Hailing from the ‘Windy City,’ Blind Pig recording artists the Cash Box Kings are keeping REAL DEAL, old-school Chicago blues alive and thriving. The CBKs are one of the few bands on the national scene still playing real, TRADITIONAL CHICAGO BLUES, the way it’s supposed to be played. The band regularly headlines Chicago venues like Buddy Guy’s, Rosa’s and Shaw’s Oyster Bar as well as major festivals all over the world like the Chicago Blues Festival, the Cambridge Folk Festival (UK) and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
They can nail the Chess and Sun records (Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf) blues sounds of the 1940’s and 50’s Chicago and Memphis and also put on a high-energy stage show. The CBKs are regular headliners at Chicago venues like Buddy Guy’s and Rosa’s Lounge and have played numerous successful tours across the U.S., Europe, Canada and South America. Front man Oscar Wilson is a throw back to the front men of the heyday of the Chicago blues scene. Standing 6’3″ and weighing in at over three hundred lbs., he’s part Muddy Waters and part Cedric the Entertainer. In addition to stone-cold Chicago blues, the band also plays a lot of jump blues and what they call ‘bluesabilly’–a hybrid of Sun Records blues sounds (Wolf/Joe Hill Louis/Roscoe Gordon) with Sun Records country/roots sounds (Charlie Feathers/Billy Lee Riley).
Their 2013 Blind Pig Records release Black Toppin’ won the 2013 Blues Blast Music award for ‘Traditional Blues Album of the Year’ and was also nominated for a 2014 Blues Music Award in the same category. Their latest release on Blind Pig Records “Holding Court” has been nominated for two 2016 Blues Music Awards (Best Traditional Album and Album of the Year) and the band has also been nominated as Band of the Year. The Cash Box Kings are quickly rising to the upper echelon of the Chicago and U.S. blues scenes.
“Simply one of the best blues bands in the land. Any of these musicians could have played with the great bands of the golden blues era. Together they keep a sound alive that many thought was no more.” –Living Blues Magazine
“The word on the street is that The Cash Box Kings are the up and coming young guns of the Chicago blues scene, and with good reason. The Kings are an outfit dedicated to the spirit of post-war Chicago blues and the Delta blues of the 1920s and 1930s, not to the tired song list that many of the bands that also ply these styles tend to stick to. The music has the liveliness and energy that only roots music genius can provide, and it is easy to see just what the Kings’ growing reputation is based on. – Chicago Blues Guide
“Those guys are hot s*#%!”-Buddy Guy
“The ghosts of Muddy Waters, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and Little Walter must be smiling as they listen to the purposefully distorted over amplified vocals, guitar and harmonica which add a gritty retro authenticity that will leave you wondering if these might be some great lost tracks from Chess Records. Black Toppin’ might be the best blues album you’ll hear this year.’-No Depression Magazine
“Any of these musicians could have played with the great bands of the golden blues era. Together they keep a sound alive that many thought was no more. A great record by one of the best blues bands in the land, Black Toppin’ is a dancing and listening pleasure.”-Living Blues Magazine
“The Cash Box Kings play with taste and feel and it was faith restoring to know there are guys out there that still know and appreciate real blues.” -Charlie Musselwhite