Ron Buhlinger currently has two bands. A Blues band “The Blue Shadows” and a Classic Rock band “The Stingers”. This versatile guitar player has played with many different bands over the years and continues to please crowds all over St. Louis.
Meet the Blue Shadows STL
Band Leader, Lead Guitar, Vocals.
Ron has played with Morgantown, The Duane Allman Tribute and international blues legend Boo Boo Davis among others. Boo Boo’s recent hit “I’m so Tired” is featured on the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack and the 5 Hour Energy Drink commercial.
Ron’s primary influences are Eric Clapton, Freddie King, B.B.King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Ron has opened for multi-platinum country rock icons Poco, Brewer and Shipley and Indigenous among others. Ron has performed in many venues across the country, including B.B. King’s blues club in Memphis, Schwagstock festivals, and countless T.V. appearances.
Ron and the Blue Shadows opened for blues great Popa Chubby at the Big Muddy blues festival on the main stage. Additionally Ron studied music at the Clayton Academy of Music.
Anybody who is familiar with the St. Louis blues music scene must surely be familiar with Keith Robinson. Whether they know him by name or not, Keith is everywhere.
He can frequently be found drumming behind major area acts such as Arthur Williams, Barbara Carr, Boo Boo Davis, and oh yeah, Chuck Berry. Robinson has been a regular member of Berry’s band for well over a decade.
Beginning when he was barely a teenager, Robinson has accumulated an impressive list of performing and recording credits which includes Johnnie Johnson, Oliver Sain, Albert King, Tyrone Davis, Rufus Thomas, Fontella Bass, Ernie Isley and Little Milton. To those of us who know him well, Keith’s personality is warm and jovial. He is a humble man who is quick to show his respect for area drummers and musicians, including those who have nothing like the resume he does. Robinson. Robinson’s time and groove are exemplary, as is his keen ability to follow subtle cues from the singer or bandleader—even without the benefit of prior rehearsal. He is known for his reliability, professional attitude and work ethic. Perhaps most importantly, he has a great sense of what his role in the band is and the discipline not to overstep it. Robinson is grateful for an amazing career that started when he was a child with Oliver Sain.
(reprinted from St. Louis Blues Society Blues Letter Magazine)
Vocals and Harmonica.
Eric McSpadden started playing harmonica around the age of 17. He liked the sound. He had heard this sound on many records by Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Lee Oscar and James Cotton. He began playing with MoJo Syndrome around 1986. Eric has played with internationally acclaimed artist Oliver Sain the legendary Johnny Johnson (of Chuck Berry fame) Clayton Love, Benny Smith, The Soulard Blues Band and others. Eric has played on many albums with many artists, including Margaret Bianchetta. Eric has opened for Tinsley Ellis, Henry Townsend and others. Frequently featured in the Harp Attack shows.
Eric is featured in the National Blues Museum as a St.Louis legend. Eric commands his harmonica and produces a sound with his voice that clearly comes as a great gift.
Began career in England’s Pubs and clubs at age 14. Moved to London in 1977. Spent 2 years opening for acts like Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, The Sex Pistols, and Steve Marriot. Moved to northern California in 1979. Worked with Ronnie Montrose in the studio, opened for Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Billy Squier among others. Came to St. Louis in 2002 and fronted own band, Dick Whiskey from 2003 – 2006. In terms of the local blues scene Richard has been a member of (the late) Jimmy Lee Kennett and Steve Pecaro bands respectively including the annual Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute at the Pageant.