The Mike Crandall Band

The Mike Crandall Band

 Uxbridge, Massachusetts, USA

The Mike Crandall Band plays traditional blues, jumps and swings, fronted by a gritty vocalist who wails on the harp like a man possessed. Add two guitarists cranking out scorching leads, a bassist with an undeniable groove, and a phenomenal 14-year-old drummer who played on The David Letterman Show


The Mike Crandall Band is a powerful original band that plays traditional blues, uptempo jumps and swings. Crandall is a gritty vocalist and master of the diatonic and chromatic harp. His diatonic tone is reminiscent of Sugar Ray Norcia; his lush chromatic tone is influenced by William Clarke. Rick Harrington is equally adept at scorching leads and a mean slide guitar. Guitarist Ricky King Russell played with John Lee Hooker, Eddie Clearwater, Kim Wilson, and Susan Tedeschi. Bassist Ed Parnigoni played with Roomful of Blues and Eddie Cleanhead Vinson. Danny Banks, a phenomenal 14 year old drummer, played on David Letterman, who called him a young prodigy and invited him back for another appearance.

Set List

The band’s set is always different; they never go on stage with a set list. The band plays three sets – the first set is 90 minutes, the other two are 45 minutes each. The Mike Crandall Band’s repertoire is 75 percent original material. Their cover songs include hard driving harmonica tunes by Little Walter, Magic Sam, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters.

The band’s original tunes include “Jump Blues,” “Black Rain,” “I’m On My Way,” “Howlin’ At The Wolf,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Listen to Me,” “So Many Times,” and “Out Alone.”