The Nightcats are a jump Blues band led by Little Charlie, also known as Charlie Baty. Baty was born in Alabama in 1953. Other members of the band include Rick Estrin, J. Hansen and Lorenzo Farrell. Charles Baty (born 1953) was attending University of California Berkeley and studying mathematics when he formed Little Charlie & the Nightcats with Rick Estrin (born 1949) in 1976. The band's music relies chiefy on electric urban blues of the Chicago variety, but mixed in with other compatible styles, including early rock and roll, soul, surf music, swing, jump blues, and western swing.