The Mike Crandall Band is one of the premier blues bands in New England. The Band has accumulated many awards in the last decade as the three time winner of the Connecticut Blues Society Blues Challenge in 2000, 2005, and 2008 as well as winner of the Boston Blues Society Blues Challenge in 2009. As the winner of the Connecticut and Boston Challenges, the band was sent to Memphis, TN four times to participate in the International Blues Challenge. In 2000 and 2008, The Mike Crandall Band qualified as finalists in Memphis after being evaluated against more than 200 bands from all over the world.
The band features Crandall on diatonic and chromatic harmonicas as well as deep blue vocals. Guitarist Sean Leonard is one of Connecticuts’s most respected and exciting players and vocalists. The band is well known for its high energy mix of traditional and original jump swings and shuffles that impress any crowd.
The Mike Crandall Band has two self produced CD’s; “Black Rain” and “Just Livin’ the Blues”. A review in the July 2005 issue of Blues Review Magazine said that “Black Rain” was “one of the best surprises to come this way in a long time”.
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