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The Loose Gravel Blues Band was formed in 1980 to open for a Charlie Musselwhite concert.  Since that first gig, the band has opened for such acts as Elvin Bishop, James Brown, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, Delbert McClinton, the Tommy Castro Band, Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers and many more.
The Boys
Bob "Roosterfish" Dennison
The Roosterfish has been fronting blues and R&B bands since the early '60s including RD and The Showmen and The Charades.  His driving guitar rhythms and vocal style were the force behind the Loose Gravel sound.  For over 25 years he was the host of the ABCs of the Blues radio show broadcast every week from the University of California Stanislaus.  The show featured a comprehensive history of the blues as well as new releases and interviews with artists.
  KCSS 91.9  Bob is now retired and living in Escondido, CA.
 
John Keith
John's solid bass lines, guitar / slide work, and rich vocals were an integral part of the LG sound.  Originally from L.A., he toured nationally in the 60s and early 70s with The American Revolution, managed by Casey Kasem.  In addition to being a member of The Charades for many years, he was also a successful solo artist in his own right with several CDs of original material to his credit.  John passed away July 30, 2009.
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Steve Gaut
Adding harp and vocals to the mix, the "guru of the blues" was a founding member of LG.  Over the years, Steve had been involved in keeping the blues alive by bringing such acts as Ray Charles, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, and Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers to Central California.
 
John King
A long time regular in central California nightclubs, John joined the band in 1984.  He brought his tenor sax, bass, and vocal stylings to the band, expanding its capabilites even further.
 
Rocky Siegenthaler
Another founding member of Loose Gravel, Rocky is also a well known figure in the Central California nightclub scene.  He has performed and recorded with many artists over the years as well as working as a studio musician in Los Angeles.  He currently is a member of Lake Bottom Blues with Hal Kent, John Lauffenburger and Gary DeFoe of The Charades.
 
Hal Kent
A founding member of Loose Gravel, Hal has worked with the "Roosterfish" and Rocky since the mid '60s.  During the '70s, he toured and recorded with the Los Angeles based jazz-rock band Champion.  He currently is a member of Lake Bottom Blues with Rocky Siegenthaler, John Lauffenburger and Gary DeFoe of The Charades.
 
John Lauffenburger
A versatile double and electric bassist, John was the newest member of Loose Gravel and is constantly in demand both on stage and in the studio.  His expansive list of credits includes working with Joe Williams, Larry Carlton, and an album release with KLiP Trio.  He currently is a member of Lake Bottom Blues with Hal Kent, Rocky Siegenthaler and Gary DeFoe of The Charades.


 
 


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