The Proven Ones

The Proven Ones

Blues, Rockin Blues

The Proven Ones are Kid Ramos, Brian Templeton, Anthony Geraci, Willie J. Campbell, Jimi Bott, Joe Mack and Chris Mercer. They are truly an All-star band to be reckoned with. Their first recording Wild Again (Roseleaf) earned a 2019 Blues Music Award Nomination from the Blues Foundation for Best Contemporary Blues Recording. In addition Willie J. Campbell, Anthony Geraci, and Jimi Bott were nominated in 2019 on their respected instruments. Collectively The Proven Ones (TPO) have been featured on hundreds of recordings! All members have recorded with and shared the stage with many legendary and contemporary Blues Artists and have played at various music festivals worldwide.

-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 14 Blues Music Award nominations. Kid Ramos also produced legendary pianist Floyd Dixon’s final recording as well as the accompanying documentary. He has also appeared on sound tracks in movies that feature Bernie Mack, Sylvester Stallone, and composer Hans Zimmer. -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, Sonny Rhodes, James Cotton, Otis Grand and has toured under his own name in Europe, Canada and the United States. Brian was also a featured performer at the Original House of Blues (Cambridge, MA) Blue Monday Band along with Geraci.

-Pianist/Hammond Organist Anthony Geraci is an original member of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones and Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters. 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 Award Nominations in 2019. Anthony was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2016 with Sugar Ray and the Bluetones.

-Willie J. Campbell has been the bass player 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, Cheech and Chong- Get Out Of My Room, Mike Morgan, Kevin Selfe, Kid Ramos, as well as Geraci’s 2019 BMA nominated Why Did You Have To Go (Shining Stone) 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 Hall of Fame 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. He has been featured on over 100 recordings.

-Rounding out The Proven Ones sound are trumpeter/arranger Joe Mack and tenor saxophonist/arranger Chris Mercer. Joe has played on recordings with, and arranged for Artists such as Paul Delay, Curtis Salgado, Kevin Selfe, Karen Lovely, and Lisa Mann. Tenor saxophonist/arranger Chris Mercer has been an in demand Musician for decades. He has toured or recorded with an amazing group of Artists including: Bob Marley, Dr. John, The Pretenders, Janiva Magness, The Temptations, John Mayall, Freddie King, Procol Harum, Marc Bolan and T. Rex, Buddy Guy…and many, many more.

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