Who we are

Blues, Soul, R&B, Pop/Rock, and original music that inspires, connects and captivates, but most of all it will MOVE you. The Gayle Harrod Band’s momentous and soulful sound is the work of powerhouse vocalist, Gayle Harrod, supported by the solid, engaging instrumental performances, rich vocal harmonies and professional musicianship of her band: Stan Turk on the Guitar, Dennis Michaels on Bass and Check Ferrell on Drums. A diverse, fun and eclectic play list of both covers and original music, spanning multiple genres, will make sure everyone is having a good time and have both young and old dancing all night long. Their original songs, are intimate, revealing and deeply personal expressions of universal themes of tragedy, resilience, heartbreak and triumph, vulnerability and strength and delivered with a raw intensity and emotional honesty that resonates with audiences.

The Gayle Harrod Band most often performs as a four piece group, but are by no means limited to that format. Keys and Horns can easily be added when the venue and budget allows. We have intentionally created a band format that is flexible and scaleable to work with any event, venue or budget. 


Love, love, love!!! Great vocals and rhythms. You won’t be sorry if you come out to see Gayle and her band.Dana Tarbox

Saw the Band today in Ellicott City. We understand that today was their first public gig for this ensemble and they are off to a great start! Gayle has an incredible voice and their cover of classic R&B tunes is excellent! We look forward to seeing them again in the near future.Rose Cohen

Gayle Harrod’s Singing From The Heart of Her Whole Being !!! And That’s Where It’s At Y’all !!! Dr. Dixon Bh.D “The Blues Physician”Larry Scott Dixon

Love this band! Jamming music with perfect beats. Gayle’s voice is powerful and soulful. Fortunately, I have discovered a gem band in B’more. Looking forward to attending their future venues. Hope O’flynns again!
Thanks!Rebecca Smith

  1. Hoochie Coochie Gal Gayle Harrod Band 3:45
  2. Hound Dog 2:15
  3. Heard It Through The Grape Vine 2:55
  4. I'd Rather Go Blind Gayle Harrod Band 5:46
  5. Respect 3:55
  6. Chain Of Fools 3:51
  7. Proud Mary Gayle Harrod 3:30
  8. God Laughed Gayle Harrod Band 4:15
  9. Break Gayle Harrod Band 4:05
  10. As Long As Im Moving Gayle Harrod Band 3:23
  11. Why Don't You Want Me Gayle Harrod Band 5:16

Show Dates

16 Dec 2018 Washington, DC — DC Downtown Holiday Market
19 Dec 2018 Dundalk, MD — Howard's Pub and Deli
21 Dec 2018 Washington, DC — Nanny O'Brien's
22 Dec 2018 Washington, DC — Jackpot
11 Jan 2019 Timonium, MD — Michael's Cafe
18 Jan 2019 McSherrystown, PA — Ratt's

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The Band

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Gayle Harrod


Gayle Harrod is quickly building a name for herself in the Baltimore / D.C. area music scene, fronting bands since 2011 with Soul and Blues band, “Triple Shot”, Classic Rock and Blues band, “Blues Deluxe” and Blues R&B band “Shakedown” before bringing together some of the best musical talent in the area for “The Gayle Harrod Band”.

Gayle has shared the stage with legendary Boogie Woogie Piano man Daryl Davis, and Chicago Bluesman Lurrie Bell as well as being mentored by the likes of Gaye Adegbalola of Saffire Uppity Blues Women and Resa Gibbs of MSG Acoustic Blues Trio. She has performed on stages large and small including the 2016 D.C. Blues Festival at Carter Baron Ampitheater and Bethesda Blues and Jazz supper Club and AMP by Strathmore.

Gayle’s vocal performances have been described as moving, soulful, heartfelt, powerful, raw, emotional and expressive. Whether she’s belting out a well-worn Blues standard or grooving an iconic R&B classic, she is equally at ease. Gayle commands the stage with versatility and dynamic control that captivates audiences with forceful, full-powered vocals as well as showing off her softer side with a heartfelt delivery that can make a grown man cry. Her raucous, and gravelly vocal style, reminiscent of greats like Etta James and Koko Taylor, makes people sit up and take notice. Her warm, soulful tone and smooth, lilting R&B vocals gets them grooving on the dance floor. But it’s the raw emotion that she feels right down to her soul and conveys so well that connects her with her audience on a personal level, always leaving them wanting more and garnering both fans and accolades wherever she goes.

