DENNIS G & THE ZYDECO TRAIL RIDERS
June 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Dennis Gurwell is a product of the Bakersfield, CA area. He has been playing in various types of bands since the mid-60’s. He moved to the Los Angeles area in the late 1960’s and has been there ever since. He has played in a variety of Rock, Country, Celtic and Zydeco bands during that time.
On these recordings, Dennis plays Keyboards, Accordion, Guitar, and Bass, in addition to Vocals. He was ably assisted in these recordings by guitarists Lazy Brad Lewis, Gregg Wright, Ron dePalma, drummers Andre Allen and Chris Ross, trumpet player Doug Gurwell, clarinetist Phil Feathers, trombonist Mike Dageaux, and pedal steel guitar player Bob “Boo” Bernstein.
Dennis presently plays keyboards and accordion with blues artist Lightnin’ Willie, winner of Venura County Blues Society’s 2013 Blues Challenge. The band traveled to Memphis, TN in January 2014 to represent Ventura County in the annual International Blues Challenge, where it placed 7th out 200 bands from around the nation and the world. Dennis has also played with the Bonne Musique Zydeco band and the Martinez del Rio Band, and is also playing keyboards and accordion with Pete Anderson, former producer and guitarist with Dwight Yoakam, Rosie Flores, Roy Orbison, and K.D. Lang. He has also played recently on a CD with Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter Billy Eli. He is also currently playing accordion with a new Zydeco band The Zydeco Trail Riders.