Rod being a blue-collar musician with roots in blues, rock and country is a true working musician. Black Cat Zone was founded in 1995 and played venue's around the central Ohio area. In 2000 he formed his next project with Hot Rod and the Blues DeVilles. HRB performed more than 150 dates a year from 2000 until 2007. He hosted Donahue’s Tavern open blues jam on Thursday night for over 5 years with the house band “The Circuit Breakers”. He gives instruction and shares his craft with young aspiring guitarist 2 nights a week from his home studio.
Fans, friends and his musical peers have consistently called Rod’s playing and singing soulful and tasteful. But make no mistake, when he plays the blues and finds the zone it burns with a flame that only feeling and experience can deliver.
Rod has shared the stage with nationally known acts, in national blues clubs and festivals with Hot Rod & The Blues DeVilles. They also received radio airplay and press in the Midwest.
Hot Rod & The Blues DeVilles shared the stage with….
Lonnie Brooks Buddy Guy Anson Funderburg and the Rockets/w Sam Meyers Big Brother and the Holding Company (Janis Joplin’s Band) CJ Chenier Big Jack Johnson Guitar Shorty Robert Lockwood Jr. Smokin’ Joe Kubek Kenny Neal
National Blues Clubs Hot Rod & The Blues DeVilles played….
Fat Fish Blue/Cleveland, OH Fat Fish Blue/Cincinnati, OH Slippery Noodle Inn/Indy, IN Lucille’s/Covington, KY Blues Station/Columbus, OH Stevie Ray’s/Louisville, KY The Savannah/ Cleveland, OH Promo West Pavilion/Columbus, OH The Thirsty Ear/Grandview, OH Maggie’s Place/Doylestown, PA Blues on Grand/Des Moines, IA Captain Kirk’s/Fort Madison IA
Festivals Hot Rod & The Blues DeVilles played...
2006 International Blues Challenge/Memphis TN Blues to the Point Festival/Carrollton, KY Creekside Jazz & Blues Festival/Gahanna, OH Comfest/ Grandview, OH WC Handy Festival/Henderson, KY Cave Run Rock n Blues n BBQ Festival/Moorehead, KY Hocking Hills Rhythm & Blues Festival/Logan, OH Columbus Arts Festival/Columbus, OH All Ohio Balloon Festival/Marysville, OH Urbana Arts Festival/Urbana, OH London Arts Festival/London, OH
Radio and Press…
Madison Press Cover Story-London,OH Columbus Blues Alliance/ Spotlight Personality Cover story and article “Columbus Messenger” Headlined “BLUES SHOW” Promo West Pavilion-Cols Oh “Live “ on WCBE 90.5-Columbus, OH Christmas show on WCBE 90.5 Columbus, OH
The Columbus Dispatch front page of Arts/Life section “Quote from article below”
"With the release today of Paradise, the second Blues DeVilles album, they have incorporated three-part harmonies inspired by the Temptations and shades of rock colored by Jimi Hendrix and the Eagles."
"They’re doing everything right," said Al Roop, a manager at the bar and the drummer for the Barrelhouse Blues Band. "It really doesn’t get any better than Hot Rod and the Blues DeVilles."
“Roop called the rhythm section a "funk machine" that regularly draws a big crowd.”