Cypress Groove Project

Cypress Groove Project

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Gritty swamp rock and originals band best played live. Influenced by the blues, inspired by soul, driven by rock, signed, sealed and delivered at the crossroads. Guaranteed to make you sweat, shake, scream and do things you shouldn't do in polite company!


The Cypress Groove Project is an American rock and originals band out of Chicago, born of the music that migrated here from the Mississippi Delta; born of swamp and red clay, of sweat and hard living, of cigarettes and alcohol, of mean mistreatin' women and lyin' no good men.

The band was forged at a Chicago jam night, where frontman Johnny Spiz and slide guitar player Chuck Wasserburg discovered a mutual kinship in their admiration for artists like Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher. And Chuck's slide playing was perfectly suited for originals like Johnny's "Shacked Up in Mississippi".

Together with versatile and hard workin' guitarist Steve Torres; drummer Dave Behringer, a solid veteran of the rock and blues music scene in Chicago and the East Coast; and bassist Al Meakens, whose melodic bass lines are steeped in rock, gospel and blues, the Cypress Groove Project is a powerhouse live band.

CGP has created a swampy rock feel infused with individual band member influences that range from blues and soul to funk and alt country--what we like to call American Fusion.

Whether its a festival, a drinking establishment or a private performance, their set list is custom made to get folks swinging and grooving.


Promo disc; several songs on this site. Currently recording our first CD.

Set List

The Cypress Groove Project has enough material to play all night. On average, we play two and three one-hour sets. A typical set includes a mix of originals and covers:

Shacked Up in Mississippi (Original)
Down in the Flood (Derek Trucks Band/Bob Dylan)
All the Time in the World (The Subdudes)
Hell Yeah (Original)
Shake’em On Down (Fred McDowell/North Mississippi Allstars)
Highway 61 Revisited (Johnny Winter/Bob Dylan)
Gino’s Blues (Original)
Spoonful (Willie Dixon)
Just Can’t Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters)
Catfish Pie (Original)
I Take What I Want (Sam & Dave)
Too Much Alcohol (J.B. Hutto)
Do You Ever Think of Me (Original)
Dead Flowers (Rolling Stones)
Cold Sweat (James Brown)
The Moon Came Calling (Original)