Bands for Hire ~ Blues

Lightning Red


LIGHTNING RED A blues legend...a master - Rootsville, Belgium The legendary LIGHTNING RED has toured the world performing songs from his many recordings. After appearing before an audience of nearly 10,000 in Switzerland and enthusiastic crowds all over Europe, ‘Blues Family’, his last release recorded in Croatia and Germany has garnered rave reviews and worldwide airplay. Now, the new album RED’S ROADHOUSE is getting international airplay and bringing him music fans from all over the globe. Lightning Red began his R&B musical training early…at age three. Every Saturday night in 1952, while his parents danced, he’d sit directly in front of the saxophone sections of Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and many of the big bands touring the military base circuit. Marveling at him, iconic musicians would bring Red on stage between shows to noodle on their drums or bang on the piano. Then at age five he studied the piano, had an electric guitar by thirteen, and his band was winning talent contests within a few years time. Toward the end of his teens, Red became a protégé of Luther Allison in Chicago, where he soaked up the sounds of Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Mike Bloomfield, B.B. King, Johnny Winter and the local blues legends. Touring throughout North America followed, and in 1977 Austin, Texas became his home and touring base. While performing at the Armadillo World Headquarters during the latter 70s, Omar and the Howlers, W.C. Clark and "little" Charlie Sexton were brought onstage and introduced their music to the community. Red also soaked up the music of The Fabulous T-Birds (Jimmie Vaughan, Kim Wilson) at Antone`s Club and met a struggling "Little" Stevie Ray Vaughan. His performances include the Whangarei Blues Festival in New Zealand, the Perth Blues Club in Australia, two years at the Great British R&B Festival, The Monterey Bay Blues Festival, the Bayfront Blues Festival, many House of Blues dates in Cambridge, repeat performances at Chicago B.L.U.E.S. in New York, the Rapperswil Blues’n’Jazz Festival near Zurich, and Blues Alive! Cuijk in Holland. He has toured the US & UK repeatedly, as well as Scandinavia, Ireland, Australia, Canada, France, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia and Denmark. Quotes: High Quality…very high class! …Lightning Red, the legendary guitarist – Blues Magazine, Netherlands Creative songwriting…scintillating guitar riffs and exceptional slide – Blues On Stage, Minneapolis, Minnesota Lightning Red is an incredible guitar player – Blue Monday Magazine, Minnesota USA Lightning Red is a master of both acoustic and slide guitar – Austin Sound, Texas Legendary Texan guitarist and singer… the master himself – Folk World, UK A guitar slinger extraordinaire... excellent guitar work and soulful singing. – Blue Monday (Internet Review) Mastery of the guitar...this is the REAL THING! – Texas Blues Magazine, Houston, Texas A sound that certainly will put him up there in the upper ranks of great players – Delta Snake Blues News, California Quality stuff! – Krimpen Aan Den Dlijsself, Netherlands Someone to seek out if you love good blues music – Billy Bop, Belgium Well played by Lightning Red…Red keeps up his high standards – Flying Shoes, England Beautiful and sincere… thrilling…VERY GOOD – La Hora del Blues, Spain Killer licks, with killer slide, and trademarked vocals to match – Hill Country Happenings, Texas Red’s the genuine article. Make no mistake about it, the man can flat out PLAY! – Gary Eckhart, Rochester, Minnesota Great slide playing, creative songwriting, awesome playing and variation!     – Rootstime, Belgium An experience that you simply can’t keep quiet…a master at the guitar!   – Rootsville, Belgium Lightning Red`s smoky slide blues come well-seasoned – Austin Chronicle, Texas An excellent evening`s entertainment…a superb guitarist and a talented songwriter – Blueprint Magazine, UK Breathes Texas on every note…sizzling fretboard…explosive… mighty fine slide – Southwest Blues, Dallas, Texas Great slide playing…a tasty dose of Chicago shuffles and Texas-style boogie    – BluesRag  Baltimore, Maryland Lightning Red plays like lightning and thunder -- with style and grace – Cradle Magazine  Portland, Maine

