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Dennis Herrera - Guitar, Vocals & Past & Present Players

 

Dennis Herrera at Lynwood Slim Tribute


              

Dennis Herrera was born and raised in San Jose, California just a heartbeat away from San Francisco the home of the hippie generation and Golden Gate Bridge.  When asked about his music history Dennis shared, "as a kid in the 60's I was introduced to rock n roll via the transistor radio by my mom we listened to a pop AM station, KLIV and that planted the music seed. Tuning into The Yardbirds, Animals, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Sam and Dave, Wilson Picket etc. became my favorite pastime.  "At age 15 I saw James Brown LIVE and I was blown away.!"

At a young age Dennis went to count-less rock & roll, R&B, blues and soul concerts/shows in the Bay Area, San Jose, Oakland, Santa Cruz, San Francisco at the Fillmore, Winterland, Avalon Ballroom, and numerous juke-joint blues clubs.  Dennis' fondly recounts his first guitar given to him by his grandfather, took a handful of guitar lessons and played in garage bands, "We wanted to be rock stars put our first band together and the girls dug it my first ever performance was at my high school, I was flunking music class but in order to pass my teacher suggested I play for the student talent show.  Nervously  I went on stage and covered the Richie Havens song Freedom from the film Woodstock.  I’ll never forget what a major rush that was and I passed with an straight A!".  Early on Dennis found that his favorite rock groups the Stones, Savoy Brown and original Fleetwood Mac covered songs written by blues greats Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson, B.B. King, Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker just to name a few,  "It's been blues ever since struggling to play music as a profession, I found myself re-directed a number of times but have always come back to playing blues, regrettably I didn't join an established blues band, I have had opportunity but instead chose to lead various blues projects of my own to date, I've tried a variety of catchy band names thinking they were original but soon found out most were taken, so I simply settled with my birth name for the band". Dennis Herrera has recorded 3 CD's and continues to perform his original blues as well as his favorites for well over 30 years in and around the state.  

                                     Dennis Herrera

Sid Morris - Piano

   Sid MorrisFeaturing traditional blues and boogie-woogie piano styles from New Orleans to Chicago to the West Coast, pianist SID MORRIS presents an exiting, unique brand of barrelhouse music.  Currently living in San Jose, California, Sid has been performing since 1970 and continues to be an active member of the music community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

   Sid was raised in Houston, Texas in the late 1950’s before his family moved west.  He performed at the very first San Francisco Blues Festival in 1973 and subsequently appeared at four other SF Blues Festivals.  Alberto Gianquinto, the brilliant San Francisco pianist who helped co-found the original James Cotton Blues Band, mentored Sid during his early years on the music scene.  In 1976, Sid participated in the now legendary recording of the album, Blue Bay, a blues anthology featuring the elite of Bay Area musicians such as Luther Tucker, Charlie Musselwhite, Sonny Rhodes, Gary Smith, and Ron Thompson.

   Currently Sid is in demand as a pianist for many blues artists and remains active in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene.  He records and appears with fellow musicians such as Mark Hummel, Chris “Kid Anderson, Steve Freund, Wendy DeWitt, Ron Thompson, Rusty Zinn, and Gary Smith, to name a few, as well as solo appearances mainly in the South Bay Area. 

    Recently Sid’s CD, Take Me Back, recorded at Kid Andersen’s Greaseland studios, received critical acclaim from Vintage Guitar Magazine music critic Dan Forte who stated, “Sid Morris has been a best kept secret too long.  Kudos to Greaseland  Records for giving him the floor and letting him strut his stuff”.  (March ’09 Issue)  

   Presenting the heritage of American blues and boogie-woogie to people who enjoy this rich culture is a deep passion of Sid’s so make it worth your while to pay him a visit.


