Inducted in 2015
Blake has been playing guitar around the state
of Arizona for over 25 years with various
blues/jump blues and roots bands, including the
Hoodoo Kings, Kings of Pleasure and the Juke
Joint All-Stars. He started playing guitar
in 1965 and was soon playing in various country
and rock bands in his home town of Casa Grande
When he re-located to Phoenix, he worked and
became a student of ‘older music’, such as
blues, rock-a-billy and 50’s/60’s country.
In 1991 he joined up with a short-lived roots
rock band, his first taste of playing with
full-time musicians. Next was an
affiliation with the Hoodoo Kings, first sitting
in often, and then becoming one of the
guitarists they used.
1995 brought a move to Tucson for the day job,
where he played with both the Hoodoo Kings and
the Kings of Pleasure, plus other blues bands.
The Juke Joint All-Stars came along in 2008 as a
one night tribute to Wynonnie Harris, but lasted
4 years as a band, including one album
release. At this writing he is currently
freelancing and playing frequently with the
Kings of Pleasure.