The traditional blues innovators The Cash Box Kings will perform in support of their latest Alligator Records release, “Hail to the Kings!,” at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at The Venue in Aurora.
Co-led by Chicago blues vocalist and songwriter Oscar Wilson and Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter, harmonica master and singer Joe Nosek, the band plays raw and unvarnished house-rocking blues, a news release stated.
“Wilson’s huge, gritty vocals and Nosek’s powerhouse harmonica fuel their razor-sharp original songs,” the release stated.
The band has earned critical acclaim.
“The Cash Box Kings are one of the best blues bands in the land,” writes Living Blues.
In 2017, their Alligator debut, “Royal Mint,” was named among the Top Ten Blues Albums of the Year by MOJO magazine.
The musicians are known for mixing tough Chicago and Delta blues, jumping proto-rock ‘n’ roll, and “bluesabilly,” their original mix of Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly.
The ensemble includes guitarist Billy Flynn, bassist John Lauler, drummer Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith and pianist Queen Lee Kanehira.
On their latest album, special guest Shemekia Copeland turns the heat up as she joins her friend, Oscar Wilson, for the mischievous duet, “The Wine Talkin’.”
On “Bluesman Next Door” and “Jon Burge Blues,” Nosek and Wilson bring socially conscious truth to power, shining a light into some of society’s darkest corners.
“Blues music is used to transform and to find relief,” Nosek stated in the release.
“Our songs are all about real life topics that matter – good times, tough times and some bad situations.
“We’ll raise our voices when we have to, and we’ll have a good time doing it,” he continued in the release.