Steve Welch - Guitar, Slide Guitar, Vocals

Founder and band leader. Musically active from mid-1960's until 1980 in San Francisco Bay Area, Colorado, and New York City. Opened for Rick Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, and Tommy Bolin. Three-time award winner in American Song Festival songwriting competition. Began playing again in 2002 and formed Blues Cadillac. Has since backed up Louisiana Red and played at the first Redwood City Blues Festival. Major influences: Son House, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Albert, Freddie, and B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Canned Heat, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Roy Buchanan, Peter Green, Billy Gibbons, Rory Gallagher.

Alan "Eye Bone" Eglington - Harmonica, Vocals

Life-long local musician and visual artist. Twenty years experience as rock drummer. Inspired to play Blues/Rock harmonica after hearing Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Many years harmonica playing experience in South Bay Area with numerous bands and Blues musicians. Also plays with the Bornia Boys who performed at the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Monterey Blues Festival. Major influences: Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Sonny Boy Williamson/Rice Miller, Kim Wilson, Howlin' Wolf, Junior Wells, Little Walter.

Tim "Hitman" Richard - Drums

Began playing drums professionally in the Bay Area in 1967. Joined John Lee Hooker's "Coast To Coast Blues Band" in 1980 where he remained until 1989. Toured the world with John Lee, playing at many notable Blues and Jazz festivals, including the Montreux Jazz Festival. Recorded on the 1986 Grammy nominated "Jealous" album. Has backed up or shared the stage with Robert Cray, Steve Cropper, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musslewhite, Gary Smith, Mark Naftalin, and Carlos Santana. Major influences: David Garibaldi, Buddy Miles, Lenny White.

Doug Mancini - Bass

Performing career began in clubs from San Francisco to Monterey. Worked in Los Angeles as recording studio musician and performer at L.A. venues: The Starwood, Troubadour, Roxy, and Whiskey A-Go-Go. Former band musicians have included members of Edgar Winter, Steve Miller Band, The Allman Brothers. Toured with James Armstrong (WC Handy Award nominee). Major influences: James Jamerson, John Paul Jones, Willie Weeks, Pino Palladino, Darryl Jones, Fernando Saunders.

Sammy Varela - Guitar

Started playing guitar in grade school and while still in high school joined the Gary Smith Blues Band. Played with them on and off for ten years. Worked with Hammond B-3 artist Duke Jethro and through that association played with other B-3 greats Jack McDuff and Joey DeFrancesco. Toured the world with Sista Monica from 1996 to 2002 and recorded on her "Live In Europe" CD. Has shared the stage with numerous Blues legends: Sunnyland Slim, Freddie King, Little Milton, John Lee Hooker, and Mike Bloomfield. Major influences: B.B., Freddie, and Albert King, Mike Bloomfield, Peter Green, Buzzy Feiton.

Med Daugherty - Drums, Vocals

Grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, surrounded by Blues and Jazz legends. Began playing drums professionally at age 15. Member of Roosevelt Mark's R&B group, recording on the Bobbin label. Played with Della Reese, Chuck Berry, Lady Bo and Bo Diddley. Member of successful progressive country band Desperado in the 1970's. Has played at San Jose Jazz Festival, local art and wine Festivals, San Jose Pavilion, and Plumed Horse in Saratoga.
Jerry Cash - Guitar, Vocals

Playing since 1966 in clubs, concerts, and on TV and radio. Opened for Santana, Iron Butterfly, Tommy Castro, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Curtis Salgado, Sista Monica, Mark Hummel, Tinsley Ellis, and Gary Smith. Bands have included Fourth Street Exit, Blue Ash, Big Daddy Blu Allstars, Martha's Hot Flash, Cash and Carry Blues Band, and Little George Band. Also plays with Blues Hammer. Major Influences: B.B. King, Chris Cain.

Michael "Chip" Chiappari - Tenor Sax

Grew up and trained in vibrant San Francisco music scene. Played professionally since 1969. Music collaborations have included Mike Bloomfield and Friends, Tower of Power, Sonny Rhodes, Flip Nuñez and Eddie Marshall, Mary Anne Price, and Bishop-Mayfield R&B Group.

Ray DiFazio - Baritone Sax

Started playing saxophone in rock bands at age 15. His first band, The Jesters, were popular in the South Bay Area in the early 1960's. Backed singers Bobby "Boris" Pickett, Paul Peterson, and Patsy Cline. After a long hiatus, began playing again in 2005 and gravitated towards the Blues. Major influences: King Curtis, Big Jay McNeely, Sam Butera, Leroy Cooper, Stephen "Doc" Kupka.

Robin Hood (1950-2007) played with us the first year, we miss you, R.I.P.   Charles Lyons played bass with us our sophomore year   George Lacson played bass with us in the early days of the band  

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