The Blues Orchestra featuring Honeyboy Turner
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"Letter of Reference"

This summer one of my restaurants in Lincoln, NE put on a BBQ & Blues Festival featuring Bernard Allison as the headliner. We were looking for a solid opening act for Bernard and had seen The Blues Orchestra perform several times in the past at the Friday Night Live Concert Series held at SouthPointe Pavilions.
After working through Julie Lattimer at SouthPointe we were fortunate enough to book The Blues Orchestra featuring Honeyboy Turner for our event. We were thrilled with their performance and particularly liked the fact that they brought a great audience. We hadn’t realized how big of a following they had in this area.
All of the band members were professional in every way that evening. They set up quickly, got right into their session and before you knew it had everyone on their feet. The Blues Orchestra’s set was upbeat and really got the crowd going. I heard many comments from the audience of almost 1800 people that evening about the great show put on by The Blues Orchestra.
We are currently planning our 2nd Annual BBQ & Blues Fest in 2011 and hope that The Blues Orchestra with Honeyboy Turner is available for the event. Famous Dave’s has a Blues club in Minneapolis that puts on a Blues Festival annually which usually featuring about ten acts. I will be contacting the individual who coordinates the talent for this festival to recommend that they check out The Blues Orchestra for their 2011 event.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have in regards to my recent association with The Blues Orchestra. I would happily work with them again and look forward to the next time I can see them perform.

Chuck LeCorgne
Area Director
Famous Dave’s of America
(402) 730-2254
- Famous Dave's


1994 Honeyboy Turner and Harvey Brindell released "Preachin' The Blues" under the name Honeyboy Turner & Cryin' Heart on the -ismist label.

1997 Honeyboy Turner recorded Cadillac Joe & The Blind Wolf Blues Band on their self-titled debut.

2004 Honeyboy recorded a guitar/harmonica duo cd "Big Highways" with Sean Benjamin. They were featured live on River City Folk with Tom May.

2005 Honeyboy records and releases "Honey Stump" on Lone Prairie Records



The Blues Orchestra, based in Lincoln, NE is the latest vision of bluesman Harvey Brindell. In addition to Harvey on vocals and guitar, the "Orchestra" currently consists of John "Honeyboy" Turner on harmonica and vocals, Don Holmquist on drums and vocals, Keith Cornelius playing bass and singing, and Brian "B" Hull on keyboards.

The Blues Orchestra has been busy playing festivals, parties, clubs, and other private events. They recently had the opportunity to open for international blues artist Bernard Allison.

The Blues Orchestra songlist is heavy with Chicago blues standards but on any given night you may also catch a set of The Blues Orchestra's original songs, all of which come out of that same Chicago Blues bag. The Blues Orchestra wants to get the crowd jumpin' and dancin' and they do a great job of that.

Honeyboy - Harmonica & Vocals
John "Honeyboy" Turner and Harvey Brindell go back two decades to when they put together Honeyboy Turner & Cryin' Heart. They toured together throughout the nineties opening for Mighty Joe Young, James Harman, Jimmy Thackery, Magic Slim and many others. Honeyboy embodied the spirit of the great front man harp players that he so idolized. They released "Preachin the Blues" on the ismest label in 1994. Honeyboy moved to Madison Wisconsin in 1997 and joined Cadillac Joe and the Blind Wolf Blues Band. They released an album and quickly began getting attention in Mad Town. Honeyboy moved back to Lincoln in 2000 and had a short run with a band called the Blues Cruisers who jammed with Magic Slim, Nick Holt and Chubby Carrier. During his playing with the Cruisers, he joined forces with Sean Benjamin and recorded Sean's fantastic self-titled cd "Big Highways". Their harmonica and guitar duo were featured on River City Folk with Tom May. When Honeyboy and Harvey realized their paths were crossing again, they both jumped at the opportunity for a blues reunion that's been a long time in the making.

Harvey - Guitar & Vocals
Harvey learned his craft by listening to some of the local guitar players while he was living around Macon, GA. Not a bad place to get educated considering that it was the early seventies and Capricorn Records/Studios was in full swing and homebase for such bands as The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Wet Willie. What that meant was that on any given night you could walk into one of the local clubs, places like Grants Lounge and run into Duane or Dickey or ........ Harvey took full advantage of this by hanging on every opportunity to see these guys playing live and asking question about style, technique, playing in a band, and life on the road. Several attempts at local bands and a move in 1985 to Lincoln, NE. led to Harvey's first success as a guitar player in a blues band, The Honeyboy Turner Band. After the demise of Turner's band in the late 90s, Harvey joined with several other local musicians to form The Hydramatics, a successful jump blues band. The Hydramatics underwent several band member changes and eventually became Jukehouse. After a couple of years of constant gigging, Harvey decided it was time for a break. BUT NOW HE'S BACK !

Don - Drums
Don grew up on a drum throne, providing he has grown up at all. His dad was on the UNL drum line in the 50's and was a jazz drummer when Don was growing up in Lincoln. Childhood idols were Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Keith Moon, John Bonham, and, unbeknownst to him, session drummer Hal Blaine. Don played in school bands and stage bands, and debuted his rock 'n' roll talents at a junior high assembly with the Overland Vegetable Stagecoach Band playing the same 4 songs over and over again.
Since then, he has played with a variety of bands and musicians including the Specs with Matthew Sweet, The Community Concert band with his father (tag-teaming in the percussion section), the Execs, King Korn, the Rotating Power Tools, Blue Collar, Rockin Billy & the Redhots, Mac McCune, Jim Williamson, Andy Hall, Tom Larsen and for the Lincoln Community Playhouse. He is also currently in a rock & blues band called The Cronin Bros.
Don has attended seminars with Ed Shaunnesey, Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, and Glen Valez, to name a few. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and has enjoyed the PAS international conventions.
Blues music introduced Don Ho to a new musical learning curve, a surprise because Blues music is not as easy as it sounds to play well. He loves the diversity in The Blues Orchestra and enjoys the high energy on stage and his fun-loving band mates, some of whom he has known since his youth (a long time ago). Don plays Yamaha, Slingerland, and Tama Drums, Zildjian cymbals, Remo heads, and Vic Firth Sticks and is currently working toward endorsements with these companies.

Brian Hull- Brian has been playing gigs as long as he can remember. He would get up in front of assemblies in the auditorium in elementary school and play the songs that were hits of the day. He never stopped ! H