BLUES ON THE LOOSE
BLUES ON THE LOOSE

About Us

   So much and so little has happened in the past, 2020, year. The band went into isolation as directed by our governmental health agencies. We lost all scheduled gigs for the year 2020. We have not yet booked any events for the year 2021. The effect of the pandemic on the band has been to downsize. Lewy Dean, Douglas and Jay have begun rehearsals and have put together a new repertoire of classic blues songs and are refocusing original material for a scaled delivery. BOTL, working as Lewy solo, with Doug and/ or with Jay in compliment, we hope to create a multi faceted presentation. Most recently we have begun working with John Hickey on percussion. We are preparing a set for the Blues Society of Central Pa. Thurday evening Blues Jam online Zoom stream. More details when available. Please check our schedule page for new developments. 

BAND MEMBERS

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 performances!

 

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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.

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