“The Rectifiers draw material from the Chicago masters but also look to the early melding of gospel, rock-a-billy, blues, and country that can be found in the early Sun and Excello recordings. The personnel behind Jay’s harp varies, but the lineup is guaranteed to be top notch.”
Minnesota Blues Society webpage article
Jay Walter Wilkins has been fronting some kind of roots/blues band around the Twin Cities for close to 30 years. He started off in 1989 when he got laid off from his day job and started frequenting the local jams. His first bands could be described as blues rock outfits, but like many roots/blues guys, he kept digging deeper into the original stuff. Eventually he wanted to hook up with a more ’50’s based traditional Chicago electric blues band.
In 2000 he did just that when The Blues Kings came together with Jeff Hester (guitar), Jack Taylor (bass), and Dave Larson (drums). These guys are all seasoned veterans of the Twin Cities blues scene and at one time or another have played with many of the best blues bands in town. The Blues Kings released two self-produced records. The first was simply titled “Blues Kings”, and the second was “Keep on Rollin”, which included four originals.
In the fall of 2007, “The Blues Kings” disbanded concluding a pretty good run. After nearly a decade of relative inactivity on the blues scene, Jay decided to put together another band when he retired from his day job. Hence – “Jay Walter and The Rectifiers” came together in 2016. The Rectifiers continue to play 50’s Chicago blues, but also more of the sounds of 50’s Memphis and the Gulf Coast. He used a rotating cast of characters for a few months, then solidified the line-up with old Blues Kings bandmates Hester and Taylor, as well as Marty Bryduck on drums. Marty is also a veteran of the TC scene and has played with many of the top blues/R-n-B bands over the years.
The band has a regular monthly gig at 10K Brewing, as well as various other gigs at bars and tap rooms in the TC area. So check out the “upcoming shows” page and come on out to see the band sometime!
“The personnel behind Jay’s harp varies, but the lineup is guaranteed to be top notch.”
These are folks Jay has shared a stage or studio with:
Alex “Crankshaft” Larson
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