"I might take a train, I might take a plane, but if I have to walk, I know I'm gonna see Jo Serrapere again. Like anybody else who might make you laugh and cry in the same song, she's too good to pass up."- Dave Marsh, music critic, Author of Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story and former editor of Creem & Rolling Stone magazines.

 

Jo Serrapere (sarah-pear), a songwriter from the Detroit area, started playing guitar at 23 when seeking out lessons from Delta Blues guitarist, Shari Kane. Shortly thereafter, Jo began writing her own songs while completing her college studies in clinical psychology. She is currently on tour, performing at music venues throughout the United States.

Whether recreating old songs from the Mississippi Delta or performing songs in her own confessional style, Jo's music stands original while always reflecting her love of American roots music. Her eclectic writing and performance fuses elements of various modern and traditional folk music, old-time and electric blues styles, roots rock, garage surf, swing, hot jazz and alt-country. Jo's band, the Willie Dunns (John Devine, Jef Reynolds and Stuart Tucker) brings added depth and musical styling to Jo's original songs as well as classics from such artists as Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith and Tom Waits.

The Willie Dunns are:

John Devine | dobro, acoustic guitar, mandolin and electric slide guitar

Jef Reynolds | acoustic and electric bass, mandolin, cello and guitar.

Stuart Tucker | Drums

John's background includes everything from rock'n roll to classical, having studied classical guitar in Master classes at the prestigious Miami School of Music. His strongest influence, however, comes from the early blues sounds of the "Race" records of the 1920's and 1930's, and the likes of Mississippi John Hurt and Tampa Red.

Jef has a well rounded background as a studio musician, having worked with writers and artists with styles ranging from gospel to big band. He studied with Joe Messina, who was a session guitarist for Motown Records. One of his most treasured memories was when he worked with the late Wolfman Jack in his "Midnight Special" series of Rock'n Roll revival shows. His favorite influences include Tim O'Brien, Ray Brown, Ray Charles, Lennon/McCartney and Patti Smith.

Stuart is one of Detroit's premier drummers, having played with a number of Detroit's top bands. He has played drums professionally for 22 years with a background that includes blues, acoustic/hard bop jazz, big band, cabaret, roots rock and alternative rock. In his spare time, Stuart teaches English at the University of Detroit.

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