The Teletones are an allstar group of veteran Delaware-based musicians who joined forces in 2009 to create their own unique gumbo of blues, soul and funk music. The band combines the toneful stylings of guitarist Joe LaSorte, the bluesy growl of guitarist Lin Doughten, and the funky punch of Johnny Hedges’ bass over Bredt Showell’s solid in-the-pocket drum groove to deliver a no-nonsense, get-out-on-the-dance floor fun machine.
You can read more about the players or listen to a selection of Teletones tunes and browse some live performance photos. Better yet, come on out and catch that mojo in motion! The Teletones may be coming soon to a town near you
Todd began playing on the New York scene back in 1979 with his band Nitetrain, a trio that clearly reflected Todd's influences—60s bands like Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac and other bluesy-rocking-jamming bands. The wave of guitar players that included Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Bloomfield were and are influential and evident in Todd's style and approach to guitar-playing. His next venture was Troy & the Tornados, a band based in the New York metro area. Todd met two women in this time period that would eventually play a part in his guitar-playing and song-writing experience: Carla Olson of the Textones and Sheryl Crow, at the time an unknown back-up singer. By the late '80s, Sheryl had sat in several times with the Tornados in New York City. Eventually Todd decided to fly to Los Angeles and write with Sheryl and showcase their new band in hopes of a record deal. Nothing came of this particular venture, but these two would find each other again on the same stage just a few years up the road!
After relocating to Los Angeles with a revamped line-up, Todd began to perform in clubs in southern California, while also scoring music for the Playboy Channel and connecting with old friend Carla Olson and her latest band. But it wasn't long before Todd was back with Sheryl Crow, who had just completed her about-to-be-released debut album, the multi-platinum Tuesday Night Music Club. Crow needed a touring band, including a lead guitarist that could add some extra excitement to the live shows, and Todd filled that role from 1993 until 1998.
Todd eventually went on to form several bands, including a talented bunch dubbed MojoSon that were signed to A & M Records and included alumni of Sheryl's band along with alumni of Sun 60 and Five for Fighting. With parent companies swapping ownership of A & M Records, the MojoSon album sadly was never released. Always active, always playing, Todd has never slowed down. Todd has had many excellent partnerships with fine musicians from coast to coast. Todd has also worked as a duet with famed Mountain guitarist Leslie West, touring and recording on two of Leslie's solo albums as well as recording on Mountain's tribute to Bob Dylan, "Masters of War" album!
Todd is especially proud of his current lineup with Roger Voss on drums and Justine Gardner on bass. Roger is a powerful pocket drummer. The young Ms. Gardner plays a deep groove. And they both back Todd on soulful vocals. This lineup recorded Todd's upcoming summer release “Miles to Go,” his eighth album since departing Sheryl's band. The new album is mostly originals that range from swampy grooves to all-out rockers and even a wistful ballad from which the title of the album was derived called, I Stand Alone. The band was joined by John Ginty (keyboards), Steve Guyger (harmonica) and Sweet Suzi (backing vocals). The Todd Wolfe Band is keeping busy with tours criss-crossing North America and Europe through 2013!
The Todd Wolfe Band recall the days when "Men were men and amps were amps," real tubes crackling with a bluesadelic sound reminiscent of the best rock and roll bands of the '60s. This band jams and rocks, but their music is deeply soaked in blues. Todd Wolfe, Roger Voss and newcomer, bassist Justine Gardner have established themselves as one of top power trios by relentless touring and spreading their legend from coast to coast and beyond.
Hittin' the Note magazine, “Imagine some power trio mixed into a Texas blues foundation and overlaid with trippy psychedelia ... that’s the essence of Wolfe’s music.” And the essence of the Todd Wolfe Band
Front man, singer/guitar player Tom Craig and Drummer John O’Connell have been partners in Blues and Roots music for the past decade. This past year they’ve teamed up with Eric Johnson on Hammond Organ, Tenor Saxophonist Vince Gleason, Bassist Randy "Rando" Branning and Baritone saxophonist Skyler Hagner.
Their broad musical resume includes musical genres such as classic Memphis Soul and R&B tunes by the likes of Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Al Green as well as retro R&B music from James Hunter and Mayer Hawthorne, to name a few. Their love of the blues continues. They play the who’s who of the genre, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Albert King, B.B. King, Buddy Guy as well as contemporary artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Louis Walker and Robert Cray. The list goes on and on.
Their debut CD of all original music is receiving rave reviews and radio airplay all over the world!
In January 2017 they represented the Central Delaware Blues Society in Memphis Tennessee at the 33rd International Blues Challenge!
If you see that this band is playing your local venue don’t pass on the chance to join the party!
