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Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts (Performing their Blues Review)

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Jim Belushi is well-known to audiences worldwide as a talented film actor, and on his first solo album, he flourishes as a musical performer. With a heavy-blues bent and a whole lot of soul, the former member of Saturday Night Live is ready to take the music industry by storm. With guest artists Huey Lewis, McCoy Tyner, Delbert McClinton and Charlie Musselwhite, "36-22-36" captures the fun of the blues. Notable tracks include "If You Don't Leave Me Alone (I'm Gonna Find Somebody That Will)," the title track "36-22-36" and "Smoke'N Blues."

Three years ago he and the Sacred Hearts Band from the House of Blues joined forces and have performed all over the country, including a performance for President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore. With a heavy blues bent and a whole lot of soul, the former member of Saturday Night Live also performs as Brother Z in the Blues Brothers Band with Dan Akroyd.

About the Sacred Hearts. . .

Larry Lee Lerma (bassist) - He has performed with The Blues Brothers, Sam Moore, Michelle Wright and recorded with Jimmy Vaughn and House of Blues recording artist Becky Barksdale.

Johnny Lee Schell (guitarist) - He has worked as guitarist and singer on five Bonnie Raitt albums including the Grammy winners Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw. In addition, he has recorded vocals with such greats as Joe Cocker, Etta James, Melissa Etheridge, Taj Mahal, Lyle Lovett, Ron Wood and Buddy Guy.

Glen Clark (piano) - The leader of the Sacred Hearts is a talented songwriter who has seen Bonnie Raitt, Rita Coolidge and Loretta Lynn record his tunes. He played with Kris Kristofferson's band for ten years and since 1990 has worked with Bonnie Raitt.

Joe "Sky" Sublett (saxophonist/composer) - Joe is an accomplished musician who along with Darrell Leonard as the "Texicali Horns," has worked on film soundtracks such as Indecent Proposal, Tommy Boy and That Thing You Do!, and has performed with such legendary performers as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Taj Mahal, Little Feat, B.B. King, Wynonna Judd, Travis Tritt, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen. He has performed on television, on Grammy winning records such as In Step with Stevie Ray Vaughn and Feels Like Rain with Buddy Guy, as well as composing film scores.

John "The Beast" Rubano (vocalist/actor) - John will tell you he's actually an actor who can sing. John is a former member of Chicago's famed Second City, and has performed with several theater companies there. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has also worked in television and film. His previous music experience includes playing lead trumpet and vocals with The Kurt Goletz Big Band.

J.J. "The Primadonna" Holiday (guitarist) - From Seattle to Chicago, he has made the scene with Sunnyland Slim and legendary guitarist Hubert Sumlin; then on to Cleveland to work with Robert J. Lockwood and to Memphis with Gus Cannon and Furry Lewis. Working with Bob Dylan's band, Carole King and The Blues Brothers, he has played on movie scores for composer David Newman.

Jimmie "The Psycho Blues Man" Wood (harmonica/vocals) - Known by those who have heard him play as "The Cadillac of Harmonica Players." --Ask Bruce Springsteen, Etta James, Bruce Hornsby, Gladys Knight, Cheap Trick and Megadeth. He's worked with just about everyone to show them how blue the blues can be.

Darrell Leonard (trumpet) - He is a multi-faceted arranger and composer who has worked on the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards, the Directors Guild Awards and has performed with Taj Mahal, Wilson Pickett, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Henry Mancini, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and scores of others. Along with Joe Sublett as "The Texicali Horns," he has recorded with such greats as Smokey Robinson, Otis Rush, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat, Lou Rawl and much much more. He has also done musical arrangements for the films Home Alone, Swing Shift, Indecent Proposal and Tommy Boy.

Tony "Captain Blood" Braunagel (drummer) - Born in Houston, Texas, he grew up listening to the rock, country, blues and gospel music that provided the soundtrack to his life. He has played with Eric Burden, with Ricki Lee Jones on her Girl at her Volcano LP and toured with Bette Midler. He also joined Bonnie Raitt's band and worked on the Grammy winning albums Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw. He has worked with hundreds of performers.

Kim "The Princess" Nail (vocalist) - Originally from the Bronx, she began her career singing in church. She has performed at the famed Apollo Theater in New York City as well as Lincoln Center. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Kim joined the Sacred Hearts and has also done studio work with Cheap Trick. She is also a proficient percussionist.

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