Ted OnulakTed Onulak

vocals, saxophones, flute, harmonica

“Hugely influential to my vision of the band,” explains Exit 10 founder Ted Onulak, “was the Electric Mud album by Muddy Waters, which teamed Waters with some of Chicago’s psychedelic musicians, like Bob Cosey on electric guitar who later played with Miles on the Agharta and Pangaea albums.

“Electric Mud used psychedelic fuzz bass and soprano sax in lieu of the traditional blues harmonica. This showed me you could take Muddy’s traditional blues, really mess it up and keep the original fire at its core!” Ted’s influences include Isaac Hayes’ string arrangements, the soul crooning of William Bell, the blues of Albert King, and the bossa nova, samba, pop and funk genres of Brazil.

At age nineteen Ted was diagnosed with Retinitis pigmentosa, a debilitating eye disease, and he completely lost his sight in 2005.  Mr. Onulak is an internationally known poet, short fiction writer and essayist. A food and wine critic, Ted is a member of the International French Wine Society. Find Ted on Facebook >