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Meet  Ricc Sandoval

For over 30 years, Ricc has been performing for audiences all across the country. Beginning his career in the 70s in his home state of Illinois, he played in campus bars and student unions around the midwest, honing his craft in a band that played jazz-rock originals. He later landed a two-year house gig at a club in northern Minnesota, playing 4 sets nightly, 6-nights a week. While holding down the long nights at the house gig, he also lent his guitar playing to many local radio jingles. 

Relocating to California in the 80s, he soon began a long stint with the Katharine Chase Band, an Americana roots rock band who were signed to the MCA Records/Marquee label, and opened for national acts in Los Angeles and San Francisco. During this time he also performed guitar tracks for an indie Spanish-language film titled "Bravo," starring Carlos Gallardo of "El Mariachi" movie fame. He also recorded with Latin telenovela star and co-star of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Eduardo Xol. 

Today he can still be found performing in concert venues such as the Saratoga Mountain Winery and the San Francisco Masonic Auditorium, opening for iconic artists such as Van Morrison and Don Henley (Eagles), and lending his guitar playing to local recording artists such as Shana Morrison and Danna Aliano. His versatility and rock-steadiness as a guitarist are sure to impress when you come out to listen to Brother Sara. 



Meet Danna Aliano

Born in Illinois, Danna Aliano moved to the Bay Area of California in late eighties, carrying with her little more than a few hundred dollars, a Masters Degree, and a dream of singing for her supper. Despite her success in higher education, Aliano couldn’t let her musical desires take a backseat. Always finding solace in singing, it wasn’t until she first heard blues legend Koko Taylor that Aliano took a more career-oriented path with her vocal gifts.

Not long after her arrival on the West Coast a chance meeting between Danna and drummer David Koolhoven led to the formation of Chain of Blues, eventually rounding the lineup out with guitarist Arthur Thompson and bassist John Gay.  Soon the blues quartet, fronted by Aliano’s aggressive vocal style and a physically dynamic presence onstage, was being courted by labels, which led to a deal with Warner Bros. and an exhaustive global touring schedule of more than 250 dates a year that saw them playing alongside the likes of Robben Ford, Gregg Allman, Marshall Tucker, Kansas, and more.

Chain of Blues would go on to release You Just Bring Me the Blues, One Love and Blind Curve over their tenure together.

Undeterred, Aliano embarked on a solo career, releasing her first solo projects—two albums, RIPE and Pigeonholed—as the 20th Century changed to the 21st.  



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“In my book, singer-songwriter Danna Aliano is the most intense, powerhouse vocalist around today…”   

Steven Wheeler, “Songworks”, Music Connection – Los Angeles, CA

“Ricc Sandoval is an amazing talent…he’s a triple threat: writer, producer and player. ”   

Danna Aliano, Singer/Songwriter, East Bay, CA