Story of the Band
From the garage to the stage


 "The Blues Co." was originally created in 2014 as a 4 piece blues band. Many changes over the years, and a total member change in 2019 leaves only founder and core member Fil  White from the original line up.

The "Co." now enters a new era with 4 new members.


Lead Vocals:-   JephMo,


For more years than he cares to remember, Jeph has sung the Blues, from guest appearances during the Chicago Blues Festival at Rosa's Blues Lounge, and Buddy Guys Legends Club, to venues throughout the UK. This powerhouse vocalist also has a more soulful side to him, having been recognised by the legendary Stax guitarist, producer and songwriter Steve Cropper as having a 'great set of pipes and some nice tone', as part of a competition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the recording of Otis Redding's seminal track (Sitting on the) Dock of the Bay. Jeph's influences range from the Classic sound of Chess and Stax to the goodtime bar band blues of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and he is quite partial to a bit of Brilleaux era Doctor Feelgood, with whom he was fortunate enough to have a chat over a pint a couple of years before his tragic and untimely death. 

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Guitars/Keys and backing vocals:-  Rob Farrell,

Rob has spent his playing career treading the boards of pubs and clubs around the midlands.  mainly in Classic Rock bands. Looking for a new challenge and change of musical direction he chose The Blues Co. for his next step along the musical highway.

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Drums/percussion/backing vocals:-  Simon Smith,

Simon first cut his teeth in the Southern California post-punk and new wave scene playing and recording with bands such as the Rivals and Butterfly Revolution. Simultaneously, he was honing his chops playing blues, jazz and swing with the 32nd St. Band. After moving to Northern California, Simon was a member of the fusion rock and funk band A.D.S.R. where he recorded and gigged in the energetic San Francisco music scene. But when it comes to 'playing in the pocket', the Blues has always felt like home.

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Bass gtr/backing vocals:-  Fil White

Fil started playing in 1972. Many years, many gigs and many bands later, 2014 to be precise, he made the decision to walk away from the Classic Rock band merry go round and form a band to play his first love, Blues. "The Blues Co." was formed.

He founded his own Blues Club in March 2019 (with help from long time bass playing friend Svend Morgan) in Rugeley Staffordshire.

https://rugeley-blues-club.webnode.com/

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Guitars/vocal:-  Ross Keeling

Playing since I was 15 years of age, now 53 so I'll let you do the maths!....
Did a stint abroad for a while playing professional in warmer climates but now feet firmly back on familiar soil. Having played the heavier side of lead guitar for so many years, I thought I'd start to quieten down and hang up my ear plugs.
Been in a variety of bands in the past playing anything that sounds good..it's all about the musicians not the music which excites and gets the creative juices flowing!At the moment I seem to play my Masterbuilt French made LAG guitar which was a real find in Denmark st London.
Other guitars include, Gibson Les Paul standard, Gibson Explorer and a US Fender Strat. Few others knocking around that see the light of day depending on the mood...
Depending on venues I use my Marshall JCM2000 or Blackstar 60w Valve. BOSS provides all my effects...
In my studio at home I seem to be liking my line 6 which does every sound possible without cranking it up too loud.So there you have it....looking forward to making some serious music and having some laughs along the way. 



Simon "Crazy Yank" Smith
Simon "Crazy Yank" Smith
Rob Farrell
Rob Farrell

Band Members

JephMo
JephMo
Fil White
Fil White
Ross Keeling
Ross Keeling