The four band members that form this phenomenon hail from all around the country—
Indiana, New York, Michigan, and Oregon, but came together to form Bottleneck Blues
Band five years ago. Noah Bell plays guitar and handles vocals; Seth Zowader plays
keyboards; Devon Shazier mans the drum kit; and Ethan Bear rounds out the quartet on
bass. “We just added Ethan this summer. Dave Cushman, our original bass player, had
to leave the group due to life issues,” according to Noah. Dave and Noah started the
band out of their love for the blues.
All the guys have been serious about being professional musicians from a young age.
Noah bought a guitar at a garage sale at age five and had always wanted to play music
for a living. Seth began playing keyboards as a child and Devon grew up playing in
church. When not on stage, two of the guys still work in the music industry. You can find
Noah and Seth working at Portland Music Co. in Beaverton. Noah is the assistant
manager and has been there for 15 years. Seth is the keyboard guru and has been
employed there for five years.
“We are followers of the three Kings: BB, Albert, and Freddie. We also listen to a lot of
Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters,” Noah said. Other influences are Clarence
Gatemouth Brown, JJ Cale, Willie Dixon, Robert Cray, and Albert Collins. These artists
have help shaped Bottleneck’s music—their sound. “Our music is red hot funky blues.
The kind that make people dance.” And boy do they dance!