Patrick Hazell and the Mother Blues Band
2007 - Band
In 1968 Patrick Hazell and Jeff Weber founded the Mother Blues Band in Iowa City. The band quickly became one of the most popular in the region and established a strong home base in the Upper Mississippi Valley.
Well known for their original and progressive approach to rhythm and blues, they toured from Indiana to Kansas, Minnesota to Oklahoma, Wisconsin, to Arkansas and points between.
They shared concert billings with Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Clifton Chenier, Asleep At The Wheel, Eddie Harris, George Thorogood, Junior Walker and many others.
From 1968 through 1982, over 40 musicians played in the Mother Blues Band, performing in various combinations of four to eight people at any one time. However, as testimony to upholding a standard of excellence, between 1978 and 1982, they were voted top Blues Band four different times in the Peoria, IL based "Prairie Sun Music Magazine’s" annual readers’ poll covering a six-state distribution area.
The band achieved a status that is now legendary and is still revered in various present day (1999 on) music reviews for its seminal influence in the Midwestern Music Scene. They exposed countless listeners to the blues for the first time and provided the inspiration for the establishment of a number of nationally important blues societies that still continue to function.
It was Hazell who gave the band its name "Mother Blues." In 1978 He put his name out front and became Patrick Hazell and the Mother Blues Band. Eventually club owners complained that people would "run the other way" if they saw the word ‘Blues’ on a marquee or poster. They became known as the Patrick Hazell Band.
Hazell considers that through those long years of existence, the band was really like five different bands. The last 1960’s band is most often remembered by people who made the Iowa City music scene at that time. The band played in concerts of 15,000 people, had a major label pay their way to New York City for showcasing and recording. That band broke up in the winter of 1971; only to be resurrected a few years later with Hazell, new musicians and a second "history" for the Mother Blues Band, no matter what exact name it went by. Hazell’s band continues to do selected performances today.
Iowa music legends, the Mother Blues Band joins the Hall of Fame Class of 2007.