Our StoryTHIS IS WHO WE AREJohnny & The Mongrels is a high-powered, New Orleans-influenced band that is "the perfect combination of a funk filled heart & a deep bayou soul." Its founders, currently based in Fort Collins, Colorado, are singer/songwriter Johnny Ryan and singer/bassist/songwriter Jeff Bostic. Their debut LP, "Creole Skies,” was produced by JoeBaby (Snapped on the River Music) and Scott Sharrard (formerly of The Gregg Allman Band). The record features a heavy-hitting lineup of veteran rock and R&B musicians, including guitarist Sharrard, keyboardist Bill McKay (Derek Trucks Band, Leftover Salmon), drummer Eddie Christmas (Jon Cleary, New Orleans Suspects), and Erica Brown on background, along with guest musicians Roddie Romero, Charlie Wooton and Lee Allen Zeno. The album was recorded at the famous Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana, home to eight Grammy-winning albums.
The Mongrels have already played many prominent venues and music festivals…


Mitty Lene Collier (born June 21, 1941) is an American church pastor, gospel singer and former rhythm and blues singer. She had a number of successful records in the 1960s, of which probably the best known is "I Had A Talk With My Man".Mitty Collier was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the seventh child of Rufus and Gertrude Collier, and attended Western-Olin High School, Alabama A & M College and Miles College where she majored in English.She began singing in church as a teenager, and toured with gospel groups, the Hayes Ensemble and the Lloyd Reese Singers, before starting to sing rhythm and blues in local clubs to help subsidise her college education. In 1959, while visiting Chicago, she entered DJ Al Benson's talent show at the Regal Theater, winning for six straight weeks and gaining her a slot on a bill with B. B. King and Etta James as a prize. This brought her to the attention of Ralph Bass of Chess Records, who offered her a recording contract.She recorded for t…


Dallas-born Bobby "Top Hat" Davis has been a fixture on Chicago's blues scene for more than half a decade. Performing on Maxwell Street, accompanied by Mr. H., since the late '50s, Davis plays every weekend at Frank "Little Sonny" Scott's Juketown Community Bandstand and the Johnny Dollar Blues Stage.The son of a singer, Davis is a natural performer. By the age of nine, he was already attracting attention as a tap-dancing shoeshine boy outside Dallas' State Movie Theater. Teaching himself to play drums and organ, he made his professional debut with the Zuzu Bolden and Adolph Sneed Band in the mid-'40s. He collaborated with Texas bluesman Little Son Jackson in 1947.

Relocating to Chicago, with Rosoe Gordon and Baby Face Willette, in 1957, Davis quickly secured an extended engagement at the Crown Propeller Club. He later worked with drummer Rosie Davis and guitarist Eric Davis, performing at a service station at 14th Street and Halsted Avenue for s…


Artist Biography by Linda Seida in allmusic Music was a part of Mark May's life from an early age. A brother had worked with Pure Prairie League's Craig Fuller, and his mom was drawn to the strains of country and bluegrass. A native of Ohio, the blues guitarist began learning to play the instrument when he was five years old, and during his teen years he became involved with several bands. By the time he'd turned 16, he had played the first of what would become many professional gigs. Upon relocating to Houston during the early '80s, May continued to perform professionally with a variety of country outfits. He went on to work with rock groups, but his heart always was with the blues. Thanks to a friend, he discovered an affinity for Albert Collins' brand of the blues. He soon pulled together his own blues-rock group. The band included saxophonist Eric Dimmer, drummer Danny Goza, and singer and bass player "Fretless" Dan Cooper. Dimmer left the group to wo…