Da Mudcats

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With their 6th album release, Easy Does It, daMudcats show why they have been the premier blues band throughout the Kentuckiana region for over 32 years!
They have been the opening act for internationally acclaimed blues musical icons such as Bo Diddley, Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Albert King, Marcia Ball, Buddy Guy and many more. daMudcats have and continue to perform private concerts, and special occasions all over the region as well as festivals and popular nightspots. They have traveled as far as California to perform at the Monterey Bay Blues Festival. They performed at the very first Garvin Gate Blues Festival in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky in 1994 and still call it their favorite festival having played it every year since.
Through the years daMudcats have released 6 independently produced CD’s. The latest, released in October of 2016, Easy Does It, is available now through CDbaby.com, iTunes, on Facebook @Downinthealleyrecords or at any of daMudcats’ performances. The band was presented the Sylvester Weaver Award from the Kentuckiana Blues Society in 2006. daMudcats are honored to be a finalist for the 2017 Louisville Music Awards in the Blues category!


It has been 30 years since the inception of Da Mudcats and things have come full circle. The band now includes R&B favorites to their repertoire to expand their fan base.

The big news is that Gene, Rob and Mike are excited to announce that they have reunited with former band mates, founding member and vocalist Susan O’Neil and Doug Lamb keyboard and vocals as permanent members of the group!

Since their departure in the 90’s Susan and Doug have performed special shows with Da Mudcats on occasion. These special shows have delighted and excited audiences every time as they add to the already potent tight sound of Da Mudcats.

Susan and Doug are excited and anxious to blend their years of musical performance and their love for the Blues once again with their much loved band mates.


Da Mudcats have been the opening act or shared the stage with:

  • Bo Diddley
  • Lonnie Brooks
  • Koko Taylor
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Mississippi Heat
  • Bernard E. Allison
  • Clarence Gatemouth Brown
  • The Kentucky Headhunters featuring Johnny Johnson
  • Magic Slim
  • Albert King
  • Elvin Bishop
  • Lonnie Mack
  • The Blue Devils
  • Lonnie Mack
  • Buddy Guy
  • Marci Ball
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds
  • Keri Leigh
  • James Cotton
  • Charlie Musslewhite
  • Joe Lewis Walker
  • Blood Sweat & Tears
  • April Wine
  • Byther Smith
  • Pine Top Perkins


Da Mudcats have performed at Blues Festivals in their hometown of Louisville and
across the nation including:

  • Monterey Bay Blues Festival 2001, 2002 & 2004 – Monterey, CA
  • The Extravaganza – Nashville, TN
  • Bluestock – Memphis, TN
  • WC Handy Blues Festival – Henderson KY
  • International BBQ Festival – Owensboro, KY
  • Waterside Blues Festival – Louisville, KY
  • Beloit College Blues Festival – Beloit, WI
  • Garvin Gate Blues Festival – Louisville, KY
  • Six Flags Blues Festival – Louisville, KY
  • Colonol Bill Williams Heritage Festival – Greenup, KY
  • Morehead Blues Festival – Morehead, KY
  • Jeffersonville IN Blues Festival – Jeffersonville, IN
  • Kentucky Derby Governor’s Breakfast – Louisville, KY