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G. Shadowhawk Ellis / Owner/ Percussion / Vocals / & other comments

      Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, and a member of The Great Cherokee NationShadowhawk's Mother once said that he was playing drums in the whom before he was born!!! Traditionally trained throughout school, and beyond by some of the great Jazz & Funk drummers such as; Buddy Rich, Gene Kruppa, Gerry McKenzie, J.C. Heard, & Pistol Allen, the Beat was instilled into Mr. Ellis early on. He played his first professional gig at the age of 13, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada with a Dixieland Band, and it was game on!!! The Stage and lights called to him and since he has been the driving force in a miriad of successful Bands in all genres, but The Blues is his forte'. First recorded & published at the age of 14, Mr. Ellis has 11 releases to his credit with 4 different Bands, 2 of which are of his own making, including The Blind Dog Blues Band, with Guitar great Charles "Pat" Patton and , & 5 releases with Broken Arrow Blues Band. From Speed Metal to Jazz, and from Classic Rock to in your face Blues, He "plays" the drums! With  years of stage and recording and touring experience under his belt, Mr. Ellis is a true Veteran of the Music Industry.... Dues Paid!!

 "I'd trade all I have, all the thousands of hours of practice, the sacrifices we make as musicians, the long hours recording, rehearsing, polishing my trade, for the 2 or 3 minutes people stand on their feet and truly enjoy our music, and get off on what we do as artists"

On the Electric  Bass, 

 Mr. Gary Rasmussen, From Detroit, Michigan, is One Bad Son of a Bass Player!!! Touring the world for decades with headliner Bands like:  Iggy Pop, The Up, Sonics Rendezvous, Patty Smith, Kelley Ritchie, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Michael Katon,  and tons more throughout his career. Gary brings an awesome stage presence to the Band. A great attitude and a Zen personality make Gary a GREAT fit in the Broken Arrow Blues Line-Up  ...look for Gary to be a definite influence within Broken Arrow Blues / Detroit, and ya just gotta see this guy perform!!!

 One of the best with the biggest ears and the best rock solid pocket in the business.

Hailing from the suburbs of Detroit is guitarist/vocalist Rich Hwang.  A veteran of the local and regional music scene.    Of mixed Asian and Anglo ancestry, Rich Hwang (pronounced similar to “Wong” but with an “H” in front-sounds that don’t exist in the English language-don’t hurt yourself), blends blues, rock and country guitar styles in an immediately identifiable, unexpected manner few have contemplated, and none have accomplished.    In an age of specialization and redundant clone players, Rich stands out from the pack with his desire to catch your ear with something other than what you’ve already heard a thousand times before, but the trip always starts (and ends) at home every time.

Rich’s first foray into music was following an older sibling to piano lessons, at far too young an age.  Over time, Rich realized keyboards were not for him.    Later, inspired by his Father and friend’s living room jam sessions late into the night (and likely learning in his sleep), Rich had assembled a sonic collage from those endless, mostly blues based jam sessions and combined them with the rock material of the day….in his imagination, long before he even picked up a guitar.  When Rich finally did pick up a guitar in his pre-teen years he realized immediately…THIS was the sound he had to create.  Within 6 months, the bands, talent shows and backyard parties began.  

Fast forward:   1:33am yesterday, at a club in Cleveland Ohio: the official music program ended long ago, but the crowd is pounding on their tables for the second encore.   What to do?  Venue management nods their approval.   Broken Arrow rips into an original tune, and the roof is blown off the place.    12 hours later, the band is back in Detroit preparing for the next local gig.     

Rich has been with Broken Arrow Blues since late 2014 when the guitar spot opened, and is a longtime friend and supporter of the band.   Coming from a similar circuit after decades of performing and recording with The Sidewinders, Johnny “yard dog” Jones, the Lightnin’ Wolf band, the Curtis Sumter project, as well as freelance projects too numerous to remember,  Rich has worked with all the best local and regional performers and brings a wealth of experience, creativity, and knowledge to the band.    Although the band will always be about kick-ass Detroit blues and boogie, as the primary melodic instrument Rich’s guitar work promises to create sonic landscapes never experienced in this context.   Although Rich’s goal is to take fans and listeners on a trip every time he picks up a guitar, at the end of the day he always takes you home again.

Bobby Murray (Etta James, solo):

“Rich Hwang is one of my favorite guitar players. We have some serious heavy hitters in metro Detroit and Rich is definitely at the forefront of that. And as we know here, a great guy to boot!”

 

Mark Pasman (radio personality, formerly WCSX, musician): 

"One of the most distinctive guitar styles around...I love when he lets
his super-charged country pickin' slip into his fluid blues lines....Wow!!  Rich is one of the great, great guitar players in the motor city”

Mary McGuire Recording Artist, writer, arranger

An excellent and precise fretician with huge ears and feel, Rich is great

Shadowhawk   Drummer, Writer, Arranger, Producer.

 Heard Rich decades back with Curtis Sumter Project, and then didn’t hear much about him. We (Gary & I), Hosted and founded the Music Series, “Michigan Guitar Legends” where we featured the best Detroit & Michigan has to offer. Rich did a showcase with us as part of that series and we knew, pretty much right then, Rich had a spot in the Band if he wanted it

 

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