Lee Big Daddy Kohl is celebrating his 40th year as a musical entertainer. From a solo act to his many band projects, currently Lee Big Daddy Kohl and the Wreaking Balls, he has played professionally in 21 states and too many clubs and festivals to count. In the early 90’s as a member of the L.A. band Urban Farmers he played all the great night spots, the Roxy, Troubadour, Whisky-a–GoGo. The band was known for its live performances on the radio, KXLU Blues Hotel.
The L.A. Weekly called him
…a force of nature. And The Weekly Reader said
..Big Daddy is the Ethel Merman of folk for his ability to hit the back wall without a mic. Whether he is solo, in a small ensemble, or up to his full 9 piece band he brings it every night, and leaves it on the stage. With over 350 originals and a play-list into the thousands. Lee covers musical styles from the civil war to hardcore. He has been called
Iowa’s Tom Waits and
America’s most elusive song writer. He and his band want to fill your entertainment needs. He also is a promoter and mentor to many young musicians, and has had his own stage at the last two 319fests. So he can provide multiple acts of diverse talent for your club or event. Contact us and find out all the ways we can entertain you.
Lee Kohl became Lee Big Daddy Kohl in 1984 when it was suggested by his agent to keep his musical career separated from his acting and stand-up comedy. Then whenever anyone would guest in on his sets he would add and
the Urban Farmers. In 1992 when a happy accident landed Big Daddy and 3 of his musical mentors and closest friends, Corey Baker, Daryl Bark, and Jef Davis on the popular Los Angels radio show KXLU's the Blues Hotel the Urban Farmers were born. When Lee Kohl came back to Iowa and started up a band with his oldest son Seth Thorpe on bass, George Hettinga on guitar and Nat Summit on Guitar it was decided they would be Lee Big Daddy Kohl and the Sharecroppers. When Tanner Williams came along on drums and Big Daddy and his sons Seth and Papa Z started the club The Music Market they became Lee Big Daddy Kohl and Bamba Lamb. In 2010 with Seth on stand-up bass, Dr. Jimmy Bones on guitar, Bobby Geiger on Mandolin and Big Daddy on guitar and vocals they formed Lee Big Daddy Kohl & the Po' Boys with one main goal to win the Acoustic Idol competition Lee and Seth had taken second in the year before. This time winning the boys celebrated Acoustic Idol Championship with regular work and went on live radio programs followed by great times in the studio until the Great Bobby Geiger cancer returned and claimed his mortal life. Out of respect Big Daddy retired the Po' Boys.
As new members came and went the band was called Lee Big Daddy Kohl and the Wizards. Mainly because of the new keys player Micheal Sartin-Tarm. In the current configuration you get Lee Big Daddy Kohl, guitar and vocals, Big George Hettinga on guitar, Dr. Jimmy Bones on bass, Micheal Sartin-Tarm on keys, Dan Squires on drums. With guest regulars Papa Z on vocals, Noble Kohl on skin drums and vocals and Seth Thorpe on bass (when his schedule allows) You never know when a trumpet or harmonica player are going to guest in. This is the brief story of how the many band names came to be. Out very shortly are new releases from some of Bobby's last recording sessions and the first new product from Lee Big Daddy Kohl and the Wrecking Balls!
Enjoy a free sample song from Lee "Big Daddy" Kohl & The Wrecking Balls!