Artist of the Month 8/15 The Balkun Brothers

A very experienced & up and coming group in the Blues & Rock cross over Genre is definitely the Balkun Brothers.

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This guitar / drummer brother & brother, Blood related Duo delivers a tight, energetic, entertaining form of music that definitely has that southern swagger loaded with the Texas blues attitude . The very unique and beautiful style Steve has with the Delta style Mississippi blues is truly amazing. The way these 2 guys fuse all this together is old school, ahead of its time and just has that killer groove. Voted ‘Best Blues Band’ in CT for a 3 years straight & 2015 was no different, they also won ‘Best Overall Band’ in CT for 2015 at the Connecticut Music Awards.

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If you don’t like the Balkun Brothers, Wait 4 minutes! They weave in and out of several original and unique styles that are still recognizable. The Balkun Brothers produce the type of music that will have you tapping your foot, nodding your head or stopping what you are doing to be entertained by a tasty guitar riff like OH Yea! drum work like Spiders on my head or interesting lyrics (like the beginning of Control Yourself)

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Balkun Brothers Bio

  • Band Members
    Steve Balkun – Guitar/Vocals
    Nick Balkun – Drums/Percussion/Vocals
  • Hometown
    Hartford CT
  • ‘2013 & 2014 BEST BLUES BAND IN CONNECTICUT’
    www.BalkunMusic.com
  • Voted the ‘Best Blues Band in Connecticut’ in both 2013 and 2014, Balkun Brothers is a high-energy funk infused blues/rock band that has been influenced by such musical greats as Jack White, Motorhead, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lucky Peterson, Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muddy Waters, Gary Clark Jr., The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Eric Sardinas.
    Voted the ‘Best Blues Band in Connecticut’ in both 2013 and 2014, Balkun Brothers is a high-energy funk infused blues/rock band that has been influenced by such musical greats as Jack White, Motorhead, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lucky Peterson, Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muddy Waters, Gary Clark Jr., The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Eric Sardinas.
  • Voted the ‘Best Blues Band in Connecticut’ in both 2013 and 2014 by CT.com and the Connecticut Music Awards.
    http://balkunmusic.com/
    https://twitter.com/BalkunBrothers
    http://www.youtube.com/BalkunBrothers
    http://balkunbrothers.bandcamp.com/
    Balkun Brothers is an American blues-rock band hailing from Hartford, CT. Originally formed in 2010 by brothers Nick and Steve Balkun, Balkun Brothers has been described as “… Spectacular torch-bearers for rockin’ American blues… The band brings a raw, soulful and energetic personality that is a fresh sound for blues and rock ’n roll.”
    Theday.com.Mixing traditional styles of delta and electric blues, with heavy modern rock and funk grooves, the Balkun Brothers are crafting a unique sound and style all their own. The band is fusing the past with the present and pushing the sonic bounds of blues into the future. Though the band’s sound is deeply rooted in blues tradition, Balkun Brothers draw from a vast range of influences. The band’s live shows and in-studio recordings seamlessly transition between blues, rock, funk, jam, psychedelia and everything in-between.Founding members Steve Balkun (guitar/vocals) and Nick “The Hammer” Balkun (drums/percussion/vocals) are gaining followers across the world with their gritty hard-rockin’ swagger. Balkun Brothers are becoming known for their explosive live shows and are quickly evolving into one of the United States’ premier blues-rock acts.Balkun Brothers was voted the ‘Best Blues Band In Connecticut’ two years in a row, in 2013 and 2014, by CT.com and the Connecticut Music Awards. The band was nominated in three categories in 2013 and five categories in 2014 at the Connecticut Music Awards (a CTMA record). The group also won the 2014 Connecticut Blues Society Band Challenge and the 2013 Massachusetts Blues Society Solo/Duo Competition. As a solo act, Steve Balkun was named the winner of the 2012 Connecticut Blues Society Solo/Suo Competition, as well as being a grand finalist at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Steve, was also hand selected by blues-rock great, Joe Bonamassa, as a top ten finalist in the 2013 Guitar Center Bluesmasters Competition and played with Joe Bonamassa and his band in Los Angeles, CA.The band released their first self-produced studio EP “God Bless Our Fallout Shelter” in September of 2013. The collection of only six songs was nominated for album of the year along with the first single ‘Control Yourself’ for song of the year at the 2014 CTMA’s. The EP was also named one of the top 50 albums of 2013 by LonesomeNoise.com. This album has been followed up by two more EP’s, “Bluesch Metal Live From The Baeschment” and “WE. IN. DETROIT.”, both recorded live and proving the strong musicianship of the band and the vast array of musical genres that meld into Balkun Brothers’ unique sound.As Balkun Brothers continues to grow and progress, their following has expanded and an impressive touring schedule has featured them at a variety of festivals including: Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI), Strangecreek Campout Festival (Greenfield, MA), East Petersburg Blues Festival (East Petersburg, PA), 2 Left Feet Blues Festival (East Hartland, CT), Harry Brown’s Hill Festival (Starks, ME), Yellow Phone Music Festival (Milwaukee, WI), Launch Music Festival (Lancaster, PA), Daytona Blues Festival (Daytona Beach, FL) and various others. Balkun Brothers has performed at countless legendary clubs including Toad’s Place (New Haven, CT), The Bitter End (New York City, NY), Nectar’s (Burlington, VT), Black Eyed Sally’s (Hartford, CT), Rum Boogie (Memphis ,TN), B.B. King’s Blues Club (New York City, NY) and Infinity Music Hall (Norfolk, CT). They have also been a featured act alongside well-know artists such as Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, James Cotton, Popa Chubby, Eric Sardinas, Dopapod, Melvin Seals and JGB, The Mike Dillon Band and many more.The band released their first full-length studio album, “ReDrova”, in January of 2015. They will continue to perform extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe in the upcoming months.To purchase Balkun Brother’s latest CD, visit:
    www.BalkunMusic.comSteve Balkun’s Page – https://www.facebook.com/sbalkun
    Nick Balkun’s Page – https://www.facebook.com/BalkunDrums


