Wednesday, June 1, 2016

King-o-Keys and His Smokin' Aces - On the Rocks..Hot Blues, Chicago Style

Blues, Rock n’ Roll and a whisper of Jazz… straight up, or on the rocks.

Musician, songwriter and singer Eldon Olmstead is the King-o-Keys.  Eldon’s music is rooted in the Chicago-style blues piano of Otis Spann and Henry Gray, the rock 'n' roll piano swagger of Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, bursts of hot and cool jazz, folk and ragtime – all interwoven into songs.

♛ When you have a fistful of Smokin’ Aces, it’s easy to be king.  And, can those Smokin’ Aces™ play.  The Smokin’ Aces are Peter C. Budd (guitars), Eddie Grzyb (drums) and Richard Ashley Holmes (bass guitar); their wide array of musical skills and old school approach brings Eldon’s songs and music to a new highs.  A special thanks to Maxwell Meador for his saxophone work on Troubled Life and Stay Drunk All the Time.

For music by the King-o-Keys and by the King-o-Keys and His Smokin’ Aces, downloads, show schedules, music blogs and everything else you want to know, visit the King-o-Keys website at


Marty's review: Eldon Olmstead certainly deals up a full house on his EP "On the Rocks". With influences from rock and roll, jazz and blues, these 5 tracks pump out a sound that is all around and will have you toe-tapping al the way. Hot guitars, jazzy brass and pounding piano combine to make this recording an upbeat and fun affair that's worthy of multiple plays. If you're a fan of the likes of Dr.John, Rolling Stones and Jerry Lee Lewis, then this is right up your alley.

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