Current Line Up:
Harmonica, Lead Vocals
JOHN ATZBERGER "RED or REED*"
STEVE ZAVESKY “SLICK”
HURD "GRIS, GRIS"
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DUSSAULT'S BLUES PROJECT - The original band
as it appeared in May of 1989. The group played
its first show at the Ultimate Sports Bar on Detroit
Ave. in Lakewood, Ohio. The band consisted of
(left to right) Alden Kimbrell, Jim Feeney, Colin
Dussault, and Wayne Strick.
DUSSAULT "DUECE" has been singing, playing harmonica
and leading his own band since May 1989. In that
time he has had many of Cleveland's finest musicians
pass through his ranks. This lineup of the band
is the culmination of many years of gigging and
is in his opinion one of the best he has ever
had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. Colin's
biggest influences range from Frank Zappa and
Tenacious D, to Paul Butterfield, Leonard Nimoy
("Proud Mary") and William Shatner ("Mr.
Tambourine Man" "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds").
Colin Enjoys listening to National Public Radios'
"Prairie Home Companion" on nights off when he
and his band are doubled booked by careless club
owners. He also enjoys reciting complete vocal
passages from Frank Zappa albums (particularly
Frank Zappa & the Mothers "Live at the Fillmore
East 1971"-with Flo & Eddie" to crowds of unsuspecting
conservatives! Mud Sh Sh Shark! Colin's favorite
quotes from Fred are" What in the Army?" and "Homicide
huh? I didn't kill anybody" (exhale).
FEENEY has been the lead guitar player standing
next to Colin on stage since the very first gig
took place on May 13, 1989. Jim studied Jazz at
Cleveland State University and wrote a book on
the "History of Jazz in Cleveland." Jimmy plays
a 1972 TELECASTER and cites Count Basie's guitarist
Freddie Green as a major influence on his playing
style. He is the proud father of a beautiful baby
girl who was born on July 18, 2001. Jimmy Feeney
is the quiet one of the group. But don't let his
"Ward Cleaver-like, guy next door demeanor" fool
you. sure he looks and acts like one of the "Darling's"
from the Andy Griffith show but the band calls
Jimmy the "Prince of Darkness". When we announce
and introduce him as the "Prince of Darkness"
James steps up and unleashes unto the world a
heavy metal guitar solo from hell the likes of
which heretofore have never been known to mortal
man. This solo kicks the crowds' collective asses!
Then, just when the crowd, whose asses have been
amply kicked, are ready for more he quietly steps
back and continues riffing on the tasty, barley
audible chordings he has become famous for. Jimmy's
Death Metal solo is exactly two and half minutes
long. This is as much Death Metal as one can listen
to before he or she wants to kill their pets,
mame their parents and siblings or devote the
rest of their lives to the service of the Dark
Lord. Please do not attempt Death Metal solos
at home, tamper with or listen to Carpenters LP's
or mess with Ouija boards. These are all dangerous
items and should only be dealt with by trained
HURD "GRIS, GRIS" a native of Lubbock, Texas, Cusco, Peru
and Rocky River, Ohio has been playing piano with
Colin since 1999. Prior to lending his amazing
talents to Colin's band, Greg was in a number
of other Cleveland area bands including Mary Martin
& the Tuna Band, Backseat Romance, The Sky Dogs,
the Jim Ballard Band, the Hamilton Brothers band,
and the Skip Haddan/Ron Kozak quartet. An accomplished
jazz pianist, Greg spent 8 years playing solo
piano at the Watermark restaurant located in downtown
Cleveland. Greg Hurd cites Buddy Holly, Miles
Davis and Merle Haggard as his favorite musicians.
He also feels the songs, music, arrangements and
singing of Billy Joel are all incredible...for
me to poop on! In addition to Billy Joel Greg
also enjoys the comedic stylings and genius of
"Triumph-the Insult Comic Dog" . When asked what
the greatest invention of all time is Greg quickly
points out that he feels it is "Cheeze Whiz".
The band can attest to this fact because whenever
we fuel up at a truck stop while out on the road
Greg always buys 3 cans of Cheeze Whiz and several
boxes of crackers. He then proceeds to make the
cutest little cheeze and cracker sandwiches for
the band to consume the whole way home while pontificating
ad nauseum about how "Incredible Cheeze Whiz is"!
STEVE ZAVESKY “SLICK” Our new drummer Slick, joined the band on the island of misfit toys in June of 2014 after Fredo Perez-Stable went legit, became a civilian and took a day job jack! Slick will tell you that he resides in “Seven Hills,” but don’t let him fool you HE IS REALLY FROM PARMA, OHIO!
Slick comes in and fills the drum throne once occupied by Fredo-Perez-Stable who brilliantly drove the band since 2006. And while Slick may appear to be the “new guy” he really isn’t so “new” after all. He has been around collaborating and sitting in with Colin and his band mates since 1988.
