Like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and RL Burnside making new audiences aware of electronically amplified blues in the 50’s and 60’s and Canned Heat and Captain Beefheart building on the resources and repertoire of classical blues idioms in the 70’s, Blind Lemon Peel and his All-Stars have been trailblazing new and progressive paths for the blues in Southern California for nearly two decades.
BLP has headlined all the top-tier Southern California venues: Harvelle’s (Santa Monica and Long Beach), Catalina Jazz Club (Hollywood), Arcadia Blues Club, The Rose (Pasadena), Old Towne Blues Club (Temecula), The Mint (Hollywood, Mike's Original (Santa Ana), The Whiskey (Hollywood), Campus Jax (Newport Beach), Tin Roof (San Diego), Universal Bar & Grill (Hollywood), BB King’s (Universal City), Seabird Jazz Lounge (Long Beach), St. Rocke (Hermosa), PCH Blues Club, House of Blues, etc.
Still, it's the Blues Festival circuit where the band has really earned its rep, including memorable appearances at the Hayward/Russell City Blues Festival, Long Beach New Blues Festival, Red White & Blues Festival, Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, Venice Music Festival, Alameda County Fair, Ragin’ Cajun Blues Festival, Northern California Blues Festival, Southern Fried Blues Festival, Balboa Music Festival, Alligator Records’ Titans of the Blues Tour and others too many to list.
The Buzz About BLP SO-CAL
“Blind Lemon Peel All-Stars should be commended for bringing showmanship, energy and flair to a town not traditionally known for it. Lots of tunes have been written about sex or wanting sex. Not many songs have been written about uninspired sex. Never has a lamentation sounded so fun. David Dot Hale's growling vocals over scat passages and gruff male declarations about cigarettes and other working man concerns provide a welcome counter to the usual L.A. music fare. This is real deal blues and I have no doubt that this band be playing the major venues in big cities soon. Catch 'em while you still can.”
Grant Stoner, Music Connection
"Blind Lemon Peel puts on an insanely great show for audiences that want the real deal blues with a healthy sense of humor. This is one wicked cool act that generates unbelievable energy and contagious excitement. As a promoter, I couldn't ask for more.”
B. Noel Barr, radio personality, producer/ New Blues Festival,
President/Long Beach Blues Society.
MEET THE REST OF THE Band
Southpaw drummer Handsome Dave Odom has got more snap, crackle and pop than a box of Rice Krispies. A Cincinnati native, he has worked as a music director at Motown and toured with Aretha Franklin.
Tadg Galleran's first blues gig was with Albert Collins in 1966. He appeared in the Broadway cast of HAIR, working beside Ben Vereen and Meatloaf. He became harmonica player for The King Brothers in 1989. In 1994, Tadg joined up with friend and former Monkee Peter Tork to form Shoe Suede Blues.
Vocalist, saxophonist and songwriter/arranger, Bobby Hurricane Spencer cut his teeth in the Chitlin’ Circuit of the Bay Area, anchored dead center in the horn section of the funk bands of Johnny Tolbert and De Thangs and Marvin Holmes and the Uptights. He has opened for musicians like Bobby Blue Bland, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and Smokey Robinson.
Lucky Lloyd plays a Detroit/Chicago style of blues, with a taste of Mississippi thrown in. He attributes his music style to the influences of Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughn and BB King, among others. His live performances are authentic and energized. No less an authority than blues legend Bernie Pearl calls Lucky “the best pure blues guitar player in LA.”
Soft spoken and understated until he starts to play, the great Ray Brundidge puts the bass in its place and the jump start in your soul.
One of the most sought-after bass players in town, Ray toured with the legendary James Brown 8 years and is the glue that holds it all together.