Michael Wesley Hughes began his journey in music as a teenager growing up in the San Fernando Valley, North of Los Angeles, California. His band was signed to a recording contract with Liberty Records, but unfortunately that was cut short when he and the drummer were drafted and served in the Army in Vietnam. Upon his return to civilian life, he played throughout the Western United States in various R&B, Classic Rock bands. In 2005 he was the primary writer, lead guitarist and lead vocalist and producer for eBlues Highway. A self-titled, critically received CD was released in 2007 and three of his songs from the album appeared on the Hit HBO series “True Blood”. The band had regular concert performances in the Southern California area, most notably the infamous B.B. King Blues Club in Century City, California. In 2014 he entered the studio with his producer, Lisa Nemzo, and recorded his solo album “Tryin’ To Come Back Home”. It was released in 2015...
Tom is a seasoned drummer and percussionist and a fabulous groovemeister to boot, however he favors playing congas, timbales, bird houses, and other box, bell shaped things with little shakers etc.. A natural at creating the right rhythmic sounds for any tune. From Minneapolis Minnesota, Tom has been teaching drums and percussion around the Coos Bay/North Bend area for over 25 years and is widely known as the “go-to” guy to learn from and/or for gigging that may need a real Master. Tom is also a founding member of CRBQ as well, and we consider ourselves very lucky to have him along for the journey...
He has that Ray Charles, Leon Russell, Bill Payne style but adds the Terry Adams (NRBQ) outlook to performance. Bluesy and snappy by design but with a strong dose of musical humor. Born in Southampton, Long Island but quickly relocated to Tennessee where he got his first Silvertone guitar for his birthday at age 8. Then on to Jackson, Tennessee where he started playing tenor saxophone live at 13 around The Chittlin’ Circuit with The Cavaliers, discovering the Wurlitzer Piano, Ray Charles and others.
A true devotee of Ray Charles, James Brown and that ilk of artist, then on to The Beatles, English Rock and Leon Russell which turned him in to somewhat of a musical chameleon rounding out with an introduction to the blues and there you have another founding member of The Q.
It's been said before but it bears repeating.......
REAL MUSICIANS PLAYING REAL MUSIC COMPLETE WITH ALL THE NATURAL PERFECTIONS AND IMPERFECTIONS PRODUCED WHEN LIVE MUSIC OCCURS. CLAMS AND ALL THE WARTS AND CARBUNCLES RIGHT OUT IN THE OPEN FOR ALL TO SEE.
The Q is dedicated (from the very beginning by the way) to providing our fans with the quirky, funny, LIVE experience that is always found when kids will play for the sheer joy of playing.
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Dan is a retired Professor, avid audiophile and accomplished percussionist in addition to being very close to Tom Beckstrom. Playing in the LTOB/OPRY band alongside him for many years, having cut his teeth playing at the old Wanda's Jams many COOS MOONS AGO.
Dan's influences run the gamut of styles making no rhythmic task too difficult.
This is simply more of the desired mission......
REAL MUSICIANS PLAYING REAL MUSIC FOR THE SHEER JOY OF PLAYING.
COME DIG THE NEW/IMPROVED Q.
Rudy's biggest influences in music came from his father's choice of music.
Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Little Richard, and Robert Johnson.
Then came along the Beatles in 1964, which opened up a new wide screen panorama
for his musical future.
Throughout the years, music has changed and so has Rudy.
From Rock, Reggae, Country to Rhythm and Blues.
So, we like to say Rudy is outstanding in his field. And that's where we found him.....outstanding in the field.
From the central coast of California, Rudy comes with deep musical savvy.
Now he's appeared to lay down the law with CRBQ.
Just icing on the cake for all of us.