BACK BAY BETTY

Back Bay Betty is a Morro Bay, CA five-piece high-energy dance band known for creative original music and covers by classic and contemporary rock and blues favorites. Local favorite Linda Martin fronts the group with a bold, soulful voice. Accompanying Linda is singer-songwriter Casey Rodgers on guitar and vocals with Eric Stever on Saxophone and vocals. Rounding out the rhythm section are Bruce Willard on bass guitar and vocals and Carl Dybowski on drums. Back Bay Betty performs at local music venues, county wide concert series, wineries, private parties, and more and can tailor an evening to fit any audience.

 

Linda Martin – Keyboard, Vocals
Casey Rodgers – Guitar, Vocals
Eric Stever – Saxophone, Vocals
Bruce Willard – Bass, Vocals
Carl Dybowski – DrumsLinda Martin grew up on the back bay in Los Osos climbing oak http://centralcoastbluesjam.com/wp-admin/media-upload.php?post_id=556&type=image&TB_iframe=1trees and losing boots in the sticky mud. A classical pianist by training, she sang and played the piano and organ at her childhood church …until she discovered the blues. Now Linda considers herself “a good girl gone bad.” She is a dynamic and soulful singer with contagious high-energy that brings a unique groove to Back Bay Betty.Casey Rodgers started playing guitar at age 12. He really just liked bending the strings and making weird sounds. But, that evolved into a unique style that somehow defies explanation. While his musicianship is obvious, it is his tasty fills and passionate leads that set him apart. He is a prolific songwriter and has been influenced by the music of Pat Metheny, Jimmy Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Neil Young and many others.Eric Stever has played with multiple bands on the Central Coast including The Big Daddy’s Blues Band, The Usual Suspects, Run For Cover, Backstreet Blues Band, Dave  Miller, The William Wingfield Quartet and now with Back Bay Betty.  A multiple instrumentalist and teacher he has now focused primarily on saxophone.  Influences include David Sanborn, Michael Brecker and Stanley Turrentine. From an early age he has exhibited the ability to find the groove in any setting to enhance his surrounding vibe. He will tickle your senses and make you feel like dancing.

As far back as he remembers, Bruce Willard has loved music and started his training at age eight. He has played professionally since his early teens in genres from the classics to low down Delta blues, acid rock to zydeco, funk and soul to country and bluegrass. He put his music career on hold to travel the world, work and raise a family, but returned to his home on the Central Coast in 2008 to retire and revive his musical ambitions again. After meeting Linda and Johnny, one of his musical goals was to be in a group with them, and now he is! He is very happy to be the newest member of Back Bay Betty and has elevated the band’s rhythm section groove with his free and funky bass playing.

Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Carl Dybowski was inspired by the blues and jazz music that was prominent in the city. At the age of 16 he took up the drums and traveled to California via the blues/rock circuit until he landed a spot on the California central coast with Back Bay Betty.