The Next Blues Band


This most excellent band performed in the Monterey Blues Festival so I don’t need to tell you how talented they are. Bill Bouchard has a wonderful blues voice and bass playing blues man, along with his band to sauce up the BBQ a little bit. Please come and wear your dancin’ shoes. Raised on the far south side of Chicago, Bouchard is no stranger to the Blues. In college, Bill Bouchard of The Next Blues Band got some handy advice from Howlin` Wolf, an influential American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. In a Chicago club, the blues icon placed his hand on Bouchard`s chest and said, "You have to play from here." In the late `80`s, Bouchard put together The Next Blues Band in Monterey, California, and heeded Wolf`s words. The gritty blues group has played the Monterey Bay Blues Festival and Seaside`s Blues in the Park series, where they cut their live CD "I`ve Got News." One thing The Next Blues Band does not do is practice. "We put out more of an emotional music," Bouchard says. "You can`t rehearse emotion." Michael Curtin I`ve been playing Sax so long, it feels like it was attached to me at birth. I recall choosing to play sax because of its appearance- shiny brass with all those buttons- and things happened so quickly after that. I made All-Country and All-State band in middle school, and band President in high school. At the same time I began playing in a series of dance bands that in the later years widened my interests in different musical genres. I`ve played and recorded with Paul Jackson (bass player for Herbie Hancock) and recorded for Jerry Miller (of Moby Grape) and played diverse venues from Monterey Blues and Jazz festivals to the Heritage Festival in Sacramento to Marriott`s Great American show band. But, throughout my career in music, I found that the blues was the style that resonated with me the most. In the 80`s, I hooked up with John "Broadway" Tucker and began a journey through the blues that lasted 35 plus years, many festivals throughout California and four CD`s. I was in the band when John was awarded the "Artist of the Year" award at the Monterey Blues Festival. I am proud to be playing with Bill, Alan and Jim in the current line-up of The Next Blues Band, having played with "Chicago" Bill for six years prior to rejoining the band. Russ Stemple Russ started playing drums in the forth grade, and in his 50 years if experience, has had the good fortune the have studied under some of the best. Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, Don Ellis Big Band, Manhattan Transfer, Barbara Streisand and many more), Alex Acuna (Weather Report), and David Garabaldi (Tower of Power), are some of the most notable. Over the years Russ has become fluent at just about all musical styles, but playing the soul touching sounds of Blues brings it all back to the roots.

Colin John


Colin John loves playing the Blues.

"It’s really honest music and it speaks from the soul and I think that’s why it connects with people from every walk of life".

An accomplished, versatile musician, John commands the stage with both his guitar prowess and passionate singing honed from years steeped in Memphis’ rich music community. His infectious, genre-defying style was described by the British music magazine Mojo as "ferociously entertaining funked - up R&B" and a reviewer in Akron’s Beacon Journal suggested John sounds like "Albert King channeling Steve Vai".

Born in Cleveland, Colin spent his youth in Memphis, picking up guitar by accident. "I was playing trumpet in the school band and I punctured my ear drum in a football game. So the Band director put me in the concert band playing couble bass with a bow, and from there I progressed to electric bass in the jazz band at school and then switched to guitar". Colin was also busy soaking up classic Chicago blues and Memphis soul during this time.

After graduating from Ohio University, Colin turned pro. Answering an ad in The Village Voice, he landed the guitar spot with the NYC based Little Mike and the Tornadoes. While he had to share the spotlight with guest heavy weights, such as Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin and Ronnie Earl, Colin represented himself will in solo spots. This stint with Little Mike gave Colin the chance to mingle with a number of blues notables, including one-time Muddy Waters pianist Pinetop Perkins, who continually referred to the upcoming guitarist as "Collard Greens". Eventually, Colin and the Tornadoes rhythm section would head off to tour the South as the Root Doctors. Discouraged after a hurricane stranded them in Florida, the threesome went their separate ways. Colin chose to hook up with friends in Memphis.

The timing couldn’t have been better.

Memphis became fertile ground for the budding musician. Playing lead in the house band on Saturday afternoons at B.B. King’s Beale Street club, Colin would often back visiting artists from Hank Ballard to James Cotton to Pinetop Perkins and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. Absorbing all those influences, Colin learned that the main thing was to be sure to have your own style and identity; use all your influences and distill them in your own voice.

