Blues, R&B, Funk, Jazz
Blues on Tap is an established blues band of veteran musicians from the Pacific Northwest. With a devoted fan base, the band uses its substantial mailing list and other social channels to promote all of its musical events. Blues on Tap is available for live performances or recording sessions. Blues on Tap’s musicians have performed in Chicago, St. Louis, Asia, Australia, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Prague, Barcelona, and Canada. The band currently hosts a regular Monday night blues jam at 88 Keys in Seattle.
Imprinting on the fertile New Orleans music scene and his years of playing with Big Time Blues Man Isaac Scott, Bruce Ransom’s blues, R&B and funk guitar style exhibits striking melodies and syncopated rhythms.
While living in New Orleans, Bruce got his first guitar at age 14. Two years later he moved to Seattle, and after playing in several rock bands was tapped at age 19 for the R&B band of Ron Holden, with the multi-million selling single Love You So. By the time he was 21 Bruce had played prominent clubs and festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest. He subsequently joined the Mud Bay Blues Band for four years, two of which included the extraordinary trumpet player and saxophonist Jay Thomas. In the 1990s, he served as guitarist and musical director for R&B diva Mauva Belle, recording two CD’s with her.
Bruce played and recorded with Isaac Scott for several years and was in Isaac's band until his untimely death in 2001. During their years together, Isaac patiently taught Bruce his unique gospel-tinged, driving blues guitar style. Bruce then handled guitar duties for Hurricane Andrew Larsen's Girl Trouble Blues. Recording two CD's and tearing up clubs and festivals throughout the Puget Sound area. That was just the beginning, read more about Bruce.
Bass & Vocals
Having started playing bass professionally at 18 years old, Ray Hartman now puts down Blues on Tap’s solid bass foundation.
Since the 1960s Ray has played in many blues bands in the Pacific Northwest, Asia and Australia, having the opportunity to play with many of the Pacific Northwest’s top musicians. These included a long stint with the Dick Powell Band in the 1980s and 1990s, which included opening for B.B. King and the James Cotton Band. Ray was a founding member of the Stacy Jones Band, playing with the band in the 2000s. Blues on Tap is fortunate to have such a seasoned professional anchoring the bass end musically.
Guitar & Vocals
Steve has been an active member of the Pacific Northwest music community for years. In the 1970s he played in the band Key to the Hiway, and more recently played in several Pacific Northwest bands including 3 Left Feet, Vinyl Transit, Hounds @ Bay, Hearts & Diamonds, Fishbone Super Band, and currently Blues on Tap. Steve’s vocal style is throaty and full-bodied, his vocal influences including Delbert McClinton, Lou Rawls and B.B. King.
Steve’s guitar playing is stinging and lyrical, influenced by Ronnie Earl, Kenny Burrell and Eric Clapton. Besides electric blues, Steve is also active in acoustic folk music, sitting on the board of Victory Music and being a contributing writer to multiple issues of Victory Review.
Jim Plano is a veteran of the West Coast music scene since the 1960’s. He was the drummer for the Crome Syrcus (1966-1973) in Seattle and San Francisco, which opened for the Doors, Creedence Clearwater, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Three Dog Night, Traffic, Taj Mahal, and many others. Jim was also drummer for The Second Coming (1968-1970), Dave Conant & the D-Rangers (1990’s), Daddy Treetops (1990’s), the Isaac Scott Band (1990’s), the Paul Butterfield Band, and the J.B. Hutto Band, and has shared the stage with Albert Collins. Jim has recorded on over 20 CD’s, 12 LP albums, and 18 singles with the Crome Syrcus, Dave Conant & the D-Rangers, Eric “Two Scoops” Moore, and others.
About Blues on Tap
Bruce Ransom, Guitar
Ray Hartman, Bass & Vocals
Steve Peterson, Guitar & Vocals
Jim Plano, Drums
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