The South Florida Blues Society's 12th Annual Guitar Showcase

The Funky Biscuit & The South Florida Blues Society Present

The South Florida Blues Society's 12th Annual Guitar Showcase

Sunday May 20, 2018

Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 3:00 pm

The Funky Biscuit

Boca Raton, FL

$10 Advance / $8 Advance for current SFBS members or join/renew at the door/website for the discount

This event is all ages

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Joel DaSilva
Joel DaSilva
Joel DaSilva is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter hailing from Chicago, Illinois, and currently based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Joel DaSilva is one of the finest musicians I’ve ever worked with, a true professional. He’s paid his dues and deserves national recognition.” Albert Castiglia – Blues Leaf Records

Delving back deeply into his Chicago Blues and Americana roots, DaSilva has emerged with some truly visceral new material, the culmination of months of soul searching, hard living and late night driving. The result? “Everywhere From Here”, Featuring the single “SHAKE!” released in July, 2017. ‘SHAKE!’ is the first single from DaSilva’s forthcoming new album entitled “Everywhere From Here” to be released in September 2017. Produced at nationally renowned TrunNoyz Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ‘SHAKE!’ captures the essence of Joel’s combustible new blues sound which combines elements of lo fi garage blues with a driving roots beat. The accompanying video was shot at local blues environs throughout South Florida and promises to provide an evocative visual backdrop to Joel’s sizzling new track.

“He Delivers the horny lyrics in a voice that recalls vintage rockabilly, but his lacerating leads are as potent as any laid down by the late great Hubert Sumlin” – WLRN 91.3 NPR Radio

“Whiskey Do You Good and Make You Feel Right, Shake Baby Shake!”

Joel recently burned’ up the road like never before on his ‘Fire and The Fury Tour’ 2017 across the US and Canada to support ‘SHAKE!’ and “Everywhere From Here”. The Tour included shows at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago ( Buddy sat in and jammed with Joel ), The Montreal International Jazz Festival, ‘The Country’ in Nashville on July 15, The House of Blues in Chicago, ‘Blues on Whyte in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and The Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival among other stops in Pittsburgh, Nashville, Atlanta, Asheville and throughout Canada.

The son of traveling musicians from Brazil, DaSilva lost his father at age 3, which had a profound impact on the young artist’s life. At the age of 18, DaSilva joined his first blues outfit as the lead guitarist for “Junior Drinkwater and the Thirstquenchers”. DaSilva went on to put out 5 independent records thus far in a career spanning over 10 years. DaSilva has worked alongside such widely recognized and diverse artists as B.B.King, Ray Charles, the White Stripes, A.C. Reed, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Reverend Horton Heat, Foghat, Los Lobos, Leon Russell, the Black Crowes, Nighthawks, Edgar and Johnny Winter, and Jimmie Vaughan.

His His career highlights include performances at Montreal International Jazz and Blues Festival, The IBC Challenges in Memphis and opening for Jeff Beck at the Sunfest Music Festival in South Florida. Joel has also opened for numerous famous artists during his 10 year plus career. DaSilva has performed well over 750 shows from Los Angeles to London.

Joel has appeared a prestigious festivals around the world including the Montreal International Jazz And Blues Festival, Mont Tremblant International Music Festival, Curaçao Music Festival, Sunfest , Riverwalk Blues Festival, and the San Diego Music and Roots Festival.

In addition to his music career, DaSilva has appeared in two independent films including his portrayal of “Sheriff Cousins” in the creepy noir indie film “Sleep”, featured in the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and California Film Festival. He also co-wrote the soundtrack for “Sleep” with electronica artist Kevin Kage.

“Joel DaSilva is a fantastic guitarist. I always look forward to every opportunity to work with him. He plays with a BIG heart and a BIG tone.” – Billy Gibson – 2009 Blues Music Award Instrumentalist Of The Year.

