“One of rock’s best-kept secrets.” London Daily Star, UK
It starts with the question, “Who is Philip Sayce and why didn’t I know who he was?” Read on – it turns out that he’s been hiding in plain sight the whole time. “Clapton, Page, Hendrix…Philip Sayce. The young guitarist reviving blues-rock.” – London Metro, UK
Born in Wales and raised in Toronto, Canada, Philip Sayce’s love of the guitar started at an early age when his parents introduced him to all of the classics, notably, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck. “I have such distinct memories listening to these incredible musicians,” Sayce says. “Their music had a huge effect on me.”
His first live music experience was an Eric Clapton gig at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. “This groovy version of ‘Crossroads’ had such an impact on me,” he recalls. “It was that musicianship that laid the foundation for me. What Clapton did was very different from what many younger artists do today. It was about spilling your heart out.”
With that inspiration ingrained, Philip asked his parents for a guitar, which became his constant companion. “It was this acoustic guitar from Sears with strings about four feet off the fret board,” he laughs. “I broke every CD player, DVD player, and tape player in the house pushing pause and rewind trying to figure out how to play.”
From the age of sixteen, Philip started showing up and playing at blues jam nights at Grossman’s Tavern in downtown Toronto. It wasn’t long before he was winning over admirers, including the legendary guitarist Jeff Healey, who invited Philip to join his band. Over the next few years, Philip had his first international tour experience with Healey, playing prestigious festivals and stages worldwide. “I learned so much from Jeff. His playing was off the charts. He would simply put people in a trance when he performed. It was otherworldly.”
After a move to Los Angeles, Philip was invited to join Melissa Etheridge’s band following an introduction by producer John Shanks. For the next several years, Philip performed on Melissa Etheridge’s albums and was featured during her live concerts where his cosmic performances left audiences stunned. On one such occasion, Melissa and her band were honoring Bon Jovi at a Grammy Awards event. Following the performance, Jon Bon Jovi told the audience “I want to give a special nod to Philip, who I immediately opened the program and said ‘Who the fuck is that guitar player?’ Pretty fabulous Philip.”
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“The genre is contemporary blues, and Jones plays serious guitar with the heart of a blues man and the soul of a Baptist minister.” Oscar Jordan – Vintage Guitar Magazine
Sizzling hot guitar solos. Smooth and soulful vocals. High-energy stage performance. Backed by a rhythm section that is second to none, this IS Dennis Jones. Check out a live show, and you’ll instantly agree, this band ROCKS the blues like NO other! Dennis’s feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues, and unlike some others, he isn’t afraid to tackle the controversial issues of today.
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At 9 years of age California guitar slinger Ben Robinson locked him self in his room with a guitar his father had given him, and soon taught himself how to play. “I copied Stevie Ray’s every lick then worked hard to create my own style”.
Soon thereafter he was playing with adult bands throughout the south. Relocating to Southern California Ben quickly became an in demand side man for such notables as, Warrant, Gilby Clark, B.B. Chungking and the BuddaHeads. He had been touring with Warrant for quite some time when he was signed by 633 Music Group.
“It was a great experience playing with all those guys, they really gave me a lot of tips on how to entertain and connect with an audience. Being on the road with Warrant also gave me the time to write and find my direction, I am really very proud of what we have accomplished so far”.
Ben’s career as an artist almost ended in 2006. While performing, he noticed a woman being threatened by a man, and jumped in to help her, the man broke a beer bottle and attacked Ben, cutting his left wrist, narrowly missing the ligaments, although injured quite badly, he was soon able to play again, most importantly, the woman was not injured.
At almost 6’6 Ben has a bigger than life presence and many add that he has tremendous star power yet still is very approachable and personable. Most say he has wisdom, discernment and a God given ability that belies the fact that he is only 22 years old.
Ben captivates crowds young and old alike with his style, stunning virtuoso guitar playing , and his intimate acoustic moments that offer a wonderful balance to the pyrotechnics of his show.
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Calling Earl Thomas a “blues singer” is kind of like saying Coltrane was just a saxophonist. Or, if you want a more musically relevant analogy, it’s like labeling B.B. King as just a guitar player. You can’t accurately describe such artists using this sort of limited vocabulary or myopic frame of reference. Each defies categorization because they’re able to transcend their instrument. For the rest of us, it might be merely a matter of reeds and strings and vocal chords. For such rare individuals, their instrument is an extension of their life – it’s a tangible manifestation of their soul.
Make no mistake, Earl Thomas has an impressive instrument and he knows how to use it deftly. Listen to the way he wrings every ounce of emotion from the lyrics in songs like “Happiness” – especially if you have the fortune to hear him live.
But that vocal facility is born of more than his classical training in college. The warm resonance, the playful turn of a phrase, the guttural growl that one associates with Earl comes not just from technique. It finds its genesis in another place altogether. It originates in a past that – though he may not have always physically participated in it – is uniquely his !!
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Chris Fast Band
Back Porch Stage 2017 band
The Chris Fast band is a high energy, traditional, four-piece Chicago Blues band, with a solid reputation as one of the hardest working, busiest blues bands in the greater San Diego area. Our venues range from private parties and small clubs, performances at low volume in an intimate setting, to large music festivals, and events that are taking place outdoors for a large audience on the big concert stage. The band is comfortable playing in any setting.
Vocalist and harmonica man Chris Fast is a lifetime blues musician who has worked along side such legendary blues artists as Big Joe Turner, Percy Mayfield, Pee Wee Crayton, Big Mama Thornton, Smokey Wilson, Shakey Jake Harris, Rod Piazza, Hollywood Fats, and many others. He has opened blues shows for headliners BB King, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and was recently a featured musician at the West Coast Blues Festival in Riverside, CA. Chris Fast is an endorsed performing artist with Seydel Harmonicas, Germany.
The McCoy Brothers
The McCoy Brothers Band were originally formed in 2012 , all of them musicians and friends from the local San Diego area.
Each had lived their lives writing and making music in different musical arenas. One day they all managed … to be in the same place, at the same time…the music poured out of them… and the brotherhood was born.
Their music can only be described as Southern California… Southern Fried Rock. The unique blend of songwriting and musical backgrounds each McCoy brought to the band, gave them their original sound. Not quite fitting into any one genre, blues, country or rock…they’ve worked hard on perfecting their craft. With a trove of original songs, each songwriter tells you a story about his life’s experiences. The ups and downs…the good and the bad. A soundtrack of their lives !
The McCoy Brothers deliver their original tunes with fun , excitement, always with an edge ! Their 3 part harmonies explode and sets them apart from so many other bands, but very reminiscent of so many great bands… that have gone before them.
The McCoy Brothers are . . .
- Troy ‘McCoy’ Ruzich – Vocals / Guitar
- Sean ‘McCoy’ Fogarty – Vocals / Bass Guitar
- tim ‘McCoy’ Linehan – Percussion
- Robb ‘McCoy’ bower – Vocals / Guitar