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Moods: Featuring Guitar Blues: Blues-Rock Blues: Country Blues Country: Americana Folk: Fingerstyle

By Location
United States - Washington

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The RooTsters

I perform a diverse blend of Blues, Folk and Swing as well as provocative original songs on acoustic and bottleneck guitar, ranging from passionate renditions of traditional Blues classics to sardonic observations on the human condition along with the joys and regrets from my own experience.

My interest in music started in Germany, when my Mom turned me on to American pop playing on the Armed Forces Network. In America, I took up guitar during the folk-music revival of the 60s, being influenced by artists such as Sam Cooke, Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Sarah Vaughn, Rev. Gary Davis, Elvis Presley, Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, Doc Watson, Chuck Berry, etc, etc, not to mention every fellow musician from whom I’ve ever stolen a lick. Still learning, you know.

Chronology:
1962 - ‘70 Learned guitar during the 60s Folk revival, decided Blues was the best folk music.
1974 -’81: Formed the Ten Years Late Jug Band in New Haven, CT; worked clubs, festivals,
and special events in New England and New York City; recorded a profitable 45-rpm single;
educational performances (“From Ragtime to Rock on Homemade Instruments”) for
assemblies in CT school districts; created Blind Bob Dylanski (“World’s Oldest Living Polish
Blues Singer”) character for cheesy take-offs on Bob Dylan tunes; local TV appearances.
1981-’85: Solo singer/guitarist (acoustic blues and finger-picked folk standards); expanded
Blind Bob character and club-oriented act.
1981-’85: Co-founded acoustic-rock duo DuoGlide.
1985-’95: Moved to Seattle, WA; took hiatus from paid performance to dump cheesy lounge
repertoire — R.I.P. Blind Bob! — and concentrate on slide-guitar technique; began to write
songs that meant something to me; appearances at Northwest Folk Life Festival (NWFLF) in
Seattle and open mics; member of Victory Music, an all-ages organization for acoustic
musicians in Puget Sound; Bottleneck Slide Guitar Workshop leader at NWFLF, 1990 - 2014.
1995-present: Returned to paid performance as duo Original Sin (w/ Brent Pellegrini),
focusing on acoustic blues and topical songs.
2001: Formed the Emerald City Jug Band (“Music for the Uncommon Citizen”); focusing on
family entertainment, performing at fairs and festivals as well as clubs and house concerts.
2001: Recorded, arranged and produced debut solo CD, “Long Way Home.”
2002: Recorded and arranged ECJB’s debut CD, “The Best of the ECJB. Honest!”
2003: Recorded, arranged and produced “Rant-Journey-Anthem” solo topical EP.
2003: Formed acoustic-pop group, Teeth, Hair & Eyeballs (“Folk Pop with Attitude!”) to
express original material inappropriate for jug-band instrumentation.
2005: Recorded and released “Live at WinterJug 2005” CD with ECJB.
2005-’06: Recorded and released “Live at the Teeth, Hair and Eyes’ Ball” CD with TH&E.
2007: Reorganized TH&E as guitar duo The RooTsters (“A nude beach for your ears...”)
2011: Recorded all-blues 5-song RooTsters demo EP “Land of Promise,” released in 2012.
2012: Joined Board of Directors of non-profit musical-education organization Victory Music.
2014: Recorded and released first full RooTsters album “Merge.”
2015: Elected president of Victory Music.
2017: WA State entrant (Solo/Duo) in International Blues Challenge (Memphis, TN).

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