Todd Armstrong, Alan Murphy, David Toy, Peter Wehrmeyer, Bill Overton, John Betts, John Burt
Journey down the road a piece!
Todd Armstrong (Drums) is rock-solid at all the gigs. His earliest recollection is drumming in 6th grade. He believes music is the core expression of the community. He is influenced by the Allman Brothers, Radiohead and Pearl Jam. "The emotion of the Blues gets me every time, after all, B.B.King can make you cry just playing Happy Birthday".
Alan Murphy (Tenor Sax)
Alan Murphy (tenor saxophone and keyboard) has been with Midnight Blue since January 2019. He grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he learned how to play piano at the age of 6, and saxophone at the age of 8. Motown, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Kenny G, and Billy Joel are some of his musical influences. After years of concert band and jazz band, Alan decided his musical passions aligned with rock n’ roll and blues. His goals as a musician are to learn more famous saxophone licks and expand his knowledge of songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
David Toy (Bass, Vocals & Management) grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He started singing in the church at age 10. He played lead guitar in a true "garage band" (Stones and Beatles), wrote his first songs at age 12. At 16 he co-produced rock concerts in the local park. He's a born "ham" and performed in musicals, acapella groups, folk, rock, and jazz projects. He's performed professionally in the Seven Up "Wet, Wild & Away Dancers" featured with Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon and the Lemon Pipers at the inaugural Summerfest and in summer stock in Robert Simpson's "Brothers and Sisters" Musical Review. His influences are Rock 'N' Roll, Broadway Musicals, Jazz, Soul, R&B, Pop, Folk and the Blues.
Bill Overton (Vocals, Guitar, Dobro, Slide) He started his journey on drums at 10. He switched to guitar and bass when he heard shuffles and slow Blues. His connection to the Blues is heartfelt and expressive. His influences are musicians from the twenties, thirties, and contemporary Blues Masters, as well as, the incredible musicality and accuracy of double-guitar solos by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers. Bill is the lead guitarist in two other successful groups: Overland Express and Poly Morphs, new folk/Americana trio.
Peter Wehrmeyer (Rhythm Guitar) his strong directorial sense and natural feel for rhythm and tempo helps keep the music just right! His influences are in good time rock 'n' roll, and he's played with the house band at S.F. A.C.T., (musical theater), as well as, sang in the chorus for David Brubeck's, "Light In The Forest" album.
John Betts (Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar, Piano) he embraced the early music of the Blues and Rock 'n' Roll and is influenced by Bo Diddley, Elvis Presley, Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Slim Harpo, and many more. His first "garage band" was in the HP Garage, now a private museum where the Company Hewlett-Packard (HP) was founded. He played in a Local Jug Band that performed at the Free University and protest events in the 70s. Through the years he's played with top Blues artists at many of the venues on the Peninsula. One of his bands was featured on local T.V. and played at some of the early Palo Alto Blues festivals.
John Burt (Vocals, Guitar, Slide, Piano) He is respectful of the originators' songs and how they performed back in their day. Every performance accentuates feelings you get deep, down inside, when the music moves you. Key influences: rock, funk and Blues bands: Grand Funk (Railroad), B.T.O., Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Freddie, King, and Howlin' Wolf. John has been playing with multiple blues bands and musical groups in the bay area since the early 70s when he relocated from Michigan. His band hosted the Blues Jams at the Original JJ's Lounge in Santa Clara.