Gretchen Emery is a powerful, gifted vocalist and flutist who captivates audiences with passionate, heartfelt performances of blues, rock, soul, and gospel influenced music. She can switch from soft and sultry vocals to in-your-face belting in a single song, and deliver flute solos that can soothe or electrify.
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.
Gretchen is excited to introduce her newest band, featuring talented and seasoned musicians including husband Kenny Windle (guitar) and soul-filled rhythm section, Dave Lasalle (bass) and Scott Kohlmorgen (drums).
After a government experiment went awry, Kenny Windle was no longer able to perform his duties as a rocket scientist, and as a result, he spent the next 40 years playing guitar. Although he longs to re-establish his work with NASA, Kenny is content (for now) to put his energy into the quest for a great amplifier...and, oh yes...tone.
Dave Lasalle began playing guitar at age 6 and bass at age 7 ( he is now 112... you do the math!). His funky, melodic, and powerful bass playing is influenced by his Puerto Rican roots and years of touring with Spanish bands up and down the East coast.
Scott has been hitting things most his life. Parlaying that into playing drums just seemed a logical step. Now, after finishing a stint with Drummers without Borders, Scott is ecstatic to be playing with the soulful funky stylings of the Gretchen Emery band.