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Alive In The City - 2005
Christmas Album - 2000
"Live" from Chicago - 1998
Come One, Come All - 1997
Meet Me In Uptown - 1996

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Ross Bon and the Mighty Blue Kings

Soul . Sweat . Manic Energy

“My music is about the way that I embrace life; with spontaneity and emotion; it’s all about a connection” says Ross Bon when describing his musical evolution.

Ross possesses a distinctive voice you remember long after the song has ended driven with passion and a sense of charisma.

Bon’s live performances across the country have earned him and the Mighty Blue Kings rave reviews; creating a celebration of sound, sweat and manic energy; bringing their fans to a point of frenzy, where they can’t help but to jump up and join Ross on his “live ride.”

And what an incredible ride it is!

With over 100,000 independent albums sold and two (2) albums climbing onto
Billboard’s Blues Chart, when describing Ross Bon and the Mighty Blue Kings music, you have to consider a mix of soul, rock and R&B - a combination he likes to term “Indie Soul.”

“Enjoyable … sometimes dirty, sometimes martini-smooth, sometimes rural, sometimes cosmopolitan R&B.”

- Glenn Kenny, New York Daily News

Ross has earned his success the old-fashioned way; by building a loyal grassroots following with touring, playing and hard work; Ross continues to write his story – one fan at a time.

Although Bon hails from the cradle of urban blues, his introduction to the sound wasn’t much different from most American youth. He took his love of artists such as Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton and went back to explore their influences; the sources for their music.

What he discovered was a treasure trove of blues and jazz influences such as: Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Jr. Wells and Buddy Guy – among others – that would lead him to assemble a group of musicians that eventually the world would come ton know as:
The Mighty Blue Kings.

In 1992, Bon became an integral part of the Chicago music scene as a harmonica player and vocalist; he recorded with artists such as Willie “Big” Smith, Buddy Scott, Pinetop Perkins, Jr. Wells, Dave Specter, James Cotton and Kim Wilson.

Later in ‘95, Ross Bon’s Mighty Blue Kings made their debut performance opening for the late Junior Wells at Buddy Guy’s legends in Chicago; and followed up with a weekly residence at the Chicago jazz club, The Green Mill.

The evening became legendary, selling out for two straight years with die-hard fans willing to stand in-line outside, around the block, in sub-zero temperatures!

Bon recalls with a smile, “People came out to sweat, laugh and have a good time with each other, it was fantastic!”

The Chicago Sun Times’ Lloyd Sachs noted, “It’s been a while since a musician has generated the kind of buzz …”

Ross Bon’s first two independently produced CD’s (with The Mighty Blue Kings), “Meet Me In Uptown,” and “Come One, Come All” (R-Jay Records), together have sold over 100,000 copies, with the latter having debuted in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Blues Album chart.

Hot on the heels of their two successes, Ross subsequently released two additional albums, “Live From Chicago,” (climbing to #14 on Billboard’s Blues Album chart) and the holiday favorite, “The Christmas Album.”

“Bon’s voice seduces his listeners rather than merely conquering them.”

- Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune

“Another great piece of Americana to come out of Chicago …”

- Stuart Levine, L.A. Daily News

And Ross and the MBK’s latest release, “Alive In The City” continues Ross journey, recently reaching #16 on the Living Blues Chart, Ross’ style continues to bring the classic influences into his contemporary vision.

Through both his performances and touring nationally and abroad, Ross Bon has shared billing with renowned artists such as; Ray Charles, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Pete Townsend and K.D. Lang.

He has performed for President Clinton and the First Lady at the Democratic National Convention, the Republican Senatorial Committee, Oprah Winfrey and Microsoft as well as numerous national charitable agencies.

And adding to his credentials, Bon has also contributed his unique talent and sound to major motion picture soundtracks including, “Kissing A Fool” (starring David Schwimmer and Jason Leigh) and “Three To Tango” (starring Neve Campbell and Matthew Perry.)

Bon describes his journey, “It’s about making the kind of music I love, and what people can identify with; I can barely wait to see what is around the next bend!”

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