INTRODUCING… The Balkun Brothers

INTRODUCING… The Balkun Brothers

Balkun Brothers
Rock n Roll

Many of you are already well-acquainted with Balkun Brothers gritty, bluesy style of rock n roll.  Since they have a new album coming out Jan 30, here’s a quick who, what, where, why.


See them in CT
January 30, 2016
CD Release Party
Blackeyed Sally’s, Hartford


Steve Balkun – Guitar/Vocals
Nick Balkun – Drums/Vocals


Hartford, CT



A band built on the soul of the blues and revamped with the power of funk-rock.

Voted the ‘Best Band in Connecticut’ in 2015, Balkun Brothers is a high-energy funk infused blues/rock band that has been influenced by such musical greats as Jack White, Motorhead, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lucky Peterson, Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muddy Waters, Gary Clark Jr., The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Eric Sardinas.

Voted the ‘Best Blues Band in Connecticut’ in both 2013 and 2014 by and the Connecticut Music Awards.

Balkun Brothers is an world renowned psychedelic blues-rock band hailing from Hartford, Connecticut (USA). Originally formed in 2010 by brothers Nick and Steve Balkun, Balkun Brothers has been described as, “Spectacular torch-bearers for rockin’ American blues… The band brings a raw, soulful and energetic personality that is a fresh sound for blues and rock ’n roll.”

Mixing traditional styles of delta and electric blues, with heavy modern rock and funk grooves, the Balkun Brothers are crafting a unique sound and style all their own. The band is fusing the past with the present and pushing the sonic bounds of blues into the future. Though the band’s sound is deeply rooted in blues tradition, Balkun Brothers draw from a vast range of influences. The band’s live shows and in-studio recordings seamlessly transition between blues, rock, funk, jam, psychedelia and everything in-between.

Founding members Steve Balkun (guitar/vocals) and Nick “The Hammer” Balkun (drums/percussion/vocals) are gaining followers across the world with their gritty hard-rockin’ swagger. Balkun Brothers are becoming known for their explosive live shows and are quickly evolving into one of the United States’ premier blues-rock acts.

Balkun Brothers was voted the ‘2015 Best Overall Band In Connecticut’, along with ‘Best Blues Band In Connecticut’ three years in a row, in 2015, 2014 and 2013, by and the Connecticut Music Awards. The group also won the 2014 Connecticut Blues Society Band Challenge and the 2013 Massachusetts Blues Society Solo/Duo Competition. As a solo act, Steve Balkun was named the winner of the 2012 Connecticut Blues Society Solo/Suo Competition, as well as being a grand finalist at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Steve, was also hand selected by blues-rock great, Joe Bonamassa, as a top ten finalist in the 2013 Guitar Center Bluesmasters Competition and played with Joe Bonamassa and his band in Los Angeles, CA.

The band released their first self-produced studio EP “God Bless Our Fallout Shelter” in September of 2013. The collection of only six songs was nominated for album of the year along with the first single ‘Control Yourself’ for song of the year at the 2014 CTMA’s. The EP was also named one of the top 50 albums of 2013 by This album has been followed up by two more EP’s, “Bluesch Metal Live From The Baeschment” and “WE. IN. DETROIT.”, both recorded live and proving the strong musicianship of the band and the vast array of musical genres that meld into Balkun Brothers’ unique sound.

As Balkun Brothers continues to grow and progress, their following has expanded and an impressive touring schedule has featured them at a variety of festivals including: Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI), Strangecreek Campout Festival (Greenfield, MA), East Petersburg Blues Festival (East Petersburg, PA), 2 Left Feet Blues Festival (East Hartland, CT), Harry Brown’s Hill Festival (Starks, ME), Yellow Phone Music Festival (Milwaukee, WI), Launch Music Festival (Lancaster, PA), Daytona Blues Festival (Daytona Beach, FL) and various others. Balkun Brothers has performed at countless legendary clubs including Toad’s Place (New Haven, CT), The Bitter End (New York City, NY), Nectar’s (Burlington, VT), Black Eyed Sally’s (Hartford, CT), Rum Boogie (Memphis ,TN), B.B. King’s Blues Club (New York City, NY) and Infinity Music Hall (Norfolk, CT). They have also been a featured act alongside well-know artists such as Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, James Cotton, Popa Chubby, Eric Sardinas, Dopapod, Melvin Seals and JGB, The Mike Dillon Band and many more.

The band released their first full-length studio album, “ReDrova”, in January of 2015. The band will be working on a new album this Spring and Summer. The album will be produced, recorded, and engineered by Popa Chubby and Balkun Brothers will tour alongside Popa Chubby in Europe in Fall 2015.


2015 Best Overall Band In Connecticut – & CT Music Awards
2015 Best Blues Band In Connecticut – & CT Music Awards
2015 Nominee for Best Band In Connecticut – New England Music Awards
2014 Top Emerging Artist Winner – Summerfest Music Festival – Milwaukee, WI
2014 Winner of Connecticut Blues Society Band Challenge
2014 Best Blues Band In Connecticut – & CT Music Awards
2013 Best Blues Band In Connecticut – & CT Music Awards
2013 Winner of Massachusetts Blues Society Solo/Duo Challenge
2012 Winner of Connecticut Blues Society Solo/Duo Challenge
Grand Finalist at the 2013 International Blues Challenge
Semi Finalist at the 2014 International Blues Challenge
Finalist in 2013 Guitar Center Bluesmaster Competition

To purchase Balkun Brother’s latest CD, visit:

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Check out this recent performance in France!!!



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Lover of music and the visual arts, Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez is the insanity behind lsg original photography. lsg specializes in artist and performer photography. She’s had the honor of photographing national bands such as Weezer, Snoop Dogg, A Simple Plan, Paramore, Whitesnake, Wye Oak, and The Antlers along with countless local bands and performers.

Hailing from Hartford, CT, Lisa is a life- long music connoisseur. Growing up, her mother exposed her to everything from The Stones to Simon and Garfunkel to Earth, Wind, and Fire to Loretta Lynn…and everything in between. No genre was left unexplored in her vinyl collection. She saw her first concert at 14…Rod Stewart at the (then called) Hartford Civic Center. Thirty years later, it’s still her favorite pastime.

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