The Deviljays Blues Band...
are an electric Blues quartet. Hailing from Lake City, Florida, the band was formed in mid-April 2017 by guitarist Kirby Stanley and plays regularly around the North-Central Florida area. The band name was chosen by Stanley whilst reading a book about American folklore. The book mentioned that if a blue jay was seen on Sunday after church, the Devil was watching you. Within the short span of formation, the band has been thoroughly well received around the local area & represented the North-Central Florida Blues Society in Memphis for the 34th International Blues Challenge in January 2018.
Curtis Harris, upright electric bass, was born in New Jersey and played in his first band in 1966 on guitar. He began playing bass in 1970 and at age 13 began playing nightclubs with soul bands in New Jersey and Philadelphia on weekends. He played on the end of the juke joint Chitlin Circuit upon moving to Florida in 1972. He joined the John Bailey Group from 1974 to 1979 and became one of the first Black players on the Southern Rock club circuit. Curtis played Professional Gospel in Virginia from 1980 to 1984 and recorded in an original funk band as well as playing with Chuck Chavers. His band the Rocking Cabanas were Otis Redding’s first touring band. In addition to playing upright bass with The Deviljays, Curtis also performs locally with Rick Randlett and Blues Crush.
Chuck has been playing the Keyboards since he was 12 years old and is self-taught. He played with Little Richie in New York City in 1967 at a benefit for St Barnibis Hospital, and has opened for a large selection of well-known bands such as The Atlantic Rhythm Section, Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Clarence Carter.
Reggie Johnson grew up in Boston Mass. He started lessons at the young age of 7 and played 1st chair in the 4th ranked junior high school marching band and drum corps in Michigan. His musical interests are primarily Fusion Jazz/Funk.