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I've seen The Linda Ferro Band at least four times now and I'm always impressed with their professionalism, and their music. Linda writes some very interesting originals and her music blends well with Jazz and Blues. – Rob Singleton, KJZY
You were wonderful, amazing. We all had a terrific time!! Hugs to YOU and your great band!! – 2011 Private Party Client
Linda, just wanted you to know I LOVE LOVE LOVED your performance.....You guys are really my favorite dance band! – Fan after private party, 2011

 

 

Sultry  Sassy  Rockin’
Meet The Band
Linda Ferro
Songwriter - Keyboards/Lead Vocals

Linda is an enthusiastic performing songwriter, keyboardist, wordsmith and bandleader. She graduated with Distinction in English (Linguistics) from Sonoma State University, and has enjoyed over twenty-five years of musical performances, recording, production and writing projects in the schools, local theaters, venues and community. 

In 2007, she co-produced “Remember This,” a CD of 16 original songs and one rockin' cover tune. Her songwriting honors multiple genres of music, and ranges from well-crafted funky Pop tunes to all-out rockin' Blues. She loves to connect with her audiences and treasures every opportunity she has to perform. "I just want to help folks forget their troubles for a while....help them dance and feel the joy and power of music."

Linda lives on Sonoma Mountain in Santa Rosa, CA, in a cottage under the Oak trees with her dog, Roxy, too many keyboards and too many shoes. More bio details + past and current projects

Mal Tornay
Percussion/Lead Vocals

Mal has over 20 years experience as a percussionist and vocalist. His passion for drumming began when he lived in San Francisco and jammed on the beach and at Dolores Park with some of the finest percussionists in the Bay Area. 

Mal played congas and bongos and was lead vocalist in the long-running, ubiquitous North Bay band "Shed Your Blues," and later in the acoustic trio “Shed,” where he could explore his love of Jimi Hendrix, Santana and other favorite artists. He has recorded and performed with Paula Gilbert, and "John Reese & Open Hearts." Mal's percussion and vocals are also on Linda Ferro’s solo CD, “Remember This.” He lives in Cloverdale, CA with his son, Bryan, and enjoys being able to both play music with and share life with Linda.    

Chris Badger
Guitar/Vocals

Frogger’s - Magnolia’s - The Refectory - Spancky’s -  T.K. Mining Company -  If these names ring a bell with you then you probably caught Chris rockin’ out in the bands Aftershock and Nine 1-1 with fellow guitarists Art Peterson and Bruce Austin. Chris says,“Boy, those were some fun days! So many friends were playing in local bands that when we weren’t playing our own gigs we were always checking out the competition.”

Chris’ love for guitar started at age 13 but it wasn’t until 4 years later that he got his first guitar from one of his best friends in a trade for a motorcycle. “It was a struggle at first, because other than my friend Mike showing me how to tune-up and a couple basic chord shapes, I’m self-taught and learned to play  by ear.“ Lynyrd Skynyrd  was a huge influence on Chris’ electric guitar-playing as were bands such as Led Zepplin, Montrose, Joe Walsh, Bad Company, with Neil Young being his one true acoustic guitar influence.

While taking some time off from performing to help raise his kids, Chris started gravitating towards the Blues. Once the kids were old enough to be doing their own things, Chris eased back into playing live by attending local Blues jams. in fact, Linda first met Chris when he was playing at one of the Sonoma County Blues Society’s weekly jams, shortly after her solo CD release party.

Chris' gift for creating melodic riffs and harmonies is a perfect fit for songwriter Linda Ferro.

Chris works for the City of Santa Rosa and lives in Windsor.

Elmar Kurgpold
Sax/Percussion/Vocals

Elmar is a multi-instrumentalist, playing saxophone, guitar, bass and percussion. He started playing by ear at the age of six on the piano and picked up the sax at twelve. His performing experience started in school jazz and marching bands, and he later did time with Marin Sass, Gale and the Jazzers, Earthbeat and Harateckk. He began writing and recording his original music in high school and scored a few student films while studying Recording Arts at USC. His first studio session was at age 10, and he has appeared on a number of recordings including a Superbowl halftime show. Elmar is passionate about all aspects of music and music production, and loves performing best of all. Influences include Branford Marsalis, Fishbone, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Marcus Miller. 

