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CC and the Riders at Fox Theatre, Boulder

Band Bio:

CC and the Riders (formerly Hogback Blues Band) is a five-piece band with high energy, tight chemistry and a house-rockin’ style that has amassed a loyal following of music lovers and dancers across the state. The band’s blues/rock, soul, and gospel infused chops make for a sound that is all their own. Cass Clayton has a smoky-smooth, three octave vocal range and plays slide guitar. Dann Burke’s soulful, clean guitar licks favor dynamics and space over exhibitionism. Mix in 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).  They can be found playing in venues across the front range of Colorado and beyond.


CC and the Riders Members:

Dann Burke, Lead Guitar   ~   Cass Clayton, Vocals & Slide Guitar   ~   Sugar Rich Liner, Harmonica & Keys   ~ Mike Ray, Drums   ~   Jodie Woodward, Bass

New Album Cover

New MusicCass just released two new songs, available in the store on this website, on Itunes, Spotify and many other music outlets.

New Band Name – We’ve changed our band name! For 12 years, Hogback Blues Band has been our brand, and we’re grateful for the loyal following of blues rock lovers across the state. However, as we have evolved with our own original songs and crossed over into sounds that encompass blues, rock, soul, R&B and some funky stuff, we realized it was time for our name to change with us. So….drumroll… we are rebranding as CC and the Riders. We’ll be announcing this through social media, our email list and on stage and are super excited to go out with a new identity that feels right to all of us.

Tommy Castro and band w/ Cass Clayton

Opening For – Recently opened for The Fabulous Thunderbirds (as Cass Clayton Trio), Tab Benoit (CC and the Riders), and Tommy Castro and the Painkillers (7th Heaven). See upcoming Shows.

Other News:

Emily Clark, Gaynielle Neville, Cass Clayton, Cyril Neville

Rocky Mountain Music Relief – Cass and a few friends in music recently launched an organization to raise money for hurricane relief. A series of benefit concerts is already taking place, including a recent show at the Fox Theatre with Cyril and Gaynielle Neville! For upcoming concerts and information, please visit our website at www.rockymountainmusicrelief.org.


Blues/Rock, Soul, R&B

Sounds Like:

Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, Marcia Ball


The media and festival/venue managers may copy MP3’s of our music through this Dropbox link. To listen without downloading, please visit the Music page of this site.