The Blues Dude

Carryin' on the Blues legacy

The Blues Dude – Video & Audio Production

Hey all you fans out there! We just put this video together for your Blues listening pleasure. I’m just doing a little traditional style blues improvisation at Pinetop Recording Studio in the Poconos. My buddy Carlo and I combined forces to create this video with stunning audio and video. Together we probably used a total of $10,000 worth of pro equipment to make it sound and look as good as it does. Hope you enjoy listening to The Blues Dude, Jeremiah Williams, play some Blues improvisation for you.

Thanks everyone for watching and we both hope you enjoyed it!

Bushstock 2015 rained applause from above!

Bushstock 2015 was held at Petrizzo’s restaurant in Bushkill, Pennsylvania during the weekend of the 11th, 12th, and 13th of September. Its always the first weekend after labor day BTW. This year the line-up was better than ever. All local musicians who have been entertaining the Pocono area for many years, some for over 30 years. The line-up was as follows.

BushStock 2015, benefitting The Monroe County Diabetes Society, this weekend 9/11-9/13. At Petrizzo’s Restaurant in Bushkill PA.

Friday at 6 , Cush Read is hosting an open jam. Bring your instruments and come out and play. Drums and bass will be on hand!
Saturday’s Line Up:

Katlyn Lucia-2:00 , Bill Horton & Friends-2:30 , Jeff Gibbons-3:15 , Inconceivable-3:45 , Blue Jay-4:30 , Gary Curtis Allstars-5:00 , Professor Michael Kessler-5:45 , The Blues Dude-6:15 , Tc Carpenter- 7:00 , Bobby White & The Bushmasters-7:30
Sunday’s Line Up:

2:00 The Rock Monsters, 3:00 Harry And Co, 3:30 South Of The Peak, 4:00 Diane And Willy, 4:30 The Goods , 5:00 Mondogs, 5:30 Non Stop Denny, 6:30 Peter Holland


A sincere thanks to Chris London and John Petrizzo for making this possible. The proceeds were sent to the Monroe County Diabetes Association. Here is a video from #thebluesdude. If you couldn’t make it, there is always next year.


Annual Bushstock 2014 – Sep 5th, 6th, and 7th – Live Music – Your all invited!!

Your all invited to Bushstock 2014, a 3 day 2 night festival right in your own backyard Poconos. The weekend will be filled with the cream of the crop of the local talent which reside in the Pocono Mountains. There will be some guests from out of town but John Petrizzo owner of Petrizzo’s restaurant on 209 in downtown Bushkill, Pennsylvania, and founder of the annual Bushstock festival wanted to keep the locals fed by boosting the local economy, community and Monroe County Diabetes Society.

The Blues Dude(Jeremiah Williams) and friends, Tony Dellaria – Drums, Rick Madigan – Bass, Dwight Spencer – Keys, will be closing out Saturday night with some soulful Blues of old and new. The band will be combining many styles of Blues like Texas Blues, Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, and much more. With a blend of cover songs that blues fans will recognize to some more obscure blues, everyone is sure to have  a great time. We encourage singing and dancing the night away.

BushStock 2014, will be a benefit for the Monroe County Diabetes Society. The dates are September 5th 6th and 7th, and its located at Petrizzo’s, 6171 Milford Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302. There will be over 20 great acts, 2 stages, and a laid back atmosphere. There’s a $10 donation for each day, or all 3 for $25.

Tickets can be purchased on Main St., Stroudsburg, at Scarpelli’s Italian Specialties, The Gamer’s Edge, and Main St. Jukebox and also at the door. Since this events proceeds will go to benefit the Monroe County Diabetes Society, you can feel good about the donation going to a good local cause. The Monroe county diabetes foundation is in need of donations and they will continue to help the local population of Monroe and surrounding counties as much as possible.

The Monroe County Diabetes Society was established in 1987 as a non-profit charitable organization. All funds received go directly to assisting diabetics in Monroe County. Each year the MCDS sends children to special diabetic camps, to learn to manage their diabetes and interact with others who share their condition, In addition, MCDS, will provide temporary diabetic supplies and assistance to residents diabetics. The officers and staff are volunteers and their office space and supplies are donated by other local non-profit organizations.

The local schedule is as follows and we wanted to give a sincere thanks to Chris London of Friars Point and John Petrizzo for putting forth all the effort for such a great cause; to bring good music to the good people of the Poconos, while also benefitting the Monroe County Diabetes Association.

