Tom Ferring – Harmonica, Guitar and Vocals
Tom originally played guitar and sang with Redhouse Records recording artist Dave Moore in a blues duo, Backporch Blues. He began seriously studying blues harmonica in 2010 under the tutelage of Harmonica Curtis Blake. He has jumped every open stage known to humankind to sharpen his skills. His love of the blues is reflected in his sincere, emotional performances. He has performed with a number of bands in the area and is a founding member of the Cobras.
Pat “Washtub James” Dawson – Bass and Washtub Bass
Muddy Waters’ sideman, Jojo Williams, introduced Pat to the Twin Cities’ blues scene in the early 80’s where he rubbed elbows with the likes of former Chicago-based bluesmen: Walter “Big Guitar Red” Smith; Sonny “Cat Daddy” Rodgers; George “Mojo” Buford; and Sammy Lawhorn. Pat made a number of recordings as the bass player in the Sonny Rodgers’ band. The band’s 45, “Cadillac Baby” sided w/ “Big Leg Woman”, won international acclaim in 1990 and earned the W.C. Handy Award for Blues Single of the Year. Not resting on his laurels, Pat then founded Blue Loon Records, producing over three dozen blues CD’s for artists during the 1990’s, including CD’s by R.J. Mischo and Percy Strother. Pat was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by in 2005 by the Midwest Rock & Country Hall of Fame and in 2010 he was inducted into the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame.
Dave Lunt – Drums
Dave cut his teeth on ‘70s rock and roll, playing in bands in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s before taking a three-decade break. Following through on his long-standing threat, he reclaimed his skins from storage when his youngest left for college. Drawn to the bluesy side of rock in his youth, Dave developed a deeper appreciation for blues and the nuances of the blues shuffle during his hiatus. He began sitting-in at local jams where the Cobras had the opportunity to hear his solid, steady, and responsive drumming.. He was soon recruited and his impressive discipline, integrity and humor have solidified the unit.
Shawn “Too Blue” Wallin – Guitar and Vocals
Shawn grew up on the streets of Minneapolis and developed a love for guitar in high school after discovering the music of Metallica and exposure from guitar playing best friends. Always preferring the soulful styles of music it was a moment watching Austin City Limits and a performance by Buddy Guy in 1994 that sparked the journey of discovering a deep lifelong love of blues music.
Shawn has been in a variety of Minnesota based blues bands including Zen Garage (Blues / Blues Rock), Cool Disposition (Chicago / Jump Blues), Boom Boom Steve V & The Knockouts (Chicago / Jump Blues) and several fill-in gigs with the Scotty Reed Band (Chicago / Jump Blues) playing along with his favorite local players including Bruce McCabe (Keyboards), Rob Stupka (Drums), Keith Boyles (Bass) and many more.