Stefan Geisinger was first introduced to the blues at the age of 17 after hearing Kenny Wayne Shepherds album "Ledbetter Heights." After that he dug deep into the roots of blues music, listening to blues musicians like Lightning Hopkins, Elmore James, Howling Wolf, and Muddy Waters. Born in Rice Lake WI, Stefan started his first blues band by the age of 23. After performing the blues for eight years, he created the Stefan Geisinger Band, which includes Buck Barrickman and Travis Nicolai
Buck is best known for his 12 year stint as bassist for The Pumps, a favorite Midwest, rockin’ Blues Band. He was featured with The Pumps guitarist and drummer, Tom Brill and Frank Juodis, on the CD "Cover to Cover," which enjoyed national sales.
He has played at The Chippewa Valley Blues Society’s "Tuesday Night Blues" and at the Northwest Blues Festival. He played with Tommy Tutones backup band for their appearance at the infamous Red Parrot Night Club and at the Grand Little Theatre.
Buck says, “I’ve really enjoyed my many years playing midwest bars, saloons, and festivals. You’re going to love what Stefan has put together for this kick butt, rockin’ Blues Band”.
Travis Nicolai grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and began playing drums at the age of 10. He got his start playing percussion in multiple school bands throughout middle and high school. Travis’s love for playing music, especially Jazz music grew while he was in high school and as he continued his music education at UW River Falls. While at River Falls, Travis continued to develop his skills as a Jazz drummer and had the opportunity to learn from and play with a lot of talented musicians.
In the 20 years since college, Travis has played in a variety of local bands where he has had the opportunity to play many styles of music including: Jazz, Rock, Country, Funk, Ska, Indie, and most recently Blues with The Stefan Geisinger Band.
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