 BushStock 2014

Friday 9/5/2014
Starting at 6PM on Stage 2
Spencer Reed
Prof. Kessler
Chris London Band
Alex Maxwell
…..and more
Saturday 9/6/2014
GC All Stars Stage 1 2:00 PM
Katyln Lucio Stage 2 2:55 PM
Juggernaut String Band Stage 1 3:50 PM
Rob Carlton Stage 2 4:45 PM
Blind Men Driving Stage 1 5:35 PM
Pieter Holland Stage 2 6:30 PM
The Fangs Stage 1 7:25 PM
Don Hoffman Stage 2 8:20 PM

The Blues Dude Stage 1 9:00 PM on Saturday night!!

Sunday 9/7/2014
The Duo Woodrow Stage 2 2:00 PM
Dennis Grove & Friends Stage 1 2:50 PM
SheilaMark Stage 2 3:40 PM
South Of Peak Stage 1 4:30 PM
Cush Read Stage 2 5:20 PM
Friar’s Point Stage 1 6:10 PM
The Griz Band Stage 2 7:00 PM


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Your Invited to the 6th Annual Gary Curtis Memorial Blues Picnic

On July 12th of this weekend, the 6th annual Gary Curtis Memorial Picnic benefitting the Monroe County Diabetes Association, will take place at the American Legion in East Stroudsburg at :201 E 5th St East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. The live musical entertainment will begin at 2pm and go util about 7pm at night. The line-up this year will be even more fantastic than last year, if that is even possible. There will be tons of homemade food and drinks available for purchase. The suggested donation is only ever $10 dollars which will pay for itself by the time you leave the venue.

Gary Curtis 6th Memorial Picnic

The line-up will include the following

  • Harpoon Johnny Petrizzo, owner of the popular destination restaurant and Tiki bar located  in downtown Bushkill,  will be playing and singing some popular classic rock tunes.
  • The Blues Dude and Friends, this will include yours truly, myself The Blues Dude on lead guitar and vocals, Tony Dellaria on drums, Rick “longhair” Madigan on bass, and an actual member of Gary Curtis’s band, Dwight Spencer on keys.
  • The ShielaMark Band playing an authentic hammond B3 organ and singing some familiar tunes.
  • Professor Kessler singing and performing short comedy routines.
  • A new mystery group called “The Fangs”
  • Friars Point playing some bluesy classics along with their own unique blend of tasty originals.
  • Finally to close it out The Gary Curtis All-Stars will be covering numerous Gary Curtis originals. Members are John O’Carrol on Vocals and guitar, The Blues Dude on lead and rhythm guitar, Tony Dellaria on Drums, Rick Madigan on Bass, & Dwight Spencer on keys and organ.

There will be tons of food to eat, beverages to drink; both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, a great blend of old and new local talent and of course there may be some raffles and door prizes this year as well. Come early and stay late!! See you there.

Here is one of the last videos taken of Gary Curtis playing the amazing song Sally’s Playing Bingo with Dwight Spencer and others. We all miss you and are grateful for the wonderful music you have bestowed upon us.

The Blues Dude & Friends Played the Farda’s Landscaping Backyard Birthday Bash

On Saturday June 7th, at around 2:00, The Blues Dude and his friends played the backyard birthday bash right in the Pocono Mountains. It was a beautiful day. The weather was perfect and the crowd was even better. By the end of the show, everyone at the was pouring out praise for the band. The band played some familiar songs with a mix-in of a few newer blues songs. There was some Delta Blues; namely Muddy Waters. The band also played some newer Blues by artist like Mose Alison and BB. King. They played well today. The band made a lot of people really happy today. People were dancing and singing. Some even mentioned that they recognized a few of the songs.

The Blues Dude and Friends Playing Blues in the Poconos

The Blues Dude and Friends – left to right – Rick Madigan – Bass, Dwight Spencer – Keys, Jeremiah Williams – The Blues Dude – Tony Dellaria – Drums. Photo Credit- Roger Dellaria.

To mix things up a bit the band threw in a couple of laid back jazz songs such as Blue Bossa, and their own sweetened version of Miles Davis’ All Blues. The Blues Dude doesn’t try and recycle the same old song the same old way everyone plays it. The Blues Dude adds a twist to make it his own, while still keeping the song together and recognizable.

The Blues Dude & Friends consisted of the following members, Tony Dellaria on drums, Rick Madigan on Bass, Dwight Spencer on keys and Jeremiah Williams on Lead Vocals and Guitar.

