Check out some of the praise that Herd Of Blues has garnered in the press:

Real Blues magazine reviews Heavy Tracks CD
John Muller of Blues Power Blues Society
The Two River Time - gig review
Blues Connection magazine reviews Heavy Track CD
Blues Revue magazine reviews Heavy Tracks CD

Rea
l Blues magazine - Oct/Nov 1998, Issue #15 - by Andy Grigg
Review of Heavy Tracks

Here's another debut (I think?) disc from a young band with a great sound and plenty of moxy and potential (where do they keep comin' from?).  It's easy to dismiss 95 percent of the well-meaning but misguided bands I hear (no, I don't want to hear "The Thrill Is Gone" or "Little Red Rooster" again!) but that still leaves bands like Herd of Blues who deliver a platter full of fresh originals with fine arrangements and lyrics, and most importantly, they aren't' copying Stevie Ray or early Fleetwood Mac.

The song-writing is stellar;  "When A Woman Starts To Cry" captures perfectly the title mood with it's haunting, weeping slide work and "Dead Man's Blues" shows a deeper, darker, more serious side few bands will attempt.  There are good-time uptempo blues as well;  "18 Holes," "Mutha Gooz Blooz" and "Can't Live On Blues" are all fine, while "Lovesick" is a dance floor filler for sure.  Joe Leming is a good vocalist (relaxed and unpretentious), Guy DeRosa plays nice, understated harp and Steve Kaish is solid on guitar throughout (a lot of nice rhythm work which is rare there days), Mark Hill delivers excellent slide guitar and keyboards and rhythm section of Dino Colarocco on bass and Neal Kaufman on drums is super-solid.

Herd of Blues have a debut disc to be proud of and anyone who picks it up will get plenty of enjoyment from the high-standard originals contained within.  4 bottles for a jumpin' (mainly) little record I want my jockey to play ..."e

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John
Muller - July 1998 - co-director of Blues Power Blues Society

Trenton, New Jersey may seem an unlikely place to be deemed a "Musical Mecca" but, surprisingly so, through the years this capital city has become the home to many promising blues, jazz, and rock performers.

Back in the 1980's Trenton, New Jersey was an important stop-over for many of the hottest so-called "New-Wave" bands of the era.  From "Flock of Seagulls" to "The Plasmatics" to "Joan Jett" to Johnny Lydon and PIL", the stalwarts of the music industry journeyed to Trenton's "City Gardens" club to play weekly in front of packed houses.

1998... The Trenton areas has become the home to a promising blues band known as "Herd Of Blues", a talented mix of musical craftsmen.  Having seen them perform live at the recently held "Riverfest", in Red Bank, New Jersey, I can personally bear witness to their highly entertaining, crowd pleasing live set.  Guy DeRosa on blues harp is just a phenomenal player, an energetic jack-rabbit of unbridled energy and non-stop emotions on stage.  Each member of "Herd of Blues" brings something special to their performances, the entire group taking complete charge of the stage, making it their own personal playground.  This a a "group" in the true sense of the word.  They really ignite a spark in front of live audiences that detonates with a boom of all-out excitement!!

"Herd of Blues" has a debut CD out called "Heavy Tracks", 11 (!!!) tracks of all original blues material.  Featuring Joe Leming on vocals and percussion; Guy DeRosa and harp; Steve Kaish on guitar; Mark Hill, guitar, slide guitar, keyboards;  Dino Colarocco, bass; Neal Kaufman, drums;  the entire CD is a very impressive debut that speaks volumes about their professionalism.  This is a work of great depth and focus, powerful blues material that showcases everyone's best features to strong advantage

Too much fun to miss!!!...This band can really groove with a vengeance.

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The Two
River Times - April 1996 - by Uncle Mike

Dropped by The Downtown Cafe in the Big R. B. to check out Herd Of Blues.   Hopscotching across the state from Bernardsville to New Brunswick, this Trenton based blues band is starting to make a lot of noise on N.J.'s blues scene.  Featuring Big Joe Leming on vocals, Guy DeRosa (harp), Steve Kaish and Mark Hill (guitars), Bo Child (bass) and Neal Kaufman (drums), Herd of Blues have taken the traditional Chicago-styled blues, added a little funk, a whole lotta fun and created one of the tightest houserockin' blues bands around.  And their performance at The Downtown Cafe lived up to their rep.

While things started off a little slow due to some minor technical problems, Big Joe and the boys hit their groove about five songs into their first set and ripped off seven straight killer numbers including, James Cotton's "Ying Yang" (great Big Easy feel), Paul Butterfield's "Born In Chicago" (hot harp), "Rockin' Robin" (rockin' instrumental/big bass), "Our Love Is Crazy" (new original/one of their best), Willie Dixon's "My Babe" (big time groove), Buddy' Guy's "Mary Had A Little Lamb" (smokin' lead g.) and "Mutha Gooz Blooz" (big vocals/band ripped it/best original/best of set), before closing out the set with impressive renditions of "Further On Up the Road" (just ruff enuff), "Torn Down" (da blues), "She Never Let's Me In" (cool original) and Stevie Ray's "Pride And Joy" (great closer).

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 breathe, Herd of Blues is your kind of band.  You can catch them at Jason's in South Belmar on April 18th, The Downtown Cafe on May 31st and at "The 9th Annual Jersey Shore Jazz And Blues Festival" at Riverfest on June 1st at 4:00 p.m.  So, do yourself a favor and checkem' out!

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Blues Connection
- December 1998 - by Red Dog

This Trenton, New Jersey sextet aptly titled their debut disc, as they get heavy musically and thematically.  Powerful electric excursions into rock'n'roll such as "Lovesick" with a hint of Chuck Berry, and almost morbid motifs are laid down on "Dead Man's Blues" and "Blues Junkie" make this interesting.  The sound often has a "houserockin'" feel to it, but the lyrics aren't always funny - for example "Mr. Daniels."  Also on the plus side are the percussive genius of Joe Leming and Neal Kaufman:  give a listen to "Our Love Is Crazy" and "Mama Rolls" for some thumpin' with a twist, or the funky breaks of "Delivery Man."  Another plus is this is all original material.   Live, the upbeat stuff will sell tickets and get people out on the floor, but don't overlook the intense slow blues offerings here.  These bottom-heavy blues and gut-wrenching harmonica from Guy DeRosa hit the blues bulls-eye.

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Blue Revue
- March 1999 - Tom Hyslop's "Blues Bites"

Heavy Tracks is a varied and classy set from New Jersey's Herd of Blues.  Harp player Guy DeRosa stands out, and Steve Kaish and Mark Hill add tasty guitar parts.   Tough funk, smoky grooves, cool minor-key stuff and a throwback rumba-blues keep the rhythms from getting stale.  The tunes are all originals, including "Blues Junkie," the new "Blues Bites" theme song. 

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