The bassist for SonicSoul is E.G. McDaniel. E.G. is an inductee of the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. As the son of Chicago blues icon, guitarist Floyd McDaniel, and the nephew of Bo Diddley, the blues music runs deep within E.G. E.G. has shared the stage with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Sonny Seals, A.C. Reed, Carl Weathersby, John Primer and countless others. Outside of SonicSoul, E.G. continues to work with top blues artists such as Jimmy Burns and Mud Morganfield.
John Bruhnke, Singer, Guitarist, and Songwriter
SonicSoul is fronted by John Bruhnke (last name rhymes with Funky!). Bruhnke can lay down a wild, Buddy Guy inspired house rockin' Chicago blues and the next minute launch into a classic Santana, Rolling Stones, or Stevie Wonder tune to get the crowd dancing. Having studied jazz with guitar great, Bobby Broom, Bruhnke also has the chops to play some serious jazz infused music by past greats like Grant Green or modern-day masters like Derek Trucks. SonicSoul's song selection for any given night depends on the venue and the vibe of the crowd. Whether it's straight blues or a venue that supports an eclectic mix of material, The SonicSoul Band knows how to connect with the audience and take them for a ride!
John's Early Years...
John started learning guitar at the age of 9 and has played professionally since he was old enough to get into bars. His first gigs were on the streets of Chicago before he was hired by LV Banks (pic below) to work six nights a week in south side Chicago clubs. It was in these clubs that Bruhnke honed his guitar style, performing for an older clientele that knew blues music and wanted to hear it done right. Bruhnke was next hired by The Professor Eddie Lusk who gave him his first opportunity to play Chicago's north side blues clubs, headline the Chicago Bluesfest and go on the road.
Bruhnke Steps Out Front as Band Leader In the Early 1990's
Bruhnke soon struck out on his own with his first band, The Blues Persuasion. Good things started happening! He had the opportunity to host Koko Taylor's birthday party at Buddy Guy's Legends and jam with all his hero's including Lonnie Brooks, Junior Wells, and the man himself, Buddy Guy (pic below)! Bruhnke's band worked steadily around Chicago and the Midwest until the late 90's when his first son was born. At this time, John made the decision to hang up the guitars to focus on providing a more stable life for his family.