The New Shoes Blues Band plays a broad range of the Blues and R&B. Originally formed as Tablues in early 2013, the band rebranded as Fault Line Blues Band in 2017. This outfit kept busy playing clubs, events, fairs, breweries, marathons, and other locations through 2019. In 2020, we are reformed with a new harmonica player, Steve Lopez and are working on some exciting new original material; Traditional Blues for a New Generation of blues enthusiasts
Who are we? New Shoes Blues Band is the cooperative product of four Bay Area guys with diverse musical backgrounds and talents. They have landed on the Blues as their chosen vehicle for expressing their musical creativity and for sharing their joy in performing for appreciative audiences around the Bay Area. All the guys have extensive experience in large and small performance settings from private parties to County Fairs. They have now joined forces to produce a style that features each player’s unique ability while embracing the ensemble.
Why “New Shoes” Blues Band? Fair question. More than just a clever rhyming name, it is our approach to bringing you a new Blues experience. While many of the songs we perform may be your favorites (and ours) from the acknowledged giants of the genre, we are also excited to introduce you to some new original tunes that reflect and respect the traditional Blues stylings of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, and others.
We hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events.
It is our goal to perform songs that bring back good memories--and make new ones!
Dan Gorrell --- Guitar and vocals
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.
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.
Steve Schaefer --- Bass and vocals
Born in Buffalo, New York, Steve grew up with classical music around — his mother played the cello. After years of the clarinet in the school band, he switched to the guitar in high school, inspired by the Beatles, Motown, the San Francisco sound, and AM Top 40 radio. He always wanted to play bass, and he finally got one in 2003. He plays electric bass guitar and upright. He’s a bassist in his community orchestra and plays in chamber music workshops, too. Before moving to the Blues, Steve co-founded Red Paint, a rock band, and played with them for six years. Steve proudly displays a tattoo of his Fender electric and upright basses on his left arm.
Rich Silveira --- Drums and vocals
Rich, a Bay Area Native, grew up in a musical house in Concord, California. His father played saxophone in '50s dance bands. As a teen in the '60s, Rich played in bands that practiced in his garage. 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 four 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.