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"Local Singer"

Truly exceptional singing voices are rare and often hard to find. But right next door in Melancthon Township, Brenda Willis has managed to keep her talent a well guarded secret.
Willis has been playing acoustic guitar and singing since she was sixteen.
Donna who is also a very powerful singer performed on Stompin' Tom Conners' A.C.T. album and "...she can pick and sing with the best of them," says Conners.
Although New Country music is part of their venue they play Folk, Blues, Soft Rock, Bluegrass and music that may not readily be classed as any of these.
"When you like all kinds of music it's best not to be pigeon-holed into a particular style of music," Willis said. - The Dundalk Herald


Discography

CD: Welcome To Dufferin County
released Sept. 28, 2008
tracks receiving airplay: Everything's Alright
We Remember

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Brenda Willis

A truly exceptional singing voice, Brenda Willis has been playing acoustic guitar since she was a teen. The influences of Janis Joplin, Bobby Gentry, Sue Medley and Neil Young helped to form her own earthy and easygoing style. She is a singer/songwriter who draws her inspiration from real life situations, and is in the process of producing a new CD of her own original songs. She offers guitar and songwriting courses to young would-be musicians and frequently lectures at local highschools. Brenda is an entertaining solo performer, but admits she likes playing with a band best. A variety of musical groups, like Rural Rhythms (country/folk/bluegrass), Clubhouse (country rock/blues), and Sundae Mourning (accoustic folk rock), have laid claim to her talents in the past. Brenda also does backup vocals on recordings for Canadian blues/rock group Free Agents, and Canadian country troubadour, "Stompin' Tom Connors". Now she is adding her sweet, expressive voice to the "Donna Loree & the Rockin' Country Blues Band" mix. Prepare to get some wonderful goosebumps!

Donna Loree

Donna Loree is one of our Canadian treasures! She has a strong and resonant voice that can pull at your heartstrings. Donna has been performing since she was a teenager, and has played for festival and club circuits, cable TV and community events in quite a variety of bands, such as Burnt Biscuit Goodtime Band (bluegrass), Celebration Gospel Band (soul gospel), Rural Rhythms (country folk), Clubhouse(country and blues), and the Lucky Dog band (rockin' country & blues) to name a few. She loves studio work and can lay down vocals tracks in one or two takes, to the delight of recording artists like Canadian Icon, Stompin' Tom Connors', who (after featuring two of her songs, "My Whole World" and "August Moon Waltz", on his first comeback album) refers to her as the "female Hank Williams". Donna is a talented songwriter, and expresses herself in ways that make you think she's singing from your own heart. "Let's Get At It Tonight", a boogie blues tune she wrote, won best original at a regional studio and received a top 10 rating on Besonic's Canadian Internet Music Chart and top 100 on Besonic's Global Internet Music Chart. Donna has been working on a blues style that connects all her background influences and the results are tunes that really move you!

Bob Loree

Bob Loree is a master electric bassist, whose style is so varied it can sound like he's playing lead riffs. Early in his career, he adapted a chording system to accommodate the loss of two fingertips in a tragic accident, and has amazed countless people with his skill. When he's not knockin' us dead with his unique 6-string bass, he plays a rhythm-lead that's hard to copy. His timing is steady as a rock and he has a real gift for songwriting, and sometimes, we can even get him to add his sensual baritone voice to the mix. He is frequently called in as a session player for recordings for different artists because of his clean sound and 'quick take' abilities. Bob's been influenced over the years by country, folk and rock music, but his main love is blues. He has helped many young would-be musicians find their niche by teaching guitar and 'ear'jamming. As a performer, his years of experience give him a relaxed stage presence that is not often seen. Bob has played in many different bands (Planet, Rural Rhythms, Clubhouse & Lucky Dog to name a few) that performed for taverns, clubs, service groups, and private parties. He gets the most out of seeing the smiling response from audiences of all ages and one of his favourite gigs was a performance in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, with his wife, Donna Loree, and the reggae band, Rampage, when the guests stood up and cheered.

George Loree

George Loree is the driving beat behind the R.C.&B. band. He's a skilled percussionist and versatile professional drummer, with his roots in blues and rock. He comes from a musical family and has passed the "love" down throught the ranks, having influenced a number of younger family members to form bands of their own. He often participates in performances and recording dates as a freelance session player with other artists who recognize the deep well of talent he offers. When entertainers like Mo Kauffey come to town, George Loree is the first one they call. His experience in performing is extensive, with years of working in roadhouse bands and even doing solo gigs (Crazy Uncle George's Acoustic Kitchen Jam). In addition to his 'sticks & skins' abilities, George is an amazing blues singer. His voice can produce a smooth croon for backups or a throaty growl for leads. He has an interest in country style rhythm guitar, which offers diversity to his repertoire and adds a different twist to some of the venues he plays. George also contributes songwriting to the music project and his tunes give you a wonderful sample of life as he sees it. Full of attitude and p