Hershel Yatovitz (guitarist for Chris Isaak) & DB Walker w/Dr. Sig's 100% Natural Good Time Family Band

Hershel Yatovitz

Hershel Yatovitz is the lead guitarist for pop rock icon Chris Isaak. Since joining Isaak in 1995 he has recorded 11 albums with Isaak, toured the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia and made over 100 TV appearances. He also acted and played on the critically acclaimed Showtime TV series, “The Chris Isaak Show” from 2000-2003. He can be seen performing with Stevie Nicks, Trisha Yearwood and Glen Campbell on the new A&E BIO Network's "The Chris Isaak Hour" due for airing early 2009.

Among many other artists, Hershel has played with:
Art Alexakis (Everclear), Nicole Atkins, Michelle Branch (Santana), Junior Brown, Michael Bublé, James Burton (Elvis Presley), Glen Campbell, Brandi Carlyle, Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock), Shawn Colvin, Dick Dale, Bo Diddley, Minnie Driver, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, Mark Ford, Bruce Forman, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Bros.), Tootie Heath, James Hunter, Chris Isaak, Stephen Jenkins (Third Eye Blind), Kolvane, Lisa Loeb, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Brian McKnight, Brett Michaels (Poison), Alison Moorer, Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Joe Pass, Bonnie Raitt, Rufus Reid, Leann Rimes, Ritchie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Brian Setzer, Paul Stanley (Kiss), John Stowell, Ron Thompson, Pam Tillis, Waddy Wachtel, DB Walker, Joe Walsh (Eagles), Trisha Yearwood and Dweezil Zappa.

An active record producer and composer, Hershel also plays bass and drums. He is at home playing many styles of music including African, Blues, Calypso, Country Western, Folk, Funk, Italian, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Reggae, R&B, Rock, Soul and Western Swing. His versatility has led to diverse experiences, from meeting and performing for U.S. Presidents and other luminaries to playing venues from The Superbowl, Kennedy Center and The Hollywood Bowl to hospitals and children’s centers to TV shows with legendary music stars.

Along with performing in many San Francisco Bay Area bands and producing and recording local artists, Hershel was a music educator until 1994. He taught guitar and bass for 17 years, including 9 years at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University in California.

DB Walker Band

The D.B. Walker Band is a versatile Blues and Rock unit that is guaranteed to entertain. The band plays a broad variety of original material and classic rock favorites that get audiences involved, creating a party atmosphere in any venue. Featuring David B. Walker’s dynamic blues-infused vocals and soaring guitar work, this tight, professional unit never fails to rock the house.

About the band:
D.B. lays the foundation with passionate guitar playing and gritty vocals to match. Add to that Lachlann Kane on Keyboards and Vocals, David Nelson and Peter Booras on Drums and Greg Jones on Bass and Vocals, all veterans of the local club scene, the band delivers great music that will hit you hard and leave you wanting more.

About the music:
The D.B. Walker Band plays great acoustic and electric blues that harkens back to some of the greats like Ry Cooder, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. The band pay homage in an original way that updates and expands upon the delta blues genre. The band often uses this as jumping off point for musical journeys that can lead anywhere. With over 100 years of musical experience on stage, it can lead to some exiting places.

Dr. Sig's 100% Natural Good Time Family Band

Dr Sigs is a song writing collective and occasional feisty live band. As a band they fall somewhere between Delaney and Bonney and Sly and the Family Stone, playing gospel and soul inspired rock. Their songwriting can depart from this significantly to include pop and folk tunes still with an emphasis on natural instrumentation and minimal sound processing.

Dr Sigs began with Sigmund Knapstad (piano, electric piano, hammond), Beth Stovall (vocals, acoustic guitar), Simon Scott (guitars, vocals) and Greg Smith (banjo, harp, 12 string guitar, vocals). They met when their kids arranged a play date for them and after a few adult beverages, they discovered a mutual love of writing and playing music. Deciding that they’d like to do more of it, they hit on the novel idea of doing more of it together.

Having survived many bands over the years, the quartet were pleased to discover that they agreed on a couple of things (always a good start), one thing being what could be called the “1971 effect”. Here's how it goes: Pick up any vinyl recording from 1971 and it’s pretty much guaranteed that there will be at least one track on there that completely justifies the $4 you just forked out. Why? 2 reasons: analog recording was at it’s peak - 2” tape, great tube gear - preamps, mics, compressors etc - pleasingly warm, slightly distorted tones abound. Every recorded thing from Glen Campbell to Humble Pie to Al Green to Deutsche Grammaphon opera recordings sounded great. Secondly: songs. There was an amazing cross pollination of popular musical styles in the late 60’s and early 70’s - soul/rnb, rock, country, gospel, folk - that hasn’t been repeated since, resulting in great song craft. It's why Aretha Franklin could do the funked out groovy "Rock Steady" and a cover of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" in the same year and the Staples could move away from pure Gospel into "Respect Yourself" and Donny Hathaway could take "Jealous Guy" and turn it into a soul classic (check it out if you've never heard it). Great songs, great recordings and of course great singers and players.

Dr Sigs attempts to emulate this to the best of their ability - not to become a throw back revival band but by trying to incorporate the aesthetic of that era into new material.

To a large extent, the sound and direction of Dr Sigs has been shaped by the following quite exceptional musicians:

Ed Cagnacci, bass, has been with Dr Sigs from the beginning adding the crucial James Jamerson, David Hood, Donald Duck Dunn element. He can sit in the pocket grooving or he can walk around for days. Ed is also a bonifide rnb/soul encyclopedia, in fact, he can usually make a creditable attempt at any song you throw at him from the awesome to the awful; Donny Hathaway's "I believe to my soul" vs "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band for instance. It's quite something to behold.

Ronny Crawford, drums and percussion, brings an amazing musical sense to everything he does. He has been a touring musician for years, being the go-to guy for Lisa Loeb, Anna Mallik and others, yet a more enthusiastic and un-jaded fellow you will not find. Ronny is essential to the Dr Sigs songwriting process, providing a driving creativity and unbelievable chops that can transform a song idea.

Kenny Schick, tenor sax, baritone sax, is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist who began his musical life on guitar and is an accomplished guitarist as well as a top flight horn player. He performs in a successful duo with his wife, Sabine (Artemesia Black), has his own musical production company and is also a professional level photographer (many of the best photos on this site are his). Kenny and John Caredio make up "The Hairy Horns". They bring world-class power and punch that is essential to the Dr Sigs sound.

John Caredio, trumpet, flugelhorn, also has the thankless job of preparing the horn charts for Dr Sigs. His diligence and great ear all wrapped up in a totally humble and enthusiastic guy is an amazing combo which makes John a total pleasure to be around. It's difficult to overestimate the effect that John's skill and positive attitude has on the Dr Sigs project. John also lends his considerable trumpet talents to Phil Johnson and Roadside Attraction.

Dr Sigs has also enjoyed the talent, energy and good vibes of two great drummers: Craig Heitkam (The Spit Muffins, Jonny Manak) and Don Frank (Ronnie Montrose, Doobie Brothers, Marc Bonilla). Their contributions and support are very much appreciated.


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