Ken Leighton 1 p.m., April 26
RIYL: Sonny Terry, William Clarke, Little Walter, Junior Wells
Inception: San Diego, 2006
Influences: Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, John Lee Williamson, Aleck Rice Miller, Walter Marion Jacobs, Walter Horton, Muddy Waters, George "Harmonica" Smith and William Clarke, Larry Adler, Jean "Toots" Thielemans, BIll Barrett, the Harmonicats, Stevie Wonder, Joe Filisko, Paul deLay, Kim Wilson, Jason Ricci
Dane Terry is known for his soulful vocals and powerful harmonica technique, playing American roots music as well as taking inspiration from folk, jazz, country Americana, bluesgrass, early jazz, and blues from the pre-war Delta styles to Chicago blues and the later west coast style.
Among the blues bands he has played with are the Snakedrivers, A 5th of Blues, Jukeville, and Jack City Blues Band. In 2010, Terry collaborated with guitarist Dana Duplan to found the swinging Cadillac Wreckers band, focusing on jazzy blues, swing, and rhythm and blues from the 1930s to the 1960s. Later that year, a full-length called Cadillac Wreckers (on the Grease Punk Studio label) was released.
Terry has recorded with Zapf Dingbats, Chris Clarke, Jeff Bertino and Mike Stubblefield, Jack City
Blues Band, and A 5th of Blues. He has also performed with Jeffrey Joe Morin, Gregory Page, Rusty Jones, Folding Mr. Lincoln, Robin Henkel, Chet Cannon, and others.
As of 2012, he plays in a country-blues duo called Chris Clarke and Dane Terry, performing pre-war blues, Americana, folk, and contemporary eclectic selections, as well as originals. Clarke and Terry previously played together in Zapf Dingbats, who were nominated for having the Best Blues Album at the 2012 San Diego Music Awards.