design by Byl Carruthers     photographs by Anjani Lynn White and Bob Hakins

CAFE R&B, featuring vocalist "Roach" and her guitar-slinging husband Byl Carruthers have been wowing audiences throughout America, Canada, and Europe, since they were first discovered in

Los Angeles by the likes of Ike Turner and Buddy Guy in the late 90's... After seeing the

band at L.A.'s famed Troubadour nightclub, Ike Turner exclaimed: 

"I ain't seen nuthin' like that since Me and You-Know-Who!"

Buddy Guy heard about the commotion, and invited the band to his Southside Chicago club where, opening for

blues legend Otis Rush, the band received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. They were soon

recognized as a force to be reckoned with, leaving a trail of incendiary performances, as they shared stages

with Etta James, Little Feat, The Black Crowes, and Bettye LaVette, to name a few.

They gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in blues and beyond.

Soon they were in the studio recording the first of their four critically acclaimed albums, and spreading their

message throughout the U.S. and Europe, one stage at a time. Encountering Roach and the band's blisteringly contemporary skills, wrapped around such a deeply reverent passion for the real blues, critics raved...

"This is a group that knows its material better than most people know themselves..."

"Stunned is not a strong enough word to describe what they did to the audience..."

"She is fearless -a torch in a Holy Roller's body!"

Summer/Fall 2019, after staying close to home in California for a few years, while Roach and Byl's son

finished school, CAFE R&B will be releasing their long-awaited 5th Album and heading back out on tour throughout  the U.S. and Europe.

While firmly rooted in the Blues, theirs is a tapestry of Blues, Jazz, Rock, R&B, and every other stitch

in the fabric of American Music. As Blues Historian Dick Shurman put it:

"No one ever forgets the first time they see CAFE R&B"

Past Performances include:

The Chicago Blues Festival

The San Francisco Blues Festival

The Long Beach Blues Festival

The San Diego Blues Festival

The Utah Blues Festival

The Grolsch Blues Festival

The Edmonton Blues Festival

The Kitchener Blues Festival

The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

The Staples Center

House of Blues

The Troubadour

The Roxy

Buddy Guy's Legends

Lionel Hampton Jazz Lounge (Paris)

The Borderline (London)

The 100 Club (London)

La Boite (Barcelona)

Corporate Clients have included:

Amgen

The Red Cross

Giorgio

NBC

Ritz Carlton