Original Old-School Blues and Soul
birth of new blue soul
Founding members Rogue Johnsen (Keys, vocals) and Jim Barrett (Sax, vocals, percussion) won the DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands in 2017 and competed at the International Blues Competitions in January, 2018. Armed with a new vision from the bands they heard in Memphis, they created New Blue Soul. In addition to Rogue and Jim, the current lineup includes an impressive cast of veteran D.C. musicians: Mike Matthews and Dean Dalton on Bass, Joe Wells and Brian Alpert holding down the drums, veteran blues-man Michael Jr. Tash on Guitar and the amazing Mary Shaver on vocals.
New Blue Soul has performed at: DC Blues Festival at Wunder Garten, the Ice House Café, Backyard Grille, Café Montmartre, Tims Rivershore, Clydes Willow Creek, Taste of Reston, Westminster Blues and countless other venues.
Members have performed with a host of popular acts, including: Archie Bell and the Drells, Bo Diddley, W.C. Clark, Miss Lavelle White, Sam Andrew, Martha Capone, Snuffy Walden, and Sarah Niemetz of Post Modern Jukebox, Buddy Guy, Bob Margolin, Deanna Bogart, Tom Principato, The Nighthawks and Bad Influence Band just to name a few.