The Cash Box Kings continue to dedicate themselves to carrying on the spirit of the 1940's and 50's post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the delta blues music of the 20's and 30's. The band features Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith (son of the legendary Willie "Big Eyes" Smith) on drums and vocals, Joe Nosek on harmonica and vocals, Travis Koopman guitar and vocals, and Chris Boeger on upright bass. They pay homage to a lot of Chess and Sun Records luminaries like Little Walter, Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Rogers along with lesser-known guys like Dr. Isaiah Ross, Robert Nighthawk, Eddie Taylor and Luther Huff. They also delve into the Mississippi Delta sounds of blues men like Charley Patton, Son House, Fred McDowell and R.L. Burnside. The Kings round off their musical offerings with a healthy dose of original music which is heavily influenced by the blues men mentioned above.
Rave Reviews of the Cash Box Kings from around the world!
"These guys have obviously listened and learned."
"I love their stripped-down, paint-scorching approach to the Blues. The Cash Box Kings get my personal seal of approval."
Brian Williams-Blues Freepress UK
"Far too many classic blues outfits stick to what can be considered a list of Top 40 Blues Hits, but these guys dig into the catalogs of John Brim, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Johnny Young, Tommy Johnson and others, delivering a sound steeped in seasoning."
Craig Ruskey-Blues on Stage Minneapolis, MN
"Madison's newest blues ensemble shows they have the passion and the chops in their debut, which borrows extensively from the recordings and atmosphere of Chicago's Chess/Checker tandem."
Dave Leucinger-Maximum Ink
"Think you don't like the blues? Maybe you just haven't heard 'em played with the down-to-it intensity they deserve. Madison's Cash Box Kings understand how to put over the sound of classic Memphis and Chicago blues as well as anyone..."
"The Cash Box Kings and [Kenny] Smith treat old-school blues with reverence so expect a selection of gritty songs imbued with the spirit of the 40's and 50's."
"This is music that preserves the shot-and-a-beer sexual fire and joyously dirty-assed sound production of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Hound Dog Taylor without succumbing to museumpiece imitation."
Tom Laskin-Isthmus Magazine