The Used Blues Band is a 5 piece high energy guitar & harmonica driven dance blues band. Voted the best blues act by the Sacramento Blues Society for the last 2 years, internationally recognized as semi-finalist in the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis for 2012 & 2013 and one of the most popular blues bands in northern California. With a recently released CD, a recording contract signed with TMG Records for the next CD, the band is ready to perform anywhere, anytime!
Sean “Harmonica Mac” McGroarty
A roadie from the age of 13, Sean traveled the country with some of the biggest rock & blues bands of the late 70’s & early 80’s. Later learning to play the blues harp himself, Sean has taught under & performed with Blues Hall of Fame legend Darrell Mansfield and others such as Tommy Castro, Rod Piazza & Ana Popovic. Awarded Harmonica Player of the Year and Band Leader of the Year for 2013 by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame as well as a finalist for the IBC Best Harmonica Player Award in Memphis sponsored by Lee Oskar for 2012 & 2013, Sean & the Used Blues Band have performed at the world famous Monterey Blues Festival as well as countless clubs & and with other blues artists throughout California.
Gary “Guitar” Anthony -Guitar
Gary is a seasoned guitarist having spent over 20 years as a professional studio guitarist, is one of the newest members of the Las Vegas Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and he has performed with Brent Midland of The Grateful Dead, Jazz Hammond great Terell Prude’, blues singer Archie Johnson and many more. Touring at venues such as Disneyland, Harrah’s Tahoe, Circle Star Theater and the Concord Pavilion, Gary loves the stage and puts on a show every time he performs. His quality of “from the gut” blues riffs is moving every time he plays.
Raymond Victor- Piano/Organ Vocals
Raymond has worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles for ten years recording with Sly Stone, Steve Wonder, Bobby Womac and Larry Graham, and has performed with Bobby "Blue" Bland, Big Momma Thorton, Elvin Bishop, Kathi MacDonald, Steve Freund, Red Archibald and the Internationals and Luther Tucker.
Diane Dutra – Bass & Vocals
Diane, a bassist since the age of 9, soon began playing in the big leagues touring and performing with the likes of Marty Balin of Jefferson Starship, Luther Tucker, Jimmy McCracklin, Red Archbald & Alvon Johnson from the Coasters . She knows his way around the fret board and her bass tone and chops are a welcome addition to the band as well as her great vocals.
Steve Trovao - Drums
A full time teacher and performing musician, Steve is a professional from the word go. As one would expect, Steve has played with the standard laundry list of world class musicians and covers blues rock and many other styles. He is solid and reliable which in the blues world, seperates him from most drummers.
The "Blues Crew" is our legendary list of special guests who sit in with the band at many of our shows such as Alvon Johnson (formerly of the Coasters), Blues Hall of Fame giant Darrell Mansfield, Grammy winning artist Ira Walker, Bobby Ray Watson (formerly with Ike Turner) and many more.