‘‘…if you like your blues funky, rocking, swinging, slow and emotionally-charged played across a mix of reworked classics and originals then you are sure to love this band.
A guitar/hammond driven 4-piece delivered with superb musicianship…’’
Who are Teed Up?
Teed Up are a recently formed four piece blues band, although the members are certainly not new to the music scene. Together they have extensive experience having played with some of the best and most famous in the industry.
All members are very well known throughout the UK and beyond, having performed at festivals in many countries over the years. The band are:
Steve Roux – guitar/vox (Steve Roux & the Brass Knuckle Blues Band, the White Knuckle Blues Band)
Steve Browning – bass (Pretty Things, David Gilmour)
Ray Drury – hammond/piano (The Producers)
Bernie Fox – drums (Jimmy Witherspoon, Eric Bibb, Sherman Robertson)
Back in 1993 Blues guitarist and vocalist Steve Roux signed a solo recording contract with EMI/Virgins’ Pointblank Blues Label, he was signed alongside other blues artists including: Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Pop Staples, John Lee Hooker, John Hammond and ‘Wolfman’ Washington. Steve recorded his all original album entitled ‘steve roux’ in Memphis USA at the legendary Kiva Recording Studios. Steve’s album was release in 1994 and received critical acclaim in Europe and the Uk. Gigs and Radio sessions followed, a highlight being at the Coln Music Festival in Germany, where Steve was invited onstage by Albert Collins to join him for his encore along with Robben Ford, they played an extended version of his instrumental ‘Frosty’ to an ecstatic crowd, whilst being broadcast on national radio. Steve’s album is still receiving radio airplay throughout Europe, Australia and South Africa. More recently he’s been involved in The White Knuckles Blues Band whose album ‘It Might Just Be Too Late’ was released on the Blues Matters/Krossborder label in 2012. Steve Roux and The Brass Knuckle Blues Band followed on from this and were very busy on the blues club and festival circuit, receiving critical acclaim in many of the UK’s blues magazines. In 2013 the band released a CD Live at the Boarhunt Blues Club.
Ray Drury is a self-taught musician. He joined his first band at the age of 17 playing keyboards and cutting his teeth on Motown, Soul and Stax music. During this time, Ray played support to many top class acts including Curtis Mayfield, Gloria Gaynor, Edwin Starr, Dave Ruffin and Geno Washington. In his 20’s Ray’s playing evolved and he moved into the blues and jazz funk genre, playing in the UK and Europe with various bands. Ray has continued to play throughout the UK and Europe and as far afield as The Bahamas with the highly acclaimed and award-winning blues band The Producers, with whom he has won Best UK Keyboard Player award from the Bronte Blues Club and a top three spot in the Blues Matters writer’s poll alongside such luminaries as Paddy Milner and Bob Hall.
Steve Browning started performing at an early age. In 1989 he turned pro and joined The Pretty Things, touring all over the UK and Europe. During this time he also played with other artists including David Gilmour and Ronnie Spector. Since then Steve has performed and toured constantly and played with many bands including Chicago bluesman Khalif Wailin’ Walter. He also played at Glastonbury and a headlining spot at the 2011 Isle Of Wight Festival with 60s US legends It’s A Beautiful Day. More recently Steve has been involved in the last incarnation of The Brass Knuckle Blues Band with Steve Roux and Bernie.
Bernie Fox is a highly experienced session drummer and live performer having played with Taj Mahal, Eric Bibb, Savoy Brown, Sherman Robertson and the one and only Jimmy Witherspoon. Bernie was a founder member of The White Knuckle and Brass Knuckle Blues bands. He is renowned for his tight dynamic drumming and in 2014 was voted best drummer in the Bronte Blues Club Awards. Bernie and Steve Roux have a long history of playing together going back approximately 26 years including playing on Steve Roux’s solo album.
So… what’s with the name?
‘Teed Up’ is an old jazz slang term for being dressed up, suited, booted and ready to go…