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Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers

A California-based blues bandleader, harmonica player, and singer, Rod Piazza's stratospheric harmonica wailings owe a heavy debt to both Little Walter and George "Harmonica" Smith. Piazza began his professional career as a member of the Dirty Blues Band in the mid-'60s. The Dirty Blues Band recorded two albums for ABC/Bluesway -- an eponymous debut in 1967 and 1968's Stone Dirty. Piazza left the band after the release of Stone Dirty, choosing to hit the road with his idol George "Harmonica" Smith instead. Over the next decade and a half, Piazza and Smith performed together frequently under the name Bacon Fat; they also recorded the occasional album. In 1969, Bacon Fat released their eponymous debut album on Blue Horizon. While he was performing with Smith, Piazza released his own solo albums, the first of which -- Rod Piazza Blues Man -- appeared on LMI in 1973. The second, Chicago Flying Saucer Band, was released in 1979 on Gangster Records.

As Smith's health began to decline in the early '80s, Piazza assembled the Mighty Flyers -- with his wife Honey Alexander on keyboards -- which began playing clubs in 1980. Between 1981 and 1985, the Mighty Flyers released three albums: Radioactive Material (1981), File Under Rock (1984), and From the Start to the Finish (1985). During the early '80s, Piazza became a session musician, working with artists as diverse as Pee Wee Crayton and Michelle Shocked. In the mid-'80s, he began a full-fledged solo career, releasing Harpburn on Murray Brothers in 1986 and So Glad to Have the Blues in 1988. Piazza & the Mighty Flyers signed a contract with Black Top Records in 1991; the label later re-released the group's albums on CD. Throughout the '90s, Piazza continued to record and perform with the Mighty Flyers, releasing the occasional solo album, like 1999's Here and Now. Beyond the Source appeared in 2001. Three years later the Mighty Flyers returned with Keepin' It Real on the Blind Pig label, featuring two new members, Paul Fasulo on drums and guitarist Henry Carvajal. The next four albums were released by Delta Groove Records: For the Chosen Who in 2005, Thrillville in 2007, Soul Monster in 2009, and Almighty Dollar in 2011. In 2014, Piazza & the Mighty Flyers returned to Blind Pig with the album Emergency Situation. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi
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Dave Kida on drums
Fantastic live band, Rod oozes cool, and Honey is fantastic on piano. The crowd always goes wild when Rod leaves the stage and walks thru the crowd while playing his harp and singing. Not to be missed live.
I am a Piano player and Honey and Rod are just wonderful and yes I steal some of her licks <3
First time I saw Rod was at the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland Maine. Fantastic! And Honey on piano is up there with Marcia Ball !
Am learning to play the harmonica I must be doin something wrong cuz my dog dont howl she runs away from me till I stop lol
Love rod and ms honey
My friend seen him play at the midway tavern. He said they put up an awesome show for the crowd
I seen these guys at the Tampa Bay Blues Fest 2013. I was blown away, and my husband fell in love with Honey. haha. Kudos to this band!!! Great stage presence!!! Cant wait to see them again!!!!
williamcaubl e
Hey Rod that gesture on For the Chosen Who.. I'd title it hey what's a mug like me doing with a beaut like Honey? HA jes kiddin' ya'll. Love the music you two and 'a salud' to the band as well. Hey Rod when you going to produce a small Harp King combo(35W?) for under $500 for the working mug? come on bro. you'd sell em like hot cakes!! I'd buy one for sure as long as it had that sound . God bless you guys! Little William/SD
I seen them live in 1992 @ San Jose State Blues Festival.. Unbelievable . . . Honey is an all time great performer on those Key as well as a Beauty.. Rod and the Mighty Flyers Killed it.. Baddazz!!
Honey is KILLER on KeyBoard. they have Blown It Out on the tv a few times, catch if you can. High Performance !!!
I brought Rod to my club in St Louis in the early 80's and booked him as the main attraction at our St Louis Blues Festival, He has always been one of my favoirte entertainers and a close friend. Al of his recording are great, But, to see him live is an unbelievable experience.
covgamer
Been following Rod and Honey since the 90's. Best west coast swing blues ever!
My husband turned me on to these guys years ago. LIVE SHOW! The best way to see them in action!
If you want to see a great live blues show do not miss this band! Seen them 12 times now and Rod & Honey never disappoint.. . .
shirley.berm u d e z 6
Rod, Honey, Henry & Dave rock the blues!
Ground Control to research dept. Please post numerous other gems!
Great live band!
magruver
AWESOME BLUES.... THANKS,,

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