Michael Balazki
Bass

Michael has been a part of the Bay Area music scene on and off since the 1990's. He has been a musician since the fourth grade and played violin, trumpet and guitar. In high school, his rock band needed a bass player, so he switched from guitar to bass and never looked back. Also, while in high school, he performed with the Terra Linda Jazz Band. He couldn't sight read (and still can't!), so his solos were all improvised, which the teacher encouraged. He also studied music at Santa Rosa Junior College, briefly, so Michael has the benefit of both formal musical education and street level ear training (perhaps the best of both worlds!). He has played with Jazz Fusion bands, Rock bands, and cover bands and recorded on many CD's.

Michael has played most of the clubs in Marin and Sonoma County and has had the pleasure of playing on the hallowed stage of the Whisky A Go-Go, in Hollywood. His influences range from RUSH, Level 42, to Allan Holdsworth and Motown.

Kenny Susan
Drums/Vocals

Kenny, is a self-taught, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has been playing professionally since the age of four. He has numerous album credits throughout his successful career and continues to record and assist with engineering and production. He has played and toured the U.S. and Europe with a wide variety of Northern California bands including The Sorentinos, The Vatcher Brothers, The Lynn Bobby Band, Rolling Bob, Karen Lovely. These bands have shared the stage with Chris Isaac, Chicago, Peter Frampton, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Allen Holdsworth, Robben Ford, The Sons of Champlin and a host of others.

Along with being the drummer/vocalist with The Linda Ferro Band, he is also the bassist/vocalist for AshThirtyThree, drummer/percussionist, bassist, guitarist and vocalist with Karie Hillery and the drummer/vocalist for Blues Hall of Fame member, Lester Chambers, of the iconic 60’s rock group, The Chambers Brothers. As a frequently requested session player for studio projects and live performances, Kenny's versatility playing many different styles of music keeps him working steadily. His love for music is very much alive and well.

The Linda Ferro Band

 The Linda Ferro Band

(Former drummer Michael Curtin pictured here)

Linda Ferro’s Solo Projects
Songwriter  ·  Solo Artist
2007 Debut
Solo CD
Project
“Remember
This”
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The last thing I do before sleep is listen to your CD on my iPod.
- Devoted Fan
A first-class work!
- Angela Strehli
Esteemed Blues Recording Artist

Milestones

The LINDA FERRO BAND was nominated for the 2011 North Bay Music Awards.
Heartfelt thanks to the North Bay Bohemian and fans...from Linda, Mal, Brian, Chris, Nick and Adam!
The Linda Ferro Band received nominations in 2009 and 2010 for the North Bay Music Awards!
 
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The bluesy Jazz song 
"Come On In" was nominated 
for an Independent Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA) award. 
 
This song and "Love Me Back" were also part of the "Featured Artist" programming on KJZY, 93.7 FM
 
Please check out:
Midnight Special Blues Radio, also broadcasting from Live365.com, where several of my original songs have been aired.

Please visit Women of Substance Radio, broadcasting from Live365.com.

In addition to several original Blues tunes they have played on this station, my song, "Please, Peace" was on the playlist for Tuesday, Sept 21, on the program, "What's On My Ipod" beginning at 1 pm PDT.

Also, this song was included on the playlist for the program, "Piano Ballads."  Many thanks to WOS radio!

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Note from Linda: "Over the past year or so, The Linda Ferro Band has been "under construction" and I'm happy to announce that the renovation is completed! We have added some AMAZING musicians to the core group of me, Mal (percussion/vocals) and Chris (guitar). Please visit the band members page to find out about our last-but-not-least addition, Drummer Kenny Susan."

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