Dallas Hodge was born in 1954 in Detroit Michigan. He started playing the guitar at age 13. He went on to lead several
bands over the next few years and finally teamed up with his brother Catfish Hodge in 1970 as the Catfish Hodge Band,
recording several albums together. In 1978, he moved to Santa Cruz, California where he met and teamed upthis time with
legendary guitarist Steve Marriott of Humble Pie fame.
In the year 2000, he was offered the task of fronting the legendary band Canned Heat, one of the headliners at the original
Woodstock Festival. Known for such hits as "Lets Work Together," "Goin Up The Country" and "On The Road Again". I knew I had some big shoes to fill" says Dallas. Even though Bob "The Bear" Hite had passed away quite some time ago, it was a challeng he met head-on and every year he just got better and better. It's been said that this line-up has been one of the factors for bringing Canned Heat back to the lime light along with the return of Skip Taylor as manager. (He was their original manager.) No longer fronting the band, Dallas has stepped up his efforts and pushed on with his own career, and with his own style of Motor City Rockin Rhythm and Blues.
"People have told me that when they hear and see what I am all about that I should share my music with the people. I have always
played for the love of the music. Lord knows there are many other things you can do for money, but the music is always for the love!
I enjoy playing with Canned Heat as it has its own style of music," says Hodge.
In 2005 Dallas was introduced to a gentleman who would ultimately be the one to help him record as well as co-produce his long awaited CD......Tom MacLear. It was from here that a new chapter would begin and change was going to come!!!!!!
In 2009, Dallas was contacted by Bob Seger Sax man Alto Reed to work with him and his "West Coast Blues Entourage". They have done several dates in Colorado and have plans to do more. Hodge and Reed have known each other for over 30 years from Detroit.
Dallas has finished his first solo CD, and it is now available on Meg Records. f you truly want to hear some
"Motor City style rockin, rhythm and blues",then you owe it to yourself to see Dallas Hodge live.
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From time to time the players change due to availability, but it is usually the same.
For those of you who would like to know who the members of the band are, they are as follows:
The West Coast/ U.S Band
Larry Zack, Drums
Pat Wilkens, Bass and vocals
Jon Greathouse, Keys
Robert Heft on guitars plus
Skip Van Winkl, Hammond and (bass pedals when available)
Rick Solem (when available) Piano
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Larry Zack & Skip VanWinkl