OF THE BLUES PATROL
from the bowels of CDs road house in Norwalk Connecticut the Blues Patrol
evolved over two decades to become a faithful tribute to the BluesBrothers.
THE TWO JAKES
In 1986 as the car was completed, there was no Blues Patrol band, just the name was registered. Pat and his cousin Jake #1 Jim "gearjammer" Crooks would appear at parties, car shows and clubs as eye-candy for the events, with the Brief Case Full of Blues album playing through the cars enormous speaker. Jim however looked more like Jim Rockford from the Rockford Files rather than Jake Blues. Jake #2, now that's a whole different tune with a bum note or two thrown in for good measure. He's been described by many to be a hauntingly accurate image of John Belushi as "Jake Blues" Others describe him as majorly opinionated and an unjustly so disparaging licentious curmudgeon which is befitting of the character of Jake Blues. On another note as a person he is wonderful with children being the favorite uncle they all love to see. Jake is also very intelligent, maybe too much so for his own good and the good of all around him.
used to cruise the lower Fairfield County and Westchester music scene
during the 1980's. The favorite hang out was CD's Roadhouse owned by keyboard
player Chris Donahue. The place was and old house with a swayback roof
and a rectangular bar fitted with piano keys all the way around. Monday
nights they would have R&B jam sessions with CD, Big Eric, Lester
Chambers, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Foster and Billy Frenzy from the Showman
and the amazing harmonica player Steve Morrell, Pat 440's harmonica teacher,
Steve, has played with Paul Butterfield and Muddy Waters. One night in
the late 80's Matt guitar Murphy with the Shaboo Allstars were playing
at CD's. The Blues Mobile was there for promoting the event. Pat was introduced
to a group of people at a table and immediately noticed one who obviously
lacked all social graces ,voraciously consuming a large bowl of chili
with cheese draped over the top of it. Pat handed him a pair Ray Ban Waferers
and asked him to try them on. The resemblance to Jake Blues was disgustingly
perfect. The cherry on top of the sundae he was named Jake.
TESTING THE WATERS
Jake and Pat would do car shows and costume parties as Jake and Elwood
with the car. They then started doing a few hit and run songs with Billy
and the Showman. During the 80's there were a few Blues Brothers tribute
acts, but since John Belushi had passed away only a few years earlier
Pat felt it was not a appropriate time for them to do a tribute act. When
Dan Aykroyd started to reprise his role as Elwood Blues the Blues Patrol's
Blues Mobile was there. In NYC at the Hard Rock Café the car was
displayed while Elwood performed "live" from the Hard Rock in
Los Angeles on their big screen. Jake and Pat were there dressed in Costume
and were introduced to Dan's father. They took Mr. Aykroyd out to show
him their Blues Mobile which he loved and he was amazed at Jake's resemblance
to John Belushi. Mr. Aykroyd is a Mopar man as well.
THE BAND ELWOOD ! THE BAND !
After Jake got out of the Joint for a minor traffic indiscretion he decided to get into action and put the band together. With the help of a famous vocal coach, Ms. Georgia Louis, who has sung with many greats and was the first black woman to have a nationally syndicated TV show, Jake got his voice together. This lady was instrumental in trying to help Jake hone his singing skills. The original lineup consisted of Pat "440" Dougherty, vocal and harp, Jake vocals and guitar Johnny Thunder on bass and Marc "Styx" Deccheccis on Drums, Secret Agent on lead Guitar, Pierre "The Flare" Guertin on Sax, and Eddie Rhodes on Keys. It has since evolved to:
Pat Dougherty as Elwood, vocals and harp
Duck Wistrand, BASS
"Stxy Deccheccis DRUMS
"the Flare Guertin SAX
Special Ed Train Keys/Accordian/Sax/Scuba
Lareaux, Former Durges player New Orleans, Trombone
Dixon, Delta Blues Vocals
Mills, guitar vocals
Blues Patrol often has special guest vocalist's and instumentalist's both
national acts and local talent join them on stage during performance's.This
is much in keeping with the tradition the real Blues Brothers created
by being a "vehicle" to deliver and or redeliver, wonderful
talented artists to the people. The Band has been performing professionally
since 1999 go to www.bluespatrol.com or Yahoo keyword "blues patrol"
or www.bluesbrotherscentral.com for more information.
203.249.3742 for the 24 Hour Hotline.