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"“Falling Leaves” CD Review"

The long awaited follow up disc to “Blast Off!” was well worth the wait. There are 12 selections including two originals. The disc starts out with an enjoyable original called “Open Road”. It’s a shuffle with their trademark excellent sax and smooth vocals. Some of the covers you will recognize by name as they were made popular by the likes of Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, and Sonny Boy II. Some are a little more obscure, but they are all done with a satisfying touch that makes them their own. The other original, the title track, is one of those tunes that the first time you hear it, it feels so comfortable you feel like you have been listening to it for years. My favorite cut on this disc is the final cut “Let Me In” , which was written by Jimmie Vaughan, and it just plain rips.

To describe this band, the word that comes to mind is solid. With one of the finest drummers in the business in Conrad Ormsby, the rhythm section is tight. The guitar work is always just what it needs to be. Although Brian and Dan are capable of tearing it up on the disc, they keep it subtle. There is some really fine slide work by Mr. Lee. If you have not heard this band, I highly recommend putting their next date on your must see calendar, and as for this disc, it definitely belongs on your must buy list. It’s a really fun album.
Malcolm Kennedy
- Blues Media Northwest: Blues To Do

"Scene and Heard"

Blues Orbiters’ Brian Lee reports that their series of CD release parties for their new album “Falling Leaves” continues to be a big success, and the CD is getting a great reception. The Rockfish Grill in Anacortes was rockin’ all night to the Orbiters, with an enthusiastic crowd and some great Halloween costumes adding to the festivities. One patron summed it up best: “I haven’t had this much fun in ages!” Wrapping up 2005 is the release party at the Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle on Friday, December 9. Best wishes Orbiters!

I slinked down to Jake’s Ales in Federal Way to see the Blues orbiters for myself and can testify (yeah baby) that they sound GREAT! Once the crowd got dancing, they didn’t stop till closing! Be sure to catch the Blues Orbiters gig at the Highway 99 this month and ask them to sign their new disc for you!
Deborah Engelhart - Washington Blues Society Bluesletter

"Blues Orbiters"

The five piece Blues Orbiters are a tight unit with a song list of both originals and more traditional blues tunes. Brian Lee combines sharp showmanship with a relaxed stage presence, while providing strong lead vocals, blues harp, and guitar to the band’s sound. The rhythm section is tight with Conrad Ormsby on drums. If Conrad’s taking a drum solo stay put, you’re in for a rhythmic treat.
Laurette Langille -

"Scene & Heard"

Malcolm Kennedy gives us the skinny on some gigs in the North end:
Forecasters Public House, at the Redhook Brewery (Woodinville), The Blues Orbiters “Falling Leaves” CD-release party: One of the best blues bands in the land played to an SRO crowd and kept the dance floor full for most of the three hours they played. With songs from both “Blast Off!” and their latest CD “Falling Leaves” as well as three new songs “Feel So Lucky”, “Something”, and “Behind The Sun”, they rocked the house. The highlights of the evening for me were “Let Me In” off “Falling Leaves” , Otis Rosh’s “All My Love” and their new originals. If you have not seen the Orbiters, you really must, because they are fantastic.
Malcolm Kennedy/Deb Engelhart

- Washington Blues Society


LP: "Falling Leaves"
2005, Blues Orbiter Music BOM-004,
Flat Tire Records
EP: "Blues Orbiters Live in Issaquah"
2004, Blues Orbiter Music BOM-003
EP: "Blues Orbiters"
2003, Blues Orbiter Music BOM-002
LP: "Blast Off!"
2002, Blues Orbiter Music BOM-001



Blues Orbiters live performances engage our audience with enthusiasm, charisma, and exceptional musical performance. Our creative and skillful frontline includes a variety of instrumentation and two vocalists to create interest and energy, and our exceptionally strong rhythm section provides a breadth of styles, tempos, and dynamics to drive our sound.

The Blues Orbiters have been nominated twice for “Best Band” and once for "Best Recording" in the "Best of the Blues" awards by the Washington Blues Society . Tim Sherman has won twice for "Best Guitar". With a tight, straight-ahead, energetic blues sound and many original compositions, our sound has traditional roots with modern delivery.

Reviews of our CD’s and performances include comments such as:
“Smooth exuberance and vitality”.
“The freshest sound to come out of Seattle this year”
“Top draw in the rainy Emerald City”
“World class.”
“Very, very competent guitarists who trade the spotlight”
“Blistering slide guitar”.
“One of the finest drummers in the business”
“It just plain rips”.

Our CD's “Falling Leaves” and “Blast Off” receive airplay in the Seattle area on stations KEXP, KSER, KPLU and KBCS, as well as on stations in Spokane, San Francisco, and several stations in Canada. Blues Orbiters play regularly in major blues clubs throughout western Washington. We play regional festivals including Bumbershoot , Ritzville Blues, and Folk Life, as well as opening for national acts such as Tommy Castro and Little Charlie and the Nightcats.