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The CKS Band is a powerhouse Blues/Soul & Rock organ trio. The group features Randy Ciarlante (The Band, The Levon Helm Band) on Drums & Vocals, Bruce Katz (The Gregg Allman Band,John Hammond, Delbert McClinton) on B-3 Organ and Scott Sharrard (The Gregg Allman Band) on Guitar & Vocals. The CKS Band was formed in Sept. of 2011 and has since played the Bearsville Theater, The Black Potatoe Festival, Harvest Blues and Jazz Festival in Fredericton, Canada, The Brigg’s Farm Blues Festival, Helsinki Hudson, The Blue Note NYC, Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble and many other venues and festivals to spectacular reviews.

The band is planning to record their debut studio album in June using funding from their Kickstarter campaign.  The album will be recorded in Woodstock, NY and NYC and will feature brand new original material, some exciting covers and some very special guests.  Charlie Martinez (Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, the Rolling Stones, Toots and the Maytals) will engineer, record and mix the tracks.  The album will be released in the late summer of 2013 and the band will be hitting the road in support of their new release.

Randy Ciarlante (drums/vocals)

Randy joined The Band in 1990 and is currently a member of The Levon Helm Band, singing harmony vocals and playing drums.He played and sang on The Band’s albums from the 1990s, including Jubilation and High on the Hog. After The Band dissolved, he joined the Jim Weider Band from 1998-2006 and continues to play with Jim Weider’s Percolator band. Randy Ciarlante has also been a mainstay of the Woodstock NY music scene since 1981 and has played with many of that area’s leading musicians over the years.

Bruce Katz (B-3 Organ)

Bruce is currently a member of the Gregg Allman Band, and plays regularly with John Hammond, Delbert McClinton and other artists as well. Bruce was a 2008, 2009 and 2010 Nominee for the Blues Music Award (W.C. Handy Award) for “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year”, selected by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN. He is a Hammond Artist Endorsee, and has played and recorded with Duke Robillard, Jimmy Witherspoon, John Hammond, Ronnie Earl, Little Milton and many others in his career, appearing on over 70 CDs in addition to 6 CDs as leader of the Bruce Katz Band.

For more on Bruce: Official Website

Scott Sharrard (guitar/vocals)

Scott is currently best known for his work as a member of The Gregg Allman Band. He has also performed with such artists as: The Allman Brothers, Levon Helm, Amy Helm, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Marshall Crenshaw, Kelley Hunt and Jay Collins & The Kings County Band. He is releasing his newest solo album (and follow up to his 2009 release, “Ante Up”) titled “Scott Sharrard & The Brickyard Band” in the Fall of 2012.

Risks and challenges

The members of CKS have all independently produced, performed and released albums throughout their careers. The band has prepared material and scouted the best recording studios in New York for this release. Once they have secured funding, the record will go into production. The CKS band has assembled a great team of audio engineers, graphic designers and manufacturers to produce a first class record album.

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