"What groundhogs listen to when they're not looking for their shadows. A little bluesy, a little jazzy and not too far from the rock".- Bud Summers
One of the hardest working musicians in the St Louis area, Bud Summers played 151 shows in five states during 2011 including multiple shows in Chicago and Nashville. His guitar skills have been honed by studying classical and jazz music and by playing in rock, blues and country bands over the years. His vocal style is edgy but smooth and his writing is an eclectic blend of blues, jazz, rock, and folk. His live shows can be cover tunes- a wide mix of 60's through 2000's pop, blues, classic rock and easy listening styles or all original music from his four independently released albums.
“played with a degree of passion and enthusiasm that you just don’t see…with feeling and artistry-A.E. Hamberg– St Louis, MO
Raised in a musical family- Bud's dad was a jazz bassist and his mom a public school music teacher. After bouts with the piano and violin he found his true instrument in a second hand guitar. Exposed to jazz, classical, opera and show tunes, he favored blues and rock. He earned a B.A. in Music Performance from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville focusing on classical guitar and playing in the college jazz band. He travelled the midwest/south and recorded two records with "The Shotdown Band" a contemporary country group. He later played guitar for "Tizzy" (80's rock), "Calson"(Country), "Night Train" (Blues/Soul)and "The Stingers"(Classic Rock) before going solo in August of 2006. He has released four CDs of original music and averages 140 shows a year in the St Louis, Chicago, Michigan and Nashville areas. He occasionally plays with various duos and also does a handful of shows each year with classic rock group "The Stingers", a band that plays his original music "The Floyd Duncan Orchestra" and a contemporary christian group "Grace Street"
Bud's been a member of the music faculty at Principia College, Greenville College and Lewis and Clark College. He's been a guest instrumentalist on ten records and has had two of his songs recorded by other artists. His first full-length solo CD project "Golden" was released in May of 2008 followed by "Eons" released March 6, 2010. A live recording of a solo show at Chicago's Elbo Room was released in 2011 as Bud Summers "Live in Chicago". His fourth album is an instrumental compilation of holiday music entitled "Midnight Clear" and was released March 1st, 2012.