BC Blue is a clever collaboration of highly respected Blues veterans who formed in 2022 as a post-pandemic opportunity to focus solely on the Blues. BC Blue performs as a full band or breaks down to a trio with BC, "Chicago" Carl on keys and Joe Mac on guitar. From New Orleans, Bev Conklin (also with The BC Combo) is the "BC" of the Blue. Bev features her own material as well as mentors like Etta James, Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Sippie Wallace, Saffire, Trudy Lynn, Irma Thomas and more. This extraordinary band is composed of "Chicago" Carl Snyder on keys and bass who toured over 60 years with many of Chicago's Blues royalty like Son Seals, Otis Rush, Jimmy Johnson, Byther Smith and more as written in his book "Ten Thousand and One Nights"; Joe Mac (also with The BC Combo) on guitar was born in Chicago and known for his touring experience with Nature's Divine; Bobby Soul (also with Filet of Soul) from Philadelphia is on bass, guitar and vocals; and from Orange NJ, Glenn Spadone (also with The BC Combo) on drums. BC Blue performs as a full band or breaks down to a trio with BC, "Chicago" Carl and Joe Mac when requested.
These musicians have been bringing their wealth of experience and passion to Blues. Bev Conklin's journey began with BC & The Blues Crew in the early 1990's and continues with the still-current Americana-Roots, singer-songwriter band The BC Combo. The members of BC Blue have been graced with performances on bills that have included Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Ronnie Earl, Shemekia Copeland, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Junior Wells, Rufus Thomas, Saffire and so many more.
Bev Conklin (“BC”) received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Penn State University. She wrote poetry, studied classical piano and learned guitar during her youth. BC is a singer-songwriter and is fondly named The Lehigh Valley’s Queen of the Blues. Bev's roots are with her family legacies in New Orleans and Baton Rouge followed by her journey throughout the U.S. and Europe as an Army brat. BC has performed with Koko Taylor and Lonnie Brooks at Mayfair, Shemekia Copeland at Sellersville, Ronnie Earl at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival, Saffire at Godfrey Daniels, Carl Weathersby at Kingston Mines and on bills with so many during her journey, including opening for Ray Charles.
From Brooklyn NY, “Chicago” Carl Snyder worked with over sixty of the Windy City’s blues artists on keys, greats like Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Son Seals and Jimmy Johnson; his bio and recent book TEN THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS are both a stunning read. Carl has received accolades of praise from multiple reviewers of his own publishing company's (Lost World Music) repertoire calling him out as piano player extraordinaire who adds a certain je ne sais quoi and as the feature, elder statesman who contributes excellently, embellishing throughout,
Chicago born and Detroit raised (and survived), Joe Mac has a lifetime of experience with Chicago Blues masters like Buddy Guy, John Primer, Byther Smith, Eric "Guitar" Davis, Toronzo Cannon, Aaron Burton, Elmore James and so many more. Joe toured with Nature’s Divine when they hit with, I Just Can’t Control Myself.
From Philadelphia, Bobby Soul brings his wealth of experience on bass, vocals and guitar having a career with Soul, Funk and Blues. Bobby formed his band, Filet of Soul.
From the Oranges NJ, Glenn Spadone is a retired fire-fighter and has been on the live music scene as a drummer for over 30 years.
Given all the years we've invested and now what the pandemic has dished out to challenge any musician yet alone a band’s existence, we are happy to be collaborating on nothing but the Blues. Videos by JB (Musikfest 2022)