The Blues Deacons have been a mainstay of the downstate Illinois blues scene since forming in 1990.
Billy Galt (guitar/vocals) has made blues his profession since 1980. Galt has honed his skills backing blues luminaries such as Homesick James, Sonny Boy Williamson Jr., Maxwell Street Jimmy, and Shirley King (daughter of the legendary B.B. King).
Andy Burnett (drums) re-joins the Blues Deacons after a few years absence. He brings energy, a driving beat, and a fresh look to the Deacons lineup.
Beau "Blind Dog" Renshaw (bass) has had many years of classical cello training. He lays down sturdy bass lines and also adds some real spice to the mix. His excellent stage presence adds a lot to the Deacons experience.
Together, these three veteran musicians form a tight blues machine while retaining a raw, soulful edge. When the East Central Illinois Blues Club was asked to send a representative to "Bluestock," a Memphis showcase of blues bands from across the country and around the world, the Blues Deacons were chosen.
Music at 8:00 PM. $4.00 cover charge.