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    Rhythm & Blues all original CD now available

  • Video

    June with James Cotton, Charlie Musslewhite and John Hammond

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    Blues Music Magazine

    Making of a Drum Legend

    by Charles Baty
  • Vintage Video

    June with Robert Lockwood Jr. and Johnny Shines

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    BBS Review

    by Matt McDonald

Gigs

  • 12
    Jan
    2018
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Kuumbwa Jazz Center
    Rhythm & Blues
    16
    Jan
    2018
    Seattle, WA
    Jazz Alley
    Mark Hummel
    17
    Jan
    2018
    Seattle, WA
    Jazz Alley
    Mark Hummel
    18
    Jan
    2018
    Portland, OR
    Alberta Rose Theater
    Mark Hummel
    20
    Jan
    2018
    Eugene, OR
    The Shedd
    Mark Hummel
  • 22
    Jan
    2018
    Chico, CA
    Sierra Nevada Brewery
    Mark Hummel
    25
    Jan
    2018
    Berkeley, CA
    Freight & Salvage
    Mark Hummel
    26
    Jan
    2018
    Berkeley, CA
    Freight & Salvage
    Mark Hummel
    27
    Jan
    2018
    Folsom, CA
    Harris Center
    Mark Hummel
    4-11
    Feb
    2018
    Caribbean
    Legendary Blues Cruise
    Charlie Musselwhite

Discography

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    Rhythm & Blues

    All original music by June Core

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    Leave It All Behind

    Compilation of some of June's best work with various artists

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Gallery

Biography

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, June is a self-taught musician. In his early career June gigged in and around Cleveland with organist Eddie Baccus and with various funk, jazz and soul groups. In 1978 June was introduced to Robert Lockwood Jr. and Johnny Shines. Eddie Baccus suggested that Robert use June for an upcoming tour. Lockwood reluctantly agreed to hire an unproven drummer and, consequently, the band was fired after the first week because June insisted on playing funk grooves over blues. The club owner recognized talent however, and allowed the band to practice in a broom closet. Robert and Johnny taught June, in one day, five different shuffles to use in any blues. “That was start of my career”, says June. Robert and Johnny Shines became June’s second father’s and his musical relationship with Lockwood lasted nearly ten years. As a result of his relationship with Robert Lockwood, June shared the stage with BB King, James Cotton, Mighty Joe Young, Willie Dixon, and Albert Collins and many others.

In 1987 June headed west to San Jose, California. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by Mark Hummel, a stint that lasted two years. He soon met Andy Santana and, along with Mike Schermer, founded the Soul Drivers, a highly successful Santa Cruz based blues band. In 1991, The Soul Drivers became Angela Stehli’s backup band. June also worked as a side man for Miss Laverne Baker. In 1996 June was asked to join Little Charlie and the Nightcats and spent five years touring with them. In 2004 June was hired by Charlie Musselwhite and has been a member of the band since. June has multiple Blues Music Award nominations and has played on several Grammy nominated recordings.