Colin Dussault’s Blues Project

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Colin Dussault's Blues Project
OriginCleveland, Ohio, US
GenresBlues rock
Years active1989-current
LabelsErica Records/Buddah Belly Productions
Associated actsBlues Junction, Hitman, Delgado Brothers, Mr. Stress Blues Band, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Anne E. DeChant, Calabash, Moonlight Drive
MembersColin Dussault, Jimmy Feeney, Brent Lane, Steve Zavesky, John Atzberger
Past membersRich Weiskopf, Chris Borross, Mark Casterline, Ray Varga, Elwood Kohlmeyer, Johnny Sandell, Alden Kimbrell, Wayne Strick, Russ Richards, Jeff Harmon, Denny Phillips, John Stanley, Toby Packard, Tony Koussa Jr., August Oswald, Teddy Harris, Michael Bay, Nathan Allison, Dave Buyers, Fredo Perez-Stable, Fred Tobey, Greg Hurd

Colin Dussault's Blues Project is a Cleveland, Ohio, based five piece blues-rock group best known for songs such as “Little Chicken Wing Girl,” “Good Booty & BBQ,” “O.J. Simpson’s DNA,” and “Tidioute, Pennsylvania Revisited;" and their 1998 remake of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain".[1] The band's CD releases, live shows, and work schedule have resulted in group being called the "Hardest Working Band in Northern Ohio. Their tag line is “Our Music is better than it sounds”."[2]

Formed in 1989 in Cleveland, Ohio, Colin Dussault’s Blues Project is a harmonica-driven, blues-based rock ‘n’ soul band.[3] Founder and leader Dussault has been called "a powerful, yet warm singer"[1] with a “howling phlegmatic voice that sounds like Bobby Bland trying to scream over the roar of a DC-9” with a blues harp style[4] "...and a must hear not only for blues fans but for fans of Cleveland's rich musical history".[5] His “stage presence, charisma and wonderful voice are the makings of a national blues figure.[6] His harmonica style is influenced by the Chicago blues of the ‘50s,[7] the British blues of the ‘60s, and American country and folk idioms. An official endorser of Hohner harmonicas since 1994, Dussault plays the Hohner Big River model in second position, or cross-harp style.[8]


Dussault began his musical career in 1985 as a sophomore at Lakewood High School, with the help of David Treaster, a classmate and a classically trained guitarist.[9] The son of watercolor artist Richard Treaster, David Treaster exposed Dussault to B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Allman Brothers. The two blues fans shortly teamed up with other classmates to form the short-lived Blues Junction, which performed at house parties, a battle of the bands and a high school talent show.[9]

Dussault began to play professionally after graduating from Lakewood High in 1987. In the summer of he sat in on harmonica with big band leader and CBS Records Recording Artist Al Serafini at a wedding reception the Dussault family was attending. Serafini, who over twenty years earlier had booked gigs for the Blackweles, a band that featured Colin’s father, Artie Dussault, on bass, invited the younger Dussault onstage. The enthusiastic audience response prompted Dussault to find work with various local bands including the Delgado Brothers, Bill Dawg and the Extraordinaires, and Hitman.[9] Eventually Hitman evolved into Colin Dussault’s Blues Project, which debuted at the Ultimate Sports Bar in Lakewood on Saturday, May 13, 1989.

The band was soon playing all over Greater Cleveland. It now performs more than 300 shows a year at venues such as blues clubs, biker bars, and upscale wineries, from the Lake Erie Islands to upstate New York, and often opens up for national touring blues and rock artists.[10] Its membership has included alumni of such well-known Cleveland bands as Moonlight Drive, the Saxons, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Calabash, Mr. Stress Blues Band, Anne E. DeChant, Jehovah’s Waitresses, the Pony Express Band, and I-Tal. The current lineup, besides Dussault, is charter member Jimmy Feeney (guitar); John Atzberger (bass, vocals); Brent Lane (keyboards); Steve Savesky (drums) and roadie Robbie Green aka Robo, the Dali-Robbie, The Robbie Lama, ElToro-Roho and The Emporror Robo-Eeato.

