New Shoes Blues Band
Dan Gorrell --- Guitar and vocals (founding member)
Dan is a native of southwest Ohio who lived in Louisville, Kentucky and Fresno before coming to the Bay Area in 2010. He started playing guitar as a teenager in numerous bands in Cincinnati and Louisville. After a long hiatus from performing he returned to stage work in 2008 and became a fixture in the Fresno blues scene, playing with some of that area’s most talented musicians. His early influences include Motown and many of the British blues guitarists. He has gradually gravitated toward the more blues-based southern rock bands and Mike Bloomfield's various adventures. He currently lives in Hayward and is convinced he was always a Californian — he just didn't realize it.
Rich Silveira --- Drums and vocals
Rich is a Bay Area native who grew up in Concord, California, where as a teen in the '60s, Rich's bands that practiced in his garage (and seldom ventured out). After a long hiatus for college, career, and raising a family, Rich got back behind a kit as a church drummer in Alameda. Over the last ten years he has played Blues/Rock with Milpitas-based FOG, as well as Country/Blues covers with Retreaux (out of Martinez). For the last five years, Rich has found his musical home drumming for this group of musicians, playing great blues and having great fun performing all over Northern California. He's looking forward to the new focus on original music that New Shoes Blues Band will be playing and recording.
Steve Lopez --- Harmonica and vocals
Growing up in Sunnyvale, Steve picked up his first harmonica while attending junior high. While in High School in Sunnyvale, he heard Sonny Terry and Lee Oscar play the harmonica it was then he started to take the harp more seriously. As a member of The FOG, he recorded original music and the musical score for the short film The Last Glimmer. Steve has also played with the Country band Three on the Tree, Rock cover band Chain of Fools and the Firebird Blues Band. His music influences range from Big Band sounds to the Blues of Sonny Terry to the sound of the Bay Area Rock of the late 60's and early 70’s.
Scott Goldberg --- Bass and vocals
Scott studied music at Cal State Hayward, where he concentrated on jazz and classical guitar, and also studied composition, arranging, and jazz theory with Dave Eshleman. Scott's musical roots are firmly entrenched in blues, bluegrass, ragtime, and slide guitar. He also has a strong background in solo jazz guitar, fingerstyle guitar, funk, classical, country, rock, and reggae guitar. A kid who picked up his first guitar at the age of seven, Scott performed his first professional gig at the age of twelve. Since then, Scott has performed in countless bands and venues, including the famous Fillmore West, in San Francisco, CA. Now Scott is adding his experience and expertise to the New Shoes team as our bass player and collaborator extraordinaire!
The best is yet to come!
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