Mark Riley has been honored with fourteen Best of the Blues Awards from the Washington Blues Society , including Best Slide Guitar in 2011. He played for 7+ years with Lil’ Bill & the Blue Notes. Following the Blue Notes, he has been front man for his Mark Riley Trio, as well as the recent Snake Oil project with Rod Cook. Most recently, Mark has joined Blues Redemption.
Mark has opened for slide great Sonny Landreth, as well as BB King, Taj Mahal. Mark and his band also backed 2011 British Blues Awards Male Artist of The Year Ian Siegal. As owner and builder of RnB guitars, he’s also built guitars for both Sonny Landreth and Ian Seigal.
Rod has backed Taj Mahal, and opened for Todd Rundgren, Sonny Landreth, and Charlie Musslewhite. He has been nominated numerous times for the Washington Blues Society's "Best Of The Blues" Awards, winning three times.
Brian Lee & the Orbiters, and the Brian Lee Trio. They've opened for Little Charlie & the Nightcats and Tommy Castro. Brian and the Orbiters have been honored with seven "Best of the Blues" nominations by the Washington Blues Society, including nomination for "Best Slide Guitar" in 2011. Backing the Slide Monsters for the night are the stellar, soulful, Orbiters, featuring Hank Yanda, Russ Kammerer, and Steve Yonck.