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2010 : Semi-Finalist in the International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN
2010 : Semi-Finalist in the Blues Foundation's "Best Self-Produced CD" for Shake It Twice
2012 : Represented the Billtown Blues Association in the International Blues Challenge
2012 : Three Legged Dog nominated by Diamond State Blues Society for "Best Self-Produced CD"
2014 : Represented the Billtown Blues Association in the International Blues Challenge

Read all about the band members of the Porkroll Project below. Also, check out the photos and background of the many Porkroll alumni and friends who play with the band from time to time. Click here to go to our Alumni page.

Neil "Porkroll" Taylor
Porkroll comes from a long line of watermen and pirates. He has two basic loves -- playing guitar and cooking. His BBQ is well known throughout the Delaware Valley, as is his tasty blues playing. His musical influences range far and wide, but credits Buddy Guy and Luther Allison as his most recent inspirations. Previously, he co-founded the well-known MudBoy blues band which played around the Southeast Pennsylvania for nearly a decade. For a time, he also performed with Melissa Martin and the Mighty Rhythm Kings. He also brings his tasty guitar to the Union Street Blues and Legendary Sinners bands.
Paul Matecki
Paul has been playing piano since he was able to reach the keys of the Lester piano in the family living room. Self taught on guitar, he sang lead with quite a few rock bands over the last 20 years. He's always loved early rock 'n roll and blues records. Favorite players include Johnnie Johnson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Scotty Moore, Carl Perkins, Otis Rush, The Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and many, many others.
He attended West Chester University as a music major, where he earned a degree in piano performance. In addition to The Porkroll Project, he has played or is playing with: The Overheads, Bender, Gracie, and Melissa Martin & The Mighty Rhythm Kings.
Ed Young
Ed grew up in appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. He moved around a lot when he was a kid, and continued to move to bigger and bigger cities, further and further east, going to college at Penn State and finally landing in Philly--where he teaches philosophy during the day and plays his guitar and bass at night. Besides playing bass in the Porkroll Project, he does solo work on the guitar. Always busy, Ed is also the bass player for the rock band Dirty Love.
John Thomas
John "J.T." Thomas
JT was born and raised in Bucks County, PA. A drummer since the age of 8 when his father bought a drum set to “drive his mom crazy”, he developed an affinity for playing piano, singing, and writing original songs. While getting a musical education from a variety of teachers and experiences, JT became a founding member of the rhythm section for the Contagious Party Band. He is a veteran of the tri-state cover music scene as a drummer, keyboardist, and vocalist. Now living in Hockessin, DE, his original project WiRTH released a new album called One Lane Bridge in 2023 and he sings and plays keys in the DE-based band Chillin’ with Charlie. After sitting in for a few gigs and recording projects, JT became the band's regular drummer.
Buddy Cleveland
Harp player and vocalist Buddy Cleveland grew up in Rockville, MD.  He got serious about the harp when he got to know the outstanding DC area blues guitarist Mike "Junior" Tash of the Bad Influence Band. Mike gave him lots of encouragement and even invited Buddy sit in with his band on occasion. In 1999, after moving to the Philadelphia area, Buddy joined some guys he worked with and this group ultimately became the Voodoo DeVille band. Buddy formed the Union Street Blues band in 2007 along with Porkroll and then joined the Porkroll Project in 2008. He still performs regularly with Voodoo DeVille Band.


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