Miles Lee Guzman- Harmonica/Vocals/Guitar
Tim Steel- Bass/Vocals
Stef Kull- Keyboards/Vocals
Zach Mace- Guitar/Vocals
Mike Matz- Drums
Miles Lee Band mixed soul, funk blues, rock and a splash of country, Jam band & hip hop flavor, to create a "feel good, dance party".
The MLB Components are exactly that! Components of the Miles Lee Band who perform in various configurations where a full band isn't required. The MLB Components may be a duo or trio act featuring specific members of the band to meet the needs of the venue.
Mike, Tim, Stef and Zach, all have been professional musicians their entire adult lives. They have all been in nationally touring bands, and have played with and opened countless touring acts in their careers. Together these five musicians have created a unique style of music that bridges gaps across age, race, lifestyles, and musical tastes. It is a Rock and Roll show in its purest form, with no limitations or restrictions.
The band is soulful, dirty, hip, oringinal and yet farmiliar all at the same time.
MILES LEE - Harmonica, Guitar & Vocals:
Miles Lee Guzman, the namesake of the Miles Lee Band, was born and raised in Colorado. Spending most of his formative years in northern Colorado, Loveland and Fort Collins, Miles Lee was always surrounded by music. His father played bass and some of his cousins also demonstrated a keen aptitude for music. His childhood was filled with memories of his mom playing music around the house and his dad and cousins jamming a lot when he was young. The seed of music was planted in little Miles and it was growing!
Miles Lee picked up the harmonica around age thirteen. Also quite versatile on guitar, which he uses mostly to write songs, he considers the harmonica his primary instrument of choice. Albeit he is quite skilled in both, as any live audience can see, he prefers the harmonica and the expression of himself he pulls out of the tiny layered instrument!
His first experience in being in a live band, and singing, was at age nineteen while he was in the United States Marines, stationed in Oahu, Hawaii. Bob Jones and Hard Drive. Bob was a member of the platinum selling band “We Five” and afterwards toured with Mike Bloomfield and The Bly Leonard Band, which were signed with Epic Records. Other projects Miles Lee has worked on, and continues to perform with, include Politoxic’s Last Waltz Revisited – ever year this event packs the Fillmore Auditorium in Colorado during Thanksgiving week to a crowd over 3300.
Miles Lee now mostly focuses on the Miles Lee Band and bringing the dance party to you full of great energy, high speed, full blown sound and technicolor fashion! Having that taste of performing live, where you grab the attention of the crowd and hold them close to you for the entire show is what motivates Miles Lee, and as we say, the rest is history!
A most memorable experience for Miles Lee was sharing the stage with John Popper, one of his most instrumental influences and all time favorite harmonica players and singers. Having the incredible opportunity to be the opening act for Blues Traveler, Mr. Popper actually came out and joined Miles Lee on stage for some tunes! What a great experience to share the stage with your very own favorite entertainer and idol! Miles Lee was hooked! Hooked on harmonica, singing, and performing live.
Miles Lee, also a well known member of Stanky Pockets has played with and shared the stage with P-Nut Daniels, CR Gruver (New Orleans Suspect), Ray White (Frank Zappa), Bobby Vega (Sly Stone, Joan Baez) and Damon Wood (James Brown) to name a few and he has also opened for artists such as George Porter and Leo Nocentelli of the Meters, Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic), Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Banyan and many more.
Singing soul music, and any music for that matter that has soul, is among the favorite of Miles Lee. With a strong influence in his musical journey from Otis Redding it just makes sense! Other influences, and there are several, include Bob Schneider, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, Stevie Ray Vaughan, J. Giles Band, Jimi Hendrix, Howlin Wolf, Everlast, Blues Traveler, and Zakk Wylde. Of those, he admits Stevie Ray Vaughn and Otis Redding touch his soul the deepest and down to the most basic and rudimentary level. When music touches your soul, and you have the ability to share that music, that seed, that love with the world, it is your responsibility to share the word of music and your talent with those around you!
Heart and soul. It’s all about the musical experience of the heart and the soul. When you go to a Miles Lee show you will undoubtedly know at the end of the night, that you got more than 100% of Miles Lee, his heart, his soul, and his full being. He leaves nothing on the stage when the show is done!
Miles Lee and his band will take you around the genre globe, and all in great fashion and fill your mind with memories of a time gone by – from blues to soul, from old school country to rock, from hip hop to 80’s hair metal. Miles Lee and his band bring it all to you in their live show performances. Come listen and be drawn in to the magical soul of Mile Lee and his band. You’ll be glad you did!
TIM STEELE - Bass & Vocals:
Tim Steele, born and raised in Denver, was part of a somewhat musical family; his mother a pianist and brother guitarist. Although there wasn’t a lot of music in the family’s day to day activities Tim grew to appreciate music on an innate, then learned level that is hard to explain.
Growing up Tim quickly and easily picked up not only the bass, but the upright bass and guitar. His lessons, albeit not formal, were often from the study and interaction of the Star Licks videos of the 90’s.
Although Led Zeppelin touches his soul he admits to being influence by John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, Sting, and Donald Duck Dunn. He could listen to Michael Jackson all day long and not tire of the groove, the emotion, the lyrics, and the whole musical experience that grips him.
As he began singing at the age of 17 he soon found himself in a Top 40 / Motown Band in 1984. He soon realized his vocal range was comfortable in many genres, all of which he thoroughly enjoys - Blues, Rock, Reggae, Funk, and even Country. He sings anything and everything that fits his range and touches his soul. As long as you have good pitch, solid tone and feel the emotion of the song you can make a musical and magical connection. He truly believes that once the musician stops thinking and they let the music flow from them, inside to out, from their soul to their fingers and vocal chords, that the magic begins and it fills the stage and the room with the appreciation and love of music. Everyone has their part, but the music then collectively becomes greater than the sum of the parts. And when that happens it is absolutely incredible. The musical experience that is difficult to explain, but obvious when you experience such magic first hand!
Having played in front of audiences upward of 2000 attendees down to the smaller shows, he puts his heart and soul into each performance. It doesn’t matter how big the crowd – what matters is the connection between the musician, and how they individually connect with the greater sound of the band, and then that collective spirit and magic as it spills into the crowd.
Music is Tim’s inspiration – not just for him as a musician, but as the greater good of filling the audience with that passion and love of music and taking them on that musical, magical journey together with him and the band. Come, let us move you!
STEF KULL - KEYS & VOCALS - Bio coming soon!
MIKE MATZ - DRUMS & VOCALS - Bio coming soon!
ZACH MACE - GUITAR & VOCALS - Bio coming soon!
Check out the recent Reporter Herald on The Miles Lee Band
Boulder Daily Camera article By Aimee Heckel.