Soul Providers

This collection of top notch Musicians/Artists have been performing together since late 2004. They are  dynamic blues performers with world wide credentials. Traditionally when traveling out side of Tenn. & the United States  we travel with a 5 man core, minus Nat Kerr. When the budget permits, we are honored to have Nat join us on any gig!! Also Barbara & Nat are available for duo gigs (They have been performing together nightly on Beale Street for 13 years!)... given enough forewarning they will customize your event!! 

Yes, being Nominated the 2007 BMA Contemporary female artist of the year Barbara Blue is a professional blues performer but this does not limit her and her band/duo from being able to handle all of your musical needs. Along with Barbara's list of original music, all shades of blues and R&B are masterfully crafted to show the raw, the HOT & sweet BBQ side of this American culture musical style, BB and the band/duo can also cover a wide range of genre from Memphis, the Delta, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit etc.....  Blues, Jazz, Funk, R&R, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's... etc...   We guarantee a good time to be had by all!!  Festivals, Clubs & Bars, Private Parties, Weddings, & Corporate Events...  ALL are welcome!
Le ze Bon-ton Roulette!

Nat "King" KerrNat "King" Kerr ~ Aries

Nat has been playing keyboards from a very early age... with Barbara Blue for 11 years, mostly 5 nights a week on Beale Street at Silky O'Sullivan's. He holds multiple credentials for composition, accompanyment and recordings.

"It doesn't get no better than Nat!!"

Performance credits:
1997 to Present -Barbara Blue
1997 to 2007 - Kevin Paige
1990 to 1997 - Crack the Sky
1990 to 1996 - Kathy Troccoli
1981 to 1986 - B.E. Taylor

TBS- Reel News for Kids, VH1, Nick at Night,
NICKELODEON - Jimmy Nuetron, Action League Now, Guts, Kids Choice Awards
HGTV - Lucille's Car Care Clinic
BRAVO- ID's and Bumpers
Documentary Films:
PBS - Fallingwater: a Conversation with Edgar Kauffman, The Inside Story, Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese Art.
Audio Books:
Scholastic, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill
TV Appearances :    2006 - The Piano Guy



Lannie McMillan:  Saxophone’s ~ Virgo

Lannie McMillanBorn in Memphis TN………Almost every Record that has been produced by Grammy Award Winner Willie “Pops” Mitchell and his Hi Label, has had Lannie’s horn tracks or prints on it.  He’s been around the word more times than the space shuttle.  He is a true master of his craft and a delight to be in the company of especially when playing music.  When there is referral to “Back in the day”…  well Lannie McMillan IS the day!!  

Performance credits: Two cameo appearances with his bands in two major motion pictures “Great Balls of Fire & The Firm. Performed in house bands on Beale Street The Rum Boogie Caafe & BB Kings for multiple years. Staff musician Sight & Sound Studios NYC; toured with and retains studio credits with: Evelyn Champagne King, Isaac Hayes, Dione Warwick, The Staple Singers, The Moody Blues, Peabo Bryson, Foghat, Latoya Jackson, Kool and the Gang, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Al Green, Stan Kenton, Buddy DeFranco, Lou Soloff, DizzyGillespie, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, Maynard Ferguson and Don Menza.Also has performed the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Sweet Soul Music Festival Poretta Terme Italy multiple times.   Lannie holds the position musical band leader and all around master of good taste.  He is a founding member Barbara Blue’s touring band “The Soul Providers”


Steve Graham: B3/Keys/Trombone ~Libra

Steve GrahamSteve and Nat met Barbara when they were playing in R&B band in Pittsburgh. Steve laughs, “Nat I I were gigging every Saturday night at this club. I played bone and Nat was on keys. We had just started the Vamp to Shakey Ground and this woman jumps up on stage and grabs the mic from our lead singer and proceeds to lay him out. I told Nat to get her phone number!! It was Barbara Blue. I guess it fate. It turned out that both of them were relocating to Memphis. I’m just hoping that someday Nat and I can play with Barbara on the same gig.”

