Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule

 Oakland, California, USA

Since 2004 Kickin' the Mule's steady club and festival work has earned this New Orleans R&B/blues band a loyal following. The band plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres, including New Orleans R&B, blues, soul, early '50s rock 'n' roll, and funk. This band is guaranteed to get you moving!


Kickin' the Mule is:

Kelvin Dixon, lead vocals/drums. Kelvin has sung played with John Lee Hooker, Charles Brown, Bo Diddley, Otis Rush, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, and Irma Thomas, and toured and recorded with Sylvester, Two Tons of Fun (Weathergirls), Tom Mazzolini's Blues Cavalcade, Otis Rush, Lady Bianca, and Joe Louis Walker, among others. Kelvin's Texas-Louisiana roots come through loud and clear with his soulful singing and heavy swamp groove that makes you want to get up and dance. Kelvin received his formal music training under scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Lee Bloom, piano/keyboards. Lee has worked with a variety of creative artists in many genres including Madeleine Peyroux, Pete Escovido, Hal Stein, Denise Perrier, and Dan Hicks, Elvis Costello, and Rosanne Cash, among others. As a pianist, he has accompanied vocalists. As a session player, he has contributed to a variety of recording projects ranging from straight-ahead jazz to blues, R&B, funk, heavy metal, and country & western. He writes, not just music but also words, and has had his writings on jazz published in the All Music Guide to Jazz, 3rd edition. His work can also be found online at and

Steve Gannon, guitar. London, England-born guitarist Steve Gannon came to Oakland, California, in 1982 and soon became active on the local blues scene, eventually working with the bands of J.J. Malone, Eddie Ray, and Sonny. In recent years he has toured the U.S. with Sonny Rhodes and Lady Bianca and has played many festival and concert-hall dates with both Jimmy McCracklin, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and the Craig Horton Blues Band. Recording credits include albums by Jimmy McCracklin, Sonny Rhodes, Sugar Pie DeSanto, J.J. Malone, Craig Horton, Jimi Mamou, and Freddie Hughes as well as two albums under his own name, Oaktown and ’52 Ford.

Patty Hammond, bass. Patty has worked with blues/R&B greats Freddie Hughes, Tia Carroll, Craig Horton, Lisa Kindred, Johnny Nitro, Birdlegg, and Sugar Pie DeSanto. She has worked with the Bay Area bands Birdlegg & the Tightfit Blues Band, Johnny Nitro and the Doorslammers, the Dave Workman Band with John Broadway Tucker, Phil Berkowitz and the Dirty Cats, MotorDude Zydeco, Tip of the Top, and Macy Blackman and the Might Fines. Formerly the bassist for San Jose’s acclaimed Gospel Travelers directed by Gospel Hall of Fame Award winner Jesse McDaniel, Patty has played at church programs and celebrations from Oakland to Sacramento and San Jose to Santa Cruz.

Mike Waters, tenor sax. Mike adds a touch of jazz and bebop into the mix, having honed his skills with tenor great Hal Stein. Known for his warm and melodic sound, Mike has performed with such Bay Area favorites as MJ’s Brass Boppers, the Jeff Magidson Blues Band, Tristan Norton’s Funk4Tet, the Bruno Pelletier Quartet, the Stocchi Jazz Band, Jonathan Poretz, Jellyroll, and Bob Dalpe.


CD is currently in production.

Set List

Kickin the Mule Partial Tune List

Ain’t Got No Home (The Frog Song)
Big Boss Man/Thrill Is Gone medley
Big Chief
Cabbage Alley
Cantaloupe Island (instrumental)
Cold Duck Time (instrumental)
Crosscut Saw
Downhome Girl
Drown in my Own Tears
Give Me Back My Wig
Got My Mojo Workin'
Hand Jive
Honky Tonk (instrumental)
Hoochie Coochie Man/I'm a Man
Last Date (instrumental)
Listen Here (instrumental)
Mystery Train
Night Train
Ooh Poo Pa Do/Lookin' for My Ya Ya/Walkin’ the Dog
Rock House (instrumental)
Rockin' Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu
Sleepwalk (instrumental)
Tequila (instrumental)
The Things I Used to Do
Twine Time (instrumental)
Watermelon Man (instrumental)
Will It Go Round in Circles
Wine Spoodie Odie/Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On
You Got Me Runnin'
. . . and many others