Wilson-Hukill Blues Revue
50's, 60's, Blues Music, Duo, Guitarist, Harmonica, Rhythm and Blues, R&B, Vocal, Voice
"Brudders from Anudder Mudder" was never a truer saying when used trying to describe Brad Wilson and Danny Hukill.
Brad and Danny hooked up together, several years ago, when Danny became the drummer for Brad's Rhythm Drivers.
They then learned they both had the same love and respect for the music idiom called The Blues.
They soon found situations where Danny could use his guitar talents to play along with Brad's vocal and harmonica expertise.
When the economy kept getting worse, it also got harder to find places to play as a band.
Brad and Danny decided to scale it way back and began working as an acoustic Blues Duo.
The duo project was both fun and rewarding and they haven't looked back.
Brad's soulful vocals and hamonica chops was the perfect fit to Danny's years of blues guitar experience.
The Wilson-Hukill Blues duo is now in regular rotation in several popular Sonoma County establishments such as The Lagunitas Tap Room,
Bluewater Bistro in Bodega, The Timber Cove Inn and Brixx Petaluma. But when those band gigs do come around, Brad and Danny expand the
duo to a quartet aptly known as The Wilson - Hukill Blues Review.
Brad Wilson: Harmonica and Vocals
Brad first realized his love for singing at a very young age of 5 and would memorize and mimic classic children's songs on 78 LP's.
He can still recall the distinct pseudo alligator skin that covered his record player.
The one who first inspired Brad to study the blues was Kim Wilson, of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, who just so happens to be Brad's older brother.
The records, that the older brother introduced to Brad, were spun obsessively all the while aborbing the vocal styles and harp techniques.
Brad would soon begin to mimic the classic blues vocalists and harp players from those recordings of Otis Rush, Little Walter,
Big Walter Horton, George "Harmonica" Smith, Willie Dixon, to name just a few.
The success of the older Wilson is well documented, but the younger Wilson, Brad, took a different route. Brad got his Masters in Art and Design
at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, in 1983, and pursued his artistic side before coming back to re-visit his love and natural talent for the Blues.
From 1992 - 2003 Brad began his first experience performing in a band with the popular Sonoma
County Coast group of musicains called The Ridge Band. It was an excellent opportunity for Brad to begin honing his vocal stylings
and harmonica talents.
In 2004 Brad founded, the now popular blues band, The Rhythm Drivers with guitarist Ron Corral Jr.
The Rhythm Drivers still continue to play in local venues, with Brad's leadership at lead vocals and harp.
His current back-up band for The Rhythm Drivers, includes Johnny "Tsunami", Paul Dowling and Steve DuBois.
Brad and The Rhythm Drivers continue to perform regularly at Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco.
Danny Hukill: Guitar & Vocals
Danny began playing drums in bands as soon as he got his, now vintage, set of Slingerland drums back in 1962. Spending many
years in the Blues Clubs of his hometown of Ft. Worth, Texas. It was here that Danny perfected the Texas Shuffle.
Danny became the drummer for Robert Ealey and The Five Careless Lovers, in the early 70ís, where they were regulars of
the infamous New Blurbird Nite Club. Danny has often said he got his Blues Degree at the University of Bluebird.
In the mid 70's Danny moved to Sonoma County to finish his formal music education at Sonoma Sate University.
After graduating Danny decided to get back out and play 'The Blues' again. Only this time, he decided he was ready to step
up to the front of the stage and began playing guitar and singing in a string of popular Sonoma Co. bands.
In the late 70ís Danny fronted the 8 piece R&B horn band Toucheí. In the mid 80ís Danny was part of the original
incarnation of The Sonoma County Blues Society Band. The SCBSB experienced a small degree of success opening
for every major blues act that came through the Cotati Cabaret. The SCBSB eventually released a self produced
ìLive From the Cotati Cabaretî cassette, featuring a 4 piece horn section, which sold several hundred copies locally.
In 1988 Danny teamed up with the popular harmonica player, Dave Chavoya, to form The Dynamites. The Dynamites
practically owned the town of Sonoma playing for every function that town put together, as well as many other popular Bay Area locatons.
It was at this time, too, that Danny slipped back behind the drums when he, Dave Chavoya and Phil Ajioka put together
The Hellhounds. Both The Dynamites and The Hellhounds became a strong presence in the Sonoma County blues scene.
At the turn of the century, Danny became as available as possible by being involved in several music projects like: The Smokin' Jaze,
The VooDoo Cats, The Shuffle Brothers and The BBB's. Now partnering with Brad Wilson in the Wilson - Hukill Blues Duo,
Danny is also thecurrent drummer for the very popular Sonny Lowe and The 100 Proof Band.
The Wilson-Hukill Blues Revue also includes David French on bass and Carl Assmus on drums and is generally an electric blues band compared to the Duo which is semi acoustic generally.