Pearl Alley
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Pearl Alley

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The best kept secret in music

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"BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE"

“Tight arrangements, lead by David Crane's brawling guitar, support Suzanne St. John's raw, rowdy vocals.... this debut [is] worth checking out." - BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE


"SANTA CRUZ METRO"

“This local five piece band heats things up like a red hot poker to the tush… Lead singer Suzanne St. John spits the flames… bringing some of Bonnie Raitt’s smoldering sensuality and Janis Joplin’s jaw-dropping intensity to the mic, together at last.” - SANTA CRUZ METRO


Discography

"Pearl Alley" - Debut CD, 2003

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Bio

PEARL ALLEY BAND BIO

SUZANNE ST. JOHN

Suzanne started singing only a few short years ago, when she was asked to join John Lee Hooker's nephew on stage for a memorable rendition of Crawlin' Kingsnake at a local juke joint. From then on, she was hooked. St. John clearly has a Joplin influence, if not only in her vocal style, her passion on stage. St. John writes the tunes and confesses to being a closet guitarist & tamborine player.

DAVID CRANE

Playing guitar and singing have been a passionate part of Dave's life since age thirteen. Performing in numerous cover and original bands, he always knew that eventually he would return to playing the blues. Dave puts Suzanne's lyrics and melodies to music and leads the band as they arrange each song. He blends his rock roots along with influences like Danny Gatton & The Black Crowes to Pearl Alley's unique style.

DOUG MANCINI

Doug began his distinguished career playing the Bay Area club scene from San Francisco to Monterey, and was eventually tapped by an L.A. producer and moved to Southern CA. While there he played L.A. circuit venues such as The Starwood, The Troubador, Roxy, and Whiskey A-Go-Go. Some of Douglas' former bands included musicians from Montrose, Sammy Hagar, Edgar Winter, and the Allman Brothers. In April, 2003, Doug was recruited by James Armstrong for a two week stint through five mid-western states, playing at top venues in 10 cities. The tour received warm reviews from critics in Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, and other cities. Two of those gigs were especially memorable for Doug; "Buddy Guy's Legends", where "the man" himself joined the enthusiastic audience for an evening of Blues, and The Marshall Civic Auditorium, where the band played two sold-out shows.

SMOKIN' JOE WILLIAMS

You’ve seen Joe playing all over town with Pearl Alley, The Blue Tornadoes, and every pro blues jam on the Central Coast. Joe's dancing fingers add soul, funk, and spirit to the Pearl Alley sound.

DENNIS DOVE

Dennis has played all over California for the last 20 years. He’s performed at the Monterey Blues Festival for several years now, and makes an occasional appearance at the House of Blues on Sunset with Marvin Banks. A genius drummer with chops that keep him in demand all over the bay area. Pearl Alley is pleased to share the stage with him!