The Inside Straight Blues Band

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The Inside Straight Blues Band

By Mitzi Beliveau

I had been told my several bands and musicians about an extraordinary gem of an event center an hour from my home. I decided to go to the famous Old Shafter Creamery Event Center to see the Inside Straight Blues Band there.

I am never disappointed in seeing them. Many people follow them where ever they go to play and sing. They have the top singers in the nations in this band. Yes, I feel that strongly about both of the lead singers in this band if you have not heard them. You are missing out.

Bill Swanson is the lead singer in this song link below.


Internationally known keyboardist and singer Bill Swanson plays all over the metro area and is often seen in other regions thought the USA and other countries via Facebook, WordPress, and other media. I have had many requests for more of his music when I go out to jam sessions. People all over the world upload his music whenever I record jam sessions with Bill Swanson in them. Bill Swanson is my number one requested musician and singer. Bill Swanson picture below before the gig. Waiting for the fans at The Old Shafer Creamery Event Center!


Kurt Koehler is another well know international singer and guitarist. First time I heard his voice I fell in love with his songs. He has a raspy low and smooth sound that reminds me of Louie Armstrong voice. Yes, he is that good! A very unusual tremendous and powerful voice. He plays his guitar, and it sings beautiful music effortlessly. Kurt Koehler sings the lead in this Youtube video below.


Next is the drummer Rick Johnson. He has been with the band a long time. Keep the group on the beat and of the best drummer in these times. Endless energy of rhythm and even solo it perinates the halls where ever he goes.

Mark Zmuda is the bass player and well-seasoned bass player always on beat and plugs the music on time and beautifully another very talented member in the band.

I give Inside Straights Blues Band five stars for overall performance. Both singers get five stars plus! Drummer five stars for an extraordinarily great performance! Bass guitar player five stars for best performance! One of the top 10 blues band in the upper Midwest!

You can find more about the band by clicking on these links below. They perform all over the USA. When they come to your town or area. See them. They fill up the places they go to.



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The Old Shafer Creamery Event Center Facebook page

The Old Shafter Creamery Event Center Homepage


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