Introducing... The Bessie Blues Band

The Bessie Blues Band plays very hot and very cool blues with a dash of Memphis Soul Music, a bit of reggae, some funk and a little gospel to keep you good.

From Koko Taylor's "Wang Dang Doodle" to Bonnie Raitt's "Thang Called Love" to W.C. Handy and Albert King, the band covers "cover songs" with their unique blend and groove. Also in the mix are Sandy Carroll's original songs from her four CDs - songs that were featured on XM Bluesville and recorded by such artists as Albert King and Luther Allison.

The band is known for tight rhythm and vocal harmonies. They love playing live and always want the audience to have fun and feel a part of the "ticket".

Some of the gigs that Sandy and the Band has played in the last few years are:
• UK Tour Southern Woman CD
• Frank Brown International Songwriters festival (invitation only)
• Kentucky Hot August Blues Festival
• Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero - Clarksdale, Mississippi
• Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero - Memphis
• Knuckleheads - Kansas City
• Hot Summer Fun Concert - Pickwick
• McNairy Co. Arts in the Park concert series - Selmer, TN
• Huey's Mid-Town and Downtown - Memphis
• Rum Boogie - Beale St. - Memphis
• River Arts Festival - Memphis
• Heritage Arts Festival - Memphis
• Memphis Belles Concert - Cannon Performing Arts - Memphis
• Sandy Carroll Beale St. Note ceremony - Handy Park, Beale St.

Meet the Band!

Sandy Carroll - keyboards, writer, vocals
Sandy plays a rhythm groove and a mean boogie woogie, stride piano style on piano. Performing both as a solo artist and as a band member, Sandy has faced audiences from 30,000 at a professional football game to the intimacy of a quiet Beale St. blues club. Sandy has released full length CDs, compilations, singles and her latest, an EP called Rhythm of the Rivers. In 2008 Sandy was presented with her own note on Beale Street.

Evan Leake - Guitar
From Memphis, Evan formed the rock group, Target in 1974. He then joined Alex Chilton in Big Star. In 1977 he rejoined Target with Jimi Jamison and toured as the opening act for Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Rick Derringer, J. Giles and others. After Jimi joined the group Survivor, Evan hooked up with Willie Cobb and joined the Memphis Outpatients, recording with Bobby Whitlock at Sun Studios. Evan has finesse - from his rock blues to the slide sounds of the Delta to the exotic world beats of Latin America and Africa.

Mike Lineberger - Bass
A Memphis musician, Mike gives that funky bottom to the band. Mike has played shows and festivals throughout the Mid-South and contributed to Sandy's new CD Just As I Am. Mike's "thing" is playing tight and cool.

Rodney Polk - Drums
A groove heavy Memphis musician, Rodney's roots are embedded in gospel, blues and rock. He has toured and recorded with acts including Larry Raspberry, Smoochie Smith, Percy Sledge and Willie Cobbs. Rodney is not only a great drummer, but a great performer - he stops the show with his solos and his solid rhythm reaches beyond the stage, making eye contact with both the audience and his fellow players. Rodney is a pro and a joy.