Joel DaSilva is currently on tour playing clubs and festivals throughout the USA and Canada as part of his 35-city ‘Fire and The Fury Tour’ 2017 promoting his forthcoming album “Everywhere From Here” featuring the first single ‘SHAKE!’ – Now available on iTunes and Spotify.
Joey Gilmore
Joey Gilmore
Joey Gilmore's love affair with the guitar began in his teens. “In the town that I lived in, there was a barbershop,” Gilmore reminisces. “And the barber that owned the shop was a sanctified preacher. He was a minister, and he had this little flat-bodied guitar. It was electric, no amplifier to it. And he would bring it to the shop with him, and he was trying to learn how to play. So, I would get to the barbershop early whenever I would go to get my hair cut, or even after school, I would hang around at the barbershop, because I wanted to get my hands on that guitar. I would take the guitar and they had these old wooden benches. I would lay the guitar on top of the wooden bench and when you would strum the strings, the wood, the bench, would vibrate, and the floor would, the sound would resonate, and you could hear it without the amplifier. I learned just from watching him.” Young Gilmore tried to keep his obsession with the instrument from his church going aunt, who was raising him, but word of the talented boy who played at the barbershop eventually got back to her.”

Decades later and established as a Florida legend, Joey Gilmore provides a highlight at Blues Festivals and night clubs all over the world as one of the best soul-blues and R&B singers in the business. Joey Gilmore has shared the stage with Such Greats As James Brown, Etta James, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Johnny Taylor and numerous others. In January 2006 Joey Gilmore won one of the most distinguished and internationally coveted awards in all of blues. The IBC. Joey Gilmore outscored all artist worldwide while showcasing his amazing talent at a blues industry event. Making him the best unsigned Artist on the planet. In 2008 Joey Gilmore was awarded the Blewzzy award for best song, BLUES ALL OVER YOU. In 2015 Joey Gilmore was honored with Latin World Talent Lifetime Achievement Award. He continues to soar in the music industry.
Bobby Nathan
Bobby Nathan
In 1993 Bobby formed the Bobby Nathan Blues Band a nine piece band playing sizzling Texas rock and blues in the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn but with a horn section. He recorded his First Album “I’m Ready” during a major snow storm in New York. The band features the following musicians: Glen Wyka on drums (Tommy James), Rusty Cloud on piano (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), Jan Mulaney on Hammond B-3 organ, Arno Hecht – Tenor Sax, Larry Etkin – Trumpet, Crispin Cioe – Alto, Bob Funk – Trombone of the Uptown Horns (Rolling Stones World Tour), Baraon Raymonde on Alto too!, Bob Cleary on bass guitar (Memphis Soul Review). Special guests inclued – Kenny Aaronson on Lap Steel, Rob Papparosi on Harp, and Frank Gravis on Bass. And of couse, Bobby Nathan on guitar and vocals.

Bobby continued to play around the New York City Area and always has NYC’s top players in his band. Bobby Nathan, native New Yorker began playing Guitar in 1959. His early bands played at School, Temple and Church dances. What to expect – Bobby was age 11. These gigs continued all through High School. In 1965 Bobby played his first entire Summer at Carteret Club next door to the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ with his band The “Pipers”.

All through the seventies, Bobby toured the States with his now wife Joanne Georgio in the band called “Strawberry” playing Top 40 at clubs up and down the eastern seacoast. Strawberry was very popular on the Jersey shore especially The Colonel’s Garter, The Playpen, The Headliner and The Bamboo Bar. Strawberry worked through Norby Walters Agency and also backed up The Angels, The Chiffons, The Crystals, Dion and the Belmonts and many others. The band became the house band at New York’s Max’s Kansas City in 1974.

In 1976 Bobby formed the band Uptown and played all the disco clubs including The 2001 Disco Club during the Saturday Night Disco Fever days. Unique became the house band at New York’s Disco Sally’s Club at 55th and Seventh Avenue. His next band “Unique” continued to back known disco artists such as Gloria Gaynor, Carol Douglas, and Musique.

In 1979 Bobby and his partner/wife Joanne opened Unique Recording Studios in New York City. Immediately hit records were pouring out of the studio which set the trend for the sounds of the 80’s. Hip hop music was co-invented and co-created at Unique Recording Studios. Artists such as Soul Sonic Force, Planet Patrol, New Edition, OMD, Pet Shop Boys, The System, Shannon, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Dianna Ross, LaToya Jackson, Engelburt Humperdinck recorded there!

