Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar, Vocals
Born in Delaware, the son of a Country Rock musician, Phil has been playing guitar since he was eight years old. He is a self-taught guitarist with influences from his father and other guitar masters. In 1987, he toured throughout the south with his father’s band, "Second Sun" and worked as a studio session guitarist. His blues band Mr. Blue was formed in 1989 and toured extensively up and down the east coast in support of major CD releases. Phil has been invited onto stages of such blues greats as Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Johnny Copeland, and Otis Rush. Currently, Venom Blues is Phil’s hottest new act, playing and recording original blues.
Vocals, Bass Guitar
A Delaware native, Kevin Smith (no, not the director) joined the band at its inception. He has been creating and playing music in the Delaware area since the late 70's. A self taught guitarist and vocalist pounding out blues and rock classics in his first band, he developed an interest in the blues cornerstone that helped build today's music. As the songwriter/lyricist for an all original band in the 80's and 90's, he found an appreciation for the stories told by musicians of the past and how their message has been carried across generations. Switching to playing bass with Venom Blues offers new musical challenges; an opportunity to delve into true blues styles, expand on the idea of original music and still have the ability to pass on some powerful history using the words and music of some of the world's greatest blues pioneers while writing some new history along the way...
Dan, DA MAN, DiRida!
Back from the world of the lost and missing!
Dan has been one of the backbones in this wild extravaganza! Them smokin harmonicat leads and the faithful hootin' rhythms that lend a hand to our overall sound cannot be missed! Danny's style is one of a kind and can be heard a mile away! Come see for yourself why we couldn't let this guy fade away!
The world would be missin' so much!
Damn glad you're back!
STORMIN' NORMAN THOMAS
"Stormin' Norman" has had an ear for music his whole life. Starting in school playing with the band to doing the Ole' Blues Thang with us on the weekends - he's got a groove that put the whole thing in proper perspective. With a list of toys too numerous to mention, Norman adds a layer of complexity that just rounds out the show in a way few could anticipate.
Norman does not only handle our percussion needs, he can belt out some series baritone vocals. The kind that really makes Da Blues stand up and say something. His renditions of Stormy Monday and Dukes Place receive raves from our listeners, so make sure to give a listen when you can - you won't be disappointed!
Steve Long offers up a percussion style that truly adds to Venom Blues' edge. A musical professional, Steve has been playing in Delaware and surrounding areas for decades with a variety of bands. Deciding to hang his hat in the Venom Blues Studios, Steve is a great addition and helps add that "bite" to Da Blues!
Joe's DA MAN! Poundin' out some sweet riffs on the plumbing, Joe can stand alongside the best in the business! From the seductive to the insane, Joe can really light up the audience! With decades of performance experience with major players in the region, Joe brings a new and inspiring dynamic to the band! Don't be surprised when he jumps up on the PA system and belts out something that will melt your skull!
Keyboard, Harmonica and Vocals
A man of the world, Jerry is the latest blues man to grace the member list! His smokin' keyboard riffs are a trademark that will be with us for a long time! His energy is boundless and his antics are wild but he means every note he plays and he plays for keeps! Watch out!
This boy has DA BLUES!