The architect and bandleader of Jonny T-Bird & the MPs. Some say you have to be born with the blues to play the blues. That was the case when Jon was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at an early age. Known as the mild form of the autism spectrum. But that didn't stop Jon from picking up the guitar at the age of thirteen. Back then, Jon studied under two of Milwaukee’s guitar legends, Jeff Dagenhardt and Greg Koch. Jon was given the name JONNY T-BIRD while he was a student at Wauwatosa West High School and one of his teachers (Bob Bathurst) called him that name out of the blue. The more he did it, the more that name stuck. Jon was learning classic rock songs and played with various bands during his teenage years. While he went to college at both MATC and Carroll University, Jon finally decided to pursue his music into blues and jazz. Jon can also be found giving private guitar and bass lessons if he's not performing.
If there is such a thing as "the fifth MP", then it would have to be "Big Dad" Robert Keelan. A veteran to the Milwaukee blues scene. Robert started off as a drummer in his teenage years, before eventually switching to blues harmonica. Robert studied harmonica under two of Milwaukee's harp masters, Jim Liban & Steve Cohen. On rare occasions, Big Dad can be seen with Jonny T-Bird's side project, "The JONNY T-BIRD & BIG DAD blues duo".
Craig began his journey into the music world receiving his first bass guitar as a youngster. Craig excelled in his high school music program at West Division High school, while also joining his first band around the age 16. He later continued his studies in Instrumental performance at Berklee College of music in Boston, Massachusetts. Professionally trained in contemporary music Craig is able to play different genres of music from Blues, Reggae, Jazz and even Funk. He has played with bands such as the Misfits, Kojo Reggae Band, Wicked Long Day and many more. Craig's main interest is the Electric Bass Guitar and singing. He loves to put on a show while performing , which is how he received his nick name "Cadillac Craig" in the since that he's so smooth while playing on stage.
Melissa Lee is a singer/songwriter from New Berlin, Wisconsin, currently residing in Eureka, Wisconsin. First learning the drums, then transitioning to piano, Melissa was a natural born musician. Growing up, there was always a whirlwind of music in the house, from classical symphonies and opera, to country western, and rock and roll. This "tornado" effect of music inspired and influenced Melissa's songwriting, and by age 13, she had composed her first song. She has continued writing and performing for the better part of 30 years, in various venues with area rock bands in local bars and county fairs, in churches as a music director, and most recently, as a solo performer and a member of Jonny T-Bird & the MPs. Read more about Melissa Lee on her website.