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Pump House Blues

About Us

The Front Man, Lutha Lucas

Lutha started singing for his family at the age of two.  He was always listening and singing along with the radio.  In church, Lutha solidified not only his conviction but his musical stylings.of those great gospel songs. His  influences span from Muddy Waters,  , Ray Charles, Sam Cooke to  Lou Rawls ,Isaac Hayes and of course Al Green.   Lutha sings from his soul delivering emotions and feelings into  extraordinary musical performances. Lutha is an original member of  PumpHouse Blues and has spread his musical word performing gigs from  Virginia to Palm Springs California. 

The Guitars, Wayne Chaplin

Chaplin was born in Lexington, VA where he was introduced to the Blues  at an early age. While most kids were dazzled by early Rock & Roll  or Mountain Music, Wayne was drawn to the Blues and the sounds from the  Blues creators such as Muddy Waters, Slim Harpo, Howlin Wolf, Lightnin’Hopkins,  Son House, T-Bone Walker and more. He is an accomplished Blues musician playing several instruments including Guitar, Bass, Harp and Drums over his career. After spending many years on the California music scene playing with such bands as The Cosmic Cowboys, he arrived in Richmond.  He continued his Blues journey with the Vista Cruisers, Lil Ronnie, The  Homewreckers, Kingbees, Sony Jr Blues, Randy Britt Trio, Marvin &  the Slackers, Co-founder of Lance Manley Band and is a Co-Founder  of  PumpHouse Blues.   

Jim Bannow - Drums

Jim Bannow is a "Super Percussionist" to say the least.  Talent, passion, dedication and inspiration has afforded Bannow the opportunity to travel and perform in a multitude of musical venues from Coast to Coast and throughout the world during his lifetime.  Born in a small Midwestern town along with having experienced life changing events as a child, an early musical awareness and formal musical training helped awaken ambitions and bigger dreams.   Jim is now excited to make Richmond his new home and excited to be contributing his drumming style to the sound of Pump House . 

Peter Daniel - Bass

The Bass player, what can you say about a Bass player?  Well, how about its all about the Bass when it comes to Pete. He has been the lead MC @ FLOYDFEST for the past 15 years immersing himself in his lifelong love of music.  As Pete always quotes, ......."the blues is the foundation of rock & roll". Pete was co-founder of Richmond based Lance Manley Band and is a original member of PumpHouse.

Chris Leitch - Trombone -Keyboard-Vocals-Songwriter

Musical wizard best describes Chris as his talents are far and wide. An amazing talent to say the least. Songwriter, composer, vocalist are just the start , not to mention his "BONE" (Trombone)  and keyboard skills. Chris is a former member of Richmond's own Boy Oh Boy , Fighting Gravity and co-founder of "808" band. Chris is deep rooted in the PumpHouse family and has performed with them from California to Virginia. 

Junie Carter - Tenor Sax

Junie Carter has been on the music scene driving the music of every band he has ever played with. Junie was a well known member of "Big City"  one of the best bands to ever form in Richmond VA and has shared the stage with many great artist. Junie is a key player and a musical brother in the PumpHouse family.