theKWCombo is . . . RETRO ~ ECLECTIC

Kate Wells 

-Versatile vocalist/musician/songwriter - covering an Retro Eclectic Mix of Musical Styles - Blues, R&B, Jazz, Country, Classic & Alternative Rock, and Originals.  California native, Wells’ musical roots started in her home town of Santa Cruz where she spent honing her talents at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center and was influenced by the many musicians in the area. Currently working on an original album, Wells has won several song writing contests. Wells had fronted several groups in Vail, Colorado and in the Monterey area *(the VIEW, Jazz/Pops Quintet, Brain Soup, Dirty Water, Turn 8). Her band, ‘Kate and the Sunfish’, opened for Van Morrison’s daughter, Shana, in 2005 at the Seaside Blues in the Park series. Since 2012, Wells has put together what she calls “the KW Combo” paring with the rich talent of SLO’s finest; Ken Burton (keys) for a FULL BAND sound, and also with Brett Mitchell (piano/vocal) for a jazz/easy listening duet pairing. The addition of other local star players; Rick Pittman (drums) & Wil Anderson (bass), for a “FUNKY FUN” combo of danceable tunes ranging from Joss Stone to Stevie Wonder. Wells was a featured performer at the Slo Down Pub’s tribute to Bonnie Raitt’s musical talents, singing her hits, “Love Sneakin’ Up On You”, “Love Letter”, & “Let’s Give ‘em Something to Talk About” accompanied by the ever talented, Ted Waterhouse. Wells has been a regular at the Haven, Barrel House, and Pour House Blues Jams, showcasing her original songs as well as the classics. Wells has appeared at the River Star and Rio Seco Wineries in Paso Robles, and the *Songwriter’s At Play [SWAP - hosted by Steve Key] series *(Kreuzberg, SLO DOWN PUB, Linnaea’s cafe, Wild Horse winery, Bang the Drum), and performances at: Fuel Dock & the Siren, Bru, Haven, Barrel House, Pour House, SLO Elks, Coastal Peaks Coffee, SLO Marriott, Bristol's Cider House, Atascadero Marriott. 

In 2011, Wells made SLO (San Luis Obispo)County her home base, and is looking forward to sharing her love of music with the greater San Luis Obispo community in the coming years. With a positive, fun-loving stage-presence, Wells will help you lose your blues and put the boogie back in your soul shoes!!!

Ken Burton

- A musician on the west coast music scene for over 40 years, Burton currently plays with the Burning James band and Guy Budd.  Burton has shown his skills with the Hammond B-3 organ and various synthesizers keyboards on several dozen CDs and recordings and performed at hundreds of clubs, festivals, and other venues.   His extensive background in blues, R&B, funk, rock, and jazz Burton brings a wide variety of styles/sounds to many of the top bands in California performing alongside Joe Cocker, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Tommy Castro, E.C. Scott, Robben Ford, Mark Hummel, Etta James, and legend, B.B. King.