Robert John - Vocals and Guitar
Also known as "RJ," Robert has been playing guitar and singing for most of his life. After many years playing covers of rock n' roll, standards, folk, original, acoustic and electric styles, he finally found his "home" in the Blues in 1991. Since that day, he hasn't looked back.
The compelling factor for his love of the Blues is the genre's flexibility and openess to interpretation. This, and the ability to inject your own emotion, lends the Blues to original and inspirational experiences both for the listener and the performer.
RJ was hooked.
Fast forward to 2011. RJ meets fellow guitarist "Magic" Gary. The two find significant synergy in their guitar stylings and decide to give it a go. This was the beginning of Overdue Blues. The rest remains history in the making....
Magic Gary - Guitar
Magic Gary believes he was born the illegitimate child of Alabama sharecroppers who abandoned him when he was only three.
To fill his existential ennui and loneliness, Magic taught himself to play the guitar. Later, after a brief fling with anonymity in Chicago, New Orleans, and Barkeyville, Pennsylvania, Magic settled outside Boston where he continues to weave legends about himself through his expressive guitar playing. Nobody really knows how old he is – least of all, himself.
Butch "the Gruvekeeper" Hirtle
Butch started his career playing with local pop bands at the ripe old age of fourteen and he never looked back. This veteran touring musician performed in the Gulf Coast Circuit (New Orleans, Bay St. Louis, Biloxi-MS and Mobile-AL), up and down the East Coast circuit, in Montreal and many other you-name-it-he's-been-there places. Butch is an extremely versatile bassist; moving smoothly from jazz to 60's soul to blues, rock, and pop. Butch made his home in the Boston music scene as one of the more sought after bassists. His credits include such greats as Ashford & Simpson, BJ Thomas, Jay & the Americans, Menagerie and even a klezmer band (Oy!). For three years, Butch was the house bassist at the very popular Sunday jam at Hajjar's in Weymouth, MA, and was a finalist at the 2003 Boston Blues Challenge. More recently, he's appeared with the Catsass Blues Band, the House Rockers, Keep'n the Gruve (a band that he formed in late 2003), Sweet Melissa with Chris Stovall Brown, Shakey Jake and the Blue Vibrations, and a classic rock band “PowerGlide."
Mark Hylander - Drums
"Mark Hylander is a solid drummer!" Says Variety. Mark has 40 years of professional drumming experience and has toured extensively both here and abroad, with many bands, including Duke and the Drivers and J. Geils.