The Kings of Pleasure were started back in 2002 by the late Dan Sanchez. For many years they toured the country playing their style of West Coast, Jump and Swing style of blues. They were recipients of the Best Emerging artist award in 2005 at the Arkansas Heritage Festival(King Biscuit). They have backed up Arthur Williams and also blues piano legend Henry Gray at the Highland Blues & Jazz Festival. The band stopped playing after Dan's passing in early 2010. They decided to get back together in mid 2011 to keep playing the music that they and Dan loved so much. They play songs from the greats like B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Floyd Dixon and Pinetop Perkins to modern blues like Lynwood Slim, Rusty Zinn and Junior Watson to Americana songs of the Blasters and Carlos Guitarlos. They also play some of Dan's original songs and many of their own originals. Now playing guitar is Tony Casio who has been playing blues around the Ark-La-Tex area for many years with his dad, A.J. and the Two-Tones. The rest of the "Kings" are Ryan Ramos(harmonica/vocals), Jason Ball(piano/vocals, Donald Durham(bass), and Cody Lowery(drums).