The Blues Dude shares some Blues-Jazz guitar improvisation with you

Hi all you Blues fans out there in cyberspace!! I, the Blues Dude, have thrown together a fun video of myself to keep you guys interested in The Blues Dude. If I don’t keep uploading new stuff as much as possible I am not doing my fans justice. I have just been so busy with school and all that playing has turned into mostly practicing these days. But it’s cool with me, becuase I just keep getting better for the next time you see me play live.

A little about my style
I have been doing a lot more songs lately without a pick or a plectrum. I have found the thump of the thumb for the bass strings is more pleasing and rythmic. This particular style is a hybrid between a rockabilly style and a Joe Pass style. It is a lot of fun to play and it works well with no backup musicians. I like to be able to play solo like Robert Johnson and the forerunners of blues like Reverend Gary Davis. For my next video I will put up some vocals along with some finger style picking. The piece I like so much about jazz is the rhythms. I can really get in front of the beat with jazz and also stay far behind with lots of anticipation. I enjoy listening to Miles Davis as well for that reason. It sounds to me like Miles is playing so in front of the beat or behind that it almost sounds like a completely different song.


Best Harmonica Amp The Blues Dude Ever Heard!!

Kendrick Amp

Taken at Bushstock, Bushkill PA, Sep 9th, by Jeremiah Williams.

As many of you may already know, Bushstock ended yesterday and there were many fantastic bands that played. Most of the bands that played, I would consider to be Blues Bands. Many Blues bands, since Muddy Waters in the 40’s, use a harmonica to get that authentic blues sound. There was one band that played that call themselves The Kelchner Brothers, that had one of the best Blues Harp players I have ever heard. His name is Jansen Kelchner and he is only thirteen years old.
Jansen’s Blues Harp playing was phenomenal due to a combination of many factors. The first factor being his unbridled talent. His licks and tasteful blues accompaniments sounded like the real thing. According to their website he has been getting lessons from many of the great sounding blues bands in the Lehigh Valley. The James Supra Blues band and the Eddie Bluestone Trio has takes these young brothers under their wings. Clearly these kids are heading for a life of fame and music if they stick with it.
The other contributing factor to the amazingly accurate sound of the blues was his gear. Jenses plays out of a Kendrick Harp amplifier. The amp is from the Texas Crude series and it looks like their best model for harps. The sound that this amp made was perfect. It laid beautifully in the mix and just complemented everything that was going on soundwise. The dirty and gritty amp had a gain that was so clear and perfect, it would be suitable for any harp player. Usually, when I hear harp players, their sound almost overloads your ear so nothing else can be heard. But this amp was perfect for the harp, not too distorted and not too clean either. It seems that is just what you get when you buy a hand wired amplifier from Kendrick Amplifiers.
I just couldn’t believe this kid was only thirteen. It was the highlight of the Bushstock festival for me. You can find more of the Kendrick amps at their

Blues Dude & Friends Playing Bushstock Sep 8th!

Bushstock Music Festival

Bushstock Music Festival, featuring a great line-up of bands, including The Blues Dude

To all my fans that are and fans to be, I just want to say thanks for helping to make this past summer the most successful summer we have ever had. The Blues Dude & Friends got invited to play more venues than ever before and is still getting invited to play a few more places, while the warm weather is still holding out for us.
I wanted to personally invite everybody out to our next gig. The location is Petrizzo’s Tiki Bar located on 209 Bushkill. It will be a great line-up that day since there will be many other great bands playing that day. Personally I am very excited to see and hear everyone.
The line-up is as follows –

  • 2:00 – (MYSELF) The Blues Dude & Friends
  • 2:50 – Nite Train
  • 3:30 – T-Birds
  • 4:30 – Niwana & Bill
  • 4:45 – The Kelchner Brothers
  • 5:30 – The Don Hoffman Band
  • 6:30 – Friars Point
  • 7:15 – James Supra Band
  • 8:00 – Eddie Bluestone Trio
  • 9:00 – Freefall
  • 9:30 – (MYSELF) The Gary Curtis All Stars, featuring The Blues Dude

There will be something there for everyone.
The Price is affordable for everyone!! Just 10 Dollars for the Day!! Can’t Beat that. Part of the proceeds will go to the Monroe Country Diabetes Foundation and to make the event possible.

