Diddley Squat

Diddley Squat


This high energy band is from the East Texas bayou country and plays Delta to Chicago-style Blues and Memphis to West Coast Swing. Whether playing a festival, a casino, a club or a coffee house, they just love music and love to perform. You already know the Blues. Now you know – Diddley Squat


Diddley Squat's original blues songs and unique arrangements of cover tunes range from Delta to Chicago-Style Blues and Memphis to West Coast Swing. This highly entertaining band comes from the East Texas bayou country, and is comprised of five dedicated, and highly talented, full-time musicians: Jim Cobb (guitar/lead vocals), Sylvia Carrell (percussion/lead vocals), Rick Sims (saxophone/backup vocals), Rodney Beal (bass/backup vocals), and Val Nail (drums). Each brings their own rich history to the stage, and they come together in perfect sync to deliver a high-energy blues experience you won't soon forget.

Whether it's the chill bumps you get from listening to Jim's signature guitar licks and Sylvia's soulful vocals, the undeniable desire groove to Rodney's funky bass walks, Val's toe tappin', heart thumpin' drumbeat, or the urge to swoon when Rick serenades you with the sax, you're sure to enjoy the Diddley Squat experience.

You've entered the realm where the term 'Diddley Squat' means TOP NOTCH BLUES BAND! Take a peek at their list of credentials and you'll get the idea, but hearing, is believing. Whether on the festival stage, in the corner coffee shop, or on your car stereo, you simply must hear them! Then you too will be among the ranks of the constantly growing population who can proclaim…"NOW I KNOW!"

See www.sonicbids.com/diddleysquat for video, performance dates, and stage plot.

Contact Kent Hayford @ Rock-N-Country for booking information @ 318-990-0258 or kenthayford@yahoo.com


"DIDDLEY SQUAT's debut CD, "Caught Ya With Your Pants Down," has been played on public radio, as well as regionally, including 98 Rocks in the Shreveport, LA area. Their second CD, "Milk of Amnesia," is even more impressive. The Audio clips on this site are from the latter CD, which was entered into the 2006 "Best self-produced CD contest" by the Blues Foundation! "Milk of Amnesia" is now being played internationally (Italy, Poland, Argentina, etc.) and on radio stations all across the USA. Both CDs are available at www.dsquat.com

As a top shelf competitor, DIDDLEY SQUAT placed 2nd in the highly respected and well attended Sonny Boy Blues Society Annual Battle of the Bands (Helena, AR) in 2003. At their follow-up performance in 2004, they took 1st place. This landed them the honor of opening the 2004 King Biscuit Blues Festival (now The Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival, another annual event in Helena, AR, and one of the most famous and respected blues festivals in the world) and a coveted sponsorship (by SBBS) at the IBC in Memphis in 2005! The International Blues Challenge is where the crème de la crème of the world's unsigned blues artists compete for prizes including international recognition, musical equipment, and choice gigs in the future. Entry into this Challenge is exclusive and by sponsorship only! In 2006 the band returned to the IBC, this time sponsored by the Shagbark Blues Society of Paris, TX.

Most recently, in October 2007, DIDDLEY SQUAT won the Texarkana Blues Society's compitition and is again headed to Memphis in 2008, this time with TBS sponsorship and their new personnel, including the addition of the red-hot female singer/percussionist Sylvia Carrell and the replacement of their previous drummer with the awesomely smokin' Val Nail.

Additional Credentials:

Pinetop Perkins' Annual Homecoming 2005 & 2006 - Hopson Plantation, Clarksdale, MS

Louisiana State Hog Rally, Opened for .38 Special and Bad Company on separate occasions - Shreveport, LA

Alleyfest - Opened for Eddie Money in 2005 and Delbert McClinton in 2006 - Longview, TX

Texarkana Blues Festival, 2006 - Opened for Big Jack Johnson - Texarkana, AR

Paris, TX Blues Festival, 2005 - Paris, TX.

Leadbelly Blues Festival 2006 - Shreveport, LA.

T-Bone Walker Blues Festival 2006 and 2007-
Music City Texas Theater - Linden, TX.

Texarkana Blues & Bar-B-Que Festival 2007 – Texarkana, TX

Shreveport/Bossier City, LA Casino appearances:
Boomtown Casino
Diamond Jack's Casino
Horseshoe Casino
Isle of Capri Casino
Sam's Town Casino

Set List

Our normal 4-set show ranges from 45 minutes to an hour-long each set... We play a mix of traditional blues, a little classic rock, and some soul thrown in to keep it interesting!