The Mustangs Biography
THE MUSTANGS are a breath of fresh air on the British blues scene. They combine the power and punch of traditional R’n’B with great original songs and a show-stopping stage set. They have established a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most charismatic bands in British blues. In 2010 The band was nominated for Best Band at the prestigious British Blues Awards.
The Mustangs are led by the stunning voice and slashing guitar of livewire frontman Adam Norsworthy. The razor-sharp rhythm section of Jon Bartley (drums) and Ben McKeown (bass) is one of the tightest on the circuit. The line-up is completed by R’n’B veteran Derek Kingaby on vintage blues harp.
The Mustangs formed in Hampshire in 2001. They immediately started gaining rave reviews in the blues press, with writers hailing the band as the country’s brightest new blues talent. News of their deft song-writing and hunger for playing live soon spread.
Since then the Mustangs have headlined stages all over the UK, from the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival to the legendary Hackney Empire. They have toured the length and breadth of the country, playing alongside giants of the British and American blues scenes. In 2008 they started taking their unique brand of blues rock to ecstatic crowds on the European festival scene. Among the renowned blues festivals and venues the band has played are Hyde Park, Goodwood, Maryport, Newark, Cambridge, Gosport, Colne, Skegness and Swanage.
In 2006 they signed to Blues Matters, the UK’s major dedicated blues label. Their first record for the label, the all-original Split Decision, reached number 5 on the iTunes blues chart on release. The follow up, Nothing Stays The Same, was one of Blues in Britain magazine’s Albums of the Year in 2008.
Their fifth album, Cut Loose, was released in June 2010 to rave reviews. In a five out of five star review R2 Magazine said Cut Loose was "a real treat..drips with musicianship...is infectiously funky and downright beautiful". That same year the band was nominated for Best Band at the prestigious Blues Awards. Furthermore, both Ben and Jon were each nominated in their individual instrument categories.
In July 2011, on the eve of a string of shows at the legendary Maryport Blues Festival, they released Shaman & The Monkey, their sixth album and regarded by many as their finest yet. The band supported its release with a run of appearnces at blues festivals all over the UK, where they cemented their reputation as the one of the country's most dynamic live acts, and its most original blues rock band.