The Don Norman Blues Band is a dynamic group that will have you dancing, singing, laughing and shouting for more. These guys play blues from Chicago to the Delta, from the West Coast to Memphis, and everywhere in between.
The band started playing Chicago style rhythm & blues in 1998 in Athens, Ohio and soon became a local favorites playing almost every club in town on a regular basis. Since 2006 the band has begun to become regulars on the Columbus scene playing festivals and clubs all over town.
They are fronted by Matt McCarthy on guitar an vocals. Shortly after beginning to play Matt served a cherished apprenticeship under Cleveland Fats. Matt is a passionate performer with true love for the music he is committed to supporting... the blues! His influences include; Jimmy Reed, Albert King, B.B King, Muddy Waters, Magic Slim, RL Burnside, and Robert Lockwood.
Reagan Anderson plays drums and is also an original member from the Athens days. Reagan is a laid back in-the-pocket drummer that keeps the beat up tempo and hard driving.
Toby Shamblin plays bass and is influenced by Tyrone Davis, Stax and Matt Freeman. He drives the bus and glues it all together.
The newest member is Bruce Soble on saxophone. For those of you who don't know Bruce he is an outstanding sax player... This honky can really blow the horn! Bruce is also a real funny guy so watch out...
Mike Gilliland plays the mississippi saxophone and also sings. Mike is an outstanding harmonica player sought after by may bands. Mike claims, Little Water, Big Water, Sonny Boy Williamson, and William Clarke as his influences.