Mike Mettalia and Midnight Shift
"Rhythm Rockin' Boogie"

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Mike Mettalia

Mike Mettalia, on harmonica and vocals, played with Crosscut Saw for 13 years. He has opened up for Junior Wells, Robert Cray and The Nighthawks. Mike was also a part of Carey Bell’s band at the 2003 Lehigh Valley Blues Festival in Carey’s absence. He has played the River Blues Festival in Philadelphia, as well as the Lowcountry Blues Bash in Charleston, South Carolina. Mike was a headliner at the Lehigh Valley Blues Harmonica Festival in Allentown, Pennsylvania in October of 2004, and has received several nominations for Harmonica Player of the Year in the Lehigh Valley.

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Mike McMillan

Mike McMillan, on guitar and vocals, was a member of Crosscut Saw and The Tall Guys. He also started the rockabilly band The Hi Rev Combo. It is Mike's versatility with rockabilly and blues that adds a cutting edge to Midnight Shift. He has also backed up Byther Smith and rockabilly legend Billy Lee Riley.

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Paul Pluta

Paul Pluta on bass and vocals has been playing bass since 1968.  His first influences were Jack Bruce and Noel Redding.  Paul became interested in the blues through the Rolling Stones, but he dug deeper after finding out that the Stones covered the material of Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf.  In fact he counts Willie's bass playing and a live performance as a major influence on his interest in getting interested in the stand up bass.  Paul along with his wife had their own group, Blue Moon for nine years and during that time he also played with the rockabilly band The Noble Savages.

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Tim Smith

Tim Smith began playing drums in 1971.  He was influenced by Junior Wells, BB King, Fats Domino and his main influence, Johnny Winter.  Seeing Buddy Rich live was also a major influence on his drumming.  Tim started gigging with bands around 1990 and played with the local bands, Hired Guns, Four On The Floor and most recently the rockabilly band that Mike McMillan started The Hi Rev Combo.

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