The San-Fran-Psyche-Delta™️ Swamp Boogie Blues Band! We are the world’s finest Swamp Boogie band, mixing the Delta Blues sound from a National Steel slide guitar with a New Orleans Marching drum beat and popular songs from artists like Stevie Wonder or the Rolling Stones. We are all seasoned pros who love playing special events and making people move and smile! We just joined up with GigSalad but let me assure you we’ve been hard at it for twenty-five years and it just keeps getting better and more fun. So help put us on the map here at GS. You will be overjoyed that you did!
Derek and Benny were on time and played a lot of our favorite blues.
Derek came to our campsite and played a fantastic set of blues and classics! Engaging personality, easy going, on time and great sense of humor. VERY talented guitarist with his own take on favorites. Would hire Derek again!
Drop D was the band at my best friends wedding. The groom is a New Orleans guy so we needed a blues band that hits a high bar. The bride wanted music that would have people up and dancing. Drop D was both - and the music blew me away.
People were up and dancing and the grooms uncle said it was the best slide guitar he’d heard outside the Mississippi Delta. They played Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, and others I didn’t know the artists name but loved. (Have the set list to give to people Drop D?)
It was the best music I’ve heard at a wedding hands down. It was funky, cool, great vibe and I can’t recommend them enough. That antique steel guitar also made for stunning photo additions to the brides pics.
Response from DROP_D:
Kate, thank you I'm blushing. What a crew you guys were. such a great group. You guys made it easy for us to shine. I have a special place in my heart for the New Orleans folks that came out.
What to Expect
We are a prompt, sharp dressed, polite group of individuals who are thrilled to be here. We are quietly setting up while everyone is running around getting things ready. Derek, the band leader is your point man. There are always logistics that need to be communicated and often we must all improvise. Derek will see to it that the band is up and running despite the rain or snow or giant alligators swimming around the stage. Dinner music is light. Might just be Derek or Derek with his sax. As the event progresses the band will gradually populate the stage and a transition from dinner to First Dance, or Mitzvah or sacred ceremony. By the end of the event we will have the dance floor creaking and shaking with great old songs that are exactly what everyone wanted to hear. When all is said and done, we've hopefully made some new friends in the service industry, we pack up and say our goodbyes.
Attending high school in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco, Derek Fairchild studied the blues way more than algebra. Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, B.B King, and Albert King were his favorites. But Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan had a transformational influence on his playing. As his playing evolved he gravitated towards a Psychedelic Blues sound that is unique to San Francisco and the Haight.
Derek got started in Rio de Janeiro as a founding member of Blues Etilicos, now considered to be Brazil’s premier blues band, then it was Manhattan touring, doing shows, sessions, musicals etc with some of the world’s finest musicians.
He eventually made his way home to San Francisco. He has made a name for himself playing Steel Guitar with slide and plays for some of San Francisco’s finest performers as well as working with his own band, Derek Fairchild’s Bevy.
Derek is renowned in San Francisco as one of it’s finest and most versatile soul and blues guitarists. “He doesn’t play guitar, he sings it.” He is able to play with great digital dexterity on his Telecaster with bright, crisp tonalities that would make Keith Richards proud. The very next song he might slip on his ancient National Steel guitar and instantly transport the crowd to the Mississippi Delta. He’s a natural lead singer and effortlessly harmonizes background vocals. His knowledge of music theory and site reading along with his already vast repertoire of popular songs make him an asset in just about any ensemble.
Past Booked Events
|September 22, 2019 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Launch Party|
|August 31, 2019 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Camp Event|
|April 18, 2018 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||goo.gl/BnqEEG|
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Chain of Fools
Bad Moon Rising
Brown Eyed Girl
What I'd Say
|Derek Fairchild||Singer, Guitarist, Bandleader|
|Carl Herder||Upright Bass|
Influences & Inspiration
Stevie Wonder, Howlin' Wolf, the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters