Meet The Members

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Bob Naugler (Lead Vocals, Harmonica, Rhythm & Slide Guitar, Songwriter)

Born in Bridgewater, raised in New Ross, currently resides in the Halifax area.

Early influence was folk and country music with family members strongly tied to the country scene in Nova Scotia and abroad, including country blues legend Hank Snow. Later influences were The Rolling Stones, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Charlie Musselwhite, Downchild, and several others.

Received training in classical guitar, and then blues and rock guitar.

Received training in blues harmonica.

Appeared in a jam band in high school. In later years, performed and sang with various rock bands on the South Shore, and then in Halifax.

Formed and managed the Midtown Blues Band in late 2002, and played the local club scene.

Over the past 15+ years, performed at several events and festivals, including but not limited to, Pembroke Blues Festival, Smokin’ Blues Fest, Atlantic Blues Festival, Knotty By Nature Music Festival, and Summer Blaze Music Festival, to name a few.

Performed on stage with local favourites Theresa Malenfant & The Instigators, The Sam Moon Band, Rick Edgett, Jimmy White (Peppertree), Gordon Albert Tucker, Doris Mason, Shirley Jackson, and others.

For more than 15 years, has written and composed many songs, of which 10 are now featured on the debut CD “The Midtown Man”.

Building my own recording studio, and received instruction and training from Paul Milner of Shell Lane Studio during the recording of my debut CD. Lead vocalist; plays acoustic/electric and slide guitar, and harmonica. Bob is proud to use Seydel harmonicas during performances with “Bob Naugler & The Midtown Blues Band”.

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Mark Mitchell (Drums, Background Vocals)

Mark grew up in a very large family where music was a big part of his daily life.

He picked up his first set of drumsticks at age 12 and started playing snare drum in a marching band.

The desire to learn more about drumming led to lessons from a family friend with a beautiful set Ludwig Super Classic Drums.

After joining the Navy, there were always a lot of talented players that gave Mark a wide access to various genres of music.

Many "Ships Bands" were formed during trips away and gave Mark the opportunity to play in clubs around Europe, and the Mid-East.

Most memorable occasion being in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, at the Seafarers Club, where he was able to perform for a crowd of Ex Patriot Canadians.

Has had the pleasure of opening for a few acts, including Honeymoon Suite, & Glass Tiger, at the Atlantic Fleet Club.

After retiring from the Navy he continued to play with different groups around the city; most notably Speedbump, and The Lime Ricky Band

After taking a break from gigging for a few years, (but never stopped playing), he's back with Bob Naugler & The Midtown Blues Band (joined in late 2015), and looks forward to getting back on stage and entertaining the crowds again.

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Mike Jackson (Piano & Organ, Harmonica, Background Vocals)

Born in Halifax, NS, Mike began playing the piano as a teenager.

During his teen years, while playing in various high school bands, Mike fell in love with the Hammond organ/Leslie sound. This affection was probably spurred on by his love for the Blues and the Allmann Brothers Band. Mike continues to play and collect Hammond/Leslie gear and is quite an accomplished harmonica player as well.

Following high school, Mike went on to play the bars in a number of popular Halifax rock and blues bands, and has been a sought-after freelance keyboardist.

Mike recently joined Bob Naugler & The Midtown Blues Band in 2015, and his keyboard tones and talent are an integral part of the Band’s big sound.

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Rus Winham (Bass, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals)

Rus was born in North Carolina, and transplanted to Nova Scotia as a child.

He has been playing guitar, bass and harmonica on and off since his teens.

He started playing shows regularly with various bands in the South Shore area of Nova Scotia when he settled there in 1999.

The blues has always been the mainstay of his sound, despite forays into rock, celtic, and lately reggae music.

He also builds, repairs and modifies tube amplifiers and music electronics, which brought him into contact with Bob Naugler. 

If you've heard Bob, then you've heard some of Rus' work already.

Joined Bob Naugler & The Midtown Blues Band in late 2015.