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The best kept secret in music

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"Just as every great guitarist from Robert Johnson and B. B. King to Alvin Lee and Stevie Ray Vaughn has performed the blues with a distinctive style, so has Randell Young taken creative strides to cut his own turf."

"As Randell Young proved so effectively, the electric guitar is never put to greater use than when wielded by a masterful blues player." - Robert Kinsler


"Randell Young's group has a tight, cosmopolitan sound." - Bill Kohlhaase


"Randell Young's formula calls for a clean sound built on genuine blues rhythms backed up with a heavy dose of soul." - Robert Fitzpatrick


Discography

The FireHawks (EP) The FireHawks
Guitare Noire (LP) Randell Young
Nefarious Rhythms & Blues (LP) Randell Young
Gemini (LP) Rick Dellefield

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Bio

The FireHawks play a funky style of original Rhythm & Blues that is ideal for both listening and dancing. Every show features a variety of grooves suitable for dancing while the rhythm tracks, vocals and solos, nonetheless, exhibit a level of musicianship that will not disappoint serious listeners. All four players are seasoned professionals with numerous credits, an original voice and something to say.

Guitarist Randell Young began playing professionally right out of high school working initially in R&B clubs in his home town of Washington, D.C. He has since gone on to gig with numerous recording artists including Max Bennett, Nicolette Larson, Poncho Sanchez, Rob Mullins, Billy Mitchell, Tony Guerrero, Dan St. Marseille, Reed Gratz, Tyrone Brunson, James Harris, Melvin "Deacon" Jones, Harvey "Harmonica Fats" Blackston, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (of Steely Dan), Nesbert "Stix" Hooper (of The Jazz Crusaders), Margot Chapman (of The Starland Vocal Band) and Rusty Cox (of The Dazz Band).

A former member of the house band for NBC's The David Allen Grier Show, he has also performed with the theatrical productions Natural High and Tell It Like It Is. He holds a doctorate in music (D.Mus.) from City University Los Angeles and has written instructional articles for Jazz Review, Guitar Review, Just Jazz Guitar, Indie Music, Guitar Noise, Guitarist, InterMusic and Jazz Guitar magazines.

He has recorded two solo albums (Nefarious Rhythms & Blues and Guitar Noir) and opened for such luminaries as Larry Carlton, Etta James, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Steve Lukather, Canned Heat and John Mayall. His composition Don't Know How To Love You is featured on MP3.com's original Best of MP3 CD and in The Complete Idiot's Guide to MP3: Music On The Internet (illustrated text and CD published by Alpha Books). The Los Angeles Times credits him with "a tight, cosmopolitan sound" while The Orange County Register touts Randell Young as "a masterful blues player".

Ronnie "The Iceman" Shumake began his professional career working R&B clubs in his home town of St. Louis, Missouri, the birthplace of the blues. He moved to Los Angeles to accept a gig with The Blossoms and has since gone on to play with Willie Nelson, Danny Gatton, Gary Muledeer, Papa John Creech, Delaney Bramlett, John Lee Hooker, Reed Gratz, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Gaines, Bill Medley, Ray Price, The Crystals, Harvey Mandel, Tammy Wynette, Glen Campbell, Lester Chambers, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Doug Kershaw and Canned Heat.

With the "Master of the Telecaster", Danny Gatton, he co-authored Sky King which is featured on the late virtuoso's Unfinished Business and Crusin' Dueces albums. The Iceman has performed with the Dallas, El Paso and Houston Symphony Orchestras and appeared on numerous television shows including Austin City Limits, Soundstage, HBO Las Vegas and Farm Aid. For more than a dozen years, he served as music director for country music legend Roger Miller and, as a former member of Canned Heat, he is featured in The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll.

Keyboardist Rick Dellefield spent his formative yerars in "Sweet Home" Chicago, Illinois and has since gone on to work with numerous artists of note including John Elefante of the multi-platinum rock group Kansas; Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple); Alan Hewitt, producer of Earth, Wind & Fire; Mack, producer of Queen, ELO and Billy Squire; and Andy Johns, producer of Led Zeppelin. He appears on the Atlantic Record's debut album of vocalist Michael White as well as the KLOS' Rock to Riches album. He has recorded one solo album, Gemini, and produced the debut CD for contemporary Christian vocal group Karis.

Rick Dellefield holds a masters in music (M.Mus.) from California State University Fullerton and currently serves as the musical director for Saint Edward Catholic Church in Dana Point, California where he produces and conducts a diverse program of live performances ranging from modern Gospel to Mozart.

A native of Southern California, drummer Jacques Greminger studied with Brent Brace and Sherman Ferguson and played with the Long Beach City College Jazz Band before going on to gig with Ronnie Laws, Wilton Felder, Kenny Barron, Harold Land, Ray Drummond, Max Bennett, Stephanie Haynes, Ron Stout, Karen Hammick, Mike Hamilton, Frank Potenza, Doug McDonald, James Harris, Joe Houston and Dizzy Gillespie. He has performed with the theatrical productions Oklahoma and The Barber of Seville and as a featured guest on Jazz Beats.

For more information, please see... http://www.thefirehawks.com and http://www.randellyoung.com.