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Drop Dead Red / Bio

This boisterous, soulful band is one of a kind here in Sacramento. DuHain's Joplin-esque vocals are chilling and sensual as her band fills the room with haunting sound. They're one hell of a "drinking band", too; these guys will have your glasses raised and your senses tingling.

"She’s a name you’ve likely heard, if not read about in alt papers like The Sacramento News & Review. If you’ve seen her in person, she is unmistakable. Imagine you walk into a show and see a tall, curvy woman with a guitar, belting out heartbreak and songs about rising from the ashes of the naive girl who got mixed up. One doesn’t forget this gal. This is Carly DuHain, a longtime staple of the singer-songwriter community here in Sacramento as a solo artist and as backing vocalist for Be Brave Bold Robot. After a handful of glowing reviews last year, even taking the spotlight off of Robot’s frontman Dean Haakenson in a piece about that band, Carly has decided to bring some back up to her shows. The Carly DuHain Band is exactly what it should be. Carly’s heart-wrenching songs with a full backing band that compliments without overshadowing. With brother-and-sister team Richard and Jessica Williams on Bass/trumpet and keys respectively, and Former Robot drummer Tony Ledesma’s metronome rhythm, the songs spring to life on their own in fresh ways." - Karl Smarkel, ranSACkedmedia.com

"At 29, DuHain has developed a style combining strength and vulnerability in equal measures. She says she plays original music that “evokes intense emotions through the most basic words possible.”

DuHain translates emotion through a knack for songwriting and a knockout voice that mixes whiskey, smoke and heartbreak while never letting go of the delicacy of love and desire." - Deb Belt, Sacramento Press

"She curses like a sailor, drinks the guys in her band under the table, and will make eyes go teary when she roars the lyrics of classic Beatles tunes.

With Carly DuHain on vocals and guitar, the singer’s eponymously named band—featuring Gabe Aiello (lead guitar), Richard Williams (bass, trumpet) and Tony Ledesma (drums)—combines its love of Muddy Waters, Janis Joplin and George Jones to craft its sound.

Think seductive, soulful tunes with an Americana flair sealed with enough bluesy bravado that it might even make the late Waters raise an eyebrow.

And whether she’s singing about heartache, depression or illness, DuHain said she writes music as a way to connect with the audience and insists they leave knowing one simple thing.

“[T]hey’re not alone,” DuHain said. “Any weirdness, any oddities, any pain, any singularity that they felt was damaging or solitary, they’re not alone. And they can convene with people who are like-minded.”
- Steph Rodriguez, Sacramento News & Review

General Info

Band Members
Carly DuHain, Gabe Aiello, Richard Williams, Tony Ledesma
Artist Name
Drop Dead Red
Home Page
Active Since
Alternative / Rock

Contact Info

Sacramento, CA