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"Blues Plate Special"
  .......is a four-piece blues band (harmonica, guitar, bass, & drums) serving up a variety of "Hot,Tasty,...Cookin' Blues"  . . . straight-ahead, honest-from-the-soul, make-ya-wanna-testify BLUES!

Their house-rockin' shows feature original material  in a variety of styles.   And, of course, no blues show is complete without a few tunes by such blues greats as Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Little Walter, Buddy Guy, Paul Butterfield, Albert Collins, Jonny Lang, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, ...to name just a few.

They put Blues Plate Special  together in 1995 and have been doin' their best to keep the blues alive and well in the Southern Tier of New York State ever since!

The Players:

rayweb.gif (16311 bytes)Harmonica: "Rhythm Ray" Pettis - "Rhythm Ray" has been blowing the "Mississippi Saxophone" longer than he has been suckin' on it!! He has been in a variety of bands over the past 30+ years of performing and has worked with Stratcat Willie playing blues for a decade or so. Together they can also be caught doing their acoustic "back-porch" act, "SHORT ORDER BLUES".

willieweb.gif (17349 bytes)Guitar: "Stratcat Willie" Hayes   - "Stratcat Willie" has played lead guitar and sang with several bands since the early 60's. He and Catfish have been together off and on for over forty years. He has been playin' "nothin' but the blues" for the past several years and you might find him "sittin'  in" with any number of folks in the Southern Tier, or, when he gets a chance to travel, at clubs in New Orleans, Cincinnatti, Orlando, LasVegas, Key West....  

johnweb.gif (17666 bytes)Bass: John "Catfish" Wisor  - "Catfish" has been playing bass  since he could reach the neck of an upright. In addition to working with Stratcat, he spent some time touring in the 70's and 80's. More recently, he worked the local jazz clubs with "Sticks" before Blues Plate Special was born.

daveweb.gif (13172 bytes)Drums: Dave "Sticks" Fiorini - "Sticks" has been involved in a number of projects over the past several years, playing everything from Reggae to smooth jazz. He and Catfish worked together playing predominantly jazz when they caught the blues!

Put ‘em all together and you've got a real get-down BLUES party!

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