Moving to London in 1993, Colin spent ten years in the U.K. playing with some veteran musicians who worked with Eric Clapton- Henry Spinetti - one of Eric’s old drummers who also played with George Harrison and Paul McCartney; Dave Bronze, who plays bass on and off with Eric and Gary Brooker from Procol Harum.

Family matters drew him back to Ohio in 2002, where he built a solid fanbase in the heartland, while travelling between Europe and Hawaii. Hawaii and the music of the islands stole his heart and that is now where he makes his home.

Blues At Eleven Band


Stu Hayden Trio


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Stu Hayden`s name is known for blues. We`re lucky is local and enjoys playing in Carmel. If you`re a fan of blues or just good music, you`ll be doing yourself a favor to get yourself to Jack London`s.

Harpin Jonny & The Unpaid Bills


Jonny Troutner (a.k.a. Harpin’ Jonny) has been playing harmonica in Santa Cruz since 1992. “It was a character I created to publicize my previous
business, Antolini Masonry and Landscape Supplies,” Troutner explains. “You might have heard the catchy jingles on KPIG.” The gifted harpist has accompanied dozens of local musicians for several decades and has a laid-back disposition that could have been Jeff Bridges’ inspiration for The Dude in The Big Lebowski.
The name “Harpin’ Jonny” comes from the fact that Troutner “always had to lend the other guys money and give them rides to the gigs,” he says slyly. Troutner recalls the early days, “I started off playing with Stormin’ Norman and the Cyclones. That band featured Norman Lewis, a couple of the Doobie Brothers and Ken Kraft from Snail. We played The Crow’s Nest, 41st Street Yard Line in Soquel, and the Windjammer in Aptos.” In 1994, he formed The Primadons, and later joined up with country mavericks The Larry Hosford Band. His ability to play country, blues and soaring rock interchangeably was showcased on Harpin’ Around, released in 2000. “I have a good ear that likes to fill in and play solo parts,” he says. Though initially fearful of being the lead singer, Troutner found new confidence with Harpin’ Jonny and the Groovehounds. “The band was formerly the rhythm section (keyboard, drum, and bass) of Red Beans and Rice from Monterey,” he says. From jamming with Robert Earl Keen, Tom Snider and Paul Thorn, to opening for The Tubes and Sons of Champlin at The Catalyst, Troutner has appeared on more than 30 local recordings.

Jonny’s newest collaboration is with a band of Bills, thus the name, The Unpaid Bills.

Harpin Jonny: Harmonica and Vocals

Bill Haines: Guitar and Vocals

Bill Sullivan: Stand up Bass and Vocals:

Harpin Jonny and the Unpaid Bills bring a fun, great old time sound with country blues, folk, and jazz standards.

This talented group of musicians out of the Monterey Bay area have over a 30 year long history playing in the

area with various bands, including John Broadway Tucker, Larry Hosford, The Primadons, and the Groovehounds.

Jeffrey Halford


The Bay Area-based singer-songwriter-guitar player has been hailed by respected music magazine Dirty Linen magazine as "Hemingway armed with a bluesy guitar."

Jeffrey Halford delivers a uniquely American melting pot of roots, blues, rock, and kick-ass pop - take some Southern soul, add a heap of Texas storytelling, a dash of Bay Area’s freewheeling liberal spirit/literary leanings/seedier side, throw in some desert sunshine and dirt, then stir together with an architect’s eye for detail and durability and you’ve got yourself an idea why Paste magazine recently named him to their "Ten Most Influential Artists of the Decade."

A guy who doesn’t play favorites when it comes to words and music, Jeffrey Halford knows how to get his point across subtly, and he also knows when to hammer it home. But most of all, he knows how to craft music that grabs your attentionand keeps it - on record, but particularly on stage, where he and the band make you want to jump out of your seat..Jeffrey has shared the stage with Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, and George Thorogoodto name a few. Turns out the streets of San Franciscomight have been the best teacher of all.

Watch Halford perform an intimate acoustic version of his poignant tune about the victims of Hurricane Katrina, "Louisiana Man," on the link above.

