The Crook County Blues Band
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The Crook County Blues Band

Chicago, IL | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Chicago, IL
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Blues Classic Rock


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"The Crook County Blues Band Review"

"These Crooks are less about stealing than honoring their R&B, blues and rock 'n roll influences--loose and fun and thoroughly earnest is their approach. Guitarist Russ Hartig has exceptional chops: whether playing Hendrix, Presley, Cream, or Freddie King classics, he nimbly and seemingly effortlessly switches genres and goes beyond imitation to make established tunes sound both immediately familiar and notably his own. The reliable rhythm section seques easily across the genres Crook County explores, and multi-instrumentalist Pat Fiege (harp, keys, guitar, sax) is an affable and inviting front man with enough vocal growl and melody to span the band's catalogue. Plus, you can tell he's enjoying the hell out of playing this music the band so obviously loves. Before you lock them up, give the Crook county Blues Band a listen."

--former Illinois Entertainer Editor in Chief . - Illinois Entertainer

"Cook County Judge Reviews The Crook County Blues Band"

"They were simply the best!!! They are talented, were engaging & played great blues music, we had around 80 guests & they all loved the CCBB. I'd definitely recommend them & book them again."

--Susana Ortiz - Current Cook County Judge - Susana Ortiz

"Wild Fire Reviews The Crook County Blues Band"

"Crook County Blues Band was so great! They were incredibly talented and the crowd loved them. They were very professional and fun and played a well variety of songs to keep the crowd engaged. I would definitely book and recommend them in the future."

--MJ Wild Fire Harley - Mary Jo


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The Crook County Blues Band  delivers an authentic polished blues and classic rock sound.   We are an American music band. 

 Russ Hartig (Guitar Hurricane) (lead guitar), Ray Somera (Joliet Ray) (bass guitar, vocals), Trey Christian (drums), andPat Fiege(vocals, harmonica, ukulele, guitar, keyboard, sax) put the "B" in Blues and the "C" in Classic rock.    The band shines during their energy filled live performances during which Pat will often  switch instruments, leading the audience on a journey of varying sounds and feelings from song to song. The Crook County Blues Band  has worked hard at developing a solid, high-energy, authentic blues and classic rock sound, while keeping an open ear to the continuing evolution of the music as it keeps rolling on.  

The Crook County Blues Band influences are many:  Stevie Ray Vaughn, Melvin Taylor,  Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, King Curtis, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding,  Slim Harpo, The Doors,  Wilson Pickett, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton,  Tracy Chapman, Cream, B.B. King, Junior Wells, Freddie King,  Jeff Healey, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Jonny Lang, Kim Wilson, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Howlin' Wolf, T-Bone Walker, Robert Johnson, and many more.

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