One hot summer night in Sarasota, the renowned Dan Dembicki Band invited Dean Brenneman - a grizzled Blues singer from Washington, DC - to sit-in and belt out a few songs.
Recognizing kindred spirits, they joined forces and formed The GRAVEL ROAD to showcase the “gritty” side of popular music. Their shared passion is delivering rollicking performances of a music that so profoundly shaped the world for generations to come.
This is music that inspires and uplifts people… and makes ‘em wanna’ shake it!
In the deep mists of time a musician of modest abilities, by the name of Robert Johnson, reputedly struck a deal with the Devil at the infamous "Crossroads" of Highways 61 & 49, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. In exchange for his eternal soul, the Devil granted Robert supernatural guitar abilities and a haunting voice. This is the legendary origin story of
From this unlikely start, at the intersection of two unremarkable gravel roads, grew the rich traditions of The Blues; eventually migrating to the cities and inspiring the creation of Jazz, along the tumultuous path to an eruption of Soul and Rock & Roll in the 1950’s.
The GRAVEL ROAD draws inspiration from the giants in each of these musical traditions. They include Wilson Picket, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Van Morrison, Gregg Allman, Bob Seeger & Bruce Springsteen, just to name a few.
But THEIR influences were Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, Ray Charles, and so on: right back through the mists of time to Robert Johnson, standing at the Crossroads in the Mississippi Delta, at midnight...
The GRAVEL ROAD celebrates it all
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