Benny Jenkins - vocals, guitar, harp
> Chicago native Benny grew up on the southside of Chicago "Apartment style" 22nd & Damon Ave. then moving to 24th & Oakley. His father edged the family further south to 135th & Cicero where he attended school through Jr. high. When his father retired from the truck docks of Chicago he moved the family to Danville, IL. At 17 it didn't quite suit Benny so he moved back to the north side of Chicago near Old Town with friends. Growing up in Chicago he was exposed to the great legends Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Paul Butterfield and Sonny Boy Williamson by brother Alex by the age of 10. Benny joined the Jenkins bros. band as harp player at age 18. The band hit the bar scene in the mid 70's playing bars in Chicago, Aurora, Naperville the south suburbs and the college towns throughout Illinois and Indiana. The Jenkins bros. hooked up with an agent out of Evanston, IL. was signed and put on the road. The brothers never turned down a gig or cancelled a gig and steadily built a loyal following throughout Chicago, California, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, the Dakota's and ground zero for the blues Helena Arkansas to name a few. Benny has played 40 of the 50 states as well as toured Canada and has logged well over 6,000 performances. 1979 Benny fronted The Late Movies a roots rock 'n' roll band based out of Champaign, IL. they recorded a self titled EP opened shows for; The Rave, The Boyzz and Off Broadway and played Mabel's, Chances R, The Alley Cat & Bradley's. Benny moved to St. Louis and his band gigged at 1860's saloon, Mike & Mins, and other venue's. 1990 back in Champaign Benny was a founding member of The Delta Kings based out of Champaign, IL. and was regulars at the famous Mabel's & the Blind Pig. Benny moved to Nashville in 1992 worked for Gibson guitar and formed The Sinners. The band recorded a live CD at 3rd & Lindsley as well as an EP. The band played Bourbon St. Blues & boogie bar, Café Milano and Gibson's Guitar Gallery club as well as toured out of Nashville throughout Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia. Benny left the band after 3 years and formed Flathead 6 and recorded a CD with friends Danny Darling drums (Leon Russell), Mike Holms B3 & piano (Gatemouth Brown) and Jeff Cease original guitarist for The Black Crows (shake your money maker). The band was short lived but gained a cult following. Benny lived in Nashville for 11 years before relocating back to East Central IL.