The Proven Ones are Kid Ramos, Brian Templeton, Anthony Geraci, Willie J. Campbell and Jimi Bott. They are truly an Allstar band to be reckoned with. Their first recording Wild Again (Roseleaf) earned a 2019 Blues Music Award (BMA) Nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Recording. In addition Willie J. Campbell, Anthony Geraci, and Jimi Bott were nominated on their respected instruments. All members have recorded with and shared the stage with Blues Artists such as John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Bo Diddley, Big Mama Thorton, Big Joe Turner…and many more.
-Kid Ramos is one of the most respected blues guitarist anywhere. He has been a member of the James Harman Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Mannish Boys-that also included Campbell and Bott. Ramos was awarded The Orange County (CA) Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. He has received 13 Blues Music Award nominations (BMA’s.)
-Lead singer Brian Templeton brings soul power to The Proven Ones. A veteran of over 40 years in the powerful Boston, MA music scene. Brian was part of the Radio Kings which released recordings on the Icehouse Record label. He has been featured with harmonica ace Jerry Portnoy’s band and has toured under his own name in Europe and the United States.
-Piano/Hammond Organist Anthony Geraci is an original member of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones and Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters. He was also an original member at the first House of Blues (Cambridge, MA) Blue Monday Band. He has appeared on over 40 recordings and has received a Grammy Nomination for Super Harps I (Telarc). Anthony has numerous Blues Music Award nominations-most notably the Pinetop Perkins Piano Award 4 years in a row and an unprecedented 6 personal Blues Music Awards Nomination in 2019.
-Willie J. Campbell has been the bass man for some of todays most notable blues bands/musicians-The Fabulous Thunderbirds, James Harman, The Mannish Boys. Willie has also recorded with these Artists: Sugaray Rayford, Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King, Mike Morgan, Kevin Selfie, Kid Ramos, as well as Geraci’s 2019 BMA nominated Why Did You Have To Go CD.
-Drummer Jimi Bott is one of todays hardest working blues and roots drummers. He has been nominated by the Blues Foundation for Instrumentalist-Drums 20 times! Winning the Blues Music Award in 2015. Jimi was inducted into the Cascade Blues Association in 2009-The Blues Drummer Award is now named after him. Jimi was also a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Mannish Boys and Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers and has been featured on close to 100 recordings.
-Rounding out The Proven Ones sound are trumpeter/arranger Joe McCarthy and tenor saxophonist/arranger Chris Mercer. Joe has played on recordings with, and arranged for Artists such as Paul Delay, Curtis Salgado, Kevin Selfie, Karen Lovely, and Lisa Mann. Tenor saxophonist/arranger Chris Mercer has been an in demand Musican for decades. He has toured with and recorded with an unprecedented group of Artists including: The Pretenders, Janiva Magness, John Mayall, Freddie King, Procol Harum, Marc Bolan and T. Rex, Buddy Guy…and many, many more.