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The Pounders

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"'Rockin' The Blues' CD Review"

"Rockin' The Blues starts with a powerful blast of blues that most can identify with, "Booze Blues",....This CD has an upbeat blues sound with the underlaying feeling of true blues. The threesome plays well together. Mike Swain's guitar, as well as his originality, keep the band rockin'. Bassist Bob Mckinney and drummer John Kliner lay down a solid rhythm. Keep up the good work! We look forward to more upbeat blues from The Pounders." SLD - Alabama Blues Society Newsletter

"CD Reviews"

"...If every now and then you like kick-ass rock 'n' roll with one foot in the blues, then give these guys a listen because their name is quite apt as they know how to rock!...They are blues oriented, but their approach is an in your face type "Texas" rock....In a short time I found myself singing a couple of the songs under my breath as I went about my work day. Oh yeah, I'd been "pounded!"
"Booze Blues" - This track illustrates the band's strong suit, getting your foot to tapping and your head to nodding.
"She Turns Me On" - A straight ahead Texas boogie blues/rock number, is one of those songs that you'll find yourself unconsiously singing to yourself long after the disc quits playing.
"Flower Blues" - The Pounders take this T-Bone Walker tune in directions T-Bone, I'm sure never imagined..... Jon Duttweiler - NY CD Blues

"Cd Review for Blues Rag"

" 'The Pounders'... What kind of name is that for a blues band? An appropriate one as it turns out. This disc lays down a pounding, driving drum rhythm from the first cut to the last....The greatest appeal of this album will be to fans who like their blues with plenty of rock and intense energy that grabs you and won't let you loose." Lee Alban - Blues Rag - Baltimore Blues Society

"The Pounders"

" The Pounders are to Blues what BTO was to rock; power, power, power. They rape, pillage and plunder with the same intensity as George Thorogood. Their relentlessly driving rhythms continue to attack you until you give up and like it. Mike Swain (vocals and guitar), Bob 'Trashman' McKinney (bass), and John Kliner (drums) create an aggressive, in-your-face, rock-like attack, but the music is Blues. People just can't help but dance to this kind of stuff. It's hypnotic, boogie-driven enthusiasm makes even the most nonchalant sophisticate nod, wiggle, or at least tap his glass of Perrier." Trout - Magic City Blues News (Birmingham, Al.)

"The Pounders, Rockin' The Blues"

The Pounders are true to their name, playing no-holds-barred boogie blues with no quiet places. 'She Turns Me On', 'Black Eyed Peas', and 'Busted' are irresistable ballsy strutters, however, and The Pounders are a tight band that takes full advantage of this musical form. PRA - Living Blues Magazine


Rockin' The Blues, Vent Records, 1997


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The Pounders were formed in 1992 by Mike Swain and Bob McKinney. Mike was schooled by legendary Mississippi bluesman, James "Son" Thomas. Bob grew up in a musical family with his father being a band leader and music teacher. They wanted to develop a more high-energy style of blues that featured original material. They enlisted John Kliner and together they formed The Pounders, a high-energy blues band with shades of rock, jazz, and funk mixed in with emphasis on performing original music. One reviewer has said "It's unbelievable how much sound comes from these three musicians!" They are truly a power-blues trio. This kind of blues will wake you up and make you feel it, then its pounding grooves will have you up and dancing like crazy!
They have recently added Matt Kimbrough (of Birmingham) to play drums and is an excellent addition to the band.