Diddley Squat

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The group’s front man is guitarist/vocalist Jim “Blind Lemon Pie” Cobb, whose influences range from the blues styling of Duke Robillard, Gatemouth Brown, T-Bone Walker, and Ronnie Earl. His vocals embrace it all – from jazz-tinged tunes to growling, strutting blues.

On the horn is the energetic Rick “Saxcat” Sims. Rick exudes enthusiasm as he honks and blows up magical leads, working his way through the crowd, leaving jaws dropping and heads spinning. His multiple saxes, displaying an array of custom-designed feline patterns, conjure up such influences as Boots Randolph, King Curtis, and Ace Cannon. Turn the sax man loose, and watch what happens.

Sylvia Carrell grew up singing along with Patsy Cline albums and old Mills Bros 78’s belonging to her dad. She developed a love for full, no-nonsense vocals and clever lyrics. and as an adult, became enamored of styles ranging from Maria Muldaur to jump-blues showman Wynonie Harris, to sassy Sippie Wallace, to name a few. She says it’s all inside, and it’s gotta come out.

Rodney “Gizmo” Beal is the steady-driving man on bass. At times this multi-instrumentalist is found walking the bass line like a younger, thinner Willie Dixon- and this walk comes with a definite swagger. He’s got the fire, the groove and the charisma- meaning he looks so darn cool doing it.

Val Nail, the band’s “shot in the arm”, is the “groove king” when performing. Val’s previous bands have varied from R&B to progressive trance-hop. His influences are The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, and Steve Gadd, to name a few. He went on tour with Little Milton on his last road gig in Texas before his death. Roll over Beethoven, here comes Val!


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