Crooked Dice opened for the amazing, international, Blues/Rock Star Joanne Shaw Taylor!!
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About the Band:
Take the guitar styles of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan and mix it with the hypnotic grooves of John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters and you get "Crooked Dice". With silky smooth vocals of Billy Newell, the smoldering hot guitar of Mike O'Malley and Joey Flip, the hard driving bass of Brett Mousseau, and the always soulful groove of Gypsy Scott. Crooked Dice is the real deal. This aint your daddy's blues band!
Billy Newell- Vocals
An amazing vocalist with a background in R&B, soul, and motown. Billy grew up in the heart of the delta outside of Jackson, Mississippi, singing in the church and hasn't stopped since. Some of his influences are Bill Whithers, Wilson Pickett, Stevie Wonder, and Albert King.
Mike started playing guitar at age 9. After high school he completed the guitar program at Music Tech (now McNalley/Smith College of music) and played in various bands around the Twin Cites, including Medicine Man and Tin Pan Alley. In 2006, Mike released a CD with the instrumental band “No Walls”. In 2008 they released their second disc on Guitar9 records and Mike began writing an instuctional column for Guitar9. “I’ve always been into players that had virtuoso technique and tons of soul.” Currently Mike teaches guitar out of his house and is combining technique and soul to create his own Blues rock style with a progressive edge. “Finding the right players is always hard. I feel with Crooked Dice I have a great platform to do what I want musically.”
For more information about guitar lessons with Mike, visit www.bluestoshredguitarlessons.com
Brett Mousseau – Bass
Brett’s musical interests grew from top hits of the 1960s, Motown and the psychedelic sounds from the later 1960s. After hearing Grand Funk Railroad’s Live Album in 1971, Brett felt a strong urge toward playing the electric bass guitar. “Mel Schacher’s overdrive, from their Live Album release, is still my favorite bass OD ever.” Further influenced by groups like Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Ten Years After and ZZ Top, Brett went on to play in a variety of bands, including Toney, The City Apes and EZ Action. After his beginnings of hay wagon stages, beer tents, and schlepping gear in and out of too many bars and taverns to count, Brett has finally found a couple of real brothers in Crooked Dice.
Growing up in the Bronx, NY, Gypsy's passion for percussion started while he would bang on his mother's pots, pans (and fine china) at four years old. A couple years later, his mother was relieved when Gypsy moved onto his first drum set and he has played a variety of percussion instruments ever since. Although Gypsy loves playing any kind of music, his musical influences are Motown, The Beatles, Soul, and Funk music. After moving to MN, Gypsy has toured in many bands around the Midwest including the band, Sons of Souls. One of his past hobbies included racing motorcycles. Also an amazing handyman, Gypsy works as car mechanic during the day.
Joey Flip- Guitar/Vocals
Joey Flip's dedication to music is without question. Joe released his debut album, “Release”, in early 2015, and since then, the Minnesota-based blues artist has enjoyed radio play in the United States and throughout Europe.
Not only content with performing, Joe also teaches "blues for kids" workshops, offering blues history and harmonica lessons. The program is known for organizing workshops at schools and festivals with the mission of teaching children of all ages about the Blues music genre. Part of Joe’s work includes the creation of a five-week workshop designed for the Woodbury East Ridge High School Jazz Band near St. Paul. Visit his Music Lessons site here or his other music projects site here