Mississippi Blue

A down-home amalgamation of Acoustic Blues, Rockabilly and Country, Mississippi Blue forgoes the "honky with a stratocaster" image, replacing it with the swamp-funk style Jerry Reed and Tony Joe White cooked up in the '60s and '70s and brought back to the basics. Just percussion, harmonica, guitar and singing.

But who are these strange travelers?

Mike "Stiletto" O'Brien got the musical kick when some friends invited him to a jam session. Little did he know then what he was walking into: members of the Darkstar Orchestra were in the drum circle as well! Having been bit by the bug, he continued to work with practicing his cajon and djembe skills, playing where he could.

C.J. Benoit on the other hand, playing guitar as a Roots-Rock journeyman, wandered between bands, honing his music style, incorporating Barrel-house boogie, Honky-Tonk, Cajun and the Delta and Hill Country blues of T-Model Ford, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin' Wolf. C.J. struck up a friendship with Mike on the front porch jam sessions at a coffeehouse known as Westminster Station.

But when it closed, a few months later the music continued as Mike started a drum circle and jam over at Sideways cafe. C.J. came to the jam sessions and the two struck a bonding over the Blues . . . eventually forming the acoustic roots and blues duo Mississippi Blue!

Adapting their interests into the duo, the guys mix their free-wheeling attitudes and southern style, they bring their love of music everywhere they go. [+]