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Levee Town
“Rocked up blues”

The Music
Kansas City based Levee Town can reach down and give you that true Delta Blues sound as well as their favorite Chicago style blues. Their deep and soulful guitar riffs combined with a perfect chemistry of funky bass and down and dirty harmonica wail brings this band together with a rhythm that is clearly beyond their years.

The Band
Brandon Hudspeth: Vocals, Guitar
Jimmie Meade: Harmonica
Jacque Garoutte: Bass
Jan Faircloth: Drums

Brandon has played professionally for several years. Originally from Oklahoma, he has played with Cal Collins and the legendary Clark Terry. At the age of 19, Brandon relocated to Kansas City where he quickly established himself as a solid performer. He played with The MO City Jumpers before forming his own act, The Cobalt Project which enjoyed local and regional success with the release of the CD “Conversations With Lightnin’”. Brandon continues to be a first call sub for guitar players in such noteworthy Kansas City acts as John Paul Drum, Big John and the 39th Street Blues band, and Lee McBee. Brandon was also a member of the Kansas City Blues and Heritage All-Star Band, the opening act of the 2002 Kansas City Blues and Heritage Festival.

Jimmie grew up in Chicago and began playing harmonica as a teen when he was given a Little Walter record. He made his way to the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, studying with Joe Filisko. Soon he was sneaking into clubs to play with masters like Little Mack Simmons, Eddie ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, and John Primer. After high school Jimmie relocated to Lawrence, where he began studying with Lee McBee. For the last three years Jimmie has lived and played in Kansas City. He cites Little Walter, Big Walter and Little Hatch as influences. Jimmie is AMA’s very own harp teacher as well.

Jacque has played everything from punk to gospel and “a whole lotta blues in between.” In 26 years of playing music, he has seen the flavors come and go, worn many different hats (both musical and technical), but he is always drawn back to the blues. Jacque has gigged or toured with a long list of great musicians, including blues greats like Ace Moreland, Smoot Mahuti, Baby Jason & The Spankers, Randy McAllister, Glenn R. Townsend, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Benois King, Andrew “Junior Boy” Jones, Smilin’ Willie Guiedon and Wes Jeans.

Jan has been on the Kansas City blues scene since January 1999 after relocating from Garden City, Kansas. Jan began his musical career playing in country bands in southwest Kansas. Later, in college, he performed in a variety of musical settings ranging from jazz combos and big bands, to percussion ensembles and symphonic groups. In late 1997, Jan was invited to join his first blues band Third Degree. Though the act achieved some limited regional success, the lure of more satisfying musical experiences drew him to Kansas City. Since relocating, he has worked with such Kansas City notables as Lonnie Ray, Buck Brown, and Lester Wizard King, The Insulter. More recently, Jan worked with The Cobalt Project and just finished a summer tour with Scott Ellison.

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From left to right:
Brandon Hudspeth, Jacque Garoutte, Jan Faircloth and Jimmie Meade




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