Alumni Entrepreneurs

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Alumni Entrepreneurs

Tom Boyle (aka T-Boy Neal), BA, 1982


Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies

Type of Business

Blues Band (Founder/Guitarist)

Date of Operation

2002-present (professional since 1981)

Contact Information

302 Yauger Way NW #102
Olympia, WA  98502

(360) 790-6105

Email Tom

Description of business, organization, invention

I formed Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies!, a professional blues band, in 2002 after working in the Pacific Northwest blues circuit as a rhythm/lead guitarist and booking agent since 1981 with various successful blues bands.  My current band has performed at most of the major blues festivals and blues clubs in The Pacific Northwest and beyond, including The King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, The Ground Zero Blues Club (owner by actor, Morgan Freeman) in Clarksdale, Mississippi, The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee (at The Hard Rock Cafe located on the infamous Beale Street), The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon, etc.  We have been nominated for 36 Washington Blues So ciety "BB" Awards, winning 14 of those, including "Best Blues Band" in 2006 and 2007.  I won the "Best Electric Guitar" "BB"Award in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 and have been nominated in other years.  Most recently the band won Oregon's Cascade Blues Association's 2008 "Muddy" Award for "Best Regional Act" and King 5 TV's 2008 "Best Band in Western WA" Award out of 297 nominated bands.  We continue to perform at the top blues clubs and festivals, record cd's (songs from our latest disc, "Big City Blues" are being played locally (KPLU, KAOS, KBCS, KSER, etc., nationally in various cities, and worlwide on Sirius Satellite Radio and other international stations), and write original blues music in the electric Texas and Chicago styles. We intend to continue to bring our music to an ever expanding audience for many years to come.

Evergreen helped prepare me for my professional life in the following way

After attending The Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1978-79, I transferred to Evergreen in 1981 where I designed my major around recording, performing and managerial/booking activities through the blues/R&B band I started at Evergreen in 1981, The Harmonic Tremors (we're on the 3rd Evergreen Album Project). Evergreen allowed me the opportunity to experience the real nuts and bolts of running all aspects of a professional band, both from a musical and a business standpoint. The two years I spent at Evergreen were filled with extreme personal growth, great friendships, and pride in my work.