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 Benny Turner & Daryl Davis.. 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 and 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, fife and harmonica.
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 American music history alive and exposing more people to that sound is an important driving force.
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
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.
Percussionist / Vocals
Dodd Gross from York Pa, our newest band member, brings with him a vast amount of live performance experience in a variety of music genres. From working classic rock, hard rock, Blues, country and Southern Rock bands to Roots Reggae, SKA, Reggae Rock, and Soukous (African). He has opened for regional and National acts such as The Skatalites, Rebelution, The NightHawks, Matt & Kim, Ballyhoo, The Toasters and many more up and down the east coast. The highlight of his career so far was opening for the original Jamaican SKA band, The Skatalites at the famous Howard Theater in D.C. Dodd is very excited to continue his musical journey with Blues on the Loose!