Ronnie is an Ojibway from the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, has been performing in clubs and on festival stages throughout Southern Ontario since the early 1990’s. A roots vocalist/guitarist in the blues tradition, he cites Howlin’ Wolf as a primary influence. Since forming the group in the mid nineties, notable festival performances include the Great Canadian Blues Festival, the Mariposa Folk Festival, the Southside Shuffle, and the Orillia Spring Blues Festival, in addition to appearances on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
Roly has enjoyed a long and very rewarding career as both a live and studio harmonica player in the Canadian scene for almost 40 years. He has toured / recorded with many greats, including: David Clayton-Thomas, Matt Minglewood, George Canyon, Susan Aglukark, Dutch Mason, Suzie Vinnick and Ronnie Hawkins. Roly is a 3-Time Maple Blues Awards nominee – “Harmonica Player of the Year”. His distinctive sound, versatility, and intuitive sense of “what works”, has elevated him to “first-call” studio harmonica player in the Canadian recording scene. Roly has been recorded on over 1,800 songs, movie scores and jingles.
Jingles and Film/TV scores include: Toronto Blue Jays (OK Blue Jays), Ron James Show, Berenstain Bears, Franklin The Turtle, Tim Hortons, Labatt, Budweiser, McDonald’s and Bollywood mega-hit film – “Delhi Belly”
Now taking centre-stage, in 2014 Roly released his first solo album, “Inside Out” which continues to garner international acclaim and airplay.
An accomplished and talented bass player in the jazz and blues idiom, Peter has performed professionally since the mid 1980’s. In addition to playing in the Ronnie Douglas Blues Band since 1996, he also currently shares his bass playing duties with blues band Memphis Mudd and the Lisa Hutchinson Blues Band. Peter’s work has been featured on national television and on the cd, “Big Brother“, and has performed on various stages at Casino Rama, Mariposa Folk Festival, Port Credit’s Southside Shuffle, and Orillia Blues Festival. Coming from a musical family, he lists varied bassists Oteil Burbridge, Ron Carter, James Jamerson, and Rocco Prestia as major influences.
Multi-talented vocalist/guitarist Rick Greensides joined the group in 2007. An extremely gifted instrumentalist in the blues guitar slinger tradition, and a mainstay in the central Ontario music scene since the early 1990’s, he has performed in a variety of musical settings encompassing classic rock, blues, country and rockabilly. In his late teens he played sax and guitar for the now defunct Mad Dog, a popular Joe Cocker Tribute Band, as well as the Toronto based rockabilly band, The Creeping Bent. Festival performances include the Barrie Blues Festival, the Orillia Spring Blues Festival and the Southside Shuffle. In addition to performing with the Ronnie Douglas Blues Band, he is also a frequent in demand side-man, whom also leads the Rick Greensides Band, which enables him to perform with many of the regions top musicians with regularity.
Ron has been playing drums since the age of 13. In these early years, Ron played in local bands which introduced him to a wide variety of musical styles.
Ron’s late teens and early 20’s had him touring and playing a variety of music – from show bands to commercial rock. It was during these formative years that Ron was drawn more and more towards the Roots music genre and it was his introduction to several inspiring blues and jazz players that finally led to his into that scene as a drummer.
Ron’s varied musical background continues to strengthen his approach to playing blues and that varied experience can be heard in his playing every night on stage.