Hailing from Doylestown, PA, a suburban town just north of Philadelphia, SlideWinder is comprised of several regulars of “The Every Tuesday Funk n’ Blues Jam”, a weekly open blues jam originally born within the venue walls of Puck Live in Doylestown.
Now in its seventh year, SlideWinder isn’t just a band, it’s a community. Inductees of The PA Blues Hall of Fame, winner of the Bucks Happening List for two consecutive years for best band category, charting positions at international radio with their debut record, all position SlideWinder to expand it’s aural footprint. Most recently, a bluesy re-do of the 1961 hit “A Little Bit of Soap” is scheduled to drop in late May of this year.
The core members of the band include founder Paul Boddy on lead vocal and guitars. Organ and piano are delivered ardently by Glenn “The Wizard” Hale. The brick wall bottom is provided by bass-man Chuck Hearne and the skins are hit with deliberate authority by Billy Meyers.
SlideWinder is not a band of rookies. Growing up Boddy recalls listening to his Grandmother sing the Blues in London clubs and family gatherings, Bar-B-Q’s with The Bay City Rollers and watching his Uncle John’s band rehearse on Saturday mornings in his Father’s London warehouse. The guitar player in his Uncle’s band went on to join Judas Priest and his Uncle John enjoys a life in Spain as a Neil Diamond tribute act. Later, Boddy’s father was in business with Mark Stevens of The Dovells (The Bristol Stomp) and the late Don Kirshner (Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert). In 1999 Boddy Founded Cayman Records and produced Bob Lowery’s Yellow Light Album. After forty plus years of performing and playing along to Freddie King and Duane Allman records, writing and recording music in multiple genres, and forming the top voted band in Bucks County, this music-man remains true to what he first heard as music. A true champion of the Blues and a guitar slinger at heart.
Hale has been playing music on both coasts for 50 years. Uncle to Lzzy and Arejay Hale of Halestorm, Glenn brings a Jon Lord-esque baroque and rock edge to the band as he expands upon the licks of Jimmy Smith, Billy Preston & Dr. John. In 1968, Hale’s band The Generation won best band in Bucks County. In 2018, only half a century later, he enjoys the same accolade with SlideWinder.
Hearne has been holding bottom for nearly fifty years with some of the best in Blues and Rock. Of note, a tour of Europe with the Todd Wolfe Band (Guitar, Sheryl Crow). Nearly twenty years with the Flamin’ Harry Blues Band kept him local while he also held court with the Craig Thatcher Band. The highlight of his musical jaunt to date was playing bass on Leslie West’s Mystic Fire studio album. Chuck joined SlideWinder in June of 2018.
Hailing from the great state of DE, Meyers plays in all genres. He has amassed many recording credits, and has logged a substantial number of tour miles and dates with the likes of The Coasters, The Drifters, John Hammond, Bill Kirchen, Eddie Kirkland, Bob Margolin, and most recently Albert Castiglia. Billy lays claim to a list of over 60 recording credits, with many more to come with us. Billy joined SlideWinder in April 2022.
Hollinsworth has been playing drums since he can remember. He has toured the globe with Todd Wolfe, played with Leslie West and Geoffrey Whitehorn of Procol Harum. Hollingsworth has sat behind Dickey Betts, John Mayall and Andy Powell from Wishbone Ash. Recipient of best drummer in the Lehigh Valley multiple times. Hollingsworth joined SlideWinder in 2019.
Together these outstanding players make up what is known as The SlideWinder Blues Band, which is blatantly greater than the sum of it’s parts.