In 1983, Bobby opened the worlds first Midi recording studio known as Midi City. This engraved the trend for all music recorded today. Bobby worked as a consultant for Yamaha for the entire DX synthesizer line including the DX-7. He was the first to promote sampling and worked tediously building sound libraries for Emu Systems Emulator and Emulator II. Bobby was the first to sample James Brown’s screams and Led Zeppelin’s drums into a sample. Bobby was also a columnist for Keyboard Magazine, Mix Magazine and Record Engineer and Producer Magazine and his articles on Midi are still being published today in book form.

As the Midi reputation grew so did the clientele that came to Unique. Bobby has had the pleasure to work with the following artists at Unique and his name can be found on most album credits: Steve Winwood, Michael McDonald, Joe Cocker, Run DMC, LL Kool J, Anita Baker, Madonna, Bel Biv Devoe, Stevie Nicks, New Kids on the Blocks, Mariah Carey, C & C Music Factory, David Sanborn, Paul Schaffer, Billy Crystal, Victoria Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Little Steven, Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson, Janet Jackson, Blondie, Debbie Harry, Joe Public, Billy Ocean, Donna Summer, Shenna Easton, James Ingram, Michael Bolton, Don Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Patrick Moraz, Billy Idol, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, Shabba Ranks, Queen, Arrowsmith, Motley Crew, Heavy D & The Boyz, Duran Duran, Kiss, Prince, Depeche Mode, Living Colour and the list goes on and on. See www.Unique Recording Studios.com

In 1990 Bobby formed a group called Total Recall a nine piece group made up of many of the studio musicians who have recorded at the studio and began playing clubs in the New York City area.

In 1991 Bobby formed The Memphis Soul Review a group that recreated the sound of the late 60’s – early 70’s R & B music featuring songs of Aretha, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Isley Brothers, and more. The band hosted the pro jam at the China Club and has had the pleasure of performing with the following artists or some of their bandmates: Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, John Waite, Slash, Gregg Alllman, 10,000 Maniacs, Darlene Love, Tower of Power, Bruce Willis, Rick James, Vanilla Fudge, Cher, Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Paul Schafer, Billy Preston, Jr. Walker, Snow, Black Sabbath and others. The band was very active in playing clubs in the New York area such as LeBarBat, Manny’s Car Wash, Lone Star Roadhouse and in the Hamptons at Stephen’s Talkhouse, The China Club, C.P.I. and Summers.
JL Fulks
JL Fulks
Jeffrey Lynn Fulks Jr. now known as JL Fulks was born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1990. At age 13, he began playing guitar, after being inspired by his father's love for the blues. JL’s immediate prowess with the instrument led to him joining The Praise Band at a local Christian School and in church. When his father noticed his son’s abilities, he gave him the Stevie Ray Vaughan album "Texas Flood" and told him, "If you're going to play guitar, play it like that.” Soon after, JL joined an original rock band in high school. The group ended up winning his high school’s “Battle of the Bands.”

In 2009, JL formed a rock band called "Until Next Time", with three musicians from the local music scene. The band was very popular in the Greenville, South Carolina region and eventually won a "Battle of the Bands" competition, sponsored by Gorilla Productions. The band parlayed their success by winning the finals at Greenville's premier music venue "The Handlebar". They were subsequently voted Greenville's best rock band and were awarded free recording time at Sit-n-Spin Studios, as well as a headline opportunity at The Handlebar. Things were looking up for the popular band as several independent labels were interested in signing them, but creative differences among the members led to the band breaking up before any success could be achieved.

Undeterred by the band's break up, JL decided to further his musical knowledge by studying jazz with Adam Knight, an instructor at the University of South Carolina. Under Knight, JL's musical evolution branched out to jazz, blues and other styles.

When his family moved to South Florida in 2011, JL continued his musical education by enrolling with Berklee College of Music's online extension program. This afforded him the opportunity to study with some of the world’s best music instructors. While studying with Berklee, JL began making a name for himself in South Florida by performing at open jams and sitting in with local bands.

