With over 80 years combined experience recording and performing for regional, national and international audiences, Robin Barrett, Curtis Rocket Johnson, and Mondo Mike Cook make up the core of the band. Each is a respected artist in his own right. More is included on each in their individual bios below.
"Kings" have gigged and shared the stage with B.B. King, George Thorogood, Albert Collins, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Elvin Bishop, Roy Rogers, W.C. Clark, Jimmie Vaughan, Alan Haynes, Robert Cray, Charlie Musselwhite... the list goes on and on.
A short list of clubs and events CK members have played includes:
The Chicago Blues Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Sunbanks Blues Festival, Ritzville Blues Festival, Hot August Blues Festival, Antones, The Dandelion, Cascade Tavern, Larrys Greenfront, The Fort Spokane Brewery, The Winthrop Palace, Crossroads again, the list goes on and on.
Having spent the last year recording their first CD, honing their live show, and wowing audiences at local events, the Kings are ready to light up your event and set your town on fire! The Coyote Kings perform as a 3-piece power trio, or can provide up to a 5-piece line-up, depending on venue and event.
The Coyote Kings new CD Lucky Thirteen is due for release Summer 2007. It features 13 original powerhouse tracks, showcasing the collective talents of the three. CK are fast becoming regarded as a hot ticket... the new premier purveyors of The Northwest Sound.
Coyote Kings are ready for you. Are you ready for the time of your life?
Robin Barrett has been singing, playing guitar & writing for over 35 years. He was lead singer, rhythm guitarist, & principal writer for Tukanon Band, earning critical acclaim & a loyal following. Since 1991, Rob has turned his musical energy towards Bluesrock guitar & writing, playing, & singing some incredible music. While with The Robin Barrett Band he played every top club in the Northwest and released the 1993 CD Love For The Blues. Robin also released the 1997 solo CD Eclectricity.
In 2002, after 25 years of writing recording and playing out, Robin hit large via the Internet. His song Naughty Little Girl hit #1 on the MP3.com Blues & charts and stayed there for a full year! Robins 2003 solo CD Blue Movie continues to sell Worldwide.
With Robin, Curtis, and Mike, The Coyote Kings have hit the magic line-up. Robin says, Im proud to be a member of the Yoties and excited to hear my songs done so right. Every time we play Im amazed at the heat!
Listening to Robin's music is an experience! Barrett brings an age old style right up to the twenty-first century with bravado and skill. Chris K. - Godsofmusic.com
"Robin Barrett kicks himself into blues overdrive. It just can't get much better than this."
"This is the biz - sneering guitars make the bad-boy squeal' harmonics - crashing, no messin' groove - subliminal, sinister vocals - Barrett made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck and that's the truth!" Roj Agogo
"Robin Barrett is a guitarist who cooks his way through each song, definitely an experience!"
Cascade Blues Association - Blues Notes
"Whether he's going upbeat and cheery, or slow and dreary, Barrett is a master of mood."
Washington Blues Society - Blues Letter
Curtis Rocket Johnson is a veteran Blues, R&B and Rock drummer who has provided tasteful, driving grooves for some of the greatest artists of our time. This native Texan toured and performed nationally and internationally with Alligator recording artist and multiple W.C Handy award-winner, W. C. Clark, and Texas guitar legend Alan Haynes, as well as appearing several times with both artists on television. He was also a member of the Austin based Matt Powell Band, while Powell (a young Rock and Blues guitar hero) packed Texas clubs and concert venues. With Curtis driving the beat, The Godfather of Texas Blues, W.C. Clark won the prestigious Austin Music Awards for Best Blues Band.
Curtis is also a revered member of the Northwest music scene and is regarded as Blues Royalty by such notables as Jim Mesi and the late great Paul DeLay. As the original drummer with Jimmy Lloyd Rea and the Switchmasters, the Cascade Blues Association nominated Curtis for Best Drummer. This was the year that the Switchmasters won Album of the Year and Best Live Blues Performance with Chicago legend, Snooky Pryor.
Currently Curtis is heating things up with The Coyote Kings, appearing live and on the new album. With the Coyote Kings, he is more than just a drummer. Curtis is an integral part of the CK sound, adding his soulful vocals and incredible beats and arrangements. Curtis says, Im proud to be associated with Robin Barrett and Mike Cook, and to add The Coyote Kings to the prestigious list of artists Ive performed with. These artists include Albert Collins, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, James Cotton, Sam Meyers, Snooky Pryor, Guitar Shorty, Jimmie Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Charlie Musselwhite, Angela Strehli, LouAnn Barton, Paul DeLay, Jim Mesi, Too Slim & The Taildraggers, and many more
Mondo Mike Cook has been wowing northwest audiences with his guitar pyrotechnics for over 30 years. Mike was the lead guitarist and along with Robin, a founding member of Tukanon Band, who achieved an almost cult-like live performance following. Mike was featured on Tukanons self-titled album along with the single Hold On, which received national airplay.
In the 80s Mike teamed up with Keith The Wolfman Wolford in the regional powerhouse The Fabulous Cyclones. The Cyclones were a staple in the Central Washington and Puget Sound event and club circuit. Mike has played every club on Seattles Pioneer square along with just about every A room in the Northwest.
Upon returning to Walla Walla in the early 90s Mike lent his "mondo" guitar sound to perennial Northwest favorites Iguana Hat, lighting up two CDs and playing events and festivals all over the PNW. Since leaving Iguana Hat, Mike has played with Robin in Lucky Dogs and in a reunion of the original four members of Tukanon Band.
Now Mike adds his scorching guitar, growling vocals and dynamic stage presence to the magic Curtis Rocket Johnson beat and the strong Robin Barrett songs of Coyote Kings. Mike is the true classic rocker of the Kings and puts on a great stage show. You havent seen anything until you see Mike wind up his Tele and play with a beer bottle, a pocketknife, a mic stand, or even his shoe!
Yes, we play mostly in the Pacific Northwest, but we'd love to come to your city!