Jeff Banks – 2019 INDUCTEE
Des Moines guitarist Jeff Banks has been playing the blues for more than 40 years. As a constantly working musician, he has been a member of more than 60 musical acts in the rock and blues genres over the years by constantly juggling multiple projects. He is a, five-time Iowa Blues Challenge champion representing Iowa at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 1998 (Fat Package), 2012 (Pain Killers), 2013 (Rock Island Rollers), 2015 (Mother Ship Blues Band), and in 2016 as the Jeff Banks Band. In 2002, Jeff moved to Austin, Texas, as a member of the George DeVore Four. While there he performed at the annual Nelson Family Christmas Party for five years. He was also nominated as best guitarist in the Austin Chronicle’s Best of voting, before eventually returning to Iowa. He currently keeps busy leading the Jeff Banks Band as well as touring with the Shannon Curfman Band.