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Have you heard of the band The Perpetrators?

The Perpetrators are a Canadian rock / blues band formed in 1999 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The band was nominated for a 2006 Juno Award in the Blues Album of the Year category for The Gas and the Clutch.

Currently they are J “Howik” Nowicki (guitar, vocals), Ken “KMac” McMahon (drums, vocals) and Ryan “ODL” Menard (bass, vocals). Their best known songs include “Six Pack” and “She Lets Me Know”. Past members include Scotty Hills, Chris “MAMA” Bauer, Chris Carmichael and Chris Saywell (also of the D.Rangers).

They have played back up for Hubert Sumlin, Louisiana Red, Paul “Wine” Jones, Downchild Blues Band, George “Wild Child” Butler, Jim Byrnes, Kenny Brown and Cedric Burnside, as well as recording with Juno winners Sue Foley and Big Dave McLean.

The band was a 2006 Western Canadian Music Award recipient for Outstanding Blues Album. The Perpetrators have also been nominated for a Juno and for Electric Act of the Year at the Toronto Blues Society’s Ninth Annual Maple Blues Awards.

On January 25, 2007, The Perpetrators released a new single on Winnipeg radio stations titled “You’re Gonna Kill Me” for their new album titled Tow Truck. The album was released in April 2007 and was nominated for two 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards – best blues and best independent recordings. In the fall of 2008, their fourth album, recorded live at their home base, the High & Lonesome Club, was released just before they undertook their fourth European tour, with Scotty Hills behind the drumkit.

Nowicki currently performs regularly with Romi Mayes. McMahon and Menard perform with a variety of acts. The Perpetrators continue to play shows in and around Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and occasionally tour as the members’ schedules permit.

Click Here to check out their video Smokes ‘N Chicken. 

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That beautiful guitar behind J “Howik” Nowicki is a Fender 71 NOS Stratocaster.

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Fender 71 NOS Stratocaster

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