The late 60’s and early ‘70’s was an incredible time in music. The social unrest, passion and the synergy of incredible forms of music, performed by powerfully talented artists, changed the social fabric of our society and popular music…..one monster, hip shakin’ groove at a time.
Blue Eyed Devils is the magic that occurs when talented, accomplished musicians collaborate to play the greatest music ever recorded and written. The Soul, Funk and R&B of that period in music is etched in our hearts and is still the engine that drives a listener to not only hear, but FEEL that magic.
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Ron Young grew up listening to the sounds of Soul on the streets of NYC. He pursued his musical dreams and relocated to LA and secured a record deal with Geffen Records fronting a Rock band named Little Caesar. He landed a place on the Billboard charts with a Rock remake of Aretha Franklin’s “Chain Of Fools”. His first major release also included a cover of The Temptations “I Wish It Would Rain”. He had the honor to work with such legends as Thom Bell (Spinner’s, Ojay’s, Stylistics) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Cropper (Sam and Dave, Booker T and the MG’s, Otis Redding). Ron has appeared in films such as Terminator 2 and performed with artists George Thorogood and Bryan Adams. Now fronting Blue Eyed Devils, he gets to finally sing the music he loves and wear the shiny suits he’s coveted since watching Wilson Pickett on Soul Train.
Growing up in the music industry, Bruce Witkin has a lifetime of experience as an artist and producer. He has recorded and toured with Adam Ant and Vanessa Paradis, and has recorded countless artists including The Romantics, Joe Perry, The Blasters, LA Guns and many more. Bruce wrote and produced music for Martin Short’s "Jiminy Glick" and served as Johnny Depp’s Vocal Producer in Tim Burton’s "Sweeney Todd," for which he received a Grammy® nomination in 2008. His list of collaborations and accomplishments are so long, let’s just say his mother was very proud of him.
Kevin Laurence’s music has developed from single notes on a piano to a unique and eclectic repertoire of original music. With influences such as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and countless others, Kevin has created a sound that took the 27 year old singer-songwriter years to develop. At the young age of five, the foundation of Kevin’s musical journey was laid when he would spend hours at the piano figuring out the tunes he would hear as his dad's vinyl collection would be playing out of the home office. Kevin consistently rebelled against piano teachers that wanted him to play the notes on the page…but as Louis Armstrong said when asked if he could read music, "not enough for it to affect my playin’!"
Joey Malone started playing drums in a Beatles cover band as a kid in the mid 70s. Later he went on to play guitar and sing with his first band Witchkraft only later to find himself as a singer and guitarist in the Kids, a popular local south Florida band in the early 80's. Joey played John Lennon in Beatlemania and has gone on to be a studio and touring musician for several artists across the country and Europe. Joey's love for American R&B music growing up in the 70’s, has been the catalyst for helping to form the Blue Eyed Devils. He’s got more licks in him than a Tootsie Roll Pop.
Drummer, Rob Klonel, is the backbone of Blue Eyed Devils. Having grown up in the midwest, Rob's influences are an eclectic mix of music ranging from Be-Bop to Punk Rock and everything in between. Born in Hammond, Indiana (which lies directly half way between Chicago and Gary), there was a thriving music community with artists such as The Jackson 5, Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Skafish, and Cheap Trick. Of course the list goes on, but Rob instantly found passion in all styles of music which he pursued with fervor. At age 17, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he was exposed to musicians from all over the world. That began a lifelong career which has included recording, touring, and writing with a impressive list of artists. Rob has been quoted as saying, "B.E.D. is probably one of the most soulful bands I have ever had the privilege of playing with."
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