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The Old No. 5s are a powerful Blues / Rock / Roots trio from Kansas City. Brock Alexander (guitarist / lead vocals), Derek Tucker (bass / vocals), and Aaron Thomas (percussion / vocals) make a formidable sound with power as well as precision. Emerging in late 2011, the group has performed over 700 times in the past four years — forging a diverse sound and distinct style filled with nuances of Rock, Blues, Groove, and Soul.
The history of the group dates back to 2005 when Alexander and Thomas performed together at a happenstance party in Lawrence, Kansas. They went on to form the blues/rock group ‘Cold Shot’ playing throughout Kansas and Missouri into 2008. “Aaron and I have probably played close to 1000 shows together,” states Alexander. “The better part of a decade really…minus a year or two in there. I moved to Los Angeles and worked at a recording studio; got to be a fly on the wall for some amazing experiences, but ultimately winds blew me back home.” The pair began playing shows again in 2012 as ‘The Old No. 5s.’ “We basically just fell back into jamming, playing shows together,” says Thomas, “we just took extended vacation.” The group’s lineup solidified in early 2013 with the addition of bassist Derek Tucker.
In the midst of a never-ending performance schedule, they released their self-produced debut album “SourMash” in June of 2013. An infectious mixture of original American music with hints of Rock, Soul, Americana and Blues. In January 2014 The Old No. 5s represented the Topeka Blues Society at the International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN – reaching the Semi-finals. After which they have taken the stage, both big and small, throughout the Midwest and beyond. Including The Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival, The Bonita Springs (FL) Blues Festival, The College World Series (2015 and 2016), Paxico Blues Festival, Norman Music Festival, and the Blue Springs Fall Festival (2015 and 2016).
In October of 2015 The Old No. 5s released their second full-length album Steam. “We’ve been through some stuff together,” says Alexander. “Played a ton, changed as humans, our music has changed, but ultimately we are still approaching it with the same passion and love for the sounds we create. As long as people hear that, we’ll be fine.”
In January 2017 The Old No. 5s reached the Semi-final round in the International Blues Challenge, representing Brock and Derek’s hometown of Wichita, KS. The band continues to perform week after week, reaching new audiences and building new fans with each performance.