Founding and current member of “Rock & Roll Hall of Famer” Bob Seger & his Silver Bullet Band, Alto was recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at a special ceremony and SRO Performance “Grammy” winner Reed’s early saxophone and music influences include Motown’s Jr. Walker and sax-man King Curtis which helped shape Reed’s “R&B” and “Rock” sensibilities as a perfect complement to Seger’s “Rhythm & Blues/Rock & Roll style”.
Thus, in the early 70’s, Reed began, what is now, a long career with Bob Seger, creating signature sax lines on numerous Seger Classics like “Turn The Page”, “Old Time Rock and Roll”, “Main Street” and “The Horizontal Bop” which established his saxophone as a significant lead instrument in “Rock & Roll”.
Alto Reed is celebrated equally for his legendary electrifying concert performances in front of millions of concert goers as well being an intrinsic musical ingredient on more than a dozen Multi-Platinum Albums with sales of close to 100,000,000.
Reed’s diverse repertoire with his 10 piece Motor City AllStars gives a whole new meaning to “Rockin’ Blue’s”, whether seemingly levitating a huge bass saxophone slung around his neck or delivering sexy/down & dirty heartfelt blues licks and vocals.
Reed has also guest starred with a long list of “Music Icons” ranging from The Blues Brothers, Foghat, Grand Funk, Otis Rush, Otis Day, Maria Conchita Alonso, Jeff Daniels, Blue Oyster Cult, George Thorogood, The Steve Thorpe Blues Orchestra, Kid Rock, Little Feat and many more including performing with The Ventures for their 2008 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction on “Hawaii 50”.
High octane, turbo, high performance, supercharged MITCH RYDER & The Detroit Wheels didn’t need to hail from the Motor City for those adjectives to be tossed their way, but it was certainly appropriate that they called Motown home.
Dave Mason’s early musical career as a member of the band Traffic operated on the cutting edge of the late-sixties music scene at a time of rapid and remarkable evolution, and expanded rock’s sonic palette with songs such as Mr. Fantasy, and Traffic, among the more remarkable albums of the sixties.
As America’s baby boomers moved into their mid teens, Gary began his professional career. For his first hit, “New Orleans,” attention was brought to the record by having promotional copies sent to radio stations in sleeves inscribed “Buy U.S. Bonds”
DeWayne Jessie was part of Universal Studios’ stable of character actors when he was offered the role of Otis Day, the roadhouse rhythm -and – blues singer in “Animal House” – National Lampoon’s occasionally raunchy but – unfailingly- funny tribute to college fraternity life.