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GenresBlues, Rock, Soul
LocationWarren MI United States
Sounds LikeBlues, Rock and Roll, The Black Keys, R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, The Sonics.
HistoryMember since: 03/31/2012 Year Founded: 2008
- Original material: 03 hrs : 30 min
- Cover material: 02 hrs : 30 min
- Average Draw: 75
- Largest crowd: 400
- CD's released: 1
- CD's sold: 200
- Digital songs sold: 10
- Have Sound: Full PA
The Story of
Founded in 2008 by the help of Ray Charles impersonator, Tyrone Hamilton, the Royal Blackbirds (formally Hair of the Dog) are a working blues rock band from Eastside Detroit. However, with the term "blues rock group," images come to mind of old codgers in hole in the wall taverns playing for tips and nostalgia. Fortunate for their viewers, the median age of this band is 20, and instead of recycling the classics for the millionth time, the Royal Blackbirds refurbish the bluesy lowdown sound the Detroiter work ethic embodies with tube amps, hollow bodies, thunderous drums and blistering bass. So if you want background noise, hire someone else. If you want a band to keep the audience bopping heads and shaking down, the Royal Blackbirds fit the ticket.
Rebecca Saad, vocalist and lead guitarist has been playing in bars since she was 13. Currently a music major at Macomb Community College, Rebecca, 22, took after guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, in which she spent a whole year, 6 hours a day, deciphering the blues master's technique. His style is her musical cornerstone. Built off of this, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy page added a songwriting perspective and creative zing to Rebecca most prevalent in her playing. From bow solos to Mach 1 rundowns, Rebecca is a prominent front woman any sane man would fear.
Nettie, drummer, 22, is Rebecca's rhythmic twin. Jamming together since they were 15, when Nettie wasn't being Rebecca's roadie, she was practicing the drums and is completely self taught. Over the years, these two sat as a ticking time bomb waiting for the time and place to play music for a living.
In 2008, this opportunity was granted, and both played with Tyrone Hamilton for the city of Westland. But Tyrone had a surprise riding with him to the gig. This surprise was Dennis Burck, a classically trained bassist at the Berkley Music Center. Dennis, 19, took lessons with Bettye Lavette's bassist, Chuck Bartels, for 7 years until he too went to play his first gig in Westland.
Once the three played for the first time, each knew this band was thee band. Four years later, the Royal Blackbirds are grinding higher and higher up the musical totem headlining local bars and clubs. So quit reading, give us a listen, and support a local band.