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Blues Handle Band / Bio

BLUES HANDLE BAND.....Jumpin' blues to move your feet!
For booking information email the band at blueshandle@aol.com

This four-piece band of well-seasoned St. Louis urban blues musicians is eager to bring down the house at every club they encounter.
Matt Morrell and Joe Gerst formed the Blues Handle Band in 1990. This band can be seen at a variety of venues from nightclubs to Blues Festivals throughout the Midwest. Meet the members of Blues Handle.

Matt Morrell – Harmonica, Percussion

Matt has played his unique style of harmonica professionally for over 20 years. Highly regarded by fellow musicians as one of the best pickup players in St. Louis. Prior to Blues Handle, Matt performed with the Breeze Band, and from this band came some of the influence for Blues Handle. That is saying a lot seeing how Blues is the true American music that has many roots in St. Louis.

Joe Gerst – Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocalist, and Song Writer

Joe is a product of several generations of musicians including his grandfather and father. Joe is steadily following in their footsteps. Joe also has played professionally in the St. Louis area for over 20 years. Joe and Matt, who are life long friends, have played in many bands together throughout their careers. It’s obvious when you see them perform. Joe’s unique lyric ability motivates this band to higher levels.

Dennis Dailey – Bass Guitar

Dennis has over 35 years experience as a musician playing Electric Bass, Drums and Guitar. Throughout his career, he has worked continuously both in St. Louis and on the road. He has toured internationally with well-known performers and recording artists in the USA, Europe, and the Caribbean Islands. During his years on the road, he participated in two USO tours. He has performed on more than 30 recordings which included sessions for King Records, Fraternity Records, RCA Studios, Chicago, Chess Records, Chicago and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio’s in Sheffield, Alabama. He is also an award winning video producer and editor with a degree in Multi-Media Communications.

Gary Kern - Drums

Gary has over 30 years of playing experience with various local and road bands. A blues shuffle drummer with roots in R&B and and blues.


The Blues Handle band has performed at a wide variety of venues:

K-SHE 95 Blue Monday Radio Show, audience of 350,000

Soulard Mardi Gras Annually – performed 1994-2004

St. Louis blues Heritage Festival/Big Muddy Blues Festival 1994,1995,1997, 1999,2003, 2006, 2009

Soulard Bastille Day

Jefferson County Fair

Bellevue Blues Festival, featured

Mid-Coast Mania, viewing audience of 2.2 million

Harp Attack – St. Louis 1996, 1998, 2002

Mid Mississippi Muddy Waters Blues Bash, Quincy, IL 1998

Quincy Blues in the District- 1999 Annually

Quincy Blues Festival 1999.2009

WSIE 88.7 Live Broadcasts

Opening Act for Chuck Berry and Bobby Rush 1999

Lemp Mansion Halloween Party 2001-2006

St Charles Blues Festival 2003

City of Bridgeton, MO Parks and Recreation The Summer Concert in the Parks season Gentry Park 2009

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Fall Festival Annually - performed 2009-2012 DownTown Park, Cobden, IL

Loading Dock
Grafton, IL http://graftonloadingdock.com/

Broadway Oyster Bar
St Louis, MO http://broadwayoysterbar.com/

Boathouse in Forest Park
St Louis, MO http://www.boathouseforestpark.com/

CJ Muggs
Webster Groves, MO http://www.cjmuggs.com/webster.htm

Wenwood Farm Winery
Bland, MO http://www.wenwoodfarmwinery.com/

Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery
Farmington, MO http://twinoaksvineyard.com/

Vance Vineyards
Fredricktown, MO http://www.vancevineyards.com/

Lau- Nae Winery
Red Bud, IL http://www.lau-naewinery.com/

1860 Saloon
Soulard/St Louis, MO http://1860saloon.com/

MIke and Mins
Soulard/St Louis, MO

Ninth And Russell
Soulard/St Louis, MO

Molly's
Soulard/St Louis MO http://mollysinsoulard.com/

BB's Jazz Soup and Blues
St Louis, MO http://www.bbsjazzbluessoups.com/

Mississippi Nights
St Louis, MO

Stagger Inn Again
Edwardsville, IL http://staggerinnagain.com/page8.php

Knuckle Heads
Springfield IL

Southwest Missouri Sate University
Springfield, MO

Mojo's
Columbia, MO http://www.mojoscolumbia.com/

The Blind Pig
Quincy, IL http://www.facebook.com/blindpigquincy

The Dock
Quincy, IL

Missouri Bar and Grill
St Louis, MO http://www.missouribarandgrille.com/

Bearcat Campground and Getaway
Lesterville, MO http://www.bearcatgetaway.com/

Sky Music Lounge
Ballwin, MO http://www.skymusiclounge.com/

Corner Bar
St Charles, MO

Tuner's on Main
St Charles, MO http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tuners-on-Main-Street/123041564419844

Many private parties, fund raisers, benefits, charity events, special events and weddings
Most recently performing one of their original hits “She’s So Fine” on the television show Mid-Coast Mania, seen on KPLR in St. Louis. Blues Handle can be seen throughout the St. Louis region weekly and look forward to their CD release in 2013.

For booking information email the band at blueshandle@aol.com

General Info

Artist Name
Blues Handle Band
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/blueshandleband
Active Since
01/90
Genres
Blues

Contact Info

Location
St Louis, MO
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