DARK ROAD duo aka The BluesBirds / Bio

"DARK ROAD" is Harmonica Vic and Cinde, an emphatic, espoused acoustic duo whose strengths are comprised of melodious blues-style harmonica, inimitable vocals, accompanied by acoustic rhythm guitar and warm harmonies, performing passionately and in admiration of a wide variety of traditional blues/folk/country with a pure rural sound.

Victor (Harmonica Vic): Coming from a very musical family (late Uncle George was a well-known, world-wide nightclub singer; brother is the Great Harmonica Zeke; and son is Nashville recording artist Chris Nathan on Reverbnation), Vic has always followed harmonica-based music, first learning to play from his mom who taught him simple melodies. Vic incorporates the styles of Doc Watson, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Paul Butterfield, Jimmie Fadden and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band into his performances. He has shared the stage with Canada Juno winners such as Dutch Mason and Vann "Piano Man" Walls, and has played regional festivals. He has performed with Harmonica Zeke, country artist Jimmy Kaye, and legendary piano man Stan Szelest. He was 1/2 of Built for Comfort for 16 years from 1978 to 1994.

Cinde provides warm harmonies, rhythm guitar, and lead vocals on a compilation of songs from artists such as Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, and Odetta, all the way to Little Walter, Brownie McGhee, and Hank Williams Sr.  A troubled youth, Cinde turned to music as a way to smooth over some of the pain in her life, keeping the one thought in her mind from her loving grandmother, "whatever you do, never lose your faith." It paid off one night while the CSharp Band was performing at Colden Lakes and Vic and Cinde's paths crossed, and they have been together ever since. Vic then taught Cinde how to play rhythm guitar when she was 49 to accompany him, and they merged into DARK ROAD duo. (Cinde has a son Bradd who is powerful lead singer and lyricist for the band "Apex Down")

♫ Harmonica Vic & Cinde: Both being survivors of all kinds of life's adversities, they bring a unique perspective and artistic expression into their performances and into their own compositions. They chose the name "Dark Road" after a song written by legendary bluesman, Mr Brownie McGhee.

Life is after all a road....and through its up and downs, twists and turns, good and bad it leads us to ever ponder "what is light without the dark..." (Legend 1985)

Keep the faith!

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DARK ROAD duo aka The BluesBirds
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Blues / The Harmonica-Driven, Melodious, and Dulcet Tones / of Traditional/Classic♫Blues-Country-Folk

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Buffalo, NY