Blind Lemon can trace its roots back to the late 80's when guitarist Nick McCarthy started the band with some other local musicians under the name 'Full Circle'. After a short period of time current drummer Danny Koisser joined followed a year or so later by Kim Pickering on Sax. The band also featured a bass player/vocalist a rythm guitarist and harmonica player. The band name was changed to 'Blind Lemon' in this period. The name came from a nickname given to Nick McCarthy by the then singer.
After a couple of year playing the local pub scene the bass player, rythm guitarist and harmonica player left the band. After a short search the current vocalist Mark Pearsall and bassist Rich Morgan joined the line up. This lineup remained constant for around 7 years when the decision was taken to recruit a keyboard player. Rob Allen joined the band and stayed for a further 6 years and then decided to move away. After a short period with stand in players our current keyboardist Andrew Stelmasiak joined.
Started his musical career playing bass guitar from the age of 11 in social clubsall over the Midlands. Gravitated to lead guitar and formed Rough Justice an originals heavy rock/punk band in the late 70's early 80's. Formed Blind Lemon in the mid/late 80's with the members from Rough Justice playing rock covers. Also played lead guitar in a Who tribute band and still plays in Rule No 1.
Nick likes a massive range of different genre's of music from blues, rock, soul, northern, country, ska etc and this is reflected in the massive portfolio of the Blind Lemon set. He also a self confessed 'Gear Hound' or serial collector of musical gear.
A long time ago in a Galaxy far away I picked up a bass guitar and began learning to play, swiftly followed by a 6 string electric. The force, however, was calling me to the B3 (no relation to BB8). Inspired by the likes of Jon Lord, Booker T, Jimmy Smith and Brian Auger I explored the mysteries of planet Hammond and it’s rotating moon, Leslie.
I embarked on a Voyage through many a pub/club/soul and party band eventually crash landed on Blind Lemon, a celestial body known to orbit Kidderminster. The force is strong here, very strong.
From an early age, Kim had classical music training on clarinet and piano. She took up the sax at the age of 11, progressing to playing in swing bands. During the 1980s, she joined a number of rock, pop, soul and blues bands. In 1991, she was invited to join Blind Lemon by drummer Dan. At that time she was playing in four other bands, but realised that the future lay with Blind Lemon. The rest, as they say, is history!
Kim enjoys a very eclectic mix of music styles, from Jazz and swing, to funk, soul and punk and revels in live performances.
Mark joined Blind Lemon in 1993 after the original vocalist left to pursue other things. His style of delivery is mainly Inspired by the great Soul and British Beat bands of the 1960’s. His powerful vocals and larger than life stage presence bring a great depth of showmanship to every Blind Lemon show. He states his main influences as legendary singers such as Roger Daltry, Steve Marriot, Otis Redding, Levi Stubbs, Paul Weller, Suggs and Lemmy Kilmister!. A long time scooterist, Mark can often be seen riding his beloved Vespa.
Dan started playing drums in the early 80's and formed bands who wrote, recorded & performed their own material. After this Dan joined forces with Nick McCarthy and the roots of Blind Lemon were formed . A short time later Dan recruited saxophonist Kim and after a further change in the line up in 1993, Blind Lemon have never looked back! Dan enjoys music of all types from Indie to Ska, Soul/ R'n'B to classic Rock & Blues but his real passion is for live music of any genre.