Steve has been featured as an arranger and trombonist on many recordings and TV themes for Nickelodeon, TV Land and Showtime. He has played with Wild Cherry, Billy Price, The Temptations, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Little Anthony, Ronnie Spector, Leslie Gore, Peter Noone, Crack the Sky, B.E. Taylor, Joe Grushecky, Sputzy and the Soul Providers and many more.

Steve owns his own sound company, Graham Audio, and travels worldwide as an audio engineer. He’s worked corporate and sporting events and has worked as an audio engineer for the G8 Summit, APEC Summit, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Versus, NBC, TSN and Fox. Steve has been with the Pittsburgh Steelers managing the coach to coach and coach to QB intercom system since 2008. Some of Steve’s music audio highlights have been mixing for the Count Basie Orchestra, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Jeff Coffin and the Mu’Tet, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, the P. Funk Allstars, Susan Tedeschi, Brave Combo, Pure Prairie League and Jefferson Starship.


Horns ~

Kirk Smothers ~ Saxophone
  Jared Dover  ~ Trumpet
  Ian Gordon ~ Trumpet (Pittsburgh PA)


Bass ~

Dave Smith
  Jackie Clark
  Will Franklin (Pittsburgh PA)


Drums ~

"Jumpin" James Cunningham
  Bernard "Pretty Purdie
  Kickman Teddy


Guitar ~

Robt Mache
Brad McCollough
Mark Freddie


Harmonica ~

Robt "Nighthawk" Tooms
  Garth Assmussen (Pittsburgh PA)



1985 - 2008

As my heart breaks I write to tell you of the tragic loss of a great talent, a great friend and a great person my beloved guitar player for the past 5 years +. No words can describe the devastation on the rest of the band members, his family and all of his adoring fans on Beale Street, in Pittsburgh PA and around the world. 
God bless you my friend and keep you in the palm of his hand.
You are dearly loved and will be dearly missed.

Guitarist Corey Osborn dies in one-vehicle crash

By David Healy (Contact), Memphis Commercial Appeal
Friday, November 28, 2008 A 23-year-old area musician died this morning after crashing his car while driving on the unfinished portion of Tenn. 385 in east Shelby County.

Corey Scott Osborn of Arlington died at the scene after his Mitsubishi Montero slid off the unfinished road onto the left median. His vehicle rolled numerous times before coming to a rest in the opposite direction he was driving.Osborn was namesake of his own blues band and a was regular performer on Beale Street and area nightspots.A Bolton High graduate, he began playing the guitar when he was 11 years old. By age 16, he played regularly on Beale Street and became a frequent performer at B.B. Kings Blues Club.Osborn was the only person in the vehicle. The accident occurred about 3 miles south of U.S. 64.TDOT dispatcher Bill Dunn said Osborn was possibly driving at a high speed and evidently disregarded the barricades and continued onto the unfinished portion of the highway.

Corey Osborn: Guitar ~ Leo

Corey OsbornBorn in Memphis TN……. Corey’s professional career began at age 15, playing nightly up and down Beale Street. Now as a regular performer at BB Kings on Beale Street 2, 3, 4 nights a week for the past 4 years with his power quartet. Corey is almost a veteran… ok, well at least and Eagle Scout at the Young age of 22. He holds the position of guitarist and is a founding member of Barbara Blue’s touring band “The Soul Providers”.

Performance credits: Corey has opened BB King’s yearly appearance at the Beale Street Club in ’03, ’04 & ’05 and each time was invited to jam on stage with the master himself. Along with this huge honor he has been featured on the Beale Street Caravan Radio Show, opened for The Black Crows (98.1FM Rock The Dock) and performed with Barbara Blue (Nat Kerr & Lannie McMillan) for the 28th Annual Blues Award Show 2007 (Barbara was nominated in the category of “Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year), Corey has shared the stage with: Eric Sardinas, Eric Gales, John Daily, Josie Scott, Kenny Neal, Rayford Neal, Guitar Shorty, Joe Bonamassa, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, “Steady Rollin” Bob Margolin, Charlie Musclewhite, Preston Shannon and more. In 2007, Big City Blues Magazine released a sampler CD of their favorite new blues artists & Corey’s song “My Belair” was a featured track.