    Balkun Brothers is an American blues-rock band hailing from Hartford, CT. Originally formed in 2010 by brothers Nick and Steve Balkun, Balkun Brothers has been described as “… Spectacular torch-bearers for rockin’ American blues… The band brings a raw, soulful and energetic personality that is a fresh sound for blues and rock ’n roll.”
    Theday.com.

    Mixing traditional styles of delta and electric blues, with heavy modern rock and funk grooves, the Balkun Brothers are crafting a unique sound and style all their own. The band is fusing the past with the present and pushing the sonic bounds of blues into the future. Though the band’s sound is deeply rooted in blues tradition, Balkun Brothers draw from a vast range of influences. The band’s live shows and in-studio recordings seamlessly transition between blues, rock, funk, jam, psychedelia and everything in-between.

    Founding members Steve Balkun (guitar/vocals) and Nick “The Hammer” Balkun (drums/percussion/vocals) are gaining followers across the world with their gritty hard-rockin’ swagger. Balkun Brothers are becoming known for their explosive live shows and are quickly evolving into one of the United States’ premier blues-rock acts.

    Balkun Brothers was voted the ‘Best Blues Band In Connecticut’ two years in a row, in 2013 and 2014, by CT.com and the Connecticut Music Awards. The band was nominated in three categories in 2013 and five categories in 2014 at the Connecticut Music Awards (a CTMA record). The group also won the 2014 Connecticut Blues Society Band Challenge and the 2013 Massachusetts Blues Society Solo/Duo Competition. As a solo act, Steve Balkun was named the winner of the 2012 Connecticut Blues Society Solo/Suo Competition, as well as being a grand finalist at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Steve, was also hand selected by blues-rock great, Joe Bonamassa, as a top ten finalist in the 2013 Guitar Center Bluesmasters Competition and played with Joe Bonamassa and his band in Los Angeles, CA.

    To purchase Balkun Brother’s latest CD, visit:
    www.BalkunMusic.com
    Steve Balkun’s Page – https://www.facebook.com/sbalkun
    Nick Balkun’s Page – https://www.facebook.com/BalkunDrums See More

  • Awards
    2014 Top Emerging Artist Winner – Summerfest Music Festival – Milwaukee, WI
    2014 Winner of Connecticut Blues Society Band Challenge
    2014 Best Blues Band In Connecticut – CTnow.com & CT Music Awards
    2013 Best Blues Band In Connecticut – CTnow.com & CT Music Awards
    2013 Winner of Massachusetts Blues Society Solo/Duo Challenge
    2012 Winner of Connecticut Blues Society Solo/Duo Challenge
    Grand Finalist at the 2013 International Blues Challenge
    Semi Finalist at the 2014 International Blues Challenge
    Finalist in 2013 Guitar Center Bluesmaster Competition
    Finalist in 5 categories at 2014 Connecticut Music Awards
    Finalist in 3 categories at 2013 Connecticut Music Awards
    See More
  • Personal Interests
    Dirty, gritty, powerful rock n’ roll
  • Current Location
    Hartford, CT
  • General Manager
    Nick Balkun – nbalkun2@gmail.com
  • Artists We Also Like
    Jimi Hendrix, Gary Clark Jr., Stevie Ray Vaughn, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Buddy Guy, Primus, Johnny Winter, Robert Randolph, Michael Jackson, Eric Sardinas
  • Influences
    Motorhead, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Sardinas, Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Winter
  • Press Contact
    Nick Balkun – nbalkun2@gmail.com
  • Booking Agent
    Nick Balkun – nbalkun2@gmail.com
    Crystal Crawford – crystal@crawfordtalentgroup.com

 

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