Lydia Pense & Cold Blood debuted when the Fillmore was at its peak as one of the nation’s musical Meccas. Janis Joplin recommended her to owner Bill Graham who was so impressed with Lydia’s voice and the sound of the band that he immediately signed Cold Blood to his new record label. During the span of six original late-60’s, early-70’s albums, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood helped, along with Tower Of Power, forge their own specific brand of funk/soul and R&B which came to be known as East Bay Grease. That music still holds up today, proving great music is timeless and will continue to inspire generations to come.
Their initial four albums Cold Blood, Sisyphus, First Taste of Sin and Thriller remain their best-known work. However, fans and media are digging their much-anticipated new release Soul Of The Gypsy.
Cold Blood, as a whole, features a stellar group of musicians who have been playing together for nearly 20 years including Steve Dunne on guitar, Steve Salinas on keyboards, a gritty-growling horn section comprised of Rich Armstrong and Rob Zuckerman along with a stellar rhythm section featuring Evan Palmerston on bass and Donny Baldwin on drums. The band members are all veteran Bay Area musicians who have played with many great artists including Elvin Bishop, Jefferson Starship, Boz Skaggs, Albert Collins and more.
Special guest, R&B, soul, funk and gospel singer Rick Stevens special guests both knows. Rick joined Tower of Power in 1969, and with that move his impressive musical career took off, his vocals pushing the band onto the national music scene. He sang the diamond hit, “Spakling in the Sand” on TOP’s first album, East Bay Grease. The next TOP album to hit the charts was Bump City, and that record features Rick’s signature song, “You’re Still a Young Man.”
Rick’s latest endeavor, a CD titled RICK STEVENS BACK ON THE STREETS AGAIN Vol. 1, is available at his shows and his special guest appearances throughout the Bay Area. Vol. 2 will be recorded in the near future, so stay tuned, it promises to be a gem!
THE POWERFUL VOICE OF FRED ROSS – Singer, Songwriter, Producer & Musician
A native of San Francisco, Fred has been singing professionally since the age of 16. Some of his vocal accomplishments include: The Martin Luther King Story (made for TV), The Stuart Little Movie, TV and radio ads for BMW, Dole, and several dot-com companies. Fred has sung the National Anthem for the Associated Press, the Presidio Memorial Day Celebration (yearly), the Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49’ers, and San Francisco Giants (Barry Bonds 600th home run at SBC Park), and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
For fourteen years, The Fred Ross Project could be heard regularly at The Starlight Room at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, as well as throughout the Bay Area. This band is composed of members from other Bay Area notable bands such as Boz Scaggs, Cold Blood, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Santana, & Tony, Toni, Tone. Fred has toured the U.S. and Europe for the past thirteen years with legends of Funk Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker (formerly of the James Brown Band).
Narada Michael Walden, members of Tower of Power, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Beverley & Maze, Greg Rollie, Toto, Chaka Kahn and the Commodore’s are just some of the talents he has worked with. Most recently, Fred toured Europe with Tower of Power as lead singer.
When not touring with Pee Wee Ellis, Fred can currently be seen around the Bay Area performing with his own bands The Fred Ross Project and Everyday People. Fred can also be seen performing with The Dick Bright Orchestra, Tony Saunders, Vinyl and Jeff Tamilier’s Sunday Paper, along with other bands throughout the Bay Area.