Comprised of seasoned local rock veterans, Wilkinson Blades is a 5 piece Portland based rock group on the fast track: just six months ago, the band hadn’t even played their first gig. The Blades will be touring 2012 in support of their their debut album, 4AM, on Shiftone records.
meet the blades
Singer-songwriter and frontman Steve Wilkinson has played with countless Northwest acts including Gravelpit, Mission 5, Thrillbilly and Pale Blue Sky. Wilkinson has released multiple CDs and vinyl records on various independent record labels prior to teaming with Shiftone Records. Read more: Article ONE | Article TWO
Bass player John Andrew Huckfeldt, aka Johnny Huck has been loitering around the fringes of the Northwest Music Scene since the 80′s. He was in the four piece band Gravelpit with Steve Wilkinson and Grant Cumpston. Come the new millennium, Huck joined acid lounge pioneers Jesus Presley and toured and recorded with Rachel Taylor Brown. Johnny now has a great deal of solo material ready for release.
Keyboardist, Mandolin player and vocalist Rich Landar toured the country with LA based The Busboys. Rich was a member of King Black Acid and of Jesus Presley, with whom he released six albums. Multi-instrumentalist Landar recently completed his first European concert tour, released a 2011 solo album It’s About Time and spent the last year performing throughout the US. Learn more: ReverbNation
Drummer Jon Beyer’s rock credits include The Quags, Mission 5, The 8 Tracks, Pacific Wonderland, The Intangibles, and The Touchables. Beyer has shared the stage with such Blues greats as: Suburban Slim/ Phil Wagner; Jim Wallace; Frank Goldwasser/ Paris Slim; Rick Welter; Paul Delay; Dover Wienberg; Josh Fulero; Monte Admunson; The Insomniacs; and Lloyd Jones.
Grant Cumpston plays guitar and sings. Cumpston recorded and toured heavily throughout the nineties with Gravelpit, fronted pop/power-trio/fake-jazz/comedy outfits such as The Membership Club and played in John Huckfeldt funk collectives such as Thelonius Funk. Grant is also a pretty darn good whistler.