Jeffrey Halford has been called "An Americana heavyweight" (MERCURY NEWS) for his heartfelt songs about the conditions of the everyday man and woman in America. Among his most memorable: "Cry of Hope," about Americans’ need to keep faith in America; and "Louisiana Man," about the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster and our government’s slow response to it. As validation of Halford’s writing prowess, he won "2009 Songwriter of the Year" at the 5th Annual South Bay Music Awards. BROKEN CHORD went as high as #8 on the Americana radio charts.

Based in San Francisco over the last 15 years, Halford’s original roots rock ’n roll songs etch a uniquely American, and specifically California, landscape. Look for a new Jeffrey Halford and the Healers album to be released late in 2011.


Jeffrey Halford L.A. DAILY BREEZE




Howe Cochran


Howe joined the Monterey Music scene with Blue-wave band Firehouse Harris, thrilling nightclub dancers from Big Sur to Santa Cruz. A string of great bands followed including Interstate Blues Band, which would take Howe to his first of many performances at the Monterey Bay Blues Festival. Howe subsequently performed thousands of gigs with vocal trio Illuminati, culminating in a 14 year run at Sly McFly’s on Cannery Row, Monterey’s finest blues and jazz supper house. His association with Illuminati led Howe to play in the Monterey Jazz Festival All Stars, where he participated in the festival outreach program, playing with the best of the best. Howe took his “Heroes of the Blues” show to new heights, touring throughout the Sierra Nevada gold country, before returning to DG Records and his time with the Blue Collar Band, which has held Monterey County audiences in thrall for 3 years running. Playing pedal steel guitar for Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us took that group to a new level of audience excitement and led to release of an outstanding and popular CD. His work with Swing bands The Conte Four and Don Eschoff’s Music Unlimited whetted Howe’s appetite for a unique music group that could bring the most beautiful tunes of the American Songbook to audiences, and with flutist Ellen Berramoun he founded Shades of Light. This dynamic ensemble added joyful Brazillian Jazz to the mix; Howe and Ellen were delighted to discover their matched skills at crafting popular tunes in a jazz style, brin

John Garcia & The Groovehounds!


JOHN GARCIA has worked with some of the biggest names in blues such as John Lee Hooker,Albert King, Johnny Winter, as well as Paul Simon, Huey Lewis and more.

THE GROOVEHOUNDS are the rhythm section that has powered the groove for some of the best bands in Monterey Peninsula, such as Blues at Eleven, Red Beans & Rice, Bishop Mayfield and the Wreckers, Harpin Johnny and more. Joe Vallaire, bass, Jamey DeMaria, drums and Tom Lawson, Keyboards and vocals.



Claude Bourbon


Medieval & Spanish blues
Guitar & Songs
Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk.
The unique Monsieur Bourbon is a formidable performer. He may have his roots in the blues, but he is inspired by music and song from all around the world, taking these sounds and weaving them into a performance of blues, rock, jazz, songs and melodies that defy a label, all delivered with a gravely voice.
Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.
Starting to play guitar at the age of 15, it was the strains of an instrumental version of ‘House of the Rising Sun’ seeping from a neighbour’s garage that ignited the fire in Claude’s soul. He then studied classical guitar for a period, but soon realised that his feeling was more for improvisation than written music, “…as the music is a tool to express yourself…”.
Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale, Monty Python; JS Bach and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks….
One reviewer even noted that although “Claude’s roots were in blues, that is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter”. Intrigued?
“…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”, BBC, UK
"...So here we have another fine example of the prodigious talent which is treading the boards in UK clubs. That said, if you see his name flagged up in your area, go along – based on this set you could be in for a very entertaining night."
Blues Matters , UK –2009
“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“,
The Hook, Charlottesville, USA

Tom Lawson


Tom Lawson, although known primarily as keyboardist/vocalist with Monterey area bands such as Blues at Eleven, strips the music down to the core of the blues experience with his solo piano and vocal performance. The music is selected from the birth of recorded blues in the 1920s onward, but it is more than just a history lesson. Each song tries to capture the emotion of the original performance and to involve the listener in the story that each song tells. Tom says,"It is one thing to play the notes but to communicate emotion demands more. I hope to do this every time I am in front of an audience."

