Johnny B Beast
Johnny B Beast or real name Janis Zvers (1986.) is latvian blues guitarist/ stomp drummer/ harmonica player/ singer, started solo career in 2012.
Johnny B Beast plays fingerstyle on open tuning guitar, both acoustic/electric and self made, unique chess box (!) guitar. He plays guitar with shot glass, a spoon and even hip flask!
Such artists as Blind Willie Johnson, Bob Brozman, Brother Dedge, Seasick Steve influenced his musical choice.
In 2014. and 2105. Johnny B Beast played 54 gigs in 6 countries, including one of the biggest blues festivals in Europe – Suwalki Blues fest, continued with Baltic biggest blues festivals, also in Italy, Netherlands and Belgium warming up Roland Tchakounte, Raphael Wressnig , etc. artists.
In 2016 Johnny represented Latvia in European Blues Challange (Italy), and got great reviews, aswell as playing many gigs in Europe, TV shows, in 2017. participated in one of biggest indoor blues festival “Torun Blues Meeting” in Poland.
Aleksandr Belkin (vocal, acoustic and resophonic guitars, harp) is the leader of “The Road Band”. The author of the most of the original songs of the band. He has the diplomas of Vilnius Conservatory and VPU. Before he formed “The Road Band”, he used to play in many jazz, blues and rock’n’roll bands. He played in the first Lithuanian blues band “Hilda Blues Band”. With those bands he toured many European countries. In 1999 as a member of The Country Blues Session Band he participated in Country Europe international contest in Mragowo, Poland. The band won the second award there. Aleksandr has released his 2 solo blues albums “Real Love” and “Black Papa”. Apart from his playing in “The Road Band”, Aleksandr Belkin participates in many music projects together with famous Lithuanian musicians, also plays with foreign musicans. The most famous are Keb’ Mo’ (1996 in Holland), Studebaker John (2007 in Lithuania), Ian Siegal (2009 in Lithuania), Kenny Neal (2010 – jam session in Palanga, Lithuania) and Larry Garner (2011m. jam session in Vilnius). Sometimes, Aleksandr makes gigs with big bands. Aleksandr Belkin is described in the book “Who is who in Lithuania” (2002, 2006) He has written and published the book “A brief history of Jazz” supplied with CD (publishing house “Kronta”). In the festival “Blues Nights” on 2003 he’s got a “Golden string” award. On 2003 and 2008 in the “Country Saloon” in Vilnius A. Belkin won a Grand Prix in the contest of cazoo playing.