It wasn't long before his abilities were recognized and JL was being asked to sit in with many national acts. He has shared the stage with such names as: Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Matt Schofield, Chris Duarte, Mac Arnold and the Plate Full of Blues Band, Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots, Selwyn Birchwood, and many more.

Persistence paid off when JL was approached by Brandon Santini in the fall of 2013. After seeing JL perform at the Funky Biscuit one night with David Shelley and Bluestone, Santini asked JL to play guitar for his band. JL relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in December of 2013, after three successful tours to play full-time in Brandon Santini's band.

JL worked as Brandon's right hand man for eight months where he opened the show for Brandon and drove the band as his lead guitarist. He toured the mid west and headlined with Brandon at many great blues clubs such as Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, and performed frequently on world famous Beale Street. Larger showcases became the norm as the band performed at some great blues festivals such as The Daytona Blues Festival, The Springing the Blues Festival, and the Southwest Florida Blues Festival where they opened for legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter.

After JL's performance at The Southwest Florida Blues Festival, he was told by Johnny Winter's manager that Johnny was impressed by his guitar playing and that he wanted to meet him. The Blues legend and the young guitar phenom had an encouraging conversation about music and life. That night lives on every night he plays his Gibson ES-335 that Johnny Winter signed. Although now, to honor Johnny and to preserve the valued instrument, JL mostly plays a new, Heritage H535.

After eight great months of touring and performing frequently on world famous Beale Street and gaining invaluable road experience, JL felt it was time to move on to projects of his own and begin work on his new EP. He returned to his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina to begin writing and planning a launch of his own band. Soon after we relocated back to South Florida and formed a trio with Ken Burgner & Ian Jones.

In 2016, JL & his band won South Florida's Regional Blues Challenge and made it to the Semi-Finals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Shortly after he released his self written and produced EP "On Down The Road" featuring award winning Blues artist Matt Schofield. The EP charted in three charts on the Roots Music Report and received many great reviews and plays worldwide. In October of 2016 JL was nominated for two IMEA Awards, Blues Song of The Year, and Blues Artist of The Year. JL won Blues Song of The Year and performed the winning song at the Tucker Theater in Nashville, TN for the 2016 IMEA Awards.

Now, at 27 years old, JL Fulks has already lived the dream that most musicians work their whole lives to achieve. JL's band has opened for Tab Benoit, Doyle Bramhall ll, Donavon Frankenreiter, Atlanta Rhythm Section, The Ragbirds, and Robert Randolph & Family Band. JL is currently endorsed by Heritage Guitar Inc., GHS Strings, Mojo Hand FX, and Cusack Music. He is also touring nationwide and is planning to start touring internationally in 2018.

The newest single by JL Fulks "The Way She Makes Me Feel" was released in partner with Heritage Guitar Inc. The song is about his Heritage H535 "Ruby" and the music video was filmed inside the Heritage Guitar Factory. The music video features footage of the last ever video of the Original Gibson Factory in Kalamazoo, MI.
Drew Preston
Drew Preston
DREW PRESTON (lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals)

Originally a classic rock guitarist and composer from the Frampton/Santana/Hendrix schools.

Drew ventured into rock/jazz fusion in the 80s to become a sought after NYC session player who routinely jammed with fusion greats including the late Hiram Bullock, Delmar Brown, and Darryl Dobson among others. Preston's unique style was frequently compared to guitar icons such as Steve Lukather, Larry Carlton and Neal Schon.

Drew moved south to channel his energies into southern rock/jam/groove/blues/funk with touring acts including Rockin' Jake, Derrick Hadley & The Motowners, blind keyboard sensation Ricky Williams, and Johnny B. & The Road Dogs.

Drew Preston, presently the House guitarist for the The Funky Biscuit All-stars and fronting his own band “The Drew Preston Project” which is a quartet of some of the best players in the region. Drew states the band is a labor of love playing some original material and jazz fusion covers from the likes of Marcus Miller, Scott Henderson to Brecker bros. and one time close friend Hiram Bullock.

