Rhythm Krewe had its beginnings in 1990, when guitarist/vocalist/songwriter, Steve Zelman assembled a group of nine musicians to play some of the great blues, soul, and R&B music that had inspired them as young musicians, and to develop new original music that paid tribute to those roots.
Though the guys had all been successful working musicians, playing whatever style of music a recording session, tour, or one-nighter might call for, this band offered an opportunity to play music much closer to their hearts, even if it was just at weekly rehearsals for fun and love of the music.
It didn't take long for the band chemistry to develop, and the group soon began working (as Floyd & the Flyboys) at night clubs, festivals, concert venues, and corporate events, and recording original music for TV and film, gradually compiling an extensive repertoire that includes a choice mix of classic covers, rare gems, and award-winning original songs spanning genres that include blues, soul, funk, R&B, jump swing, and New Orleans second line and roots rock.
Current and former band members have performed and/or recorded with artists including Ray Charles, Santana, Tower of Power, Etta James, the Eagles, Cheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, The Temptations, Billy Preston, K.D. Lang, Steve Lukather-Larry Carlton Project, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Elvin Bishop, Spencer Davis, Gary Moore, John Hiatt, Brothers Johnson, Stevie Nicks, Chaka Kahn & Rufus, Three Dog Night, Buddy Miles, The Dixie Chicks, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Don Henley, Gino Vannelli, Narada Michael Walden, Little Richard, Jean-Luc Ponty and others.
Rhythm Krewe is looking forward to the March 3rd release of their new blues-centric album, Unfinished Business, which will include nine original songs penned by Stevie Z, as well as covers of songs by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Professor Longhair, and James Cotton.