Cargo Blues Band
Smokin Sam & Cargo Blues Band are an Australian blues band based in Melbourne Victoria- - that plays Chicago blues & Blues roots influenced by American & British music.
The band Comprises of an Italian born front man/singer/harmonica player Smokin Sam Salzone, our solid bassist Delta Chris who has played in many blues outfits in Melbourne and was one of the founding members of the now very popular Synergy Blue which Smokin Sam is still the front man of, and a guitarists & drummer.
Seasoned guitarist, has played with a variety of mainly roots based bands and artists since cica1965, Issy Dyes Trio Plus One in the mid 60's, Langford Lever Blues Band late 60's-70's, Angry Anderson early 70's, One Armed Bandit,which supported Leon Russell and The Amazing Rythym Aces at the St Kilda Palais, late 70's early 80's, Doc Townsends Operators 80's-90's then got into country rock scene; Chicken Deville, Cadillac Ranch, Roughcut, backing bands for Cash Bachman, Lee Conway, Denise Morrison inc. Melbourne Concert Hall etc.
Rock n Roll/Rockabilly bands early 2000s; Flying Tigers Ken later got into playing acoustic/electric duos/trios and bands playing Guitar/Mandolin/dobro slide guitar,
Getting back into Blues roots Ken played with Dutch Tilders and his Bluesicians for about 5/6years, He has filled in with various bands, and played with bands that have supported top local and overseas acts.
The majority of the bands repertoire is a mix of original and blues covers material from the great, Peter Green Fleetwood Mac, J.L Hooker, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Junior Wells to name a few and although we mix it up quite a bit stylistically, we never stray TOO far away from the vintage R&B, R&R, blues and soul music that are the closest to our hearts.
What we're are a "blues/rock/funk band" we ARE a good-rockin' smokin” party band obsessed with the sounds of 40s, 50s & 60s.& todays Blues music, We regularly play festivals, pubs, private functions and clubs all over regional victoria & Australian wide. Smokin Sam has toured Indonesia playing clubs and bars and restaurants which was ably backed by local Bali bands.
To learn more about our latest release "on the move", and for those of you that aren't yet familiar with our music, please take a listen to some sound samples on our music pages. There you'll find samples from my earlier CDs as well.
Make sure you visit the photo pages (there are lot of interesting stories in there, and photos of the band rubbing elbows with the famous - and not-so-famous), or if you're looking for current tour dates, check our gig page.
Smokin Sam: Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar
Ken Hatton: Guitar
Delta Chris : Bass Guitar
TBA : Drums