Dirty Red and the Soulshakers Biography
Dirty Red and the Soulshakers is a modern day powerhouse blues band, built on old -school influences, and a mutual love for the down and dirty style blues that has come to define the bands original sound. A dangerously tight rhythm section backs a funky shake your money maker groove guaranteed, to get the ladies dancing and the good times flowing. Add a lone weeping guitar, blues harmonica and soul filled vocals and everybody’s in trouble. With influences varying from Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Wells, Little Walter, Slim Harpo, RL Burnside, Buddy Guy, Buddy Holly, Michael Bloomfield, Otis Rush, Otis Redding, James Brown, Booker T and The MGs, Jimmy Reed, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Elmore James, and Bo Diddley it is clear that the Soul Shakers have set themselves a high standard for delivering a pure sound worthy of such company.
Eric “Dirty Red” McDaniel fronts the band with a fiery blues harp, soul drenched vocals, and the high energy stage presence of an old timey gun toting, whiskey sipping Southern preacher hell bent for higher ground. He has more than 30 years song writing experience, and got his start on stage with Oklahoma Blues legend Miss Blues. Eric has appeared on recordings with Miss Blues and The Blue Notes, Old Gray Mule, Rickett Pass and Cedric Burnside as well as writing and co-producing the band’s debut CD, Soul Shakin.
Ike Lamb, Blues Music Award Winner (formerly known as the Handy Awards) for best record of the year with Watermelon Slim and the Workers, has been playing professionally for over 30 years. He has played, recorded, and toured with countless acts over this span and provides an energetic, seasoned playing style.
Forrest Worrell, born in Ft. Wayne, IN, 1965, studied piano from age 6-13, and played Trombone in school band. That is where he discovered his true passion and began his study of percussion at age 13. He performed in his first professional gig at age 17. He has performed with Otis Watkins, Miss Blues, Watermelon Slim, and many acts in between. Opened for Koko Taylor, Robert Cray Band, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dr. Hook, and he toured the UK in 2013 with Watermelon Slim and the Workers. His influences include John Bonham, Ricky Fataar, Stan Lynch, Steve Ferrone, Steve Jordan, Neil Peart, Phil Collins, Carter Beauford. When it comes to his stage kit he plays Gretsch drums with DW hardware and Zildjian cymbals. Forrest Joined Dirty Red and the Soulshakers in Oct. 2013.