All posts in July 2014


2004 Bullets In The Bon Fire Vol. I little silver records

2008 Joey Gilmore w/ IKO-IKO
The Ghosts Of Mississippi meet
The Gods Of Africa Bluz Pik Records

2004 Albert Castiglia
and Graham Wood Drout:
The Bittersweet Sessions little silver records

2002 Albert Castiglia and IKO-IKO
Burn little silver records

2001 Blues Revue Magazine:
Hidden Treasures Blues Revue Records

2000 Shine little silver records

1997 Protected by Voodoo little silver records

1992 Riding on the Rims little silver records

1988 Snowstorm in the Jungle Kingsnake Records


2008 Blues Critics Awards: Blues Song of the Year:
The Ghosts Of Mississippi
Joey Gilmore and IKO-IKO- Written by Graham Wood Drout

2002-2014 Ruf Records Recording Artist Albert Castiglia records a number
of Graham Wood Drout’s compositions including:
• The Day The Old Man Died
• The Ghosts of Mississippi
• Sometimes you win
• Big Toe
• Celebration
• Searching the Desert for the Blues
• Teasing The Trains
• Just Like Jesus (Just Came Back)

2000 Featured Artist KFOG San Francisco, Ca.

1999 Fort Lauderdale New Times Magazine: Best Blues Band

1999 Artist of the week KPIG San Francisco, Ca. (twice!)

1999 Featured in Blues Revue’s Compilation CD: Hidden Treasures:
IKO-IKO, Otis Taylor and others.

1999 Jam Entertainment Magazine Jammy Award:
Best Blues Band- Florida

1994 Graham Wood Drout and IKO-IKO Awarded Certificate
of Appreciation for Contribution to the Arts Miami-Dade County

1989-1999 Miami New Times Magazine: Best Blues Band
South Florida (Catagory discontinued in 2000)

1982- 2000 House Band; Miami’s Tobacco Road

Click here for Iko Iko Live from the Bamboo Room 12/20/2013

This was recorded live at the Bamboo Room in Lake Worth 12/20/2013
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IKO-IKO: Band Biography

The Legendary South Florida Blues Band

“Tough and gritty Blues- Rock played with energy and imagination…” – RELIX MAGAZINE
IKO-IKO‘s Graham Wood Drout is one of the most important, seminal South Florida Blues figures.. more than anyone he personifies Florida Blues.” -BIG CITY RHYTHM AND BLUES MAGAZINE
“Deep, thoughtful songcraft and impeccable musician ship elevates this bayou band above most indie rockers.” -BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE
IKO IKO is a lexicon of classic rock and Blues music. A builder of fires and a keeper of flames.” – CHICAGO TRIBUNE
IKO IKO is more than just a hot combo. This is engaging, thought provoking music. It’s Blues but with an Americana backstrap pulling Drout and crew into the realm of Tom Petty, early J. Giles Band and even Bob Dylan. Dirty, funky and with a rock urgency.” – BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE
IKO-IKO voted Best Blues Band in Florida- 1999″ -JAM MAGAZINE

There are many outstanding Blues Artists calling Florida home but only a few of them can be called legendary. IKO IKO has achieved their legendary status over and over again. The band is best known for their thirty year association with Miami’s seminal Blues venue TOBACCO ROAD awarding them the title “Miami”s House Band” sharing the stage with literally every working Blues artist in America from 1982 to the present.. From Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker,to Sun Ra and David Bromberg the list goes on and on. IKO IKO provided back up for Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Ron Wood, Bobby Keys and a host of others. IKO IKO even worked with fellow Floridian Jimmy Buffett on his musical ,”Don’t stop the carnival.”
When the state of Florida put together a concert to pay homage to its homegrown musical talent including Lynrd Sknyrd, Sam and Dave,and Marva Wright just to name a few, IKO IKO was hired to provide musical support for all the acts. In 1987 IKO-IKO released their first album on King Snake Records “Snowstorm in the Jungle” featurning lable mate Lucky Peterson on keyboards, reaching number 11 on the American Blues Charts.This record was followed by “Riding on the Rims”‘ :Protected By Voodoo”‘ and “Shine.” IKO-IKO‘s latest CD is a best of compilation of Graham Wood Drout‘s songs entitled “Bullets in the Bon Fire Vol. I” including two songs recorded by IKO-IKO and good friend Albert Castiglia. A tribute album of Graham Wood Drout‘s songs recorded by a host of Florida Blues Bands is being released in the Spring of 2015.

Graham Wood Drout’s IKO-IKO “A must see!”- Rock and Roll Road Trip, Rolling Stone Magazine . The San Diego Tribune describes IKO IKO as “An eclectic mix of southern musical traditions.” The band calls it Urban Swamp Music: a swirling mix of Blues, Mardi Gras , Gulf Coast Americana, jazz, jam band sensibilities, Rock and Roll music with a Bo Diddley beat, steller musicianship and the award winning song craft of Graham Wood Drout. Graham’s songs have been a favorite of AAA radio and the satelite stations. His tunes have been covered by IBC Blues winner Joey Gilmore (who credits Graham’s “Ghosts of Mississippi” for putting him over the top. Ghosts of Mississippi went on to win the 2008 Blues Critics Award for song of the year.) and Ruff Records guitar slinger Albert Castiglia who scored a hit with the fabulous Mr. D’s “Big Toe.” Albert’s latest recording “Solid Ground,(which has reached number 10 on the Billoard Magazine Blues charts) features three of Drout’s songs. “Craig Rusky of Delta Snake Magazine says, “As a songwriter Drout is a powerful master.” Ed Ivy of Blues Revue Magazine says, “This songwriting is on the order of Gordon Lightfoot or Jim Croce….great and emotionally complete.” Patrick O’Donnell of Blues On Stage writes, “Graham is an artist in every sense of the word.”
Over the years IKO-IKO has played in literally hundreds of venues from The Green Parrot in Key West to the Molson Canadian Jazz and Blues Festival in Toronto.
Due to their geographic location, IKO-IKO has had the opportunity to perform their music in such venues as Air Jamacia’s Jazz and Blues Festival in Montigo Bay, David Bowie’s Stardust And Ashes in The Turks and Caicos Islands and The Grand Bahamas.
Graham Wood Drout  Guitar and vocals
Good Rockin’ Johnny Wenzel Guitar
Ron Taylor Keyboards
Mitch Mestel Bass
Jimmy Daniel Drums