In 2010, Dussault allied with Tie-Dye Harvest’s Jim Tigue and Michael Stanley Band and Wish You were Here bassist/vocalist Eric “Eroc” Sosinski to form Colin Dussault’s Acoustic Side Project.

In 2018 Dussault joined forces with Alex Bevan and Michael Stanley to write, record and release a CD single titled “A Song for our Children”. The song was written in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shootings. Proceeds from the sale of the CD single will be donated to Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America.


Dussault and his band have opened for blues performers and rock groups including Johnny Winter,[11] Glen Schwartz,[12] Valerie Wellington,[13] Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers, Joe Bonamassa, and Duke Robillard;[14] Billy Branch, James Cotton, and Carey Bell;[15] John Mayall and Chris Duarte,[16] Johnny Lang,[17] Buckwheat Zydeco,[18] Robert Lockwood, Jr.;[19] Bad Company and Eddie Money;[20] Steppenwolf;[21] Kim Wilson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds,[22] Buddy Guy,[23] Steve Miller and George Thorogood,[24] Blue Oyster Cult,[25] Ronnie Earle, Valerie Wellington, Robert Lockwood Jr., Chicago Legendary Blues Band, and Sugar Ray and the Broadcasters,[26] Elvin Bishop Band with Little Smokey, Roomful of Blues, the Nighthawks, Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets, Bob Margolin's Rolling Fork Review, Hubert Sumlin and Levon Helm,[27] and Michael Stanley.[28]

Colin Dussault appeared with the band Nightbridge at a July 1998 political fundraiser for U.S. Senate Candidate Mary O. Boyle that featured an appearance by then first lady Hillary Clinton.[29] Colin Dussault and his band also performed with the band Roosevelt and Bruce Springsteen at the 2004 Election Eve Rally for Presidential hopeful John Kerry held at Mall C in Downtown Cleveland on November 1, 2004.[30] On November 26, 2004, Colin Dussault and his band appeared live on Cleveland's Fox 8 News Morning show performing "Sweet Home Chicago" with Dan Aykroyd in conjunction with the opening of the Cleveland House of Blues.[31]

Colin Dussault has released 11 self-produced and self-marketed compact disc recordings to date on his Erica Records/Buddha Belly Productions label. Dussault has also appeared on copious other recordings by Cleveland artists as a session player. The band's music can be heard on Cleveland's WNCX 98.5 Classic Rock who continually include "Fire and Rain," "Good Booty and BBQ",[32]" and "Little Chicken Wing Girl" in their playlists.[33] "Good Booty and BBQ," written by Greg Bandy along with Colin Dussault, has been covered by several local and national acts including Chicago's Howard and the White Boys who included the song on their 2007 CD "Made in Chicago," released and distributed by Evidence Music.[34]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Colin Dussault, His Blues Project and Friends (1994)
  • Colin Dussault's Blues Project Recorded Live at the Brother's Lounge (1995)
  • Moving On (1998)
  • Highlights (2001)
  • Official Bootleg-Live at Tri-C (2003)
  • The Best Of-Greatest Hits Collection (2004)
  • Not Tonight Baby I've Got the Blues (2004)
  • Watch This! (2005)
  • Live at the Main Street Café (2006)
  • Colinized! (2007)
  • Colin Dussault's Acoustic Side Project (2010)
  • Trailer Love (2012)
  • Stress Relief (2014)
  • Hoodoo Voodoo (2015)
  • My Mother Front Window (2015)
  • Swingos Film Soundtrack (2016)
  • A Song For Our Children (CD single) with Alex Bevan, Michael Stanley & various other artists (2018)

Compilation/Session albums[edit]

  • I've Got the Blues in Cleveland (1994)
  • Northcoast Blend NORML (1996)
  • Highlights (1999)
  • The Best of Cleveland Blues (2003)
  • Michael Stanley & Friends A Heartland Holiday Sampler (2009)
  • By Your Side - Kristine Jackson
  • Time is a Line, Crazy Carl - Sands and Hearn (2017)

Discography; session player information[edit]

