seattle natives fuse the raw elements of gritty Southern Rock with the soul and feel of Texas Blues. The final ingredient to their sound is a touch and feel all their own that makes their brand of rockin'-boogie-blues an explosive, toe-tapping good time....," The Classic Rock Page - September 1, 2000
"Smokin' Gun's CD loads it up and shows no mercy with its jam-packed roadhouse-style energy reminiscent of S.R.V. , Allmans Bros, and the Alberts of King and Collins. Power it up and crank it to 11"...... The Guitar Guide May 1, 1998
"Until Blackfoot, 38 Special or the resurrected Lynyrd Skynyrd comes back to town, Washington's Smokin' Gun will definatley fill the void left by those Southern Rock Giants... "Eastside Journal American: Friday - June 30, 2000
"Smokin' Gun may truly be the only premier duel-guitar rock/blues band left in existence, surely the best one by any comparison." John Goode: Blues-To-Do's - June 1, 2000
"Smokin' Gun: Strong southern-style roadhouse blues-rock with a double-barreled-duel guitar lead assault and high velocity, down-n-dirty vocals...," The Seattle Times December 31, 1999
"Anytime I would ask them (Smokin' Gun) to do something they would already be half way done with it. They are a pleasure to work with. One of the best bands of both the 1995 & 96 Easyrider Rodeo seasons"..., Cathy Chaffin - Easyrider Magazine - October 1996
"Smokin' Gun just blew me away at the Classic Rock Festival up in Darrington (August 21, 1999)!!! It was the first time I ever saw them and I instantly became a fan. The Bad Luck Blues CD is outstanding! Great originals and the arrangement on Roadhouse Blues is terrific. I'll be first in line for the next album and that is a fact! Keep rockin gentleman, you've got something special goin'!" Vic The Dude - KZOK 102.5 FM - Seattle's Classic Rock Station
If your idea of dressing up and having a good time is putting on a clean Harley T-shirt and crankin up ZZ- Top or Stevie Ray Vaughan; You'll like the Band"..., Seattle Times - March 25, 1994
"Smokin' Gun, under lead singer Jamie Phalen's Black Velvet/Drano vocal style and roaring sense of humor has the ability to create a party anytime, anywhere under any circumstance...," Washington Blues Society Bluesletter - September 1995
"Smokin' Gun, the real deal dueling guitar brand of hard blues and boogie..," The Tempo/Seattle Times- November 16,1995
"Smokin' Gun.., it's always a pleasure to work with such outstanding musicians. I look forward to doing it again. Thank you!" Reggie Lafaye - The B.B. King Band