Herd of Blues is a six-piece band from
Jersey, that brings to its listeners a tasty blend of
classic and original Chicago-style
blues and R&B. For those who love to dance to
solid, houserockin' music, Herd of
Blues bring to their audiences an infectious,
rollicking "house party"
atmosphere that invites audiences to jump to their feet
and get happy on the dance floor.
Influenced by the likes of Buddy Guy, Otis Redding,
Junior Wells, Aretha Franklin, Paul
Butterfield, and the late blues guitar greats Albert
Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Herd
of Blues pays homage to the urban electric
blues and R&B traditions, lightly
seasoned with their own personal touch of funk and fun.
A Herd of Blues
performance features a wonderful mix of unique
interpretations of timeless classics,
lesser-known cover tunes, as well as a wealth of
original tunes that have become requested
favorites of the bands loyal following.
Since forming in 1994, the Herd's
exciting live act has
garnered them praise from the press. The Star Ledger
described the Herd of Blues
performance in front of thousands of fans at the Jersey
Shore Jazz and Blues Festival as
"a party-hearty set of blues and R'n'B that had
the crowd dancing." The Two
River Times summed up a gig this way: "Look.
You don't have to be a big time
blues fan to dig these guys. If you like to dance, have
fun, or just breath, Herd of
Blues is your kind of band.
Earlier this year, Herd of Blues release
their debut CD,
entitled Heavy Tracks. The disc features 11
original compositions that have become
staples of their live performances. Bruce Iglauer,
Founder and President of Alligator
Records, described Heavy Tracks as "a very
solid effort with subtlety and
taste", and noted the bands "commitment
to originality". Since
its release, the CD has been selling well at a
number of area record stores, as well
as at the bands club and festival dates.
Herd of Blues brings together a
collection of talented and
experienced musicians. The Herd is
fronted by the powerhouse vocals of
Big Joe Leming
music can be heard in every note. Big Joe sings
everything from a passionate ballad
reminiscent of Otis Redding to a screaming vocal that
would make Howlin Wolf proud.
mixes the deep harmonica
blues tradition of Little Walter and George Smith with
his own uniquely energetic style.
and Mark Hill
share lead and rhythm guitar responsibilities.
Steve's Stratocaster can alternately be heard screaming
and weeping, but it's always
apparent that each note comes not from the fingers but
from deep within the soul. Mark's
wizardry on the slide guitar and more country bent to
soloing complements the band nicely.
The band features a solid-as-a-rock rhythm
Rockin' Dino Colarocco's bass guitar combines a
bottom end with a nice touch of funk. On the
Joe Ricci rounds out
the line-up with a beautiful sense for
groove and taste.
Herd of Blues has shared the bill with
national blues acts, including Otis Rush, Bobby
"Blue" Bland, Johnny Winter,
John Mayall, J. Geils, Jimmy Vaughan, Robin Trower, and
the late great Johnny Clyde
Copeland. They've performed at many of the NY/NJ/PA
areas top blues venues,
including Warm Daddy's in Philadelphia,
Chicago Blues in New York City,
the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ, and
Old Bay in New Brunswick, NJ.
For the last several years they've also been featured
performers at the Jersey Shore Jazz
and Blues Festival.