"So we started making little appearances where we would lip sync," Hamburg said. From their home base near Louisville, Ky., they could visit nearby states.
During one such appearance, at an opening for a Walmart in Indiana, Hamburg and Latkovski were approached by a band that had seen their act.
"They said, 'Can you sing?' And we said, 'Well, maybe,'" Hamburg recalled. "We auditioned for them and it's been 22 years now."
Jake & Elwood and The Boys have stayed busy making the rounds at fairs, festivals and other events ever since.
Next week, the band — which includes six instrumentalists — will perform as part of the South Charleston Summerfest.
Hamburg said all have day jobs — Latkovski operates an entertainment company and Hamburg runs a pawn shop.
Unlike the late comedian he portrays on stage, Hamburg said he lives a clean life.
"This is my drug of choice," he said of performing. "I love it. I don't drink and I don't do drugs."
He said his band has expanded the repertoire of the original Blues Brothers.
"We do a lot of the things that the Blues Brothers did, but because John Belushi died so early, we added other songs that they probably would have done if they had stayed around," he explained. "It's all from that era and we utilize our horn players a lot."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.