Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood, play boogie woogie and blues that is garnering national and even International attention. This powerhouse duo are two-time regional winners and International Blues Challenge Finalists. After a European tour in January of this year, the band’s latest album, Getaway made the top of the charts in Italy.
Wendy, a Santa Rosa High graduate, is a local girl made good story. She caught the attention of Western Swing Hall of Famer Tommy Thomsen (Sonoma) at age 10, and hasn’t stopped since. Former pianist for Hank Ballard and Steve Freund, Wendy has also played with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush and Jimmy Thackery. She tours national and international festivals and produces the annual Queens of Boogie Woogie and San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival, which draws artists from around the world.
“All the cool kids already know DeWitt is one smoking boogie woogie piano/organ gal and it’s time for the word to spread beyond her regional awards.” Chris Spector, Midwest Record. (Download pdf bio)
Jazz-trained drummer and vocalist, Kirk Harwood worked with Norton Buffalo (Steve Miller), Huey Lewis, Tommy Thomsen and Roy Rogers, before teaming up with Wendy in 2012.
Kirk Harwood plays traps with a passion, precision and creativity that only comes from training, experience, and inherent soul. His early bands include Huey Lewis and Clover, Norton Buffalo and Roy Robgers and tours of major venues while opening for Steve Miller. Kirk is a veteran of West Coast blues, rock and soul and for 30 years accompanied Western Swing Hall of Famer Tommy Thomsen.
You can hear Kirk Harwood on Norton Buffalo’s award winning albums “Loving in the Valley of the Moon” and “Desert Horizon”. He’s also recorded with Maria Muldaur and Tommy Thomsen and the Ambassadors of Western Swing. Kirk’s style is inspired by Buddy Rich, Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck), and David Garibaldi. Study with San Francisco’s legendary Johnny Markham insured that the finer points of musical expression and creativity are intergral parts of his musical language. (Download pdf bio)