Fry-Wright Band


The Fry-Wright Band is a quintet of seasoned musicians, presenting a variety of songs with one common thread: The Blues. The group consists of Scotty Wright, lead vocalist and keyboard; Don Fry, bass guitar; Donna Marie, guitar and lead vocals; Craig Jardstrom, lap-steel guitar and harmonica; Eric Tonn drums. The Fry-Wright Band has developed a unique, clean sound, bringing clarity to the music without clutter. Influenced by the Chicago blues of Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf, the soulful sound of Wilson Pickett and the Delta blues of Robert Johnson, they combine familiar classics with original compositions. Join The Fry-Wright Band as they deliver serious blues, for a seriously good time.

The Killer B`s



Richard Rosen


As a harmonica man/singer-songwriter who’s well-versed in everything from the blues and jazz to rock and Americana, Rosen finds that he’s just as busy with music as he was with law. He plays classic rock covers with the Sky Ranch Jalapeños, channels Gene Autry cowboy songs with the Steve Mortensen Band, performs pop music of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s with the Bryan Diamond Band and collaborates with Taelen Thomas and Mortensen on Dylan and Dylan: Tribute to Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan. is from this article:

Evan Thomas Blues Review


Evan Thomas has that thang. It’s in his inner soul, and that feeling which captures a down home essence, the foot stompin’, and head – nodding style, of the old Mississippi delta blues tone. It’s the grit, in his soulful voice and his cryin’ guitar which sets him apart. He plays Chicago style Blues in its form like artists; Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Jimmie Rodgers, Bo Diddley and others. All of these artists followed the Chicago Blues movement. This form of blues music is indigenous to Chicago, Illinois. Chicago blues is a type of urban blues. Urban blues evolved from classic blues as a result of the great depression and developed in the first half of the twentieth century. Evan Thomas’s classic, electric blues guitar style, is influenced by some of the great guitar players of our time, BB King, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Kenny “Blue” Ray and Jimi Hendrix. Evan Thomas Blues Revue features some of the best Blues performers from in and around the Bay Area. The Band is experienced and packs a potent show full of style and tone. Something fans of the Blues will not soon forget. Sounds Like: Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Freddy King, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan

Wes Speight


“There are a great many blues-rock bands in Seattle these days, but the one led by songwriter Wes Speight is notable for its particularly gritty and gutty take on the genre.” - Seattle Weekly “The swagger... of a Jim Morrison, the chilly command of an Ian Curtis, the rough, masculine soul of a Greg Dulli. As a singer, Speight possesses a soulful voice, which he bends and distorts to fit whatever effect he`s going for.” - Rev. Adam McKinney, The New Frontier Lounge, Tacoma WA “His music gets better and better as the days go on and we’re excited for his new Rejection Letter EP. It’s reflective, stripped down, classic and bold... drops of Leonard Cohen tones, “Karma Police” tones and something all his own.” - Jake Uitti, founding editor, The Monarch Review – Seattle`s literary and arts magazine Originally from Tennessee, Wes has played in cities across the nation including San Diego, Manhattan, Louisville, Nashville and Portland OR, as well as Vancouver BC. His music varies widely from bluesy to tribal to acoustic rock. When performing live, this musical sorcerer evokes a new meaning of stage presence, channeling something cloaked and hauntingly mysterious. His richly complex, versatile and sometimes otherworldly voice and music are irresistibly spellbinding. Speight is a bit of a musical virtuoso, playing harmonica, bass, synthesizer / keyboard, mandolin, and percussion as well as guitar. He has released 2 EPs and 4 full length albums: 2011`s Lie & Wish, 2012`s Hackneyed, and 2014`s Transmigration. His new release, You May Proceed, was recorded with his band The Apollo Proxy, featuring the dynamic drumming of Glendon Kisner, the sweet finesse of lead guitarist Eric Sepulveda and the deep pulsing resonance of bassist Jonathan Murphy. Speight`s songs have been heard on various stations around the country including Lightning 100, WRVU, NWCZ radio, Seattle Wave Radio and Radio Crystal Blue. He is signed with Washington Street Publishing in Nashville, which represents some of Nashville`s top songwriters (including those with #1 country songs, BMI, ASCAP, CMA, Emmy & Academy Awards) and was recently listed as one of the “top Seattle bands to watch in 2015” by Solo acoustic performance, John Jacob at Bob`s Java Jive, Tacoma WA, 5-16-15 Wes Sp8 & The Apollo Proxy, Sunny Day Lament live at Robert Lang Studios