The Skydogs "And Then" Lazy Eye Records Gut 001. Released 1994 Colin Dussault plays harmonica on track # 5 “Mississippi Jim Turn the Trick Blues”

"The House on Chestnut Ridge" children’s musical. Released 1994 & 2001 (Finalist in the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Children’s songwriting category)[35][36] Colin Dussault sings on track No. 1 “Chestnut Ridge,: lead vocals and harmonica on track No. 5“Look At You.” Vocals on track # 10 “Chestnut Ridge Reprise”

Walkin’ Cane & The Sky Dogs “Help Yourself” Lazy Eye Records FCD 4077. Released 1996. Colin Dussault plays harmonica and sings back up on track No. 3 “Linin’ Track (Tie Shuffling Chant).” Backup vocals on track No. 4 “Drinkin’ Tanqueray” Harmonica & back up vocals on track No. 6 “Sweet Jelly Rollin”. Harmonica on track No. 7 “Mississippi Jim, Turn the Trick Blues”

Kung Fu Grip “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” Released 1998. Colin Dussault plays harmonica on track No. 3“Vent”

Cletus Black “Back It Up” Night Wax Records NW 105. Released 1997. Colin Dussault plays harmonica on track No. 4 “Baby Please Don’t Leave”. Harmonica on track No. 5 “Stage Left (Break a Leg)”. Harmonica on track No. 7 “Depot Road”. Harmonica on track # 13 “I’m Cryin’”.

Calabash “Flowerbed” Buckethead Productions. Released 1997 Colin Dussault plays harmonica on track No. 1 “She Never Talks That Way About You”

Anne DeChant “Effort of the Spin” Green Plastic Records AD91 102. Released 1997. Colin Dussault plays harmonica on track No. 9 “From The Fields”

Christopher “Undo Mentalis: The Mind of the Land” Shirtless Records TG6. Released 1999. Colin Dussault plays harmonica on track No. 2 “Ignatia’s Angel”

Walkin’ Cane “Murder of a Blues Singer”. Released 2008 Colin Dussault plays harmonica and sings back up on track No. 4 “Step It Up & Go” Harmonica on track No. 5 “Ramblin’ On My Mind” Harmonica on track No. 6 “Georgia Moon”. Harmonica on track No. 8 “Hold On The Night”. Harmonica on track No. 9 “Late Great Singer”.


  • Best Regional Blues Band Cleveland Scene Reader's Poll (1998)
  • Best Harmonica Player Cleveland Free Times Music Awards (2000)
  • Best Blues Band Cleveland Free Times Music Awards (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008)

Television and radio appearances[edit]

  • WMJI 105.7 FM Radio Cleveland, Lanigan & Malone Morning Show (December 5, 2003; August 25, 2004; June 7, 2006; May 15, 2009)
  • WVIZ Cleveland Public Television, Applause Show (November 3, 2004; December 17, 2007; November 2, 2010/Acoustic Side Project; September 29, 2011)
  • WKYC Television Cleveland NBC Channel 3 (March 9, 2007; December 18, 2007 taping to promote First Night Akron appearance that aired December 24, 2007; May 30, 2008/Acoustic Side Project)
  • WJW Fox 8 News Morning Show Cleveland (June 22, 1999; May 9, 2004; February 11 and August 2, 2005; January 20, 2006/Live with Mr. Stress, Pete Cavanaugh, and Dave Morrison of Aces and Eights; June 15, 2007/live performances in front of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; May 11, 2009; November 22, 2010/Acoustic Side Project; May 2 and July 7, 2011)
  • WEWS Cleveland News Channel 5 (October 17, 2005 afternoon news segment)
  • WCSB 89.3 FM Cleveland State University Radio (May 10 and November 22, 1995; August 11, 2004)
  • The Summit Radio 91.3 FM Akron (Jim Chenot Radio Sandbox Program December 6, 2002; May 30, 2003; Aug. 13, 2004 with Greg Hurd; December 30, 2005 with Walkin’ Cane; June 13, 2006).
  • WKNR ESPN AM 850, (July 15, 2011/Tony Rizzo Big Show with Al Bubba Baker to promote Grapes n Ale event)
  • K96 WKFM 96.1 Radio Sandusky Morning Show (October 21, 2005)
  • WCPN 90.3 FM Cleveland Public Radio (Around Noon program December 31, 1997; November 25, 1998; May 30, 2003; May 13, 2009; November 23, 2010; Open Air performance of Acoustic Side Project July 28, 2011; appearance on Sound of Ideas with Mike McIntyre October 25, 2011)
  • Mix 106.5 FM Cleveland (interview on Brian & Joe Morning Show February 2, 2005)
  • WONE-FM 97.5 FM Akron (Jim Chenot Show December 23, 1997)


