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Firm favourites on the blues, rhythm & blues & swing scenes, The Cadillac Kings feature five of the UK's top blues and roots musicians.

Inspired by the sounds and styles of the ‘40s & ‘50s with a distinctly modern take lyric-wise (courtesy of singer & writer Mike Thomas) this is a band that has earned a reputation for wowing their audiences, from intimate clubs to major festivals, from theatres to dance-halls, the length & breadth of the UK & Europe, from the Canary Islands to Svalbard in the arctic circle.

Since their formation in 2001 the band has opened shows for & shared stages with blues, rock & roots acts such as John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rod Piazza, Lazy Lester, Magic Slim, Lil' Ed & His Blues Imperials, Louisiana Red, Larry Garner, Nappy Brown, Sherman Robertson, Victor Wainwright, Reba Russell, Little Feat & Delbert McLinton to name but a few!

Now approaching their sixteenth anniversary, the band has also signalled their strongest ever line-up, featuring two of the UK's very best roots players – sensational pianist & accordionist - Tim Penn, and on guitar the brilliantly versatile Mal Barclay, along-side frontman Mike Thomas - ‘the best blues lyricist this side of the pond’ (Blues in the Northwest) and the terrific rhythm section of Paul Cuff, double bass, and Roy Webber on drums.

This is the line-up you can hear on their latest album “The Secret of my Success”.