Lead Guitar and Vocals: Thomas Andersen

Thomas started playing music in 5th grade, by playing stand up bass, earning a scholarship to the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has played in numerous working bands from classical orchestra to heavy metal and everywhere in between.The Lightning Kings is his latest creation.

Vocals/Background Vocals: Jersey Queen

Michelle Linn

2017 Muddy Awards

"Best New Act" Winners!

The Thunder Horns:

Terry Baber: 

Terry Baber is a nationally recognized multi-instrumentalist. He is also well know as a composer and more specifically an arranger. Terry has performed with the Blues Brothers, Sam Rivers, Tommy Rocker and toured and opened for countless others. 

Eric Rabe:

Eric Rabe is a Portland native and studied music at Mt Hood and PSU. He has been playing sax for 30years and performed with hall of famers Al Hendrix and the Kingsmen. 

The Lightning Kings

​Tragically we lost our drummer Ryan Petersen to the kingdom in the sky. He will always be part of The Lightning Kings Family.

Vocals/Background Vocals: Jersey Queen

Jennifer Del Villar:

Jennifer Del Villar has lived was born in Chicago. Prior to moving to Portland 5 years ago, she lived in Vegas, Nashville, Los Angeles and Bakersfield .. all musical towns. Jen loves being part of the musical tribe and has shared the stage with a number of incredible talent .. including the Lightning Kings. 

The Lightning Kings music is a "unique blend of classic Blues, Rock and Funk. "Albert King meets Led Zeppelin and Earth Wind and Fire, Passionate playing and original songwriting with strong arrangements" - Terry Robb. Oregon music hall of famer, 19 time muddy award recipient and grammy nominated producer

Keyboard and Vocals: Rich Petko

Rich started classical piano lessons at age 5 and competed in numerous competitions on both piano and violin throughout his school years. By 15 he was out on the road with his first working band. His music pursuits have taken him to stages in every state west of the Mississippi.  

Drums: Stuart Blair

Stuart Blair is a professional musician hailing from the great NW. He has played with several regional acts and started playing in clubs before he was old enough to “technically” be allowed in to them. Mastering multiple genre’s and techniques over his career, Stuart brings a unique level of ability and stage savvy to Lightning Kings. Of  the original 28 professional drummers who requested audition, some of whom were absolute monsters of their craft, Stuart made it all the way through the selection process and earned his position in The Lightning Kings line up.


Bass: Matt Lind