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  2. ^ Vozar, Roger (9 June 1994). "The Lure of Music Keeps this Mover Singing the Blues". Lakewood Sun Post.
  3. ^ Cassidy, Charles. "Bluesman Bounces Back from Heart Ailment to Keep Playing." West Life, 23 July 2008.
  4. ^ River Front Times, St. Louis Missourt , October 15, 1997
  5. ^ Brueining, Jonah. Scene Magazine, 8 Sep 1994.
  6. ^ Wolff, Carlo. Cleveland Plain Dealer, Scene and Heard, "Colin Dussault’s Future Is Far More Than Local," May 30, 1998
  7. ^ Holan, Marc. Local Spotlight. Scene Magazine, 1995.
  8. ^ "Colin Dussault: Plays Big River Harp". Hohner. Archived from the original on 2012-05-12.
  9. ^ a b c Dussault, Colin. Interview with author, 2010.
  10. ^ Hogan, Max. "Colin Dussault Keeps Moving On." Downtown Tab, 1995.
  11. ^ Canton Blues Festival, 19 June 2009
  12. ^ Roger Martin Benefit Concert, Cleveland Agora, 26 April 1998.
  13. ^ Fourth Annual Legendary Blues Festival, Meadowridge Farm, Windsor, Ohio, 1995.
  14. ^ Mohican Blues Festival, Loudonville, Ohio, 16 Aug 2003.
  15. ^ Blues at the Zoo, Cleveland Zoo, 15 Aug 1999.
  16. ^ 2006 Canton, Ohio, Blues Festival
  17. ^ Great American Rib Cook Off, Cleveland, Ohio, 23 May 2008.
  18. ^ Akron Civic Theater, 5 Aug 2000.
  19. ^ Brothers Lounge, Cleveland, Ohio, 1 Sept. 1995.
  20. ^ Rock Hall Performance, 21 July 1999
  21. ^ Abate Party, Erie, Pennsylvania, 26 Aug 2000.
  22. ^ Crooked River Music & Arts Festival, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio July 30, 1999
  23. ^ Finast Friendly Markets Great American Rib Cookoff, Burke Lakefront Airport, June 20, 2001
  24. ^ Cleveland Free Times Stage @ Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoaga Falls, Ohio July 25, 1999
  25. ^ Youngstown Rib Burn Off, Niles, Ohio June 19, 1998
  26. ^ Third Annual Legendary Blues Festival, Meadow Ridge Farm, Windsor, Ohio July 4, 1991
  27. ^ Heritage Music Blues Festival, Heritage Amphitheater, Wheeling, West Virginia August 10, 11, 12, 2001
  28. ^ Cleveland Agora, April 25, 1998, Roger Martin Benefit
  29. ^ Lyon, Debbie. "Singing the Blues for Hillary." Erie, Pennsylvania Showcase Magazine, 13 Aug 1998.
  30. ^ Election Eve Show with Bruce Springsteen, Mall C, Downtown Cleveland, 1 Nov 2004
  31. ^ Opening of Cleveland House of Blues, 24 November 2004
  32. ^ WNCX 98.5 FM Radio- Michael Stanley "Prime Cut" segment
  33. ^ WNCX 98.5 FM Radio -Mr. Classic Saturday Night House Party
  34. ^ Heidt, John. Vintage Guitar Magazine, 23 Oct. 2007.
  35. ^ "The House on Chestnut Ridge". Archived from the original on 2009-05-04.
  36. ^ "2000 Winners". The John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Archived from the original on 2005-04-09.


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