Life of the Party

Metropolitan Blues All-Stars

Life of the Party

Release date: January 1, 1986


The Metroplitan Blues All-Stars were a beloved Eastern Kentucky band in the 1980s who made it big nationally, performing on NPR’s Mountain Stage and touring for decades. Their electic blend of blues, country, rock n’ roll, and old-time mountain music earned them fans in every genre, with many bemoaning their absence from the tour circuit today. “Life of the Party” features David White, Frank Schaap, Rodney Hatfield, Nick Stump and Stewart Miller, who would be replaced by Rick Baldwin by the time of their second release on Appalshop’s June Appal Recordings, “Trying Times.”


“The link between the Delta blues of a Howlin’ Wolf and the hillbilly blues of a Bill Monroe potato-bug mandolin solo. The MBA’s sew traditional country lyrical cadence within a quilt of contemporary blues … a sizzling blues band.”  — Chicago Tribune