The Back Alley Blues Band was originally formed in November, 1996 by Franc Robert (Guitar/Vocals), and Smokin Joe (Harp/vocals). The band started out playing true hard core Chicago Blues (think Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Little Walter, Buddy Guy, and many others), mixed with the best of the Texas/Louisiana style (think T-Bone Walker, Slim Harpo, The Faboulous Thunderbirds, SRV, and more). After going through numerous rhythm section members over the years, the band found Don Cox (bass) and David Simmons (drums) in May, 2002 and has been in this form ever since. The resulting combination has been creating an exciting, dancable brand of blues that has been winning favor with blues fans and bar patrons all over Pasco and Pinellas Counties, in the great state of Florida. For 2004, the band is (hopefully) putting out its first CD of original songs, and will be playing all its usual haunts, adding some festival work. Check the calender for more details!!!