THE CASH BOX KINGS’ OSCAR WILSON & JOE NOSEK
With deep feeling and top-shelf talent, houserocking blues masters The Cash Box Kings play tough, real deal classic Chicago blues with boundless energy. They also deliver raw, passionate Delta blues, jumping proto-rock ‘n’ roll, and steamrolling “bluesabilly,” their original mix of Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly. As anyone who has ever been to one of the band’s raucous performances will testify, The Cash Box Kings know how to throw a party. They’re fueled by the powerhouse harmonica work of Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter Joe Nosek and the huge, gritty vocals of Chicago bluesman Oscar Wilson. Their original songs range from humorous stories of Internet love to harrowing tales of Chicago’s violent gun epidemic. Every song they perform—be it a striking original or a scorching Chess, Sun or Vee-Jay cover—explodes with contemporary authority and radiates old-school authenticity. According to Grammy Award-winning blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, “The Cash Box Kings play with real taste and feel. Not only is it good blues but it’s a jumping good time, too! I ain’t lyin’!”
EDDIE TAYLOR JR.
I was born in 1972 in Chicago, Illinois. My father was the great Eddie Taylor Sr., who played with Blues greats such as Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Sunnyland Slim, and others. I started playing guitar when I was about 13 years old. When I was about 18 years old I started hanging out and traveling with artists like Hubert Sumlin, Sam Lay, and Eddie Shaw. I always wanted to play the Blues growing up. Watching all the great musicians in my home was an inspiration. Since then I’ve traveled all over the country backing artists like Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Billy Gibbons. I continue to play my Blues and share my love and passion for the music.
For his third appearance on Random Chance, Martin Lang and crew have concocted a tasty and deep reiteration of the classic 1950s electric Chicago blues harmonica sound perfected by Little Walter and the Aces. We now know that this heritage is in good hands. The album title comes from the assertion that blues harp “ain’t no notion;” it’s serious, committed music. Lang is joined by guitarists Rusty Zinn and Billy Flynn; Bassists Illinois Slim and Jimmy Upstairs; drummer Dean Haas; pianist Dave Waldman; and vocalist Oscar Wilson.
Sam Lay (born March 20, 1935, Birmingham, Alabama) is an American drummer and vocalist who has been performing since the late 1950s.
Lay was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, in 2015.