Singer-songwriter, Toney Rocks delivers an intimate concert exploding with diversity featuring his soulful singing supported by acoustic guitars, ukulele and piano. The Las Vegas Weekly recently named Rocks as one of 10 Las Vegas Artists to Watch in 2017. His engaging songwriting is steeped in folk, blues and rock influences which has led to Toney Rocks sharing the stage as a guest with folk music legend, David Bromberg. In addition to headlining concerts around the U.S., he has opened for artists such as Corey Harris and Jarekus Singleton. With three full length albums to his credit, Toney Rocks latest single produced by Vinnie Castaldo at the famous Las Vegas Tone Factory recording studio, “Run to the Night”, tells a story of a beautiful girl trying desperately to expel her tattered past through the safety of the night. His current 2017 tour carries him around the U.S. performing concerts in theaters, wineries, music festivals and more.
Master musician and multi-talented blues performer, Vanessa Collier, was recently nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award (BMA). The Philadelphia based vocalist/saxophonist/songwriter is currently on an 11 country European tour with Ruf’s Blues Caravan, alternating between tour legs in Europe and touring back in the U.S. with a talented 5-piece band. With searing saxophone solos, soulful vocals, and witty lyrics, Vanessa’s songwriting takes you through an engaging blend of blues, funk, rock, and soul in an exceptionally entertaining, high-energy performance.
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Vanessa’s alluring vocals and stinging saxophone work saw her light up stages as part of Joe Louis Walker’s band (2012-2013), while her 2014 debut album Heart Soul & Saxophone was declared “magnificent” on Dan Aykroyd’s blues radio show, winning her accolades as a Best of 2014 Blues Breaker.
With the success of her debut album and her charismatic live performances, Vanessa has been in demand touring throughout the world and is excited to celebrate the March 2017 release of her highly anticipated sophomore album Meeting My Shadow
The Mid-Atlantic's hottest Blues band performing original work and remakes of Blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, the Chambers Brothers and other Blues legends. Venom Blues is currently appearing in the Northern Delaware area and rolls out several sets of seriously smokin' Blues tracks that will have you out on the floor and "stompin' yo' feet". This ain't your Grandma's Blues, so come prepared to hear a little something special and don't be surprised if you get bit - by the seduction that is "The Blues"!
With the understanding that The Blues is an art form that deserves serious attention to detail, The Blues also leaves a lot of room for interpretation and innovation. Venom Blues carries that one step further into today's music scene with a bit more edge and a lot more energy. The musical dynamics and variety of styles presented at a Venom Blues show always leaves the crowd "wantin' mo", so c'mon down y'all, don't be shy - give Venom Blues a try!
Venom Blues was formed in late 2005 by veterans of the Delaware and Northeast music scene, who collectively, have well over a hundred years of musical experience. They were brought together by an extreme desire to rekindle the flames of the artistry known as The Blues and carry it forward to a new generation. Delaware has seen it's share of the best Blues musicians that have toured the world. Venom Blues seeks to carry on that tradition, so keep your eyes open - The Blues can strike real fast...
We'd definitely like to give special thanks to those lovers of "da blues" who continue to make every show special. It is for you, that the blues continues its dominance in the musical world!
Make sure you check out the fourth and latest CD from Venom Blues! Just Waiting!..
Though his career began over a decade ago with genuine rock n’ roll honky-tonk, Wainwright has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the blues. His insatiable interest in music discovery, sheer love for entertaining and curiosity have led him all around the world, and the resulting perspective is a reflection of his passion for entertaining and creating progressive roots music in an effort to move the art-form forward. Composer, producer, vocalist, and award wining entertainer and piano player; Victor Wainwright is a raucous high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare.
PRESS“Wainwright serves as an electrifying guide to a good time-spinning tales, telling his listeners how to beat the blues, and meticulously conjuring raw soul and energy out of his acoustic piano. He displays a sharp sense of humor and a knack for storytelling... every track is brilliant." -Living Blues Magazine"Victor Wainwright is a world champion piano player, two times over! Not only is Victor one of the greatest blues piano players in the business, he’s also a world class entertainer and vocalist." - Blues Revue Magazine“Victor Wainwright, winner of this year’s Pine Top Perkins Piano Player Award at the BMA’s, is a force to be reckoned with on a piano. He IS honky-tonk and boogie, with a dose of rolling thunder. Wainwright’s playing is simply beautiful madness.” -American Blues Scene“Savannah, GA native Victor Wainwright is all about boogie woogie piano, deep soul, and a voice that recalls Dr. John at his best. He is a blues star, a tremendous player.” -Chicago Blues Guide.