Sid Morris

Frank De Rose - Bassist

 

 Frank De Rose has been a fixture in the Bay Area blues scene for over 40 years. During those 40 years Frank has been a band member with many of the Bay Area’s top blues performers. That list includes Gary Smith, Tommy Castro, Mark Hummel, J.C. Smith, Kenny Blue Ray, John Garcia, Mike Shermer, Andy Santana, Sid Morris, David Barrett and others. Through those associations Frank was in the position to be asked to provide his bass playing skills to a long list of national touring blues performers. That list includes Snooky Prior, Otis Rush, Lowell Folsom, Kenny Neal, Lazy Lester, Joe Filisko, Johnny Heartsman, Kid Anderson, Nick Gravenites, Ron Thompson, Andy Just, Chris Cain, Rusty Zinn, Jr., Watson, Larry Arkansas, Davis, Mississippi Johnny Waters, Johnny Adams, Luther Tucker, "Mighty" Mo Rogers, Steve Freund, Dennis Herrera, Eddie Shaw, Mike Wheeler, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Chico Banks and many others. 

A short list of Frank's notable performances includes several San Francisco Blues Festivals along with several of the San Francisco Battle of the Harps. Frank also has multiple performances at the Monterey Blues Festival, San Jose Fountain Blues Festival, and the JJ's Blues Festival. Frank also has appeared at the Santa Cruz Blues Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, The Legends of Chicago Blues at Villa Montalvo and the California Blues Legends show. 
Frank’s bass playing can be heard on CD’s from the following artists. Tip of the Top, John Lawton, Kenny Blue Ray, Jackie Pain, Jimmy Morello, Sid Morris, David Barrett, Dennis Herrera and more.
Frank is also an accomplished music instructor. He has been teaching the bass for 16 years. During that time, he has written 3 blues bass instruction books that have been published by Mel Bay Music Publishing.

Lee Campbell - Drums

Originally from New Jersey, Lee Campbell now lives in Los Angeles where he has recorded and performed with William Clarke, James Harman, Jody Williams, and Billy Boy Arnold among others.   Lee’s association with popular blues artists has taken him to Europe, Canada, and across the Unites States and his playing can be heard on numerous CD’s and movie sound tracks.

Lee Campbell

Lee Campbell

Denis Depoitre - Harmonica

Denis Depoitre

Denis was born and raised in Paris, and grew up listening to many American and British rock and heavy metal bands. I took a liking to the harmonica in the late nineties, inspired by listening to William Clarke among various other blues artists. From then on I began to learn harmonica on my own. I was lucky to have met Bird of Paradise in San Francisco, who introduced me to Paul Osher. Meeting and performing with a string of pioneers of blues from RJ Mischo to Kim Wilson to Mitch Kashmar definitely improved and solidified my harmonica-playing career and got me to where I am today. Finally, I must mention Babe and Ricky's as the place that truly brought together my career and introduced me to numerous more blues artists.

 

Denis Depoitre

ROOTSVILLE (Belguim)

"Dennis Herrera, he stole our hearts with his blues...and a whole lotta soul!"

Michael Doherty's Music Log

"The blues can make you feel so damn good.  Dennis Herrera knows this to be true, and shows it with his new release, You Stole My Heart, an album full or

Great grooves and classic sounds."

BLUES IN THE NORTHWEST - Grahame Rhodes

"A new name to me, and for those who love the blues, and nothing but the blues, this will be a treat... a fine collection of songs, and all well played and produced by Dennis Herrera and Rich Wenzel.  Highly recommended!"  

bluesinthenorthwest.com
 

BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE - Rainey Wetnight

"San Jose, California's Dennis Herrera Blues Band is Livin' Life Not Worrying' and in this reviewer's opinion, the cathartic nature of the blues is the reason why.  On the twelve dynamite original tracks, Herrera and several outstanding guest stars give their all to the "Hapuna Matata" ("No worries") sentiment that they express."

Issue 9-27, Sept 2015

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LA HORA DEL BLUES - Vicente Zumel

"Texas, Chicago and California hold hands and come together in a repertoire full of 'howlin', muddy and rockin' raw blues', all performed with an energetic and straightforward sound able to recharge batteries and put us in top form energy with a music you will not be able to get out of it….There is simple and well known electric blues but, what you want me to say, I madly love it. ESSENTIAL."

October 2015


LIVING BLUES - Jon Klienman

"The Dennis Herrera Blues Band's positive vibe is a refreshing departure from the "badass" image that so many white blues musicians feels is mandatory.  This alone makes Herrera a welcome new face on today's blues scene."  October 2015.

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