From Blues Royalty, the son of Bobby "Blue" Bland and godson of B.B. King, Rodd Bland rose up from the age of 3 learning traditional blues from his father's drummers, John "Jab O" Starks, Harold "Peanie" Portier, and Rodd's brother, Tony Coleman, to become an exceptional band cornerstone rounding out any genre.
Spending much of his time touring live, Rodd has additionally contributed to sessions with talent such as Ian Siegal, and Darren Jay and The Delta Souls. Rodd appears alongside his father in Austin City Limits and Music Voyager. As well as the documentary, Take Me To The River, playing with his father and Yo Gotti. Furthering with Sundance Film Festival concert for the movie anchoring the drum throne with The Hi Rhythm Band, playing behind STAX legends William Bell and Ben Cauley Jr. as well as Oscar award winning rapper Frayser Boy and Al Kapone.
As Rodd enters a new era of his life as a musician, with the loss of his father, King and Clay, he has taken the opportunity to transfer lessons he absorbed to a new generation of blues fans while carrying on the great legacy of the Blues Royalty. Currently Rodd staying in an active role behind the bands: Brimstone Jones, Will Tucker, The Blues Player's Club, or Rodd Bland & The Members Only Band (Bobby Blue Bland Tribute), and touring internationally on festival circuits with such great artists as The Reverend Shawn Amos.
Keep an ear out for the re-brand as the new line of blues emerges from this son of blues. Check out the Tour page for the latest on Rodd Bland.
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