Singer/songwriter, Story Teller, Humorist MUMBLEFINGER (aka Brian Birkes), is the vocal & guitar guy.  He began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 12.  As an adult, he kicked around New York, San Diego, San Francisco, & Nashville perfecting his unique tone and talent.

Mumblefinger has released many CDs independently & his songs have been showcased on the nationally syndicated House OF Blues Radio, NPR & other radio stations in the U.S., Germany, & Brazil. He has also had his song/video, Exactly Like You, played on CMT (Country Music Television).


Legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section member and record producer, Barry Beckett (who also produced or played with Aretha FranklinBob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elton John, Bob Seger) and Mumblefinger collaborated on a stellar CD – The Beckett Sessions.


Mumble has shared the bill with such greats as John Lee Hooker, Leon Russell, Average White Band, and Norton Buffalo (Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller Band).

Mumblefinger’s original songs vary from Funk to Jazz to Blues/Soul to Country to Reggae all with a Rock-n-Roll Flavor.  Style is similar to, but not a clone of, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Dr. John, Robin Trower, The Subdudes, and JJ Cale.


Mumble n' Bruce @ The Gaia 2015

Mumble n' Bruce's laid back jazzy funky style is a great choice for any upscale venue HEAR SAMPLES

BRUCE CALIN on STAND-UP BASS, was a long-time band member on A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION with Garrison Keillor, and is a member of the CALIFORNIA NORTHSTATE SYMPHONY



PATRICK WISEMAN on DRUMS, formally a GROOVE PALOOKA with the late-great SLAM BUCKRA, is well known in the north state to be the area's best & most versatile drummer. Patrick also sits in with Alison and Victor

ALAN ERNESTO PHILLIPS on BASS, is a noted professional producer/engineer, who has played with the likes of jazz fusion master, Jeff Lorber, Native American jazz great, Jim Pepper(RIP). On the rock side, Alan played with Captain Beyond's Willie Daffern and Blue Cheer's Tony Rainier. He too was a "Groove Palooka" for Slam Buckra, and gigged with Marvin Allen Band; MTV's Best Garage Band 2009, and Myriad drummer, Randy Miller.

STEVE HUFF on BASS, is an accomplished player who has been featured on the AMERICAN BANDSTAND TV show with his 1980's chart topping band, THE BEATSteve also plays with The SALAMANDERS

CLEVELAND BONEY on KEYBOARDS/PIANO, brings a fresh feel to the group with his heavy jazz infuence & tremendous talent.  Cleveland is also a member of the CALIFORNIA NORTHSTATE SYMPHONY & plays with the band COLD SWEAT.



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