By Jenna Croyle
As timeless as the bands who made the music popular such as the Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Yes, Grateful Dead, Elvis Presley and other music legends, vintage Rock continues to enjoy an ever-growing trend of new fans, along with those who have been captivated by the solid gold masterpieces from the beginning.
Today we see new bands sprouting up all around us that pay tribute to the musical masters of our era who not only created the genre of “Rock”, but to those who kept Rock alive and were instrumental in its progression and evolution.
This week’s featured band, Jessi & The Grayhounds not only pay homage to these golden oldies, but offer their fans a fresh feel and a new twist on classic covers with a high voltage presentation and a style all their own.
With a lineup of high talent musicians that have real playing power and a setlist of pure Rock on overdrive, Jessi & The Grayhounds deliver classic Rock with passion and charm for fans of all ages.
Made up of Randy Detzel on Guitar, Don Henderson on Guitar, Keyboard, and Vocals, Dave Monteforte on Bass Guitar, Dick Travers on Drums, and the magnetic Jessi Lenea taking point and on Lead Vocals, Jessi & The Grayhounds crank out electrifying and top shelf musicianship with personality and grace.
Unleashing what seems to be a limitless repertoire of much of the best music of our time, Jessi & The Grayhounds covers “Gimme Shelter” by the Rollings Stones, “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol, “Get Ready” by the Temptations, “Move Over” and “Take Another Piece Of My Heart” both by Janis Joplin, “Fortunate Son” by CCR, “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley, “Addicted To Love” by Robert Palmer, “House Of The Rising Sun” by The Animals, “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett, “She Works Hard For The Money” by Donna Summer, “Black Velvet” by Allannah Miles, “Roadhouse Blues” by The Doors, “Route 66” by Chuck Berry, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cindy Lauper, “Cant Get Enough Of Your Love” by Bad Company, “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton, “Crimson & Clover” by Joan Jett, “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner, along with “Walk This Way” and “Dude Looks Like A Lady” both by Aerosmith, and so many more that it would be impossible to list them all in this article.
Jessi & The Grayhounds’ Drummer, Dick Travers delivers cool beats with stellar grooves that are full of passion, creativity, and phenomenal timing. With real drumming talent, Travers’ sticks are always very melodic, while providing an interesting originality as he brings his best to the stage every show.
Dave Monteforte’s Bass Guitar beats are wide, rich, and dynamic, with a stage presence that is always confident, professional, and entrancing, while the guitar chops of Randy Detzel are blazing and rhythmic, offering excellent and pulse-pounding measures that are always spot-on.
Don Henderson shows his true versatility and musical proficiency as he effortlessly transitions through his various instrumental positions, serving up lightning fast fingers that dazzle the audiences on the Keyboard, phenomenal Vocal work, and a wealth of creativity and gifted playing on the Guitar.
The Vocal work of Jessi Lenea presents a charismatic and enchanting stage presence with a strong and talent rich voice that delivers the lyrics to ever song she performs flawlessly at every show. With a energetic and delightful stage presence, and waling and powerful voice, Lenea performs tremendously, giving a sassy and sultry nuance to the bands treasure chest of talents.
With a creative and original edge, Jessi & The Grayhounds put a fresh and imaginative face on the music that has enthralled audiences for decades, and shaped the course of “Rock”. As a must see experience of a band, that is a musical fantasia, and a Rock and Roll Jukebox of the best music you’d ever want to hear, Jessi & The Grayhounds are without doubt, something of an odyssey, and certainly one of the best bands in the area.
For more information on Jessi & The Grayhounds, their show dates and booking information, please visit their Facebook page.