Muddy Belle is a Houston-based rock band who's sound is reminiscent of classic band ZZ Top with a modern flare. The core members consist of lead vocalist and drummer, Jerry Gonzales Jr., Phil Peterson on bass, Ben Rowe on guitar, and Moskie on percussion. Occasionally they are accompanied by horn players Rochelle Sloan on trumpet, Charles Thomas on alto sax, and Hessni Almaguer on keys.
You can expect an energetic show when you see these guys. They know how to have a good time on stage and their energy exudes into the crowd. Attitude is everything and Muddy Belle plays it up! Their fashion choice of all black dress shoes, slacks, dress shirt, shades, and suspenders shows the extra time these guys put into their professional look.
Muddy Belle has been hard at work on their second EP, which is being recorded at Sugarhill Studios with engineer/producer John Allen Stephens. The single on the album titled, “Come On In” features Kam Franklin of The Suffers.
“We are all excited about the sounds we've created the and direction of this album” says Jerry, as he expresses his gratitude for the opportunities to collaborate and learn from talented musicians in Houston.
Mark your calendar for May 14th which is when their album is set to be released. Helping celebrate the release will be performances by Wonky Power’s funkiest groove rockers, Handsomebeast, and Houston’s high energy funk band Soul Creatures. The time we have spent kicking it with these guys has been real. The members of Muddy Belle are down to earth musicians who are genuine and have many great years of music ahead of them.
story & photos by Afam Obianagu