"One of the hardest working and smartest working bands on the scene... ”

— Nate Rubin (drummer and father of Ilan Rubin of Nine Inch Nails/ Paramore)

Americana from the heavy end of the CD bin. After a lifetime of exploring the history of the blues, Scottie Blinn and his bandmates turn their explorations to postwar and modern American folk and gospel...with big fat soul-shaking electric guitar!”

— Joey Harris (The Beat Farmers)


Formed in the Fall of 2011 by Scottie ‘Mad Dog’ Blinn, former front man for the iconic, multi-award winning San Diego band The Mississippi Mudsharks.  He has been no stranger to doing 300+ nights a year with his former band, and is pushing Black Market III every bit as hard, if not harder.  BMIII crosses over, using the Blues as the root of the sound.  In addition to their original music, BMIII features more obscure covers from Tom Waits, Tito & Tarantula, Leadbelly, Dead Weather, Social Distortion, Led Zeppelin and many more.  No pigeon holing this band--Blues and American Roots firmly planted, yet not like anything you've heard or seen before. The band prides itself on it's ability to perform diversely and dynamically, playing full blown concerts to small 'stripped down' semi-acoustic shows, traditional blues to their trademarked ‘Grease Punk’ sound.


•San Diego Music Award Nominee 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016/'17, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2023

• 2023 Winner “BEST VIDEO” for “Rosalee”, nominated "BEST BLUES

•2020 Nominated "BEST BLUES"--San Diego Music Awards

•2019 "Dashboard Jesus" Nominated "BEST BLUES ALBUM"--San Diego Music Awards

•2018 Debuted at  #25 on the Roots Music Report's Top 50 (Dashboard Jesus)

•2018 Nominated “BEST BLUES” City Beat Magazine “Best of San Diego Awards” 

•2018 Signed to Rip Cat Records

•2018 Nominated “BEST BLUES BAND”-- San Diego Music Awards 

•2016/’17 Nominated "BEST ROCK BAND" -- San Diego Music Awards 

•2015 "ROCK BAND OF THE YEAR" Independent Musicians Promotions (IMP Radio) 

•2015 'Vanarchy • Live' * nominated "BEST BLUES ALBUM"-- San Diego Music Awards 

•2014 Black Roses' nominated "BEST BLUES ALBUM"-- San Diego Music Awards 

•2013 'Songs That Shake The Cage' nominated "BEST ROCK ALBUM"-- San Diego Music Awards 

•2012 Nominated "BEST BLUES BAND"-- San Diego Music Awards 

•8 extensive (2-5 month) INTERNATIONAL TOURS in 8 years (BE, NL, DE, CH, CZ, IT, FR, UK, AT, LU, ES, MX) 

•Regular touring in the US (CA, OR, NV, ID, UT, WY, TX, CO, NE, IL, OH, PA) 

•2012 'Top 10 Bands to Watch' (San Diego Reader) 

•2012 'Top 5 CD's' (SD Rock 'n' Roll)

Full BIO on the BMIII home page!