Bill "Slim Willie" Keyes has been a student of the blues for over 20 years, but was well into building his career and family before pursuing music seriously. At an early age, family jams with his musician brothers provided a good foundation, so when he decided to get serious about playing, the learning came quickly. Classes and workshops with Joe Filisko in Chicago and David Barret's Harmonica Masterclass School in California helped provide a solid foundation for playing technique and big tone. Bill is a dedicated father of two, with a recent college graduate son and a daughter in her first year of college. Now retired from 30 years in the corporate world, he is thrilled to move out of the cube and onto the stage with Slim Willie and The Ride.

 Tom Kochie a Minnesota native grew up in Rochester, Mn. and started playing guitar in the mid-1960's after his older brother showed him how to play Bill Dogget's Honky Tonk, From there he went on to show off his new found passion at the 4th grade talent show  with a 2 song rendition of Honky Tonk and  Ray Charles What I Say. Warm weather and college took Tom to Austin, TX. It was there that he was reunited with  the blues and his most earliest influences. He traded in his complete record/CD collection to scrounge up money to start exploring the roots of blues. Tom was frequently caught at Antone's in Austin trying to snatch a few licks from the many blues legends that perform there. Family, work and cooler climate brought Tom back to Minnesota (Rochester) where he continues to explore his passion for blues music and evangelize one of  America's great art forms. Tom is a member of the Minnesota Blues Society and has been blessed with the opportunities to play at The Duluth Blues Festival, International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tn, and Buddy Guy's Legends (with Buddy !) in Chicago.

  Michael King a New Jersey native, has been performing in the upper midwest since relocating to Rochester, MN in the early 1990’s. An avid fan and student of jump blues, his influences include guitar greats Bill Jennings, Oscar Moore, Tiny Grimes, and Hollwood Fats.

Tim Scribner (Scribby) started playing bass at the age of 12 in the typical middle and high school rock bands. After high school he went on the road and traveled the Midwest with several Top 40 cover bands. While in the military, Scribby performed "old school" country on the weekends. After military service and yet another stint on the road with several bands, he settled in to a house gig with Jumpin' Jimmie Brown (first husband of R&B artist Ruth Brown). He was introduced to Jimmie Brown's extensive musical repertoire and learned the importance providing a solid foundation for the band. Since moving back to Minnesota in 1983, Scribby has had the good fortune to perform with many talented musicians and is excited to be holding down the groove with Slim Willie and The Ride.

  Scott Kovar, Scott Kovar drummer and percussionist is an active performer and music educator and owner of Scott Kovar’s Drum Studio in Rochester Minnesota. Scott was born and raised in Chicago. Aspiring to be a musician at an early age he was fortunate to grow up in the Windy City. Blues, Rock, Soul, and Jazz were influences in his early musical education. After High School he pursued a formal music education. While leading his own band he studied percussion at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. This gave him some practical experience making a living as a musician while paying his way through school. After he received his Bachelors of Music in Percussion he continued to lead his own band, freelance and teach. He has also worked in other avenues of the music business. These include music retail, and instrument repair in various music stores in Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. Currently Scott plays in several local groups in the Rochester, Mn. area and is privileged to be the newest member of Slim Willie and The Ride.


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