Vick Silva


Am humbly grateful for the gift of Music. Writing, Singing, Recording, and Performing music is all that I am. Sharing Music with everyone is what I am, When Music is your life, it doesn`t get better than that....... No one is better than anyone else "We Are" all musical Brothers & Sisters. We share our dreams and passion through Music........ "Loving Music" there`s room for all. To attend a Vick Silva performance is to feel the Blues, Celebrate Reggae, and Breathe the timeless energy of Rock and Roll. Oh yes, then that`s when man and guitar become one and Magical Moments ensue........ Not enough people know about Vick Silva, It`s time this very Moment.... Walter Wolfe esq.

Harpin and Clark


HARPIN AND CLARK After playing together in various bands along the central coast over the last 25 years, Harpin Jonny and Peter Clark have joined together to form a dynamic musical experience of warm vocals, finger-picking guitar, and harmonica. Harpin Jonny is a virtuoso harmonica player who has played for over 30 years. He has been featured on several radio and television venues, performed with many bands and currently fronts three bands: The Primadons for the last 25 years, and the Groovehounds for the last 15 years, and The Unpaid Bills for the last seven years. He has recorded on numerous CD projects and has established himself as a sought-after performer. He is multi-talented in playing country, blues, rock, jazz, and blue grass licks. Peter Clark has been playing music in Santa Cruz since his days leading the Louis and Clark band starting in 1978 and continuing with Stormin Norman and many other local musicians through the years. These days, he concentrates on acoustic finger-style guitar picking in the tradition of Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, and Tommy Emmanuel. Drawing from his own songs and from sources as diverse as Hoagy Carmichael, Al Anderson, and Townes Van Zandt, the marriage of tasty picking and carefully crafted arrangements result in a remarkable musical adventure. Peter Clark joins Jon on his most recent CD, Harpster, which features beautiful renditions of “Over the Rainbow” and “Django Jericho” and is getting radio play and rave reviews. They have played together at numerous wineries, home concerts, and city concert events.

My Front Porch


My Front Porch is a band new to the Monterey area. In their own style they take a blues-loving audience on a trip through time and location, traveling from raw Delta-influenced slide guitar to harmonica-infused Chicago style blues. My Front Porch’s repertoire includes songs written in the 20’s and 30’s, from artists like Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy to more recent blues singers like Keb Mo’ and Robert Cray. The band includes: Gregg Partidge on harmonica and vocals, Pete Hardy on bass, Christina Neilson on vocals, Bill Overton on slide and acoustic guitar and vocals, and new to the band, Eric Dentler on percussion. If you like blues, in all forms, this is the band to see.

The Groovehounds


Harpin Jonny and the Groovehounds are a one of a kind sound of rock and blues that will get you out on the dance floor. Their lively tunes are a favorite for all of the swing dancers. This band features a very talented group of musicians. Harpin Jonny, a virtuoso harmonica player and singer, breathes a mouthful of life into his harmonica. Jonny has fronted this band for the last 12 years as they help him bring out the "Blues" side of his licks, with a solid rhythm section. The band features Tom Lawson on vocals and keyboards, Jamey DeMaria on drums, and Joe Vallaire on bass (all three were formerly the rhythm section of Red Beans and Rice). They laid down the tracks with Jonny on a pair of songs on his new C.D., including the tribute to Norton Buffalo called Puerto de Azul and the radio hit "Knocks Me Out". The newest addition to the group is Bob O`Neill, a stellar guitar player. He was the lead singer, song writer and guitar player for the legendary Santa Cruz band "Snail". They have performed for Kpig Radio`s Swine Soiree Concerts, The Strawberry Festival in Watsonville, Scotts Valley Summer Concert Series, Monterey`s Bacon, Blues, and Brews, opened for several big acts at the Catalyst, and have done several radio and television shows. The band, primarily Blues and Rock, incorporate many of the best players in the Monterey Bay area. "We all have been playing together for more than 20 years. Along with sounding great, we have a lot of fun"! (Harpin Jonny) The most recent c.d. "Harpster" has been getting good international and local radio play, as Harpin Jonny`s style of harmonica is being compared strongly with Norton Buffalo and Charlie Musselwhite