The Blacktails

The Blacktails


Jump, Jive and Wail to the swinging sounds of The Blacktails. The dance floor will be jumping all night long with a mix of Swing, Jump Blues, Rockablilly and re-orchestrated Big Band numbers.


The Blacktails sound is a mix of Juke Joint Blues with the great Swing, Big Band, & Boogie Woogie styles of the 20's, 30's and 40's. Their influences (to name a few) range from Fats Waller & Louis Jordan to Louis Prima & Frank Sinatra to Muddy Waters & T-Bone Walker. The members of The Blacktails have been together for over 10 years as a sort of musical consort-ion. In their last project, as The Witness Protection Program, they released 2 concept albums featuring Blues and Swing music for children as well as debut album entitled "On The Lamb".

The two children's albums entitled Baby Blues and Swingset immediately attracted the attention of Rounder Records Execs and the albums were distributed nationally to major chains like Borders Books. They were joined on both albums by W.C. handy award winner and fellow Rounder Recording Artist Toni Lynn Washington, as well having renown Jazz Saxophonist Michael Hashim, kick out all the horn arrangements for the Swingset album.

Dynamic lead singer and harp player for The Blacktails, F. William Sullivan, has been a seasoned studio and live musician recording tracks for artists such as Pink, Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish, and many more. His infectious blues harp playing, unmistakeable voice and onstage antics always steal the show.

Lead guitarist for The Blacktails David Blacker contributed all the arrangements and lead guitar work on the Baby Blues and Swing Set albums. David has been a lifelong student of Blues, Swing and Rockabilly guitar. He is managed by Ligeti Artists LLC in NYC and in a 3 month residency at New York's Stanhope Park Hyatt he and (other Blacktail's member) Peter Farrell put on a duo Django Reinhardt tribute. David has successful online music lessons in Blues and Swing Guitar at

Now together as The Blacktails the band is pulling from their vast shared experience and delighting blues and swing fans across the country.


The Baby Blues
Swing Set
Live At The China Club
On The Lamb

Set List

The Blacktails typically play between 2 & 3 sets of original and cover material in the genre's of Jump Blues, Boogie Woogie, Rockabilly and Swing. Louis Jordan, Hollwood Fats, Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra are just a few of the artists The Blacktails cover on a given night.