Johnny Fink and The Intrusion used to be known as the “Best Kept Secret in the Midwest Blues Scene” among local blues and classic rock enthusiasts.
That was until the band placed in the top 8 (of the world) in the 2017 IBC Finals.
The secret is definitely out....
Johnny is the most winning artist of the Cincinnati Blues Society Challenge. He has won twice as a band, twice as a solo artist, and twice for self produced cd. That band cd entitled JFI, won best cd for the Cincinnati Blues Society, reached top 10 in the International Blues Challenge, and earned top 25 on Living Blues album charts.
Johnny’s most recently release, an acoustic solo blues work, won the best self produced cd for the Cincinnati blues society for 2022.
If you ever happen to ask someone who’s seen the band play, you’ll likely hear of true musicianship and one helluva good time.
The band was formed in the winter of ’92 originally going with the name “The Blue Intrusions” with real-life guitar hero Johnny Fink pulling together a powerful 4-piece lineup of talented pro players through a diverse blues spectrum. They covered a wide range of blues, tapping the soul of the music from well know legendary blues artists. Jammin’ everything from the Allman Brothers to Buddy Guy, then swinging from Albert Collins to Lonnie Mack.
After two years of the band performing and crowd pleasing at well known local establishments like; the Local 1207, Allyn’s Cafe, Mansion Hill, Lucille’s, Burbank’s, several popular Foley’s locations… Johnny took over the reins. He led the band into a new era as a tighter three-piece blues unit.
The band sports years of overall professional musical experience, and each member shares an equal passion for old school classic rock and blues. Once you hear them simply open on a song, it becomes quite obvious that the band has talent, and true professional showmanship. Every classic rock and blues enthusiast around now knows where “the real deal” offers up a great show.
Over the years The Intrusion has evolved and changed up like any band, which is inevitably par for the course. Fortunately and rare in the industry, the band has never experienced any dramatic road bumps or “breakups” throughout the years. No bridges were ever burned, no friends were ever lost, and they never skipped a beat. In ’05 they brought on the talented drummer Doug Moore, then in 2022 long time friend and too-cool bass guitarist Mike Grosser joined. They are always around, rockin’ the scene at blues festivals, events/venues, and popular establishments throughout the Midwest.