Traditional blues doesn’t come any finer than Portland’s own Bill Rhoades & The Party Kings. Without a doubt one of the region’s most beloved bluesmen, harmonica ace Bill Rhoades heads a tight outfit featuring the guitar skills of former John Lee Hooker sideman Mike Osborn. Along with the driving rhythm section provided by Tom Szell (Ted Nugent, Chaka Khan) and Johnny Moore (Albert Collins, William Clarke), A truckload of regional awards from the Cascade Blues Association over the years is testimony to this band’s lasting fortitude and love for the blues.
Bill Rhoades has been nominated by the Cascade Blues Association for its coveted "Muddy Award" at least once every year of the 12 years it has been awarded. He has won 10 "Muddys", including four for "Best Blues Harp" over the dozen years. Suffice it to say that Bill Rhoades is a real Northwest Blues fan favorite and one of the most knowledgeable Blues resources anywhere.
"Bill Rhoades sounds like a combination between Big Walter
Horton & Charlie Musselwhite. I know, I've played with both
of them" - Albert Collins.
On the new CD, Voodoo Lovin:
"....This reviewer was stunned at the musicianship of Rhoades ... it's easy to see why this little band is making alot of noise...."
Richard Bourcier, Jazz Review.
"...Loads to rave about, including really well worked out arrangements...this will be a 2005 huge sleeper of an album."
Billy Hutchinson, Blues Matters
"...A sho-nuff platter that matters... thirteen cuts guaranteed to get you in a dancing mood..."
Sheryl Crow, Music City Blues.
"...Proof positive that the best blues don't just happen, they're cultivated and cured over time..... phenomenal harp tone..."
Eric Thom, Blues Revue.
"...Voodoo Lovin' is a solid release of traditional blues....exceptional original compositions...."
Graham Clarke, BluesBytes
"..It radiates from the speakers with a vibrancy worthy of a live performance, just the way a good blues record should."
Don Campbell, The Oregonian.