Soul music. Music for your soul.
Songs that speak to the inner consciousness. Melodies and harmonies that lay bare the humanity, the emotion, the very essence of the advancing musicians performing. DC Blue is all about soul music, right from the beginnings of musicians who revealed their innermost feelings and thoughts, their experiences, their worries, their fears through what would become known as The Blues.
The founding members of DC Blue define this music called The Blues. The genre developed from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs, European folk music, and Gospel music. Dave, Mike, and John can preach the gospel of The Blues. They came together having shared experiences onstage, in the recording studio, in the classroom, having led and performed in multiple projects and situations that gave way to a focused vision of creating and paying homage to the history of American music.
Originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century, The Blues permeates all of the music performed by these three music creators, whether it be the jazz, funk, rock, folk, reggae, or any number of styles played during their individual careers. All of these previous experiences and influences make their way into the blues performance of this band. The mantra of this band is “Real Blues, No Bull”.
A mix of influences and experiences, a gelling of attitudes, personality types, and a mutual love for the blues, DC Blue plays the music that harkens back to the grooves hatched in the roadhouses and house parties of south Louisiana; the oilfields, ranches, and lumber camps of Texas; the delta shores of Mississippi; and the streets of Chicago. The DC Blue repertoire focuses on music of diverse artists such as Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, Buddy Guy, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, along with more modern blues composers and performers such as “the three Kings”(B.B., Albert, and Freddie), Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keb Mo, Robben Ford, and a peppering of like-minded originals.
In addition to the core band, DC Blue collaborates with some of New England’s interpreters of the blues, including horn players, keyboard players(with a particular affection for the Hammond organ), vocalists, etc. At any given DC Blue performance, audience members of all ages can look forward to a a mix of barrel house vocal numbers, funky grooves, and searing instrumentals, all rolled up in a feel-good package of party energy and drum-tight, butt-shakin’ grooves.