Back in the fall of 1988, Slick had just finished College and was considering joining the Incredible Sanzini Brother’s Circus from Europe. The Sanzini’s were captivating audiences the world over with feats of illusion and dazzlement. The troupe featured the brother’s Gustov, Adolph, Rip Off, Rudolph and Jack! Slick was a first round draft choice as the Sanzini’s equilibristic, juggling, vaulting and drumming mega star specializing in unicycle, rola bola and turning his body along its long, medium and short axes. (He also possesses unparalleled gyroscopic juggling, devil stick, Diablo, bee bearding, wheel of death and plate spinning skills but these are topics for another day).
In the early 90’s Slick joined the ranks of gigging Cleveland timekeepers by working with a wide variety of original, blues and 60’s style bands. All of these experiences helped Slick create and develop his unique style and great ear. He was a founding member of the band Jandrix, which concentrated on the music of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. He worked on occasion with Jimmy Feeney, Chris Boros, Greg Hurd and Fred Tobey (all of whom worked and work with Colin Dussault). He also sat in on percussion with the Sky Dogs playing alongside Fredo Perez-Stable in that band. Interestingly enough, Slick would go on to replace Fredo in several other bands in the years to come. Additionally, Colin actually jammed with Slick who was drumming for Morrison Hotel when he played harmonica with the infamous Doors tribute act one morning live on the Jim Chenot Morning program on Akron’s 97.5 WONE FM in 1995.
Slick eventually went on to replace Fredo Perez-Stable in the Grateful Dead influenced JMiller Band when Fredo left that post to eventually work his way into Colin Dussault’s Blues Project. After JMiller, Slick worked in several blues, 60’s , SRV Tribute, hippie, original, classic rock, wedding and polka bands which kept his drum chops sharp and his sock drawers full of white socks and pierogies. These gigs kept his skills sharp and his breath smelling like onions until Slick got the nod to bring his white socks & polish dumpling breath with him to once again fill Fredo Perez-Stable’s shoes in Colin Dussault’s Blues Project (well that is not exactly true since Fredo NEVER wore shoes! But that, like Slick’s flirtations with circus immortality is a topic for another day).
Slick has been with the band since June 2014, but he has been our friend, contemporary and partner in crime since the very beginning. When it came time to replace the shoeless, Cuban Pal Of Ours on the drums we did not have to look very far for Slick. It is comforting to know that we were able to “keep it in the family.” Slick has been around so long that it only took him 2 weeks of riding in the band van to crack, decipher and understand Robbie The Roadie’s brilliant ramblings! That alone is as impressive as Slick’s mastery of the circus Wheel Of Death (Space Wheel), whistling, Bee Bearding and drumming skills.
JOHN ATZBERGER “RED” or “REED”* Has been playing professional bass guitar since 1977. In that time he has played copious local schools and clubs, opening for notable regional acts like American Noise and Moonlight Drive. Red/Reed was the bass player in the acclaimed Led Zeppelin Tribute Act ZOSO from 1985-1992. ZOSO worked the Hanna Theatre, Peabody’s Down Under and many other area clubs building a huge following and creating a cult following. Red/Reed has recorded 2 albums with Echo Grove and lists a 20 year tenure with Kathleen Turner Overdrive (with the best singer in Cleveland-Paul Ross) among his many accomplishments. In addition to being a talented back up vocalist and tenacious gear loader, he has also toured extensively with acclaimed guitarist Mark Brennan as a duo and with Story Road. With over 38 years of professional experience under his bass strap, Red/Reed is excited about joining forces with Colin Dussault’s Blues Project. He especially loves Robbie the Roadie’s infinite wisdom and unique take on life. Red/Reed officially joined the band on Sunday, November 22, 2015 and made his debut with the band at the Beachland Ballroom on that date during a performance at the Carlos Jones Tribute Concert. Welcome aboard Red/Reed!
* After being in the band only 20 minutes, Red received his new nickname from Robbie The Roadie. Robo kept asking; “where’s Reed? Is Reed coming? Why is not Reed in the band van yet Pal ‘O Mine? Where is Reed?” It took us all another 20 minutes to figure out what the hell Robo was talkin’ about. Then it hit us! He was calling Red, “Reed.” So, he is now known as “Reed” within the band. Severious nickaname changing indeed, courtesy of Robo!
GREEN (aka Robbie the Roadie, Robo, Robobeeto, Dali Robbie, El Toro Roho, Slow Bo To Hudson, Lamp Shade Greene, Robbie Berra) Robo has
been helping Colin and his band since 1993. He
loads gear, sells CDs, hands out schedules, makes
sure the band has drinks a plenty on stage and
is an integral part of the group. He is our version
of Ian Stewart only without the piano. Oh did
we mention that Robbie dances as well? If you've
been to a show then you already know that though
don't ya. He is like a little brother to the band
and without him the shows could never go on! Keep
asking the pretty girls to dance Robo, the band's
got your back. If Robo is not dancing there will be some serious questions asked!