The Catch Blues Band’s sound has been described as the “blues with a splash of rum”, where B.B. King meets Bob Marley, with Clapton-like vocals. This mixture of genres has earned The Catch Blues Band a dedicated following in the Upper Ohio Valley since the veteran musicians formed the group in 2006.
The four-piece band’s distinctive rhythms create an expansive sound. The interplay between Dana Burkhart’s elaborate bass lines along with the Latin-influenced percussions created by John “J.D.” Daner gives the music a serious depth. When added to the unmistakably blues-like raunchiness of Kevin Brosh’s organ and piano accompaniment and topped off with Mike Roeder’s distinctive vocal and guitar stylings, The Catch Blues Band will give any blues-lover that back-street blues-battle house feeling.
On August 11th 2007, The Catch Blues Band, in conjunction with their inaugural appearance at the Heritage Music Bluesfest in Wheeling, WV, released their first CD, “It’s Not Right”. “It’s Not Right” is the brainchild of lead singer and guitarist, Mike Roeder. “I’ve had some of these tunes simmering in my ‘song box’ since 1996, but it was the inspiration I took from my fellow band-members that really brought it to life ”, he said. Roeder said his bassist, Dana Burkhart “Dana and I have been jamming together since I was 8 years old, in fact, he was my first guitar teacher”. All are Wheeling residents, with the exception of Brosh, who currently resides in Shadyside, Ohio.
All ten cuts of “It’s Not Right” were recorded and mastered in Wheeling at Jamie Peck Productions this summer. Peck, an accomplished saxophone player, plays a “blood
and guts” tenor solo on the CD’s final song, “Please.” Roeder cited many inspirations for the CD, but “especially the music I listened to while growing up in North Wheeling–the Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, Santana and Bob Marley.”