~ Steve Throop ~
Known for having a dynamic delivery and uniquely powerful vocal style. Conjuring the soulful screams and soaring vibrato filled highs reminiscent of Wilson Pickett. All the way down to the smooth deep baritone of Joe Williams along with the guttural growls and howls evoking memories of his main inspiration Blues legend, Chester Arthur Burnett "The "Howlin’ Wolf."
A native Californian, Steve got an early start learning his vocal skills with a short lived stint in the Golden State Boys Choir at the age of ten. He attributes attending close to a dozen of the San Francisco Blues Festivals in his youth for first giving him the Blues. In particular his first SF Blues Festival in 1979 at the tender age of 14. It featured Luanne Barton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Bay Area Legend Ron Thompson.
Hailing from the Left Coast's San Francisco Bay area which is known for producing some of the Worlds finest Purveyors of the Blues. Stepping in front his first band in 1983, Steve has assumed the position of frontman for a number of popular bands in the Bay area such as: The Notorious Space Heaters, Left Coast Groove and Old Habits to name a few. He formed the Steve Throop Group, ‘STG” in 1998. Always immersed in the Blues in one form or another he is half of the very unique Delta Blues duet known as Porkchop Jefferson & Stoneboro Slim who's first album "Back Down the Road a Piece" has been enjoying increasing airplay in Canada, the UK . Spreading on into Europe.
Jim has been a constant on the who's who list of Bay Area guitar slingers for nearly two decades now. Drawing from multiple styles he's known for his superb slide work as well as being a powerful lead player. He has a wide variety of blazing licks in his bag of tricks along with killer tone. he gets rom his beloved Gibson guitars through his customized vintage Fender amps. Not to mention having a great voice as well. A veteran of the Blues Jim has toured all over playing with a wide variety of well known players.
Bass / Vocals
Originally from New York Rick is a Sound Engineer who runs his own studio as well as being a phenomenal Bassist. He plays anything with strings, and plays it well~! He has been a permanent fixture of the Bay Area's who's who for over 30 years. Playing with wide variety of world renowned musicians. Folks who have played Woodstock, Monterey Pop and just about every Blues Festival or Major Music Festival that has been played in California. Also lending his talents to well known bands like Variant Soul and The Roadhouse Ramblers.
Piano /Synth / Keys/ Vocals
Another Cali boy, Will the Thrill as he's known has the most formal musical pedigree in the band. Having a depth of playing ability that most will never know. Then adding to that a member of the Doobie Brothers as a teacher and mentor, Will has fastracked his way up the musicians ladder. At the young age of 21 he brings a full range of Piano, Organ and Synthesizer skills to the mix. He's studied with the infamous Jazz Man Ray Brown as well and is currently finishing his degree in Music at San Jose State. With Touring with Superior Olive and playing with The White Album Ensemble already under his belt STG's proud to have him aboard.
Drums / Percussion / Vocals
Trap kit or washboard. Congas, Bongos anything percussive. Always on time FuzzyJohn Oxendine comes with a pedigree that reads like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Members list. Having played at Monterey Pop in the beginning of his career he went up from there. Moby Grape, Jerry Miller Band, Sons of Champlin, Rhythm Dukes, Boz Scaggs and the list goes on. Having Fuzzy in the band just makes it easy! Always in the pocket and doing what needs to be done it's an honor and a pleasure to have Fuzz in the band.
Jim is an internationally acclaimed, multiple award-winning percussionist, percussion educator and community drumming leader. His performance credits include: touring the world for 20 years with one of America's top corporate events bands, and headline festivals and concerts with Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Jerry Miller Band (Moby Grape), R & B "Lioness" Sista Monica Parker, and more. Jim is an endorser/clinician/product developer for a number of the premier music instrument manufacturers, including LP (Latin Percussion), Sabian Cymbals, ProMark Drumsticks, Audix Microphones, Gibraltar Drum Hardware and Factory Metal Percussion. Jim is a also rare seven-time winner of Drum! Magazine's annual Readers Poll Awards for his playing, teaching and instructional DVDs. He has appeared on numerous national and international media, including, PBS, NPR, the BBC, The Discovery Channel - South America, The New York Times, Rhythm Magazine - Chile, and more.
Jim is also world-renowned for being one of the leaders of the contemporary worldwide Community Drumming movement. He is also recognized as one of the pioneers of using interactive rhythm sessions for corporate team building and conference keynotes.Through his own company, Hands-On! Drumming® Events (www.HandsOnDrum.com), Jim travels the globe conducting rhythm sessions for corporate groups, community events, schools and private celebration