It’s hard to know how Gretchen Emery, a native of Dover, DE, ended up singing in bands with the power and passion she displays on stage.
Maybe it’s due to the pipes she inherited from her mother or her unstoppable drive to sing. One thing is for sure, when backed by her band of seasoned musicians delivering powerful rock and soul, she’s in the place she loves to be the most. In fact, come watch the Gretchen Emery Band and you’re likely to hear her belting out her truth, “Singin’ in the band is my idea of Disneyland”.
Over her musical career, Gretchen has had the honor of performing with Hubert Sumlin, Lowrider Band, Johnny Neel, Michael Hill's Blues Mob, Victor Wainwright, and Sam Cockrell. She has performed several times at the Wilmington Riverfront Blues Festival, Delaware's Annual June Jam, and Fort Hunter Music and Wine Festival. In 2013, Gretchen and her band Dirty Boots earned a spot to compete at the International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN. She was inducted into the Delaware Blues Hall of Fame 2013.
Gretchen is excited to introduce her newest band, featuring talented and seasoned musicians including husband Kenny Windle (guitar) and soul-filled rhythm section, Patrick Redding (bass) and Scott Kohlmorgen (drums).
Kenny Windle has spent over 40 years playing guitar in bands and committing himself to the eternal quest for "tone". His guitar style, passionate and soulful, is undeniably palpable and emblematic of his North Philly roots. He spent many years touring the east coast with bands Yawa, Red House, Sixteen, & Cherry. He recorded with The Rave through Star Productions, and gained label interest from Philly International with the funk/punk/soul laced Spankeyalbo.
Kenny has spent the past 20 years backing and promoting Gretchen Emery in bands and acoustic duo projects. He was inducted into the DE Blues Hall of Fame with Gretchen Emery and Dirty Boots in 2013. When not busy rehearsing or breaking in a new amplifier, laundry and quantum physics occupy his waking hours.
Influenced by Duck Dunn and James Jamerson, Pat spent many years playing the PA Cabaret cuircuit with Zan Gardner, opening for John Mayall, Koko Taylor, and Buddy Guy, among others, as well as headlining the Jambalaya Jam with the Patsy Foster Band. An adventure in marriage found Pat refining his musical skills by watching Seinfield re-runs for 18 years. Feeling ready to get off the couch, Pat picked up his bass and brought his skill and experience to DE staple Dr. Harmonica and Rocket 88. The Gretchen Emery band is thrilled to add Pat to its line-up; he brings the perfect punch to GEB's rhythm section creating an undeniable pocket that will get you moving.
It was Kindergarten when his teacher realized Scott was going to be a drummer. Picking up blocks like sticks and performing to Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron by the Royal Guardsmen with his 6-year-old air band. After a stint with various bands playing various genres of music he finally approached mediocrity in his fortieth year of playing. His travel though music included a stint with A&M records, pop bands, roots and soul bands, the casino circuit, musical pit orchestras and occasional open mic nights. He also likes to fashion himself a guitar player but just says that to rub it in to guitarists about how much easier it is to play guitar is than drums.
Scott also has released CD's which he recorded, engineered and produced.
Original material where lyrics from the incomparable Jeanine Reed can be heard (for free damit) on YouTube at https://youtu.be/0xqJvQGA47o Scott Played many of the instruments and did all the engineering and production work including the album design and artwork.
· An album recorded and performed by the inimitable June Evans, which Scott played drums on and also wore the hat of Producer and Engineer can be heard at https://youtu.be/NHugL7fo54Y
"It takes a pretty good drummer to be better than no drummer at all." - Chet Baker
She asked me to tell her the 3 words every girl wants to hear so I whispered, "I play drums"