3RD DEGREE Mission Statement
Our mission is to spread the blues power , history and love of the music. So sit back enjoy our website please feel free to contact us and come see us perform and even sit in with us ! " Blues is the roots everything else is just the fruits ! " Willie Dixon. 3rd Degree can play soul , dixieland , jazz and rock & roll if you want it ! " We wanna fill up the dance floor " A.C.
" Here's a local band that should be making headlines all across the nation . " Jim Santella , Southland Blues,
cd review Jan. 2004,www.southlandblues.com
Aaron "BigHands" Chapman bandleader, guitarist and vocalist, cut his teeth early on the South Side of Chicago which was and is a hotbed for "amplified blues". Growing up in Cabrini Green and the Robert Taylor homes two of the toughest housing projects was his first lesson of the Blues. Drawing influences from Pops Staples, Lefty Diaz, Albert King, Buddy Guy, Walter Scott , Billy Flynn , Vance Kelly , Bob Stroger , Lurrie Bell and Curtis Mayfield to name a few . The historical Maxwell Street was a weekend experience sometimes with my dad and brother that was full of musical treats. Befriended by the late great Godfather of the Blues Junior Wells was an honor!
Billy Pulliam bass player and vocals. Billy does a great job of holding down the bottom, playing bass lines as they are meant to be played, following the original bass parts to give our blues cover tunes their original feel and sound. Billy has shared the stage with Dick Dale and many others. He also writes his own tunes and is just a good all-around friend and musician.
Mr. Jeff Fish on drums is both a professional percussion teacher as well as a performing drummer for the band. His range of musical interest spans from classical, blues, funk, rock, R&B, you name it, he plays it. Fun, reliable, and easy to get along with Jeff is our guy on drums.
Harrison "Hatch" Manell grew up with the piano in the house, Hatch fooled around with the keys until he learned some basic chords. Through high school and beyond, he played in several local blues - rock groups at local clubs. His musical influences include Brian Auger, Savoy Brown, Santana, Clapton , Keith Emerson , and the Jazz Crusaders to name a few .
I'd rather go blind , Ooh Poo Pah Doo , If you should lose me , Someone else is slip'n in , Groove me ,Mojo workin , Rollin stone , You shook me , Bo Diddley medely , Spoonful , Lil Red Rooster , Backdoorman , Ain't superstitious , killin floor , tore down , goin down , love her with a feelin , chains of love , Midnight hour , knock on wood ,634-5789 , love and happiness , The thrill is gone , let the goodtimes roll , jambalaya , Blues is alright , born under a bad sign , why I sing the blues , last 2 dollars , Shade tree mechanic , down home blues , bad to the bone , dust my broom , sky is cryin , chitlins con carne , cissy strut , messin with the kid , all your lovin , yonders wall , use me up , high heel sneakers , big bossman , roadhouse blues , boom boom , pride and joy , crawlin king snake , Lowrider , Cisco kid , slippin into darkness , back at the chickenshack , sittin on the dock of the bay , titty man, strokin , redhouse , Johnny B. Goode , 19 yrs. old , stand by me , shout , tequila , waiting in vain , stir it up , leave my girl alone , if lovin you is wrong I don't wanna be right , lets get it on , I wouldn't treat a dog ! , St. James infirmary , green onions , phone booth , drownin on dry land , scratch my back , off the wall , give me back my wig ! , Damn right I got the blues ! , soul fixin man ,Miss you , Ain't that a bitch , Real mutha 4 ya , tons of blues and soul music the list goes on and on !