Humbones : About the Band

The Humbones began rehearsing together early in 2004 at Ronbo Studio on Dillingham Blvd. in Honolulu. We began by choosing selections from the works of such blues masters as Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Reed, Albert King, Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Robert Johnson, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Hound Dog Taylor and B.B. King. We've augmented our set lists with tunes by early roots rock groundbreakers including Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Wilson Pickett and Buddy Holly and since have updated our repratoire' with songs done by Creedence Clearwater, Maceo Parker, the Meters, ZZ Top and Eddie Floyd. Sprinkled in are a few originals. We will continue to improve and update our music for our fans and our own enjoyment. Mahalo to all of our supporters!
L-R; "Smokin' John" Kahle, "Downtown" Charley King,
 Bob "Smooch" Coulter, John "Rooster" Thomson,
Sean "Boom Boom" Cannon. Sean left the band recently,
relocating to Portland.
(Scroll down for bios) 
 We have bid a sad but fond Aloha to bassist, good friend and and brother-in-arms Sean "Boom Boom" Cannon who relocated to Portland  2006. We will miss him dearly but have been better off for having him with us as a fellow musician and great friend. He will forever be a "HUMBONE". We love you Sean!
Joining us onstage for several outstanding numbers at most of our performances is singer Jan O'Donnell. She can really belt out a tune! Other folks we've had the pleasure of playing with include singer/harp player Mark Prados, guitarist/singer J.P. Smoketrain, harp/vocalist James Ronstadt, guitarist Drew St. Charles, guitarist/singer Art Suankim, harpist Anthony Romano, singer/harpist Gyn Barnes, drummer Victor Maratas, guitarist Harry Nakanoharpist Kevin Colemanbluesman/drummer Jeff Ilardi, harpist Scott Daigle, and bassists Dominic Leonard, Mike Peters, Vance Keever, Ian Chames and Mike BalmesOur thanks to all of them, many of their photos on "Friends & Jammers" page!
"Downtown" Charley King grew up in Cornwall, NY,
 a small town about 50 miles north of NYC. He started
guitar lessons at age 12 and played with several
bands during his high school and college years.
He began playing slide guitar after seeing
 Muddy Waters in concert. Since moving to
Honolulu, he's performed with several groups 
 including Cherry, South Street Boys, Rubber Band and
 has jammed a bit with Simplicity and the
great Bruddah Israel Kamakawiwa'ole.
Robert "Smooch" Coulter grew up in Texas where
his father would listen to Hank Williams songs.
He learned to blow the harp shortly after and
 gravitated to the blues. He's been playing with
Charley for about 14 years and has sat in with
many of Hawaii's best blues groups. 
"Smokin' John" Kahle spent his early years
 growing up in Indiana. He honed his outrageous
blues guitar skills during his time living and
playing in Chicago. Upon relocating several years
 ago to attend the University of Hawaii, he's performed
with many groups including Bobo Handshake and Mojo Hand.  
John "Rooster" Thomson has played and sang
with many groups both on the mainland and in Hawaii,
 where he spent most of his youth. His vocal stylings
 remind fans of some of the blues greats and his
 drumming keeps the Humbones kickin'.
It took the band several months of haggling to finally decide on the name "Downtown Charley and the Humbones". Some other name candidates were the "Creatures" (Ugh!), "King Humbone", "Ramblers" and a few others.

We're still tryin' to figure out what a "humbone" is.......hmmmm......what do you think????

All of us in the band want to thank you for visiting our website and hope to see you at one of our upcoming gigs. Don't forget to sign our guestbook! Aloha!