Over the past few years Drew has been regarded as one of the premier guitarists whose style continues to intrigue musicians and music lovers of all styles as his range of musicianship never disappoints. Also guesting in a number of local inspired projects, Kat Riggins Blues Revival, David Shelley & Bluestone, The Jeffrey James Gang, The Jon Zeeman Group, Tom Regis and The Rhythm Riders. Men from Marz.

A new project for Drew coming this winter as a sideman for the Jay Stollman Blues Band. Preston is also available for studio work and gives private guitar lessons at his Studio in Delray Beach.
Marty Stokes
Marty Stokes
Marty Stokes was originally raised on Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Florida and has been playing different variations of Blues Music since he was a kid. Raw and melodic, original, and reaching to the emotional core, Stokes will not disappoint a good blues audience. . A group of long-time friends, the band 'delivers the goods' with tasteful grooves over Stokes' originals, alongside creative arrangements of covers. Jennifer Mazziotti, Daryl Best and Scott Williams make up the 'core' of the MARTY STOKES BAND. Jennifer Mazziotti, also well known as Jazzy Mazzy has been playing faithfully alongside Marty for the past five years, and laces their sound with wonderful harmonies and jazz overtones. She also double on some B3 keyboard to further enhance their ability to move through a wide range of Blues. Jennifer's artistic contributions are well evident in his lastest CD release as well. Reviews are great on the compositions and engineering of Stokes' first and second CD releases. The first CD entitled HEAR YOU CALLIN' is a collection of mostly Stokes' originals, laced with a few licensed and tastefully arranged covers. Progressive Blues marks the color of this initial bold statement, and listeners have nothing but the best comments to offer. The 2nd CD release is entitled LEAVIN' BLUES, loaded with plenty of hot blues guitar, vocals, and the saxaphone work of Jennifer Mazziotti. Probably the greatest difference between the first and second CD's would be a specific focus on hard core Blues---both style and delivery---and everyone who has heard Stokes' latest work is certainly glad they did !

The MARTY STOKES BAND performs in clubs around Florida, in places like Berts Bar at Matlacha, George and Wendys on Sanibel, Cadillac Jacks in South Ft. Myers, Space 39, Downtown Fort Myers, Englewoods on Dearborn (Bluz Under The Starz), Flounders, BB Kings in West Palm, as well as several other venues. Marty's band has travelled to compete in the annual IBC competions, and placed in both the South Florida, as well as Suncoast Blues Societies---recently winning the Peoples' Choice Award at Yabos in Fort Myers, sponsored by the Southwest Florida Blues Society. Marty Stokes has also wowed audiences in the Blues Festivals of Pine Island, Bonita , and Buckingham. The band also performed at the 2011 Bonita Blues Festival for a 2nd time, receiving the popular vote for 'Favorite Act of 2011'.
Frank Ward
Frank Ward
Famous Frank Ward is one of the premier band leader/blues musicians in the talent rich South Florida area. His band The Nucklebusters has performed at every major blues club and festival since 1988. Frank is a respected bandleader, guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. Other credits include;

Music director, emcee, band leader, and host : Blue Tuesday at Boston’s on the Beach

Music director, Red, White, & Blues Festival & Lake Worth blues Fest/ Blues, Brews & BBQ

Music Coordinator, Riverwalk Blues Festival

Producer and arranger for Nucklebusters cd’s One More Chance, Road Rage, and Somebody Better Have My Money,

Co producer on Tom D’angelo “ Old News, New Shoes”

Host of most post festival jams in the area.

Coordinated and performed with backup bands for touring acts including; Sugar Blue, Louisiana Red, Eddie C. Campbell, Billy Gibson, Nicole Hart, Terry Hanck, Eden Brent.

Hosted the most popular blues jams at the finest blues clubs including; Musicians Exchange, Back Room, Bamboo Room, City limits.

Feature story and cover of Showtime Magazine Jazz Blues Florida
Feature story Boca Raton News, Rag magazine
CD reviews Blues Review, Living Blues, Blues Access, Mary 4 music, Keyboard magazine.

