CC and the Riders (formerly Hogback Blues Band)
What do you get when you take Dann Burke’s soulful, clean guitar licks; throw in Cass Clayton’s smoky-smooth, three-octave vocal range and slide guitar; mix it up with Sugar Rich Liner’s old-school blues harp and keyboards; and top it off with a rhythm section that features Jodie Woodward (“Best Bass Player” People’s Choice Awards for 5 years running), and Mike Ray (who holds down a groove like nobody’s business)?
You get a band with a house-rockin’ style that has amassed a loyal and energetic following of music lovers and dancers who come out to dance ALL night.
The band’s blues/rock, soul, and gospel-infused chops, along with their high energy and tight chemistry make for a unique musical experience.
Come see a CC and the Riders live show at your favorite Colorado venue.
Dann Burke, lead guitar and lead male vocals
Dann launched the band nine years ago and has been playing music for over 35 years. His style is clean and pedal-free with no BS – just tasteful guitar licks that enhance the music and a tendency to choose “space” instead of over-playing. He has an amazing ear and is virtually always the one who first notices if a song could be made even better. Sometimes it’s something incredibly subtle but it makes all the difference. He keeps everything tight, and his love for the music comes out in every note.
Sugar Rich Liner, harmonica and keyboards
Rich is an amazing harmonica player and does double duty on the keyboards. He has such a great feel for the music, and is always completely absorbed in the moment when he’s playing. Rich is in the zone, and it’s that quality that gives everyone present the permission to disappear into the music without any self-consciousness, which is what it’s all about. We’ve had so many people tell us that they didn’t like harmonica until they heard Rich – he just does it right!
Jodie Woodward, bass
Jodie Woodward has played bass for an endless list of great acts: Erik Boa & the Constrictors, Roger “Hurricane” Wilson, Delores Scott, Coco Robicheaux, Alan Knight & Company, the list goes on. She has been awarded the “People’s Choice – Best Bass Player” in Colorado for five years running. Needless to say that Jodie brings a lot to the band with her intuitive feel and ability to hold down a sweet groove.
Mike Ray, drums
Mike is a dream come true for the band. He brings so much both personally and as a musician, and has such a great feel. What makes him such a powerful drummer is that he instinctively knows when to lay back and when to drive things hard, and he brings this incredible sensitivity to everything he does. He also happens to be a super kind and hilarious human being who is always putting good ju ju out into the world.
Cass Clayton, lead vocals and slide guitar
Cass is known for her big, bluesy voice and broad vocal range that comfortably goes from Blues/Rock to R&B, Soul and edgy Country sounds alike. Early influences of old-school blues, gospel, R&B and jazz can be heard in her powerful vocal style, song choices and lyrics. Regardless of the genre in which she is singing, she feels most connected to the blues vocalist tradition. Influences include Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Albert King, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Keb Mo, Nina Simone, BB King, Mahalia Jackson, and Aretha Franklin.
Check us out at ccandtheriders.com.