The Juke Hounds
In 2006, the Juke Hounds were drawn together by a shared attitude about the world. A Midwestern grit that made each of them relate to the blues in the first place — and then to each other.
The Juke Hounds play ”rock n’ blues with a feeling” all right. But that feeling is not the familiar woe-is-me nobody-loves-me pose, but one of defiance and swagger that says “you can’t keep me down.” The music, the lyrics and even the band’s aggressive stage presence, announce they are a force to be reckoned with.
Brittany Nader Of Buzzbin Magazine agrees that when the Juke Hounds start to play, “it’s impossible not to get up and start shaking along to the rhythm.” Mike Fuller of Water Street Tavern, echoes the observation: “There are a lot of people dancing and moving around. Not a lot of people are sitting down…. Everyone stands and treats it like a rock show, and that’s pretty much how it is.”
The Juke Hounds know something about defiance. When friends, family and even fellow musicians insisted that playing the rock and blues in Ohio was a foolish waste of time, The Jukes took their advice as a personal challenge. Today, the Juke Hounds are rocking hard edged rock infused blues to packed houses across Northeast Ohio — not to mention all the way to Memphis.
In 2010, The Juke Hounds won the Cleveland Blues Society “Road To Memphis” competition and represented Akron, Canton, and Cleveland at the 2011 International Blues Competition in Memphis where the band showcased at the Hard Rock Café’ on Beale Street. Then in 2013, The Juke Hounds won the NEOBA Blues Competition representing Northeast Ohio at the 2014 International Blues Competition held in Memphis TN with feature stories in regional papers and a cover photo in the Enjoy Section of the ABJ.
Steeped in electric rock n’ blues, these seasoned musicians bring their considerable musical skills to put a Midwestern spin on strong original material and a traditional rock n’ blues repertoire. Frontman, Bob Gardner belts out melodic vocals that soar over the groove with the rock solid bottom by bassist Gerard Dominick, and the hard-hitting spare beat laid down by drummer Keith McFarren, and now the triple added punch with sax, lead & backup vocals and rhythm guitar compliments of J. Calvin.
Right now The Juke Hounds have songs on rotation internationally throughout Europe and Australia. Regionally, the tracks “Ohio”, “Leavin’ Memphis” and “Rustbelt Strong” are spinning now on 91.3 The Summit and the “330”.
The Juke Hounds hit hard, that’s for sure. But their musical pugilism isn’t about knocking anybody down. It’s about bringing the crowd to their feet and keeping ’em there until it’s time to go home — maybe even a little later. Catch a show near you or check out their website, TheJukeHounds.com