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BLUES BLAST

July 2, 2020

Mike Zito and the folks at Gulf Coast Records have produced a fine blues rock album that leans way more to the rock side than blues with this all-star ensemble of musicians. The sound is exceptional, the musicianship is outstanding and the songs are first rate...it’s really some good, kick-ass rocking blues!

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GOLDMINE

May 18, 2020

You Ain’t Done ... is a veritable smorgasbord of roots rock, blues rock, psychedelic touches, Latin touches, R’n’B, funk and soul all wrapped up in an Americana blender of star power.

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BMAN'S BLUES REPORT

May 15, 2020

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, You Ain't Done, from The Proven Ones, and it's a solid blues flavored rocker.

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CHARLOTTE BLUES SOCIETY

May 1, 2020

One of the most star-studded outfits in the blues today, The Proven Ones follow up on their Blues Music Award-nominated debut release, Wild Again, with another collection of modern music certain to attract major attention for next season’s honors.

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SOUND GUARDIAN

Apr 24, 2020

The Proven Ones can be freely named as a true supergroup with some of the strongest and most famous blues musicians who "glow and burn" the world blues scene today.

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REAL MUSIC REVIEWS

Apr 21, 2020

What do the Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett have in common? They more or less sound like the Proven Ones if you mix them altogether. Singer Brian Templeton brings a soulful swagger to the mic. A seasoned pro who has spent years honing his vocal chops. Their new record "You Ain't Done" is a gritty throwback to the bluesier elements of classic rock radio.

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AMERICAN BLUES SCENE

Apr 17, 2020

Proper musical swagger is hard to master. Too much and it’s boastful. Too little and it’s invisible. But when a band gets it just right, it makes the listener feel like they’re at the world’s greatest party and there’s no other place in the world they should be at that particular moment. The Proven Ones‘ You Ain’t Done is perfect blues and classic rock swagger.

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AMERICANA HIGHWAYS

Apr 15, 2020

...[T]he tradition in this music is thrilling & Brian Templeton’s vocals are wound-tight, the pipes have steam & the coffee is hot.

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ZICAZINE

Apr 14, 2020

The Proven Ones come back with a second effort just as successful, and maybe even more, since these five essential musicians of the contemporary blues scene have added a big touch of madness to music that is perfect in every way.

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ELMORE MAGAZINE

Apr 12, 2020

You likely recognize these names...It’s the merging of Boston blues talent with West Coasters. Collectively they are a well-decorated group of veterans, either as bandleaders or sidemen...This one is certainly equally as wild, maybe even a bit more potent.

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ROOTSTIME

Apr 6, 2020

On ‘You Ain't Done’ The Proven Ones push their musical boundaries. It’s clear that these experienced five know how to mix styles and, it’s great that they share this with us. Yes, these gentlemen are clearly not done...

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LIVERPOOL SOUND & VISION

Apr 5, 2020

You likely recognize these names...It’s the merging of Boston blues talent with West Coasters. Collectively they are a well-decorated group of veterans, either as bandleaders or sidemen...This one is certainly equally as wild, maybe even a bit more potent.

Rating 8.5/10

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BROADWAY WORLD

Mar 2, 2020

It's one thing to claim you are "proven," it's quite another to have the credentials to back it up. Comprised of five of the most formidable musicians on the blues scene today...the band has collectively amassed a slew of accomplishments...These five musicians have proven their worth to the world over decades of hard work.

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THE ROCK DOCTOR

Mar, 2020

Rock & roll has super groups, so does the blues. The Proven Ones ...{have] won dozens of awards, been on hundreds of recordings and logged thousands of miles on the road.  All that work, all that mojo culminates on You Ain’t Done, their sophomore release; a muscular blues, rock ‘n’ soul workout that has to be heard and felt to be believed.  Street date is April 17th.

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MIDWEST RECORD

Mar 6, 2020

The latest from a modern blues rock super group of white boys that are way more hippie San Francisco than English recyclers, they've done it for others on hundreds of recordings but here they are letting all that pent up stuff come flying out as they do it for themselves. Hard hitting throughout, this was made to get your blood flowing. Hot stuff.

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VIVASCENE

Jan 25, 2019

The venerable group of musicians gathered together to form the group known as The Proven Ones create a musical statement for both 2018 and the ages with their CD entitled Wild Again. In doing so, they pay tribute to the celebrated history of The Blues, while maintaining an innovative and modern stance. This band plays the blues without compromise, diving into the project and packing a terrific punch on both sturdy originals and well-chosen covers.

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BLUES MATTERS

Nov 27, 2018

That’s Proven Ones in the sense of proven track record – drummer Jimi Bott and guitarist Kid Ramos are both former Fabulous Thunderbirds, and other band members have a host of awards and other credits to their name. And on this 10-track outing, half and half originals and covers, they live up to their credentials big time.

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JAZZ WEEKLY

July 16, 2018

The joint is jumping with rocking blues...Templeton has a street savvy grit to his voice, and works it well as he growls to the B3 on foot stomping honky-tonks like the dramatic “Cheap Thrills”...Things get really interesting on the 10 minute opus “Loan Me A Dime” that has Ramos delivering some tasty string work that weaves through the Hammond, letting the whole team stretch out like Salt Water Taffy. These guys sizzle like grilled onions.

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THE BLUES POWER BLOG

July 12, 2018

With each person having already distinguished himself as an individual performer, sideman, or member of such accomplished blues bands as The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, The Mannish Boys, and Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, it should come as no surprise that the new soul-blues-rock supergroup The Proven Ones can make some great music together. But what may surprise you is just how great the music on the band’s debut album Wild Again (Roseleaf Records) is, with the recording quickly becoming one of our favorites of 2018.

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CASCADE BLUES ASSOCIATION

July 4, 2018

The Proven Ones are the new blues super group...Now that is definitely an understatement. This cast of music greatness has no less than 40 individual Blues Music Award nominations between them (not to mention another 18 as members of The Mannish Boys) and are some of the most established artists of their generation.

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MAKING A SCENE

June 19, 2018

The Proven Ones are an all-star ensemble built from the bottom up. [They] have over 100 years of combined experience. Their collective knowledge is what makes them seem like they could keep recording forever. This band plays the music we crave and it just gets better with each listening.