BLUE RHYTHM SANDWICH coalesced into a band in 2012, out of the NYC blues jam scene. Leigh Harrison (vocals, guitar, percussion) and Bobby Perfect (guitar, vocals) had been playing as a duo for many years, and had worked together in numerous bands. At a downtown NYC pub, Local 269 -- which hosted blues jam sessions -- Leigh and Bob met Dave Gerstein (bass) and Lyall Croft (drums), who shared their love for the blues, rock, country, pop, R'n'B, and rockabilly. They've been playing together for over six years.
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BOBBY PERFECT is a lifelong musician and composer of numerous instrumental music pieces. He has played throughout the US, and in Europe in bands where he played guitar and/or bass. His college band, Good Neighbors, opened for NRBQ on several occasions. Bobby plays 6-and 12-string acoustic and electric guitars, and bass guitar, and has been playing in bands since childhood. Bobby has performed at numerous venues throughout the New York area, including The Back Fence, The Bitter End, and The Red Lion, in Greenwich Village, as well as The Scotland Yard Blues Bar in Hoboken, N.J. He has worked with numerous bands, including the Night Owls, Blue Fuse, The Blues Blazers, Blue Rooster Pie, Lonesome Valley Riders, and Sweet Cash band. He currently plays lead guitar in the country band, Sweet Cash, as well as in the jam band, Bokum Road, and in NYC as part of the duo, BlueBird. He composed the guitar instrumental heard in the opening and closing credits of the Poet to Poet TV show, now on You Tube. Bobby has released two CDs on the SongCrew label, "Light Blue" and "Shackles;" his duo, BlueBird, has a new CD available, "BlueBird At My Window."
LYALL CROFT started playing drums at twelve, and began playing professionally at eighteen. He was a member of three bands listed in the 2000 list of top 25 Worcester, MA, rock bands of all time including, The Outskirts, The Dialtones and The Creatures of Habit, and opened for such artists as Jefferson Starship, The Fixx, and John Cale. He attended Berklee College of Music, studying under Gil Grant and Skip Hagberg, and moved to Boston in the early 1990ís. Lyall began playing in Boston, MA, in such bands as The Charles River Kin, and Chord on Blue. He has played with Susan Tedeschi (Tedeshi Trucks Band), Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), Matt Stubbs (Charlie Musselwhite), Lenny Bradford (Joe Lewis Walker), Little Joe Cook, Weeping Willy and Henry Lee Spencer, and has performed at such venues as the Paradise (Boston), Palladium (Worcester, MA), Rocky Hill Park (Rhode Island), The Blues Club (New Orleans), and at festivals and clubs throughout New England and beyond. He currently also plays with Henge.
DAVID GERSTEIN played bass behind Joey Dee & the Starliters for more than nine years. In that chair, he backed up The Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), The Coasters ("Charlie Brown"), The Regents ("Barbara Ann"), the Soul Survivors ("Expressway To Your Heart"), Eddie Holman ("Hey There, Lonely Girl"), Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & the Raiders), Dave and Eddie Brigati (The Young Rascals -- later -- The Rascals), and others. He has been active in the NYC blues scene, playing with many local artists, such as the band, "Inwood Jones," and has worked with performers like Bo Diddley and Roscoe Gordon. Dave also currently works with the renowned Joey Dee & the Starliters (creators of the "Peppermint Twist" song and dance), and the Anodyne Blues Band.
LEIGH HARRISON is a lifelong composer, and a songwriter with two CDs released by SongCrew Music: "Eclectic Chanteuse" and "Oh, Wow!" She plays 6- and 12-string acoustic and electric guitar, Dobro, banjo-guitar, percussion, and African flute. She first sang when she was young, in a circle of women hosted by Janis Joplin in Janis' attic in San Francisco. Leigh's written songs since childhood, and had written over 100 songs by the time she was in her 20's, in styles as diverse as pop, rock, country, blues, rockabilly, Western swing, jazz, Ladino, reggae, and classical. Her voice was described in the 1980's as "whiskey with a shot of honey" by rock press photographer Russell Reif. Leigh has played with Jaco Pastorius, Moogy Klingman, Charles Otis, and numerous rock, pop, country, and blues bands. In 2014, Leigh began planning a concert series called "Babes On Board," which features female-fronted bands; their first show was held in April, 2015, and the next two shows were presented in 2017, in March and May. She is planning to produce future Babes On Board shows, and is currently in the recording studio, working on her original guitar instrumentals, her original songs, and a collection of children's songs. She has a new spoken-word CD of her poetry, "Out Harps Upon the Willows," and her duo, BlueBird, has a new CD available entitled "BlueBird At My Window."
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