Lewis Bechtold / LewyDean
Vocals / Harmonica
Lewy Dean is a singer / song writer / harmonica blower from Lancaster, Pa. who has been performing with area bands since 1979, all over Central Pa.
Early influences were secured from his big hole RCA 45. Ricky Nelson,
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Louis Prima, James Brown and Muddy Waters.
His background includes creating and fronting bands: HUNTER, A.W.O.L.,
The SilverHawks and The Fly Boys.
Lewy has had the privilege to play with and open for: Gary U.S. Bonds, Mikey Jr., Sugar Ray Norcia and other performers. His remote exploits have found him blowing harmonica with the House Band at Fritzel's on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, studio work for fellow artists. Most recently competing in Mempis during International Blues Foundation's 2020 "Challenge", Jan.29 - Feb.2
Lewy's interest in music was kindled by the drum sections of parading bands
and thus his first instrument is the drums. He has also studied Bass guitar.
With Blues On The Loose he has focused his talented voice and accompanying
harmonica on a more rural sound in celebration of and respect for a truly
American cultural experience, the Blues. Keeping a sound and history alive and
exposing more people to that sound is an important driving force.
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Jay McElroy / JMac
Guitar / Vocals
Jay, from Lancaster, Pa., has performed in the local music scene for over 35 years with bands such as Toro and the Lawn Boys, The Stumpf Brothers, Scoville Units, The 1.21, David Wilson's Bailey Run, and others. His current project, Blues on the Loose, represents a return to the blues and the roots of rock 'n' roll.
Influences include (but are not limited to) Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nils Lofgren, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, and The Rolling Stones.
Performance highlights include Green Day's American Idiot at Ephrata Performing Arts Center (EPAC), a local theater showcase at the Fulton Opera House, and several original singer/songwriter showcases with David Wilson and Bailey Run. He has shared the stage with the Ben Miller Band, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, Slam Allen, and others.
Jay has performed with Blues on the Loose (BOTL) at the Marietta Blues Fest and Pub Crawl, Lancaster Roots & Blues, Dauphin County Food &
Wine Festival, Moondancer Winery Blues Festival, and countless local venues. He's excited to continue BOTL's tradition of honoring the blues with soulful musicianship and fun
Tom Lowry / Tommy Dean
Keyboards & so much more . . .
Tom is a founding member of Lancaster's popular rock band The Speedboys, 1978 – 1985. With the Speedboys Tom recorded three albums. Additionally, Tom was a key member in the country band Suzies Bar and Grill and the more bluesy Wake Up Call. Tom, a proud member of the Blues Society of Central Pa., has played with many area blues bands. His dynamic vocals pair with his New Orleans-influenced piano style to make a unique blend of old and new. He was inducted into the Lancaster County Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2017 and recently has had the opportunity to play keyboards in support of New Orleans own Benny Turner, brother of the late great Freddy King. Tom relishes this new opportunity to express his love for the medium through Blues On The Loose.
Blessed with a natural ear for music and a passion for percussion, Dave starting performing in working bands as a drummer at the age of 14. Though influenced by many drummers, Dave has developed his own style. He has spent the last five decades bringing the backbone and steady rhythm to bands including...Midnight Blues, Rick & the Rivals, Clair Marie & the Classics, Big Red, RoadHouse, Dark 30, Blue Light Special, HomeBrewDriveThru, and currently Blues on the Loose. .
Doug Porter / "Dapper" Doug
Bass Guitar / Vocals
Driving the bus, this dapper pocket man digs the duty of backing a talented band of brothers. The United States Marine Corp provided the cadence and fellow crusader, Mike Bitts, provided the keys to the kingdom.
Musical influences include Lee Rocker, Bill Blough and his 4th grade piano teacher, Sister John Madeline. Porter’s transformation from the treble clef to the bass clef occurred a decade ago, with a three-piece effort called Bad Penny. When not teaching future leaders at School District of Lancaster, he continues to learn with Blues On The Loose.