With years of combined musical experience, "The Blues Hawks" recreate some of the best Blues music ever recorded!
Accomplished musicians in their own right have come together to recreate some of the best Blues music ever recorded! Performing songs from artist such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert Collins, Cream, ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Freddie King, BB King, CCR, Jimi Hendrix and many more.
Mike DiFrank (Lead Vocals/Bass Guitar):
Mike DiFrank is a well traveled South Jersey singer, songwriter, musician, and multi-instrumentalist who has played in numerous cover bands through the years.
He is a dedicated and meticulous, self taught musician who never settles for second best and was reviewed as, “One hell of an artist while watching him perform live.”
Mike has an excellent vocal range that spans from the beautiful soft melodies of James Taylor, belting out the Southern Rock of the Allman Brothers, to pouring out his guts singing the down and dirty blues of early ZZ-Top. His geniune, easy going performance style draws the crowd into the moment, and brings the music to life.
His debut album, Landscapes on his record label Jersey Dog Records, incorporates several elements of music and certainly does not disappoint! More recently he released a new album, Brand New World. His best work to date!
Mike applies all of his musical experience and knowledge into the recreation of some of the best Blues music ever as performed by the ‘The Blues Hawks’
Frank Sonsini (Lead Guitar):
Frank Sonsini grew up in the wooded area that is beautiful Marlton, NJ.
" I grew up listening to Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, John Lee Hooker and the like".
At age 13, I found an old Harmony electric guitar in my grandfathers attic that my uncle had once played. That was it for me. It just felt right in my hands. I knew the guitar was my passion! From then on, I would sit and listen to songs over and over working out the notes on my guitar.”
At age 16, he played his first paying gig at All That Chazz Lounge on Rt. 73 in Marlton. Playing in numerous Rock bands since, including Nasty Canasta that gained interest from Polygram Records.
Over the years Frank began to take interest in multitrack recording. After purchasing numerous recorders and spending hours and hours on this craft, he learned how to record and mix music at a professional level.
With firm knowledge of recording and engineering, he fell into composing music for film and various mediums.
Frank’s first film project consisted of composing bone chilling, original music for the 1999, TNT Network production, Faces of Evil. This documentary combines a score by the late Bernard Herrmann, interviews with John Carpenter and Marilyn Manson, and narration by Malcolm McDowell. TNT aired the documentary multiple times following The Devil’s Advocate, starring Al Pacino. The Hollywood Reporter reviewed it as "compelling imagery with excellent music."
He provided dark, erie and symphonic arrangements for Vancouver filmmakers, Titan Pictures for a movie based on the H.P. Lovecraft story, The Terrible Old Man, The film has thrilled audiences at Indie Film Festivals and sci-fi conventions across North America, and was aired on the Canadian TV channels: Space - The Imagination Station, and BRAVO!
Robusto Records released a haunting Halloween CD, Symphony of the Night, that combines heinous sound effects with Frank’s wicked original compositions. The compilation is desribed as "a bubbling cauldron of musical mayhem and spine-chilling sounds that will frighten and delight all who dare to embark on this Epic Halloween Journey."
Frank’s music was used as the memorable creepy soundtrack for the short film Last Stand and an eight-minute Director's Cut from the 2007 sleeper zombie film, George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead.
His evil tunes set the scene for the Flash animation series The Perils of…Dr. Shroud. Robert Feldman (creater of Dr. Shroud) joined Dee Snider and Debbie Rochon of Fangoria Radio for a studio interview in March, 2007, who gave him kudos for his music production.
E! Entertainment Television featured Frank’s Rock music to accompany Tara Reid’s Taradise, somber rhythms for 25 Celebrity Near Death Experiences, and upbeat Rock tracks for the Chelsea Lately Show and 20 Acts Of Love Gone Wrong, his Mexican style guitar performance in 25 Most Memorable Swimsuit Moments.
Howard Eskin, WIP AM 610 Philadelphia Radio Sports Host, has featured his music on his radio promotion.
After years of studio work, Frank was anxious to publicly perform and honor the most talented musicians that inspired him throughout his life, bringing him back to his roots, playing the “Blues!”
Dave Brodnick (Drums):
Originally from Cherry Hill and now residing in Winslow, NJ., Dave began at a early age taking lessons from his father “Richard”, an outstanding Jazz / Swing drummer.
Dave was inspired by the innovative Jazz and Funk styles of Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, David Garibaldi and many other drummers that were known for their virtuoso technique, power, groove, and speed.
In High School Dave developed his talents, performing in the High School Jazz Band and Orchestra. During that time, he also played Progressive Rock / Jazz Fusion music by bands including Rush, Yes, Return to Forever and The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
In his twenties Dave joined the U.S. Navy and became a member of the Naval Base Jazz Band. Throughout his term of service he also performed in the Naval Base Marching Band, while stationed at the largest training station in the Navy, The Naval Training Center Great Lakes.
When the Blues was at the height of it’s revival, Dave was able to be a part of it, spending time at Buddy Guy’s club “Legends” in Chicago. Exposure to and playing with a number of talented Blues musicians while stationed in Portland Maine, allowed Dave to enhance his musical arsenal.
He is the rock solid foundation of this band!