She was first named Washington Blues Society Female Vocalist of the Year in 2004, and has won this title twice more
since then, as well as many other awards and nominations. Her first and second albums were well-reviewed, and the
second was named Album of the Year by the WBS, and Polly was named Songwriter of the Year. But when Polly and
her drummer and partner Tommy Cook got a chance to take rhythm section duties for northwest legend Too Slim and
the Taildraggers, the two toured internationally, covering a great deal of the United States and Canada, as well as
Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
After four years Polly O'Keary is back and has once again formed her own trio, Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method,
bringing catchy songwriting, her scorching vocals and riotous bass to stages in the United States and Canada.
During his late teens and early 20’s Clint “Seattle Slim” Nonnemaker was a young blues prodigy in the Seattle area,
playing in several of the state’s top blues bands, including the Seattle Women of Rhythm and Blues and The Alley Cats,
and was nominated for Best Guitar Player by the Washington Blues Society. He moved to Alaska for the next decade,
where he was a top blues guitarist in the Anchorage area. While there, he had a roommate named Tommy Cook, a
drummer and close friend. The two were first-call blues musicians in Anchorage, and played in the areas top bands,
also as house musicians at Anchorage's top blues club, Blues Central. Tommy moved to Seattle a few years later and
soon joined Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method, working with Polly through her second album and going on to join
forces with her as the rhythm section for Too Slim and the Taildraggers. When Seattle Slim returned to Washington in
early 2013, just as Polly was reforming the Rhythm Method, she and Tommy realized they both had known Seattle Slim
for years; she from before he moved away, and he from their years in Alaska. His versatile guitar playing and vast
experience made him an immediate and obvious choice to round out the new trio.
In addition to her work with Rhythm Method, Polly also has joined forces with Kevin Sutton of Wired, and together they
are the Hot Wired Rhythm Band, playing clubs and festivals around our area. She has also played bass for the Randy
Oxford Band, recently competing with them in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge in January 2014 where they
made the Semi-finals.
August 2014 Blues Boogie band Rhythm Method makes it
Polly O'Keary, award-winning and world-touring bass
player, vocalist and songwriter, is back in the northwest with
her brand new band, Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm
Method. With her good looks and personality, sultry vocals,
and hot groovin’ bass lines she takes the stage in style.
Together with guitar player Clint “Seattle Slim” Nonnemaker
and drummer Tommy Cook they make up a sizzlin’ hot trio
for our August Blues Boogie.
Polly has had a long career in blues, and brings 25
years of experience to the stage. She began playing
music in bars in Mexico at age sixteen, and after an early
rock career that included a record deal and a large
following, she fell in love with blues at age twenty eight.
She put together a band that quickly caught the attention
of Pacific Northwest blues fans, playing top venues and
festivals and winning many awards. Perhaps you
remember her band from when she played for us at an
Empire Awards Show a few years ago.