The Night Beats are an American Psychedelic, Garage and Soul group based out of Seattle, Washington. The group consists of Lee Blackwell (Lead Guitar, Vocals), James Traeger (Drums) and Tarek Wegner (Bass). Night Beats incorporate sounds of early R&B, Texas Psychedelic Rock, UK Blues, Folk and Soul.
Danny Lee "Blackwell" originally from Dallas, Texas founded Night Beats in 2009 when James Traeger moved from Austin, Texas to Seattle, Washington. Named as an homage to Sam Cooke's Magnum Opus the then -piece picked up Tarek Wegner who was living in Seattle. The Night Beats toured extensively early on completing multiple North American tours during 2010 and were signed within weeks of self releasing their debut EP, the H-Bomb EP. Picked up by Chicago's Trouble in Mind Records (Ty Segall, Fresh and Only's, Hex Dispensers, etc.). They have toured with groups such as The Black Angels (band) (in the UK, Europe and U.S.), Roky Erickson, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Strange Boys, Black Lips and The Growlers.
Their H-Bomb 7" topped several college radio charts competing with other Artists' full-length efforts. (September 6, 2010) In 2011, they released a split between The UFO Club and Night Beats on Austin's Reverberation Appreciation Society label. In April 2011, the Seattle-based art collective Portable Shrines along with Translinguistic Other released Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theater Vol. 1 on the Light In The Attic Records label, a deluxe double LP featuring rare and exclusive tracks from Night Beats, Eternal Tapestry, Prince Rama, AFCGT, and other established and up and coming psychedelic acts curated by Seattle's Portable Shrines Collective. On June 28, 2011 Trouble In Mind released the Night Beats Self Titled Debut LP. In June 2012, They released a single on Volcom Vinyl Club.