Described as “jazzier blues stuck in the Wild West” and “a force to be reckoned with” (Musical Chairs Podcast), Burnside & Hooker is a true Americana band. Hailing from Chicago, the band incorporates elements of blues, rock, pop, country, and jazz into their songwriting, using a complex and colorful tapestry of instruments. Lead singer Rachel Bonacquisti, channeling the vocal stylings of Amy Winehouse, Nancy Wilson and Janis Joplin, “crackles with speakeasy sass, and can belt big, brassy notes when called upon” (Illinois Entertainer). Violist Diana Mayne and cellist Ted Graham are equally at home shredding blues leads and adding lush orchestral texture. Guitarist Michael Vogus, upright bassist Ken Fuller, and drummer Vuck groove on danceable swing tunes, and shake the house with powerful, stomping folk rock beats.
With the release of their first album in fall 2013, “Rail Yard Hymns,” Burnside & Hooker “injected a fresh sound into the local music scene through its intoxicating mix of folk, soul and indie pop/rock” (The Total Scene). The band has performed live at such prominent Chicago venues as the Metro, the House of Blues, the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, Lincoln Hall, Double Door, Schuba’s, City Winery, Green Music Fest, Chicago Ribfest, Pinktoberfest, Chillfest, and on national television for WGN Midday News. Burnside & Hooker’s new album, “All The Way To The Devil,” was scheduled released in May 2015, and they have shared the stage this year with The Smoking Popes, The Original Wailers, Doyle Bramhall II, The Wild Feathers and The Orwells.