The sound is classic 50s Blues, and Chicago-based Geneva Red plays with a driving style that touches all the ancestral bases...Blues fans who like harp, solid vocals, and an original playlist that spans the history of the form will enjoy Geneva Red & The Roadsters.


This Chicago based band is sharp and tight...Playing their own style of blues led by Red's virtuosity on the 'blues harp'.


When a tall, slender, flame-haired beauty named Geneva Red and her band, The Roadsters hit town during the winter and played Blues Station, the audience screamed, "Wow! let's get this bunch back!!!' She's back in a big way...


A Favorite from the 2002 Queen City Blues Fest.


You guys put on a great show! Cheers!


The rhythm section is a metronomic spine-snapper.<


...a renowned and potent musical group that knows what they are doing.






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(Click on the links in red below to view band member bios.)

Geneva RedGeneva Red (click here to see her bio page) is one of the few female instrumentalists performing on the "blues harp" and leading her own band. Couple her outstanding harmonica ability, strong vocal talent, and high energy show, and you've got the chemistry that immediately establishes her as a rare and exciting performer. The influences of Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson I and II, Big Walter Horton, George "Harmonica" Smith, and Jimmy Reed are apparent in her own personal approach to her music.

...Tours nationally and internationally; has had CDs charted in "Top 25" blues radio playlists around the world; is featured in The Encyclopedia of the Harmonica by Mel Bay Books and also in IL Soffio dell'anima: armoniche e armoniciesti blues (The Breath of the Spirit: Harmonicas and Blues Harmonicists) book by Fabrizio Poggi, published in Italy;

...Has played blues festivals across the nation including three of the most important blues festivals in the most historical blues locations in the world: The Chicago Blues Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR and The Sunflower River Blues Festival in Clarksdale MS.;

...Has recorded/performed with Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Bob Margolin, Sam Carr, Louisiana Red, Floyd Murphy, Phil Guy, John Primer, Jimmy Johnson, Little Smokey Smothers, Billy Branch, Paul deLay, Studebaker John, and others;

...Has headlined/performed at some of the most revered blues clubs in the world:
Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago, IL.
Buddy Guys Legends, Chicago, IL.
B.L.U.E.S., Chicago, IL.
Rosa's Chicago, IL.
B.L.U.E.S. Etc., Chicago, IL.
Ground Zero, Clarksdale, MS.
The Delta Blues Room, Clarksdale, MS.
The Blues Station, Clarksdale, MS.
Huey's, Memphis, TN.
The Black Diamond, Memphis, TN.
Blues City Cafe, Memphis, TN.
Blind Willie's, Atlanta, GA.
The Zoo Bar, Lincoln, NE.
The Key Palace Theatre, Redkey, IN.
Salon 21, Mexico City, MX.;

...Has been featured on the cover of international blues magazines and other publications along with fellow harp players Charlie Musslewhite, Paul Oscher, Billy Gibson and Big George Brock.

...Has important items used during her career archived (harmonicas, microphone, clothing, recordings, etc.) in the permanent collection at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

...Is an official contracted endorsee for the Hohner Harmonica Company since 1998. Her likeness is seen in Hohner's printed advertising world wide and is a featured "Artist" on Hohner's website.


...The Roadsters are a sharp and tight knit unit and are adept at providing just the type of musical backing that is sympathetic to, and propels an artist like Geneva Red to go deeper into the mood, feeling, and pulse of the song.  This communication and energy helps to make each performance of Geneva Red & The Roadsters something special.  When it's time for another member of the band to step into the spotlight, the band shifts gears smoothly so the performer can pump it up or bring it down, whatever feels good to deliver his own soulful statement.

...Red's band features guitarist, Jackie 5 & Dime (click here to see his Bio page) who has been called a "Musical Renaissance man" with a broad background in Jazz and Blues as well as composing and arranging.   He brings his own stinging guitar style to Geneva Red & The Roadsters and has written tunes just for  the band focusing on the style that infuses this band with taste and energy.

Bassist Snapper Mitchum (click here to see his Bio page) made a name for himself performing with Chicago's top blues artists from the early 70s till today, including Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks and Son Seals to name just a few. He was a member of the Son Seals band when they rose to the top of the contemporary blues scene in the 80s with Seals' landmark recording, Chicago Fire.

Drummer David "Tu Sweet" Anderson (click here to see his Bio page) grew up in Chicago and learned from some of the best including Fred Below. He along with bassist Snapper Mitchum toured and recorded together for many years as Son Seals acclaimed rhythm section during the 70s and 80s.

Floyd Murphy (click here to see his Bio page) is the elder statesman of the band and although he suffered a debilitating stroke he never quit. Out of respect for his determination to come back, we maintain his slot for him. Murphy has been performing with Geneva Red and The Roadsters since late in 1998. Floyd brings his own original Memphis based style to this band's sound. Murphy's history is well documented and his work with Junior Parker and the Blue Flames in the 50s yielded some of Sun Records' most classic early recordings,  influencing not only Elvis Presley, but Jimi Hendrix.

Since their debut CD "Alley Ways" in 1997 and now with three full length CDs under their belt, including their new  CD "Gettin' Cocky" on Bottle Cap Records, Geneva Red and her band continue to excite audiences wherever they perform. (click here go to the "Photos" page to view a Select Performance History)



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