Blues Redemption is comprised of four multi-talented, award winning Puget Sound area musicians sharing a common passion for Blues music. Dedicated to the genre, they have been playing The Blues all their musical careers.
Brian Feist is a guitarist with an uncommon sense of melody, swing, and deep passion. If you love the blues in the tradition of early Clapton, B.B. King, Peter Green and Michael Bloomfield, then you will be transported when you hear him play.
Having toured locally and nationally, Doug Skoog has played piano with legendary greats such as Chuck Berry and John Lee Hooker. Formerly with Blue Tale Fly Band, a back up band for James Cotton and opening act for Siegel Schwall Band, John Prime, Sam Lay and Legendary Blues Band with Pine Top Perkins. Doug's piano playing has been described as funky, tight and sometimes complicated or, in Chuck Berry's words, after stopping his show to feature Doug's solo, "This player is from my Al Ma Mater." Doug's soulfulness is heavily influenced by Delta Blues, Chicago Blues and Gospel piano styles.
Joe Hendershot has played almost exclusively in the Puget Sound area throughout his musical career. Joe has played in a ton of bands since the late 60's including Goldbrick, Deep Summer, Sleeping Village, The Village Band, Mariah, Magnum, Adrian, Wild Honey, Pamela Moore, Flight, Billy Street, Stackhouse, New Blues Brothers Revue, Rapture and Lion Heart. Having played soft rock, hard rock, pop rock, country rock, Christian rock, rhythm and blues, funk, and even jazz standards, Joe feels right at home playing the blues and loves the freedom of expression it affords him.
An award winning drummer, Billy "Hot Pocket" Barner* a.k.a. "The Pocket" has performed internationally. His musical genre spans all styles from Rock, Blues, Motown, Soul, Funk, Afro/Cuban and New Orleans Second Line to Jazz and Country. Billy has played in some of the most prestigeous bands to emerge from the Pacific Northwest including The Mark Whitman Band, BIG, The Crossroads Band, The Blues Orbiters, Nicole Fournier & her 3lb. Universe, Junkyard Jane, Blues Alliance, Jumbo Groove with Ron Gardner, The Sultans, The Centrix, The Toffs, 7th & Pacific, Capt. Flyswat & The Cat's Pajama Band, The Porcelain Tabernacle, The Collection, Hometown Blues Band, Peacable Lane, Jonah's Whale, Oasis, Rapture, Johnny & the Marks, The Fabulous Cyclones, Jerry Miller & Co., Color Blue, Terry Lee Hardesty and The Eagle River Band, Tanglefoot, Loose Reins, Intruder, The Robin Barrett Band, The BBC Project, The Great Pretenders, The Billy Shew Band, In The House, The Cee Cee James Band, Roger Enders and Road To Ruin, The Tim Enders Band, Son Jack, Jr., The Tommy Wall Band, John Scooch Cugno and The Delta 88 Revival, The Galaxies, Blues Redemption and many many others. Consequently, Billy has met, performed with and/or opened for many nationally & internationally known performers including: RB Greaves, George Benson, Pablo Cruise, Spencer Davis Group, Eric Burden and the Animals, Maria Muldaur, Arthur Lee and Love, Charlie Musslewhite, Tinsley Ellis, Hubert Sumlin, TOTO, Three Dog Night, Iron Butterfly, REO Speedwagon, Paul Revere and the Raiders, BTO, Rick Derringer, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Cascades, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Jr., among others.
In 2002 Billy received the Atlas Cole memorial Summy Award for Drummer of the Year from the Tacoma Music Foundation.