Michael John & The Bottom Line

Michael John & The Bottom Line
Michael John, Founder and President of the Ventura County Blues Society, is also the Founder of the Ventura County Blues Festival and leads his band The Bottom Line. Since the festival’s inception, Michael John & The Bottom Line have performed and donated their music which now has become an annual tradition for the festival kick off. When you combine family and lifelong friends you get a special musical bond that touches the hearts and souls of all music lovers alike. The band consists of Michael John (lead singer, guitar, harmonica), Michael John’s son Mikey Mo (lead guitar), Steve Nelson (electric, stand-up Bass), Eddie Z (tenor, alto sax), Jeff Dellisanti (tenor, baritone sax), and Tom “T-Bone” Broderick (drums, backup vocals). The group attracts people of all ages with their blend of Swing to more contemporary rocking blues. They have received national airplay and have won multiple awards including placing in the top ten bands in the finals for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee. Michael was awarded the All Access Magazine award for best male vocalist.

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“Michael John & The Bottom Line: Capture the true essence of the blues with crafty execution.” – Dale Hill, Music Connection Magazine

“The latest of my California finds comes compliments of veteran blues/rock guitarist, harmonica, and vocalist Michael John. John and his band the Bottom Line have in recent years become local favorites in the southern California blues scene.” – Tom Branson, www.BluesRockers.ws

Michael John and The Bottom Line has what it takes with their talent, expertise and spectacular musicianship to put blues music right where it belongs, ON TOP …” – Mary Rudy, www.MusikReviewz.com

“This is one smokin’, soulful blues band. Lead singer Michael John’s vocals have a powerful, sultry resonance that complement the well-oiled machine that is The Bottom Line.” – www.CyberStuff.net

“Michael is a powerful, gutsy vocalist, the band is uniformly excellent, and production is top-notch … highly recommended!” – John Taylor, Blues On Stage

“I have seen and heard Michael John’s vocals, a lot of raw power and emotion, and will readily attest to the legitimacy of this group as an up and coming force in the blues industry.” – Jon Hayes, Southland Blues Magazine ”

“Every once in a while you run across a band that really makes you stand up and take notice … Michael John and The Bottom Line is the band. Awesome vocals that grab you where it feels good” – DJ Smilestir, Blue Icewater Radio

“When the Animals did ‘House of the Rising sun’ in 1964, it affected contemporary blues. Along with a lot of other changes in popular music, the dramatic quality of that song wove itself into the ongoing blues revival. Michael John’s songs have that quality” – Jim Santella, Southland Blues

“His vocals are powerfully soulful and a pleasure to listen to” – Jim Byrnes, KBGA Radio Missoula, Montana