Notoriously the best house rockin' blues band on the circuit, Code Blue not only rocks the house, but fills the dance floor and gains new fans with every show. Having played up to 150 shows each year, Code Blue is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and until recently has concentrated on filling local venues. The band's success has encouraged them to play bigger and better venues in the upcoming months.
The Code Blue Band has headlined several times at Wilbert's, one of Cleveland's premier blues, food and music clubs, as well as opening for such greats as Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Magic Slim and the Teardrops(twice), Wallace Coleman, and many others.
The five man band was formed in 1990 by frontman/singer/songwriter/harmonica master, St.Rick. His blues background began in childhood while listening to his parents rehearse their folk music trio. They played the Cleveland area for many years and other family members are still in the music business. According to St.Rick, he didn't choose to play the harmonica, it chose him! Says Rick, "When I realized that I could play, I liked it so much that I played until my lips bled!"
Some of his musical influences are Lil' Walter, John Mayall, Kim Wilson, Paul Butterfield, and Rick Estrin just to name a few.
Ian Lange Jones, aka Kid Blue, lead guitarist, is a self taught player who has been playing for six years. He grew up listening to the blues and picked it up very quickly. He has performed with such greats as Buckwheat Zydeco. Some of his influences are Tab Benoit, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Chancey, and The Hoax. He also likes many other styles of music ranging from bands such as the Rolling Stones to Lucero.
During performances, Code Blue interacts with the audience and strives to musically please them. The Code Blue song list includes many originals, but they also pay tribute to all of the blues greats by playing the familiar hits of such artists as Wilson Picket, Robert Johnson, B.B. King, Sonnyboy Williamson, Jay Lowe, Albert Collins, Albert King, Buddy Guy, and many, many more.