The Bad Boyd of Blues have been performing in Northeast Ohio in their current configuration for over 25 years. They’ve played with countless artists and guests from throughout the United States and abroad including Grammy winner & blues legend Robert Lockwood, Broadway’s Mary Bridget Davies, European blues sensation Sydney Ellis and Cleveland music staples like Butch Armstrong, Frankie Star, Becky Boyd and many, many more. The group is extremely well versed in a wide variety of musical styles and is lightning fast at picking up on even the most subtle cues from whoever they’re supporting. They performed locally and on the road as the backing band for the internationally renowned Austin Walkin’ Cane with whom they recorded the albums “Radio Cafe” and “Murder of a Blues Singer”. They also released “The Bad Boys of Blues – Live at the Savannah” which featured several of Ohio’s premier blues singers.
The Bad Boys of Blues jam sessions have been a Cleveland tradition since the band’s inception in 1994. With runs at the Parkview Nite Club (22 years), the Savannah Bar & Grille (16 years), Brothers Lounge and Smedley’s (and a few others over the years) they have entertained a massive number of music lovers and have provided a learning environment for up and coming players. They’ve also helped to build a large and vital community of musicians who’ve gone on to form groups together and done great things locally and beyond.
The Bad Boys of Blues are guitarist Michael Bay, bassist Mike Barrick & drummer Jim Wall. All three are music teachers and mentors as well as performers.
Michael Bay (guitar) owns and operates “The Guitar Conservatory” in Cleveland, Ohio and is one of the areas most sought after and appreciated guitar instructors. He’s well known for his harmonic understanding as well as his kind and patient demeanor. His guitar playing is loaded with textures and subtlety that makes him an outstanding accompanist, able to find a spot in the music however dense. His egoless approach to playing music is loved by those who are fortunate enough to play with him. Michael is a true mentor and friend to countless music students and can tear it up on the guitar with the best of them.