Tj Wheeler is an original but his music is steeped in timeless traditions of Blues & Jazz. Born in 1952, in Bremerton Washington, as a teenager he saw Buddy Guy, & Son House, and instantly became a bonafide Blues Guy. The road was & is his musical university, and seeking out Blues & Jazz greats, his influences have included Booker White, Furry Lewis, Lenny Breau, Arthur Hall, Danny Barker & countless others.
Over the decades Tj’s worked, studied and performed with such diverse & notables as Pinetop Perkins, Mighty Sam McClain, Katie Webster, Nappy Brown, Tiny Grimes, Benny Waters, Honey Boy Edwards and Joe Houston. He’s been featured as a performer as well as a master clinician for such top Blues & Jazz Festivals as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, the Ottawa Blues Festival, and the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival.
Tj has for over 40 years has been a leading proponent of Blues, Jazz & overall roots music in the school programs. His award winning Hope, Heroes’ & the Blues integrated arts program has reached roughly 500,000 students worldwide. From the 1 string slide Diddley Bow, tenor Ukulele, 5 string “Clawhammer” banjo, NOLA style tenor Banjo, on up to the 7 string Arch Top Guitar this Blues Guy 40 years later is still shakin’ it on down and spreading the message that you sing the Blues to lose the Blues.