In early 1998 in Maumee, Ohio, Johnny Wirick (the guitarist/vocalist better known as Johnny Walker)and Ben Smith (the drummer better known as Ben Swank)-previously involved in the band, Henry and June- got together to form Soledad Brothers, a dark blues-punk project which finds itself among the best of Detroit's current music scene, right alongside the White Stripes and Dirtbombs. After a series of performances in Toledo, Ohio and Detroit, Dave Buick -owner of Italy Records- offered to record their single, "Sugar and Spice" (1998). The following year they put out another single for Estrus Records, "The Gospel According to John" (1999), produced by Jack White who would also produce their Estrus Records debut, "Soledad Brothers" (2000). It was during these years that the group opened up for MC5's legendary manager, John Sinclair, at a concert at Ohio Pat's in Cleveland. That same night, Soledad Brothers played as Sinclair's backup band. Their friendship brought Sinclair to write the group's liner notes for their debut album.In 2002, their second album, "Steel your Soul and Dare your Spirit to Move" was released, adding a few instruments to the band's sound including a new guitar and a new member: the multi-instrumentalist, Oliver Henry. In 2003, as a result of the Detroit scene's international boom, Soledad Brothers signed on to Loog Records which released their acclaimed album, "Voice of Treason".