Stan's roots go back to the family farm in Kansas; where hard work and play were accompanied by John Deere tractors, V-8 cars, & country guitars. His brother's baritone horn was the first instrument, followed by guitar, vocals, sax, flute, and an interest in keyboards. He spent his college years studying music in Michigan, later moving to Chicago to play its clubs, and finally to San Francisco to form one of the hardest working bands in the Bay Area. They have a Grand Ole Time ...
Dishin' up a great big plate of Roots Rockin' Grooves ...
With a little of everything on the side!
The Stan Erhart Band ...
An eclectic mix of the finest musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. This group plays for the moment, and covers a spectrum of blues/r&b, rock, soul-jazz, & originals ... served separately, or mixed and stirred. Different formats for different events (trio, quartet, duo, large band) ... seasoned with guitar, sax, keys, or other instrumentation.
Stan Erhart (Guitar/Vocals); Michael Warren (Bass); Randy Hayes (Drums/Backing Vocals); & often Nancy Wright (Tenor Sax).
Missing You (June, 2010): Recorded & mixed at Garth Webber's Red Rooster Studio, Berkeley, CA. Immediately received airplay on Bay Area blues stations. Seven radio friendly originals and six Blues/R&B classics performed by some of northern California's favorite musicians. Stan Erhart on vocals & guitar, Michael Warren on bass (Merl Saunders, Leo Nocentelli), Randy Hayes on drums & harmonies (Coco Montoya, John Wedemeyer), Nancy Wright on tenor sax (B.B. King, John Lee Hooker), Mike Emerson on keys (Elvin Bishop, Percy Sledge), plus Garth Webber on guitar [tracks 10 & 12] (Miles Davis, Ford Brothers Blues Band). Great feel and tight arrangements performed by a world class band that's not afraid to take chances. What could be better?
At The Saloon (2007): Recorded at the oldest bar in San Francisco, 'The Saloon' in North Beach. Engineered by Greg Stathes. Stan Erhart on vocals & guitar, Michael Warren on bass, Dennis Dove on drums, and Drift Wood on keys.
Hack Bondo (1997): Recorded, mixed and produced at Mr. Toad's Recording Studio, 5th & Bluxome, San Francisco, CA. Engineered by Tardon Feathered. Stan Erhart on vocals & guitar, Bob Waterman on bass, and Brad Torres on drums.
Chicago Class of '85 (1985): This was a compilation project in Chicago, IL, featuring some of the area's best club bands of the year. Stan was in the band 'Risk!', with the DeMarco brothers (Joey, Johnny, & Sammy), and Jimmy Kidd (uncle to guitarist Paul Gilbert). The Illinois Entertainer sponsored the album and featured it on a cover. Unrelated side note: If you were anywhere near Chicago in '85, you may remember the Chicago Bears' 'Super Bowl Shuffle', featuring the Refrigerator and quarterback Jim McMahon. It reached #41 on the music charts, and was on the jukebox everywhere 'Risk!' played.
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"San Francisco singer/songwriter Stan Erhart exists in that blues-rock space occupied by John Hiatt,..."San Francisco singer/songwriter Stan Erhart exists in that blues-rock space occupied by John Hiatt, Warren Zevon, and Dave Alvin. With his weary, gravelly voice, Erhart exists well outside of the pop mainstream, but should find fans among those who seek a rootsy, American style..."
We do a mix of original & classic rockn' blues, R&B, and jazz. Sets are elastic and anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. Songlist sampling...
CLOSE DOWN - Stan Erhart
CONFESSION - Stan Erhart
ECHO - Stan Erhart
HEY BABY (I Need You Tonight) - Stan Erhart
I DON'T FEEL GOOD - Stan Erhart
LET ME DOWN EASY - Stan Erhart
MEAN HEARTED WOMAN - Stan Erhart
MISSING YOU (Melodia in Bb) - Stan Erhart
ONE OF THESE MORNINGS - Stan Erhart
PLEASE - Stan Erhart
SINCE I MET YOU - Stan Erhart
THE BETTIN' MAN - Stan Erhart
AFTER MIDNIGHT - JJ Cale
ALL YOUR LOVE (I Miss Lovin') - Otis Rush
BIG LEGGED WOMAN - Freddie King
CANTALOPE ISLAND - Herbie Hancock
COLD DUCK TIME - Eddie Harris
HEARTBREAK HOTEL - Elvis
HELP THE POOR - BB King
HERE IN THE DARK - Taj Mahal
HI-HEEL SNEAKERS - Tommy Tucker
HIPPOLOGY - Ronnie Earl/Bruce Katz
HONEY HUSH - Fulson & Washington
HOT CHA - Junior Walker
I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU - Willie Dixon
JELLY, JELLY - Billy Eckstine & Earl Hines
LAUNDROMAT BLUES - Sandy Jones, Jr./Albert King
MERCY, MERCY, MERCY - Josef Zawinul
MUDSLIDE - Anson Funderburgh
MY BABE - Willie Dixon
MYSTERY TRAIN - Junior Parker/Sam Phillips
OH, PRETTY WOMAN (Can't Make You Love Me) - AC Williams
PHONE BOOTH - Walker, Cray, & Cousins
SICK AND TIRED - Chris Kenner
SOMETHING YOU GOT - Chris Kenner
STRUT - Taj Mahal
THE HUNTER - Stephen Cropper & Booker T Jones
TODAY I STARTED LOVING YOU AGAIN - Buck Owens
YOU DON'T LOVE ME - Willy Cox
WAIT ON TIME - The T-Birds
WHO'S BEEN TALKIN' - Howlin' Wolf
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