The Blues-Manian Devils is a jazz & blues trio featuring three of the most versatile and dynamic musicians in the New York area.
ROBERT ROSS: (vocals & guitar) is a NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee, and a two time New York Music Award winner (1989 & 2011) for Best Blues Artist. He has been nominated a total of 7 times for a NYMA alongside such stars as Johnny Copeland, Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., Roscoe Gordon, Cyndi Lauper and Mose Allison. The singer, songwriter, guitarist, slide guitarist, & harmonica player is known for a wide variety of blues, jazz, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, and other roots music. Robert worked and recorded with Big Joe Turner for Spivey Records & for Doc Pomus. He also worked with Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Rush, Dr. John, J.B. Hutto, Victoria Spivey, Louisiana Red, Eddie Kirkland, Floyd Jones, Homesick James, Bobby Lewis, Pinetop Perkins, Charles & Cyrille Neville, David “Honey Boy” Edwards, Linda Hopkins, Wilbert Harrison, & Champion Jack Dupree. One of Ross’ songs was recorded and released twice by Johnny Winter. Two other originals appeared on ABC TV’s daytime drama “All My Children”. Robert has toured Europe and North America with The Robert Ross Band has performed at numerous festivals including the Chicago Blues Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, and is a perennial at the Riverhead Blues Festival on Long Island. The Robert Ross Band has released 7 internationally distributed cds. Ross performs as a solo (acoustic or electric), as a duo, and with The Robert Ross Band.
STEVE HOLLEY: (drums & back up vocals) has played with some of the biggest stars in the music industry for good reason, he is supremely gifted, tasteful, and versatile. The full list is too long to list here, but it includes Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, and Elton John as well as numerous jazz and blues artists. Like a good point guard in basketball “Holly Holy Holley” has a way of making everyone around him a better player.
DAVE HOFSTRA: (upright acoustic bass, & back up vocals) was featured in the premier issue of Bass Player magazine in 1990. He has performed with numerous jazz and blues artists including John Zorn, Hubert Sumlin, Otis Rush, Earl King, Phillip Johnston (Transparent Quartet & Big Trouble), The Microscopic Septet, Denis Charles, Claire Daly, William Parker, Jemeel Moondoc, Joel Forrester, Bobby Previte, Lou Grassi, Bobby Radcliff, James “Thunderbird” Davis, Grady Gaines, Debbie Davies, The Robert Ross Band, Chris Carter, Elliot Sharp, Marshall Crenshaw, Smokey Hormel, Marc Ribot, and Rachelle Garniez.