Bushy's Big Wheel Blues Festival

Primo Blues

Primo Blues four band members (all members of Sam Kelly’s Station House) come from a non-blues background so the unique sound that they have created is a fusion of their influences such as British funk, soul, jazz, calypso and reggae.  The result is a mix of music which is far different to the norm, but still with its roots based firmly in the blues.

Primo Blues are:
SAM KELLY (drums)

Voted British Blues Connection “Drummer of the Year” for five years running.  A versatile, creative, energetic player, Sam can regularly be seen drumming with Geoff Achison, Giles Hedley & The Aviators, Empire State and The Foundations, plus the Funk All Stars and Sam Kelly’s Blues Band. 


SPY (bass guitar) 

Spy has been playing bass for more than 20 years.  He has performed and toured with some of Jamaica's most prominent artists and groups such as Gregory Issacs, the late great Desmond Dekker, Earl 16, I Roy, Mikey General, I Jah Man Levi as well as with British reggae artists such as Boy George, Mad Professor, Drumhead, Progressive Sounds Crew and Benjamin Zephaniah.  Spy provides a solid back line, but moves effortlessly from ‘solid’ to ‘explosive’ as a groove develops.  Spy is also an excellent vocalist with a honey-brown voice. 

T J JOHNSON (lead guitar/vocals)

TJ discovered blues in the mid 80's, and the interest has grown stronger and stronger.  T.J. first worked with Sam Kelly in Germany in the early 80's in the Precious Wilson Band, and since then they have continued to develop a very healthy respect for each other's playing.  As well as working in ‘Blues of Cain’ and ‘Station House’, T.J. runs his own band, ‘Bold as Love’, playing the music of Jimi Hendrix.

PAUL JOBSON (keyboards)

Gigging since age 9 and undertaking session work since age 13, Paul Jobson is recognised as a versatile, creative and above all talented player as well as a fine singer.  2002 saw Paul join 'Tommy Allen's Trafficker' which resulted in touring with Big Joe Turner, Mojo Buford and Michael Roach (see below).  Paul left Trafficker in December 2004 to become a session musician and since then he has played alongside Chaka Khan (who described Paul as “a prodigy”), LeBurn, Debbie Bond, Giles Hedley, Earl Green, Heaven Davis and Pete French.  Paul is greatly in demand as a keyboard player and also plays with the Funk All Stars, Dr JJ’s Blues Band, Nigel Bagge Band, Sam Kelly’s Station House and more! 

~ Primo Blues Photos by Nazish Hussain ~