2005 saw a series of collaborations by some good souls with great talent,
but none seemed to really click. In the Spring of 2006, today's lineup came
together to cut loose and jam in an
anonymous garage, and the magic began to
happen. At that moment, the band that was to become Back Alley Hoodoo was
Three months later, Hoodoo made their Richmond debut at the
Challenge, where we didn't win, but we didn't suck either, so here we are,
still playing, and still in love with the Blues.
Hoodoo is focused on bringing a natural sound and old school style to
Richmond's Blues scene. Delta, Texas, Chicago, and even West Coast Jump all
played roles in the formative years of Hoodoo's members, and today they
bring it all home with a vengeance.
We're not the next
Stevie Ray or Junior Wells, we're Back Alley Hoodoo and we're ready to serve
you up a taste of Blues played our way. So grab your friends and come on out
for a show. Together we'll have a fine time and leave you with your attitude
like many, was raised on Rock and Roll, and dreamed of Garage Band
least until he discovered the Blues!
Along the way he
exceeded his dreams regularly, although perhaps not always outside the
confines of his always fertile imagination. From classic rock to country ,
from the drum line to the back line, he brings a solid groove backed by
years of international touring experience to the Hoodoo Mojo.
"C'mon guys - Let's shuffle."
hates bios. In his own words "I want to be
a real bass player someday. In the mean time, I'm having fun pretending."
Another multi-instrumentalist, Rick is a
sweet and genuinely weird guy. Guaranteed to lay an amazing riff down right when
you least expect it, he delivers a solid bottom to the mix and redefines what a
Blues bassist should be.
"When I was in Sound Rotation..."
just plain loves music. His first
love was Rock and Roll, from the rockabilly 50's, through metal, punk, hair
bands . Along the way he discovered
Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass, and lucky for us, Blues.
you can draw on all of them for inspiration, but when you want to really
feel the music, Blues brings it all home. There is just something there that
when you call, answers back.
He plays a
Strat as his weapon of choice (trust us,
you don't even want to know what lurks under that shiny pickguard). He has recently started making us refer to him as
LoveMonkey but we're (almost) certain this most recent phase will pass.
idolizes all the standard guitar Gods like
Clapton, he has a special place in his heart for
Peter Green, a choice we all applaud. As
well we should for he is truly a genius. Together we all rue the day
Fleetwood Mac abandoned their blues roots
and became just another pop band.
"Blues is the
roots, everything else is the fruits".
started playing piano at age 5
and hated taking lessons and practice while other kids were out
"This lasted for 3 years and then I broke free. At 16 took up the guitar and
played with several bands in Florida and then later after the Army in Virginia
Beach. Started back playing the keys after purchasing a Hammond C-3 and
Leslie. Nothing touches the sound of a tubed Leslie. After 40 plus years
playing in various groups, and working, I have retired and doing what I enjoy,
Playing The Blues".
can beat an egg, you can beat your wife, you can beat your meat, but you can't
beat the blues".
brings a whole new dimension
the HooDoo sound both vocally and with the addition of his acoustic guitar to
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