Baptized in the fire water of Clarksdale, MS., Sean “Bad” Apple began his spiritual journey of learning the blues by seeking out the old blues musicians that were willing to share their years of knowledge. Most of the early years were spent in Bentonia, MS studying under Jack Owens. Later he moved to the north hill country of Mississippi. This time saw him spending many a night at yard parties learning all he could about Hill Country Blues from true masters of the craft. The musicians that are the most influential to Sean are R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Robert Belfour, R.L. Boyce, T Model Ford, Bukka White, and Mississippi Fred McDowell.
Sean has been a staple of the Clarksdale blues scene for over a decade with multiple appearances at Red’s, Ground Zero Blues Club, and Bluesberry Cafe and performing at the World Famous Juke Joint Festival for 9 consecutive years. He is also a fixture at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival, Exit 57 Blues Festival, and many more throughout MS and TN. Sean also possesses knowledge beyond the stage with owning and operating the Bad Apple Blues Club in Helena, AR.
Sean has recorded five albums as a co-founder of the All Night Long Blues Band with the amazingly talented Martin ‘Big Boy’ Grant. Sean was part of the Blues Band for 6 years until the March 2015 passing of Grant. Recent years have found Sean drawing crowds on Beale Street with continual performances at Rum Boogie, Club 152, Tin Roof, Blues Hall, and many other clubs. As the quintessential showman, Sean is working hard to keep Hill Country Blues alive and well. People are always in for a good show and never leave disappointed when the Bad Apple is on the stage