Performed in over
2500 shows, including 15 appearances at the Riverwalk Blues Festival

Discography;
Nucklebusters “One more Chance”, “Road Rage”, “Somebody Better Have My Money”
Sally Townes; “Sundown Blue”
Showcasing The Blues volume 1, 2 & 3
Tom D’Angelo; “Old News, New Shoes
Boston’s Live! ;“One More and I’m Outta’ Here”
Rick Rossano
Rick Rossano
Rick Rossano
Dan Dratch
Dan Dratch
Daniel Dratch received his Bachelors of Music from the Hart School in 2007 and his Masters of Music from Five Towns College in 2009. He has studied all styles of playing ranging from Jazz and Blues to Fusion and Country. He is not only a performer but a professional teacher as well, teaching guitar and other aspects of music, such as theory and composition for over 10 years. He performs in a jazz and blues band called The Blues Crusaders throughout Florida. He has performed with many greats; from the legendary blues harmonica player Carey Bell to the award winning Shemekia Copeland and more.
John Earl Walker
John Earl Walker
John Earl Walker (Born in Brooklyn, New York May 13th 1951) is an American electric blues guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and producer. John Earl began playing guitar in 1964 at age thirteen. Shortly thereafter he began forming his own bands to play at local gigs in the New York City area.

At one of his first gigs playing at his uncle’s wedding at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, he met Sam Cooke who was performing in the next room and it left a huge impression on him. Around this time he started writing his own music and lyrics, a practice he continues to this day. By age fifteen John was playing professional gigs in clubs with older band mates. John cites the three Kings (BB, Albert, and Freddie) along with Chuck Berry as his biggest influences as he developed his own unique style.

During the 60's he played with various bands and line-ups in New York including Capitol recording artists Plum Nelly who opened shows for top acts like Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Dr. John, John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, and many other luminaries. Just two days after his twentieth birthday John Earl played at Carnegie Hall with Plum Nelly, opening for the James Gang, on May 15, 1971.

A great day for John Earl was in December 1975, when he was asked to film a pilot playing guitar with BB King for channel 9 KHJ in Los Angeles called "Backstage Pass." Soon afterwards John Earl formed his first blues band in Los Angeles and since then has led his own bands with many different line-ups. Many of John Earl's songs have become blues Internet classics. John Earl's main guitar used live and on all his CDs is named Dorothy a 1959 Fender Stratocaster which he purchased in NYC in 1973 in a trade for his 1961 Strat plus $100.00 dollars. As well as performing in New York, John Earl Walker has performed at festivals in Australia and Sweden and also at the Fortieth Internationale Jazzwoche Burghausen in Germany in 2009.
Jake Walden
Jake Walden
Jake Walden is a young blues-rock guitar player. He is inspired by many iconic players such as, the Three Kings, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Bonamassa, Duane Allman, Derek Trucks, and many more. He developed his slide playing after Duane and Derek, continuing to diversify. His goal is to bring blues/rock, jam, and southern rock to the forefront of his generation.
Robert Ross
Robert Ross
Robert Ross is a two-time winner of the coveted New York Music Award for Best Blues Artist. Ross won his first New York Music Award for Best Blues Artist in 1989 and has been nominated a total of 7 times over the years alongside such stars as Johnny Copeland, Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., Roscoe Gordon, Cyndi Lauper and Mose Allison. Robert also won an East Coast Rocker Award for Best Blues Artist in 1991. Ross is a New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee. The Robert Ross Band plays hard driving boogie, hip grinding soul, burning rock ‘n’ roll, and low down and dirty blues. David Hinckley of the NY Daily News once wrote, “Robert Ross is one of the most impressive young bluesmen around.”
Robert’s 2004 CD “What Are We Fighting For?” was released on Fountainbleu Records. The 4 song CD was a mix of original gospel, blues, folk and rock tunes that examined democracy, nationalism, freedom, security, corporate greed, and war. The politically charged lyrics were a bit of a departure for Ross who is primarily known for blues.

In March of 2002, Fountainbleu Records released “Sleight of Hand” which showcased the best material from two previous Ross recordings. The CD was re-mastered by Dennis Ferrante (Elvis, Aerosmith, John Lennon). Guitar World called “Sleight of Hand an excellent new CD.” Blues societies and radio stations in dozens of cities around the country loved it too.

