OPEN TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES - Currently with Ralph & The Rhythm Hounds (RRH) - RRH is an award-winning progressive blues band writing, recording, and performing original and cover songs. The band took "1st Place" in the 2019 Dayton and most recent 2021 Cincinnati Blues Challenge. This band will be competing at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN January 18th thru the 22nd, 2022.

RRH has also played at many festival events including the Creekside Jazz & Blues Festival, Taste Of Cincinnati, Lebanon Blues Fest and Cincinnati Blues Fest in Ohio. The band released its first original CD, Mesmerized, in August 2016 and has shared the stage with Teeny Tucker (Blues HOF member), Lisa Mann, Gary Cain, and Shaw Davis. RRH is currently working toward the release of its second album.

My approach to music collaborations is to compliment not overtake the band and the volume. Staying in the pocket is critical to enabling the band to sound tight and professional. However, well timed and appropriate fills (and an occasional solo when needed) always adds depth to great songs. I'm interested in established/up-and-coming bands that are classic and/or contemporary rock, blues, soul, country, jazz-funk/pop, and/or originals. I have a wide range of musical influences and interests, multiple music venue/event performances, and recording studio experience. Please see ralphandtherhythmhounds for music videos and demo tracks. Background vocal capability, creative, dependable, and a team player. Contact Info: jmcjgriff at gee mail dot com

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Member since:
Mar 26 2009
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
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Artist Influences- Keith Carlock, Steve Gadd, Carter Beauford, Bernard Purdie, and Buddy Rich. Band Interests - Steely Dan, Dave Mathews, Allman Brothers, Tedeschi/Trucks, Eric Clapton and great blues bands.

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DW Performance, Ludwig Vistalites, and Gretsch Renown sets, Zildjians, and hardware.