BluzBenderz Bio

Andy Kinne ~ (Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)

Originally from Texas, Andy now lives in the Kansas City area and considers KC his home. Andy's been playing music since 13 years of age. His inspirations include his Uncle Robert Moffett, Jonny Winters, Freddy King and regional legends Larry Roberts, Bill Bramer, Johnny Isom and Frank Plas. This Texas boy can make a guitar sing and has been part of the area music scene for four decades. Andy is an exceptional song-writer and, as front-man for the band, has loads of character. Andy's a regular supporter of 90.1KKFI and is a member of the Kansas City Blues Society. 

David Shewmaker ~

(Harmonica/Slide Guitar/Recorder/ Trumpet/Lead Vocals/Backup Vocals)

Dave has it all. Talent oozes from this guy. He plays harp like no other, and YES, the recorder! Dave has a great sound no matter what he plays, and what a song-writer! In addition to the BluzBenderz, he also plays with the Elsea Smith Band. Dave's harp is featured in three songs on Bobby Carson's CD, "The Other Side of Midnight" released in 2004. Dave is a member of the Kansas City Blues Society. 

Dennis Nickell ~

(Drums/Lead Vocals/Backup Vocals)

Dennis Nickell has been playing drums for four decades. Orginally from near Chicago, he played in all the school bands, drum & bugle corps, and was a student of well known percussionist Tommy Hobart. He played for several years with with Cha Cha recording artists, "The Outsiders" in the 60's. In the 70's and 80's he turned to jazz playing with a variety of well known groups, the most notable being The Village Trio with pianist Bob Touloff and bassist John B.Cleveland. The 90's was a mixed bag of groups and music and travel. Into the new millennium he met the late great Lester "Wizard" King and played regularly with him for almost three years. His versatillity compliments the BluzBenderz and their home grown style of music.

Wally Binney - 

(Base / lead Guitar / Lead Vocals / Backup Vocals)

Wally Binney got his musician union card at the age of 17 and has been on stage ever since. In the mid seventies he got his first taste of Rythym an Blues by touring with regional favorite Jerry Wood and he went from there to recording an album with the band Prisoner. While with them Wally opened for such groups as REO Speedwagon, Savoy Brown, Ten Years After, and Missouri. Wally brings an edge to this veteran group that has shown originalty and staying power through the years. 

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