In 1999, Brambus released a live CD entitled, “Lightness… to Dark”. It was also released in the USA on Blue Planet Records as, “It’s Alive”.

In l996, Brambus Records released “Darkness… to Light” in Europe. The band began touring Europe extensively to packed houses. Reviews have been numerous and impressive. The CD received lots of airplay too.

In 1994 Johnny Winter’s version of Ross’ “Sittin’ In The Jailhouse” was re-released on Legacy Records, a subsidiary of Sony, on a “best of” CD entitled “A Rock ‘n” Roll Collection”. Winter had originally recorded the song for Columbia Records in 1980, on an LP entitled “Raisin’ Cain”.

In 1991, Ross’ own Blue Planet Records released “Rockin’ the Rails”. Jim Coen of Guitar World wrote, “Ross sings convincingly, and is an exceptional slide player deserving a much larger audience, 3 1/2 stars!” Robert Makin of the Aquarian wrote, “If you closed your eyes you’d swear Ray Charles was playing Buddy Guy’s guitar… one of the East Coast’s best and most inventive blues men.” Rafael Alvarez wrote in the Baltimore Sun, “Ross could make ‘God Bless America’ stand on its head and rock… Ross fares well against Stevie Ray Vaughan.”

An LP called “It’s Rough ‘n’ Tough” was released in Europe on Victoria Records, a subsidiary of RCA in 1984. A Guitar World review by Rafael Alvarez read, “Robert Ross is an imaginative writer with files of Twilight Zone tales accumulated in his wanderings… soulful, vigorous guitar playing… agile cat quick licks.”

An EP released on Baron Records in 1981 entitled “Introducing Robert Ross” came out of nowhere to take seventh place for Record of the Year in the Baltimore Sun. The 4 song disc got a lot of airplay in Europe and Africa, as well as in the USA. It also received some rave reviews.

The Robert Ross Band has appeared on radio and TV numerous times in Europe as well as the USA including ABC’s “Alive at Five” and WB’s “Good Morning America”. They have also performed at the 2002 Chicago Blues Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Altogether, Robert appears on 8 internationally distributed recordings including the 1976 Big Joe Turner classic on Spivey Records entitled, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter”. That was classic blues singer Victoria Spivey’s label.

Ross has worked with: Big Joe Turner, Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Otis Rush, Dr. John, Memphis Slim, J.B. Hutto, Eddy Kirkland, Floyd Jones, Homesick James, Brownie McGhee, Sunnyland Slim, Bobby Lewis, Charles Ward (Ink Spots), Pinetop Perkins, Charles & Cyrille Neville, Bob Gaddy, and others. He was also co-leader of the Dicey Ross Band with harmonica virtuoso Bill Dicey in the 1970s. Ross has also warmed up audiences for: Albert King, Freddie King, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Johnny & Edgar Winter, John Lennon, Jethro Tull, Ron Wood, Aretha Franklin, The Band, The Allman Brothers, Guy Clark (The Byrds), Leon Russell, Ronnie Earl, Lonnie Mack, John Hammond, Rory Block, Johnny Copeland, Gatemouth Brown, Laverne Baker, Roomful of Blues, Son Seals, Spencer Davis, Dusty Rhodes, Duke Robillard, Lazy Lester, Bobby Rush, Eddy Clearwater, Roscoe Gordon, Mose Allsion, and James Cotton. Robert has also jammed onstage with the likes of Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jay McShann, Junior Wells, and Art Blakey.

Robert Ross is a very distinctive and soulful singer who knows how to sell a song. He is a killer guitarist whose spine-tingling solos tell a story mere words alone cannot express. Albert King added, “He’s so fast, lightning would have to get on roller skates to catch him.” He also plays a very wicked slide guitar and some harmonica. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page used one word to describe this group, “HOT!!!”

Robert Ross is the total package. Bill Carlton of the NY Daily News expressed it best when he wrote, “Robert Ross is a fine singer, a snappy lyricist, and an even better blues rock guitarist… cut from the same cloth as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Johnny Winter… Time after time Ross delivers the goods”.
Venue Information:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
http://funkybiscuit.com/