The Exiles are the biggest sounding power trio you've ever heard.  All three members count as their formative influences some of the greatest rock trios that have ever existed; these formative experiences stood them in good stead when in 2021 they decided to whittle themselves down to a three-piece band.  You'll have to look several time before your brain believes what your eyes and ears are telling you:  They may sound like a ten-piece orchestra at times, but it's really just these three guys.  


The Exiles are enjoying a well-deserved vacation after seven years of playing nonstop.  There are no future dates scheduled at this time. 

The Exiles are:

Joe Norwood:  Guitar, Vocals

Boyd Gardiner:  Drums, Vocals

Bill Rushing:  Bass, Vocals


JOE NORWOOD, GUITAR, VOCALS:  A San Diego native, Joe is an active member of the San Diego music scene. His performances include clubs, concerts, TV, and radio. He has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada as a member of several touring bands. Joe has extensive studio experience withhis own projects, and as a session guitarist. He has written over 40 songs. Joe’s many styles include blues, rock, funk, R&B, country AND western. Joe was named “Country Guitarist of the Year” by the California Country Music Association (San Diego area) in 1996.

Along with Virginia Norwood, Joe performed with Beyond Blue, and released two CDs. Joe was co-music director for the stage play “Five Shades of Blues”. He currently performs with The Exiles. Joe’s diverse influences and years of experience make him a well rounded and exciting guitarist.

BILL RUSHING, BASS, VOCALS:  Bill Rushing is a classically-trained violinist who transitioned to bass as a teenager, having realized that there was no way he was going to get the women and attention he wanted sawing out standard exercises on his cheap fiddle in the high school quad.

He has spent his playing career performing throughout Southern California and the Bay Area, recording dozens of hours of session work for various artists as well as live backing of said artists, all of whom failed to make any impact on the nation's music scene whatsoever.

His greatest asset and greatest liability is his total inability to tell the difference between a good idea and a bad one.  He is a lot of fun at parties because of this.

Bill has finally found his musical home with his comrades in The Exiles, who more or less let him do whatever the hell he wants.  This has worked out well for everyone involved.  


Aint No Sunshine - R&B - Bill Withers

All Along The Watchtower - Rock - Jimi Hendrix

All Right Now - Rock - Free

Apache - Surf Rock - The Ventures

Before The Bullets Fly - Rock - Gregg Allman

Blue Bossa - Jazz - Joe Henderson

Born On The Bayou - Rock - CCR

Carol - Rock - Rolling Stones

Cissy Strut - R&B - The Meters

Come Dancing - Rock - Jeff Beck

Coming Home - Funk - Don Latarski

Crossfire - Rock - SRV

Crossroads - Rock - Eric Clapton

Do It Again - Rock - Steely Dan

Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ - Rock - Allman Brothers

Freeway Jam - Rock - Jeff Beck

Folsom Prison Blues - Country - Johnny Cash

Foxy Lady - Rock - Jimi Hendrix

Got A Mind To Travel - Blues - Coco Montoya

Hard To Handle - Rock - Black Crowes

Honky Tonk Nightime Man - Country - Merle Haggard

Honky Tonk Women - Rock - Rolling Stones

I Thank You - Rock - ZZ Top

I Wish - Soul - Stevie Wonder

Jelly Box - Rock - Ernie Lancaster

Johnny B Goode Rock Chuck Berry

Just My Imagination - Soul - The Temptations

Lady Madonna - Rock - The Beatles

Leave My Little Girl Alone - Blues - SRV

Little Queenie - Rock - Rolling Stones

Little Wing - Rock - Jimi Hendrix

Love Me Two Times - Rock - The Doors

Magnolia - Rock - Clapton/Mayer

Mary Jane’s Last Dance - Rock - Tom Petty

Manic Depression - Rock - Jimi Hendrix

Mercury Blues - Rock - David Lindley

Mercy Mercy Mercy - Soul - Cannonball  Adderly

Miss You - Disco - Rolling Stones

Money - Rock - The Beatles

Moon Dance - Rock - Van Morrison

Mr. Soul - Rock - Buffalo Springfield

Pink Cadillac - Rock - Bruce Springsteen

Pipeline - Surf - The Ventures

Pretty Woman - Rock - Roy Orbison

Pride & Joy - Blues - SRV

Red House - Blues - Jimi Hendrix

Riders On The Storm - Psychedelia - The Doors

Runnin’ Down A Dream - Rock - Tom Petty

Secret Agent Man - Rock - Johnny Rivers

Sharp Dressed Man - Rock - ZZ Top

Sleepwalk - Old School - Santo & Johnny

Spooky - Rock - ARS

Start It Up - Blues - Robben Ford

Stone Free - Rock - Jimi Hendrix

Superstition - Soul - Stevie Wonder

Sweet Jane - Rock - Lou Reed

The Letter - Rock - The Box Tops

The Thrill Is Gone - Blues - BB King

Voodoo Chile - Rock - Jimi Hendrix

What I Like - Rock - The Romantics

Who’ll Stop The Rain - Rock - CCR

You Wreck Me - Rock - Tom Petty

Future Dates:

The Exiles are enjoying a well-deserved vacation after seven years of playing nonstop.  There are no future dates scheduled at this time.