Live Blues Music in the Water Gap, By The Blues Dude, and the Tony Dellaria Quartet

Yesterday, Sunday August 5th at 6:00, The Blues Dude and the Tony Dellaria Quartet fired up the Delaware Water Gap with their thrilling, high energy, blues band. People came rushing off the streets to hear the roaring sounds of The Blues Dude and The Tony Dellaria Quartet. The quiet streets began to fill up with the seasoned sounds of Blues music, played only with the greatest respect to the artists that have gone before them. People were drawing in from everywhere to hear the cool, clean, authentic tones and lyrics that only Blues can offer.

Photo of Tony Dellaria

Delaware Water Gap, 2013, Pennsylvania, Our front of the Church on the Mountain. 

The thunderous thumping coming from Tony Dellaria himself, was life a clock the size of a mountain, ticking away while keeping everything moving at a pace. Tony’s approach to drums is like a pace more than a race, therefore keeping the music groovin and flowing like the Mississippi river. Tony plays with many other musicians in Pocono Mountains and surrounding areas, such as Brian O’Malley, Bobby Kyle, and Pieter Holland.


Photo of Dennis Grove

Dennis Grove, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. 6:00PM Playing Bass

Dennis Grove playing the bass, out of his Hartke Cabinet. Dennis has many decades of experience behind him, in and around the Pocono Mountain area, which helps to lend a bottom end to the groove Grove creates. Dennis also performed a classic Allman Brothers song called one way out. Dennis’s applause was great to hear due to the original Bass player Rick Madigan not being able to perform that day due to being asked to perform at the Deerhead Inn at the very same time.

Photo of Dwight Spencer

Dwight Spencer, 2013, Delaware Water Gap, PA, 6:00pm, Photo by Paul Smeltz

The organs start to rumble the earth with Dwight Spencer, The Blues Dispenser, and people start looming around to see what’s going on in front of the Church. Dwight uses a realtime leslie simulator to capture the authentic sounds of the greatest organ and keyboard players of our time, while adding his own unique ingredients to the mix. Dwight had just finished up a gig at Musicfest with Friars Point, at Levitt stage. I asked him how it went and he said, “It was unbelievable, our whole band was piped in through enormous speaker arrays, all throughout the Bethlehem Steel Stacks.”

Photo of The Blues Dude (Jeremiah Williams)

The Blues Dude (Jeremiah Williams), 2013, Delaware Water Gap, PA, Out front of the Shawnee Church of the Mountain, Performing for the Concert Series.

Then the sun came through the clouds right as The Blues Dude grabbed his Fender Telecaster and turned all the knobs clockwise, while relentlessly stretching the strings across the fretboard. The combined sound was awesome. Everyone stopped and stared as these musicians began playing true soulful blues. The Blues Dude kicked it of with a couple classic blues riffs and began singing his heart out.

The response from the audience was so impressive people were wandering over from the neighborhood to see if someone was playing a loud radio, yet were surprised to find out that even though it sounded as good as any song on the radio today, it was old fashioned live music. The crowd filled in the empty spaces left on the lawn and began to enjoy the Free Concert that was being presented by the Shawnee Church on the Mountain, and the Poconos Arts Council.

We wanted to give a special thanks to Paul Smeltz for taking these great pictures of our band and invite you to visit his website, which attempts to promote art in and around the Pocono Mountains. His website address is thanks again Paul.

You’re invited to the 5th Annual Gary Curtis Memorial Picnic

This is a copy of the Gary Curtis Logo

Gary Curtis Picnic

I have not had the honor of meeting this man who left us with a large number of songs to play and learn from, but I have been asked to honor his life by learning his music and performing it in the Gary Curtis All Stars. The Gary Curtis All-Stars consist of 5 members, of which everyone has known Gary but myself. I have only met him through his music and peers. The members are as follows: John O’Carroll on Vocals & Guitar, Dwight Spencer onKeyboard, Rick Madigan on Bass, Tony Dellaria on Drums, and myself THE BLUES DUDE (Jeremiah Williams) playing leads as close to the recordings as I can.

The Show will start around 1 o’clock and run till about 8 or so. Food and drinks will be provided for an extremely reasonable fee of 10 bucks for all you can eat and drink, otherwise you may choose to just give a donation. All the proceeds will be donated to the Monroe County Diabetes Foundation and to fund the event.

There will be awesome musicians playing all day JULY 14th for this event and the list currently is as follows.

2    FREEFALL    2:20 PM
3    SPLINTERTIME    3:15 PM
4    FRIAR’S POINT BAND    4:10 PM