Born in the early 80's The Powerhouse Blues Band was the incarnation of a love for rhythm and blues that was shared by three men; Peter 'Pedro' Gray, Ray Woolley and Ken Mactaggart.
With Ped on Guitar and Vocals, Ray on Bass and Ken pounding the drums the guys belted out renditions of classic blues that they themselves had been raised on.
In the later part of the 80's the guys brought on board a young harp player in Paul Wilson - who's amplified harp took the bands sound right to Chicago.
It wasn't too much longer before the band were recruiting again and fostering the talents of another young player; Chris Sykes on Saxophone. Fresh out of high school Chris could knock the audience dead with his terrific sax style and finesse.
The first half of the 90's the band worked their collective asses off collaborating to record the succesful "Three Ringed Circus" project which helped to raise funds for a local radio station. With the success of this project the band performed on several occasions in venues in Melbourne including the Corner Hotel, the Redhouse and Virgona's.
Shortly after, the band recorded their first album "Move the Pool Table". The album was a fine example of Australian Blues and was distributed by Shock Records and enjoyed moderate success around Australia and Europe.
In their tradition of fostering young talent and showcasing older players, over the last five years Powerhouse have featured the likes of Sandy Clark - guitarist and singer, Sean Gardiner - keyboard player extraordinare and Anne-Maree DeSiree - singer.
Currently the band is featuring the hot-rod guitar talents of Travis Winters who's energy and passion is lifting the band to it's greatest heights.
Powerhouses' most recent recording - an untitled demo - features some blistering renditions of the bands earlier original work plus some amazing new songs and few old favourites.