The Used Blues Band
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The Used Blues Band

Vacaville, California, United States

Vacaville, California, United States
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The Used Blues Band makes it to the semi finals of The International Blues Challenge for the 2nd year in a row beating out nearly 200 different act from all over the world competing in the world famous clubs on Beale St. in Memphis. - Vacaville REporter


Blues band from Vacaville was crowd favorite at the International Blues Challenge sponsored by the Sacramento Blues Society on Sunday at the Clarion Hotel Ballroom.

Vacaville’s Used Blues Band featuring lead singer and Harmonica player Sean McGroarty put on a fabulous performance and tied for 1st place overall. After a tie breaker decided by the judges. They will play at the Sacramento Blues Society membership show in December. Their set included original tunes, “The Used Blues Boogie”, a fast paced instrumental wonder and “Boy From California”, a tale written about how a friend paid his dues to be a bluesman even though he has paid them all in California. The Band played and energetic set and received much appreciation from the audience, many of whom were die hard blues aficionados’ and know a good blues band when they see one.

- Nor Cal Blues Review


Discography

Our first independent album "Used Again" was picked up by TMG Music and now are working on our next album in 2013.

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Sean “Harmonica Mac” McGroarty
A roadie from the age of 13, Sean traveled the country with some of the biggest rock & blues bands of the late 70’s & early 80’s. Later learning to play the blues harp himself, Sean has taught under & performed with Blues Hall of Fame legend Darrell Mansfield and others such as Big John Evans, Guitar Mac, Ronnie Stewart, Alvon. Voted best harmonica player of the year and Band Leader of the year by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame & Awards Show in 2013, Sean & the Used Blues Band have performed at the world famous Monterey Blues Festival as well as countless clubs & and with other blues artists throughout California.

Gary “Guitar” Anthony -Guitar
Gary is a seasoned guitarist having spent over 20 years as a professional studio guitarist, is one of the newest membes of the Las Vegas Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and he has performed with Brent Midland of The Grateful Dead, Jazz Hammond great Terell Prude’, blues singer Archie Johnson and many more. Touring at venues such as Disneyland, Harrah’s Tahoe, Circle Star Theater and the Concord Pavilion, Gary loves the stage and puts on a show every time he performs. His quality of “from the gut” blues riffs is moving every time he plays.

Raymond Victor- Piano/Organ Vocals
Raymond has worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles for ten years recording with Sly Stone, Steve Wonder, Bobby Womac and Larry Graham, and has performed with Bobby "Blue" Bland, Big Momma Thorton, Elvin Bishop, Kathi MacDonald, Steve Freund, Red Archibald and the Internationals and Luther Tucker.

Diane Dutra – Bass & Vocals
Diane, a bassist since the age of 9, soon began playing in the big leagues touring and performing with the likes of Marty Balin of Jefferson Starship, Luther Tucker, Jimmy McCracklin, Red Archbald & Alvon Johnson from the Coasters . She knows his way around the fret board and her bass tone and chops are a welcome addition to the band as well as her great vocals.

Steve Trovao - Drums
A full time teacher and performing musician, Steve is a professional from the word go. As one would expect, Steve has played with the standard laundry list of world class musicians and covers blues rock and many other styles. He is solid and reliable which in the blues world, separates him from most drummers.

The "Blues Crew" is our legendary list of special guests who sit in with the band at many of our shows such as Alvon Johnson (formerly of the Coasters), Blues Hall of Fame giant Darrell Mansfield, Grammy winning artist Ira Walker, Bobby Ray Watson (formerly with Ike Turner) and many more.