During a recent radio interview, the interviewer asked, "Who is the band leader?" We looked at each other and shrugged.
50 SHADES OF BLUE is truly a collaborative, democratic band. Like all democracies our creative process can be noisy and even contentious. But the end result is always better than anyone of us had imagined in the first place!
You take some of Dan Crecco's New Orleans tinged drums and percussion, add Christine Webb's soulful vocals and solid bass lines, then throw in Doc Seely's mastery of all things with six strings, and you have yourself a savory gumbo of funkilicious blues and R&B.
Jim "Doc" Seely Bio
From my earliest recollection of music, it must have all begun when I was four years old in Marshalltown, Iowa. Mr. George was the keyboard player at our church. I remember coming home from church and sitting on a little wooden stool in our kitchen, in front of the stove, pull down the oven door and use it for my keyboard.. just like Mr. George. My musical roots are deep as my grandma played piano and sang, as did my mom, a Sweet Adeline, and even Uncle Bud. My brother has a percussion degree from the University of Iowa, but I’m the only admitted guitarist in the family. Aside from the oven door piano, the first real instrument I played was trombone, which I played with great mediocrity through high school.
My singing career must have begun in the 4th grade..my debut from which I gage all performances to this day..sang a brief solo on “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reign deer” at our Christmas program. I still consider that my “high water mark”.
It probably took until my 20’s to actually pick up a guitar and start playing seriously. In college there was a very talented guitarist who lived down the hall from me. He was probably my first real inspiration to pick up a guitar and see what I could do with it.
Being rather introverted, I soon realized that the guitar could be my voice. Letting my guitar communicate with others helped build my confidence and develop my guitar chops. Guitar allows me to tell stories, express emotions, and communicate with people on a completely different level. I strive to make my guitar solos complement the song .
I must have been 40 when I was in my first real band, “Dr. Doctor”. We were a Rock Blues cover band that stayed together for about 17 years. During the “Dr. Doctor” years we played all those songs I’d ever dreamed of playing live, Whipping Post, Statesboro Blues, Rock n Roll by Led Zeppelin, all the great rocking blues covers. We were a great bar band with a good following, but we never really advanced much beyond the bar circuit. It ultimately came to an end as we all began growing in different musical directions, but boy did we have some fun!
I’m also a church musician and play every Sunday at a Lutheran Church in Louisville. In 2008 our church band produced a CD entitled “Back to the Well” which is a compilation of mostly original blues songs that I had written for our church services.
Playing guitar doesn’t have to be flashy nor does it have to be a speed shred contest. To me, playing guitar tells a heartfelt story. Just “speed” guitar playing is like a fast talking politician.. Lots of words with nothing to say. The ones that play with nuance, emotion and intelligence impress me the most (Knopfler, Clapton, BB, Robert Cray). Leaving space and ‘taking a breath’ is as important to guitar solos as it is for singing.
I’m mostly drawn to the blues genre, slow blues, funk blues, jazzy blues, swing blues, gospel blues, and I have an especially great admiration for slide blues.
Some day, I hope to go back to my hometown of Spirit Lake, Iowa and play a concert with 50 Shades of Blue. Folks there have never heard me play. It would also be awesome to get a chance to play something besides air guitar at Red Rocks.
Dan Crecco Bio
Dan Crecco began drumming at 9 years old. His percussion experiences include symphonic band, British Invasion and west coast sounds of the 60’s, progressive rock and the CBGB’s wave or the 70’s , Rhythm and Blues of the 80’s, Progressive Jazz and Rock of the 90’s and traditional Blues, New Orleans Funk and 2nd line drumming In the 2000’s.
His percussionist influences include: Gene Krupa, Mitch Mitchel ( Jimi Hendrix Experience) , Ginger Baker, Bill Buford (King Crimson/Yes) , Carter Beaufort (Dave Mathews Band), Dave Weckl Jazz Drummer extraordinaire and New Orleans Drummers Johnny Vidocovich and Stanton MooreZigaboo Modeliste.
Dan’s percussion performance can be heard on over 100 recordings , and Radio shows. His 3 most recent recordings won “Best Self Produced Blues CD” by the Colorado Blues Society CBS and Mile High Blues Society MHBS. They were “All Debts Paid” by Verses the Inevitable 2017 by CBS, “Colorado Blue” by Johnny Johnston 2018 by MHBS and finally ”Don’t Call Me Baby” by 50 Shades Of Blue 2018.
In 2017 Dan Crecco had the honor and privilege to win the Mile High Blues Society International Blues Challenge using his percussion skills with the “ Johnny Johnston and Danny Crecco Duo “. January 2018 the duo act went to Memphis TN representing Colorado to compete in the International Blues Challenge .
A life time of a passion for percussion,
Dan Mojo man Crecco
Christine Webb Bio