Herd of Blues is a six-piece band from Trenton, New 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 band’s 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 band’s "commitment to originality". Since it’s release, the CD has been selling well at a number of area record stores, as well as at the band’s 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. Guy DeRosa mixes the deep harmonica blues tradition of Little Walter and George Smith with his own uniquely energetic style. Steve Kaish 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 section.  Rockin' Dino Colarocco's bass guitar combines a seamless bottom end with a nice touch of funk.  On the drums, Joe Ricci rounds out the line-up with a beautiful sense for groove and taste.

Herd of Blues has shared the bill with many prestigious 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 area’s 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.