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About

Kansas City blues roots band with a nod to the strong, whiskey-drinking women and the smokey, smooth playing men that built the blues. 

Brigett Owens

Brigett Owens

Vocals

Brigett’s first performance was at age 19 in blues band with a focus on Chicago blues greats and modern influences of Kenny Wayne Shepard and Jonny Lang. She then joined Blues Trip, a big show band, known for rocking contemporary blues and classic rock dance anthems that shook regional dance floors at fairs, casinos, clubs and private parties. Fun times! At 26, while living in Prague, Czech Republic she formed a band with super talented, misfit engineering students who had a softer, jazz/singer songwriter style. And so began her love of Etta James. One Sunday evening in early spring of 2019, after many long, arduous trips around the sun (resulting in great songwriting material!), she happened to run into a kindred spirit at B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ: Russ KidMan Shenke. They chatted, jammed a few times and the universe conspired to bring them together with some of the most talented, funny and open-hearted musicians to create something new: our Bandoliers.  

 

Russ KidMan Schenke

"KIDMAN" Russ Schenke

Harmonica, Vocals

KidMan spent years playing bass in Blues, Roots, Americana, and Rock bands in Chicago, including the Bald Willies and the Juice Dogs. After moving to Kansas City, he focused for over a decade on blues harmonica, learning tone, style and skill from Lee McBee, Jimmie Meade and other KC harmonica greats. 

KidMan on being a Bandolier, “People have been asking me for years about why I am not in a band, or when am I going to get a band going.  I always said that when I find the right people and the right situation, then it will happen. Brigett and I hit it off after she saw me play with The Confessors at BB’s Lawnside BarB-Q on a Sunday evening. The following Sunday at BB’s we met Roy.  The fit was just right,....”kindred spirits”, as Roy would say. Adding Joe and Mickey really made the project blossom. Every time we get together and play, I come away with such a musical high. I can’t wait to see where we will take this band.”

From Brigett: 
"Russ is such an amazing harmonica player and brings out the deep sense of the moodiness and movement in every song he plays. He’s also a damn good bass player and I’ve seen video footage of him rocking Chicago stages to a packed house of adoring, dancing fools!"

Mickey Munoz

Mickey Munoz

Drums

Since he was 13 years old, Mickey has been playing music in local Topeka bands. His first gig in Kansas City was at Knuckleheads playing with Julie Major of Miss Major and her Minor Mood Swings, a rockabilly jump band. After playing with Julie for 6 years, he joined the Frank Ace Band. With Frank Ace, they competed and won the International Blues Competition (IBC) in Topeka and went to Memphis, meeting blues musicians from all over the world. Mick also plays with the Confessors periodically at B.B.'s.  “This is my passion. I’ll never stop playing. If anything, I’ll have drumsticks in my hand when I die. They’re going with me."

From Brigett: 
"Mick is a rhythm king with a heart of gold. He takes chances and creates dynamics within each song that give everyone space to tell a story. He is constantly coming up with new material to play and gives me faith in myself to do it! Not to mention his salsa-making skills are truly next level."

Roy Cashman

Roy Cashman

Guitar, Vocals

From Brigett: 
"Roy, beyond being a phenomenal guitar and pedal steel player, is an endless source of new-to-me material that makes me rethink the songs I’ve always loved, gives context to their history, and challenges me to think outside of the box (you should see his record collection!)."

Joe Fontenot

Joe Fontenot

Bass

From Brigett: 
"Joe is a vocalist’s dream! Not only is he solid and steady but he brings the experimental groove that pushes standards into something way more fun and powerful. They should have been written that way! There is nothing better than watching his bobble-head move when he’s in a groove."

About the Music

Kansas City blues roots band with a nod to the strong, whiskey-drinking women and the smokey, smooth playing men that built the blues. 

From Brigett:
"I told Russ that I wanted us to create a true ensemble group that would borrow from each of our backgrounds, blend styles, and tell powerful stories of love, loss, and living this crazy, unexpected, and ultimately beautiful life. Maybe not exactly those words, but pretty damn close! And I am so thankful for this group and the opportunity to do just that.

Who are the Bandoliers? Actually first, WHAT is a bandolier? (I had to google it!) 
A bandolier is a cross body strap that holds ammunition (and coincidentally, harmonicas). I thought it was a good representation of something that holds the ability to either cause disruption and chaos (ammo) or create beauty and harmony (musical instrument). While blues songs can be filled with such misery and heartache, they are also relentlessly hopeful and embrace both chaos and harmony. And that’s where the magic lies.  

So, we hope you come out to a show, find meaning and joy in what we do, book us for a gig, and share this journey with us.”

-Brigett & Her Bandoliers

Video

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Songs

  • Going Down - Freddie King
  • Long Distance Call - Muddy Waters
  • Going Back Where I Belong - Sugarpie DeSanto
  • Little By Little - Susan Tedeschi
  • Can't Judge a Book by the Cover - Bo Diddley
  • I Ain't Your Mama - Maggie Rose
  • Shake Your Hips - Billy Boy Arnold
  • Keep on Loving Me Baby - Paladins
  • I Feel a Sin Coming On - Pistol Annies
  • You Know My Love - Otis Rush
  • Friar's Point - Susan Tedeschi
  • The Thrill is Gone - BB King
  • Spoonful - Willie Dixon
  • Champagne & Reefer - Muddy Waters
  • Born Under a Bad Sign - Etta James
  • Tore Down - Freddie King
  • Cry to Me - Solomon Burke
  • I'm Ready - Muddy Waters
  • Think Twice Before You Go - John Lee Hooker
  • Rock Me Baby - Big Mama Thornton
  • Love Me Like a Man - Bonnie Raitt
  • Full Time Lover - Fabulous Thunderbirds
  • All Your Love (I Miss Lovin) - Otis Rush
  • I'm in the Mood - John Lee Hooker
  • While You Were Slipping Out - Buddy Guy
  • Wish You Would - Red Devils
  • Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson
  • Tell Mama - Etta James

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