The Mighty Flyers

The Mighty Flyers

The Mighty Flyers was formed in 1977. It evolved as as natural progression of the many bands founder Rod Piazza had since his career began in 1965. The event that eventually lead to it's formation was probably the meeting of Rod and his piano player Honey Alexander in 1973. It was also in '73, after a number of years with George "Harmonica" Smith, that Piazza released a solo disk - "Rod Piazza Blues Man." Then in 1976 Rod and Honey formed the Chicago Flying Saucer Band. Piazza called it a turning point.

Original Mighty Flyers members included Rod Piazza on harp and vocals, Honey Alexander on piano, Mike "Junior" Watson guitar, Bill Stuve acoustic bass, and Willy Swartz on drums. It is now 2001 and, amazingly, three members still remain. They are Rod and Honey (who were wed in 1989), and Bill Stuve. Guitar player Rick "L.A. Holmes" Holmstrom joined in 1995, and drummer Steve Mugalian was added in 1997. Since 1998 The Mighty Flyers, and their members, have garnered fourteen W.C. Handy Awards - the blues equivalent of the Grammys. And they have won the Best Blues Band of the Year award in 1999 and 2000.

By the new millennium the Flyers were nominated for the W.C. Handy Blues Band of the Year award in 2001 and 2002. And in 2003 they again won the catagory, proving once again what a hard working group they were. In July of 2001 the band released "Beyond the Source." Three years later the Mighty Fliers returned with "Keepin' It Real" on the Blind Pig label featuring two new members, Paul Fasulo on drums and guitarist Henry Carvajal.

R.J. Bianchino
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