STEVE LUCKY AND THE RHUMBA BUMS FEATURING MISS CARMEN GETIT
Born in Seattle and raised near Detroit, Steve Lucky started playing piano at age eight and was playing and singing professionally by the time he was thirteen. While attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor he founded and led the six-piece Blue Front Persuaders through the ‘80s, playing jump-blues, ‘40s and ‘50s R & B, and swing. Their novel sound and wild show was a big draw on the Midwest college circuit, earning them a spot on Star Search.
Through the lively music scene in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Steve met and learned from a number of piano greats, including Vernon ‘Boogie Woogie Red’ Harrison, Mark ‘Mr. B’ Braun, Roosevelt Sykes and later in New York City, Pinetop Perkins and Sammy Price.
In 1987 Lucky moved to New York City to play keyboards for Grammy award-winning guitarist Johnny Copeland. During the next five years, Lucky was part of the Greenwich Village music scene. He composed for theater and performance art, and played with a diverse group of musicians (including Joan Osborne, Blues Traveler, and the Spin Doctors) who later became famous in a more commercial format.
Sticking to his musical roots, Lucky formed his own band in New York City and toured Europe extensively until he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1993. Culling the best of the Bay area’s musicians, Lucky started the Rhumba Bums in 1993 as a quintet but the band really took shape in ‘94 with the addition of Miss Carmen Getit.
In Carmen's powerful sound, one can hear echoes of her idols Ruth Brown, T-Bone Walker, Etta James, Dinah Washington, and Tiny Grimes. Miss Getit is also a versatile vocalist, swingin' or shoutin' the blues.
Primarily a self taught musician, Carmen started playing acoustic guitar at 10. Carmen got her first electric guitar after Steve Lucky introduced her to the music of T-Bone Walker, Ruth Brown and others. Recording a critically acclaimed release with the Rhumba Bums, "Come Out Swingin'!" earned four stars in both Downbeat and Blues Access Magazines and accolades from the press. Recognized for her more swinging styles in Guitar Player Magazine as "smooth and steady", and her grittier blues playing in Experience Hendrix Magazine, where Frank-John Hadley calls Getit "one of the most striking blues guitarists in the country". She also performed and recorded with piano blues legend Pinetop Perkins on his 2004 release “Ladies Man”.
Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums have appeared on PBS' "CD Highway", a Bravo! documentary "This Joint Is Jumpin'!", Music Television/FOX “Locals Only”, on CBS’ Good Morning America, and CNN's Showbiz with Jim Moret.
A knowledgeable music historian Steve Lucky can conduct performance-lectures on the history of boogie woogie and its significance to the evolution of American popular music.