Since the early years of the 20th century American blues music has had one purpose, to make people feel better. Blues is a joyous, sometimes ruckus experience. It is not moored to an intellectual and often overly academic approach found in its counterpart Jazz. It is alive with spirit and excitement. As the foundation of all popular music in America, Blues has many very familiar elements.
Big Daddy T's House Rockin' Blues band mixes these elements of Rock, Soul, Jazz and Funk in a variety of different ways. Big Daddy T can perform as a duet or as a quintet and everything in between. This blend of ingredients is “cooked on high heat” by a group of highly talented musicians with a stage show that can only be described as exhilarating.
The Quintet is made up of Tony "Big Daddy T" Wisler Vocals and Bass; Hector Barrera Guitar, Joe Chellman Drums, Viv Savage Organ, and Johnny Pie Harp and Percussion.
Big Daddy T grew up in Southern California and discovered the Blues at an early age. “I can remember listening to Josh White at age 14 and being captivated by songs like ‘One Meatball’ and ‘Well, Well, Well.’” He has performed professionally in Atlanta, Nashville, Texas and Southern California as a studio musician and stage performer.
T has worked with Johnny Pierce and Jim Emerich, Co-Producers and Co-Founders of Grammy nominated Nashville Production Company, Cedar House Productions. He has also performed behind Gold and Platinum Singer/Songwriter David Pameranz. His session credits include CunninLynguist break-out CD “A Piece of Strange”. Particularly notable is Tony’s work on the track, “Caved In”, featuring Cee-Lo Green.
He studied under Gold Record Session Guitarist Barry Richman and George Marinelli of Bruce Hornsby and the Range and Bonnie Raitt. They are still friends and Tony considers each as primary influences on his bass playing philosophy.
Influenced by Hot Jazz from the 20’s, Blues artists from the 30’s, Big Band Swing from the 40’s and house rockin’ Electric Blues from the 50’s, 60’s and beyond, Big Daddy T will entertain with high energy music and a spirit of enthusiasm worthy of any venue.
In the tradition of Babe N Ricky's comes DTLA's very own brand of "Soul Food". Blue Beans N Rock & Roll is an open Mic Talent Showcase that offers Downtown LA residents a chance to showcase their talents along side established blues bands and veteran players....veteran blues band patriarchs Big Daddy T.