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Stan Turk

Lead Guitar

Growing up in a musical family in Baltimore, Stan’s musical career has covered almost every style and genre of music. Stan began playing in local clubs and bars well before he was old enough to drive and appeared on the “Kerby Scott Show” with The Casino Royales and performing backup for the 60’s group The Angels (“My Boyfriend’s Back”) with The Marlins. Following that, he spent several years playing with some talented jazz-rock bands Jeremiah, United Endeavor, Falstaff, covering music from Chicago, BST, etc., often with horn players from Hank Levy’s renowned Towson State Jazz Ensemble, and providing opening-act support for such national acts as The Guess Who.

Stan’s full-time musical career took him up and down the east coast – from Florida to Connecticut, and nearly every state in between — performing floor shows for about two years. Stan returned to the area to play clubs locally, mostly with the bands Pzazz, Secrets and Radiant and has performed at just about every major musical venue in the Baltimore/Washington/Ocean City region, as well as providing backup for such nationally-known acts such as “The Coasters.” Stan now concentrates on playing jazz, blues and R&B.

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Dennis Michaels

Bass Guitar

Dennis Michaels resumé includes a veritable who’s who of Music industry headliners and Broadway Musical elite. He began his professional music career in 1980 with The Army Band of New York and the United States Army Field Band, but was soon performing with the likes of The Bing Miller Jazz Quartet, The Zim Zemeral Big Band, Tiny Tim, Tony Bennet, Bob Hope, The Coasters, The Platters, Duffy Kane and the Charles Parker Band. He performed with The Guy Lombardo Orchestra at the Inauguration of President Bill Clinton and garnered a movie credit on Paramount Pictures release, “He Said, She Said” with Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth Perkins.

Dennis went on to perform with the touring companies of severel hit Broadway shows, including Joseph and the Amazing Techinicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables, Forever Swing, Mama Mia, The Full Monty, and Fosse. Other credits include Session Bassist and Composer for Tonal Vision Studios, writing for the Discovery Channel, Performing as Headline act for Baltimore Artscape, Touring clinician for Mars Music, Luthier and Bass Instructor for Mars Music, Bass Instructor and clinician at The Music Workshop, Musical Director, Bassist and vocals for Bobby Scott, Musical Director, Bassist, Guitarist for David Allen Coe and performing with numerous MD/DC area artists including Great Train Robbery, Never Never, Rich Mascari, Lafeyette Ghilchrist, Greg Thompkins, The Patty Reese Group and Blues Therapy before adding his talent and wealth of experience to the Gayle Harrod Band.

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Chuck Ferrell


Chuck Ferrell began his professional career at the age of 14. He has performed with jazz, rock and country artists all over the world. Hailing from Danville, Virginia, he attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied private drum instruction with drummer Clarence Penn and jazz ensemble under the tutelage of Ellis Marsalis.  

Chuck has performed with great artists such as Melba Moore, Mary Wilson, Kevin Walker, Lafayette Gilchrist, Alex Brown, Keter Betts and Gary Grainger. 
In 2010, Chuck and Gary Garlic released the book Groove Theory -a- comprehensive guide for the drum set percussionist. Mr. Ferrell is a rhythm section clinician, who has worked with high school and professional bands to assist them in honing their skills and garners production credits for a number of CD’s.

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Exciting News!  The Gayle Harrod Band has been chosen to be a part of  WTMD radio’s Baltimore Band Block Party on June 16th!  This is a HUGE opportunity for us.  The Winners will perform at a First Thursday concert at Canton Waterfront Park, in front of thousands of people, 2nd place does a live lunch at the station, 3rd gets to be on Baltimore Hit Parade, and there are additional cash and gear prizes and all the bands get to have their music played on the radio.   

I got to hear my own original song, “God Laughed”,  played on WTMD radio for the first time ever today!  Very cool stuff!

This event is a fundraiser for WTMD, Baltimore’s ONLY publicly funded radio station.  20 bands start out but only the top 10-12 bands with the most ticket sales or donations in raised their name get to go through to the finals.  Both tickets and donations are tax deductible, because they support the nonprofit radio station.  

We are so excited to be a part of this event and we REALLY want to get to the finals, but we can’t do it without the help of our friends and family! You can support us by either purchasing a ticket for The Gayle Harrod Band, or by making a Donation in our name. We hope you’ll come out and support us but if you can’t make the show,  a small donation  to the station in our name would be greatly appreciated. There will be a space to type in “The Gayle Harrod Band” prior to submitting your donation. This is just an incredible opportunity for us and it would mean the world to us to make it through to the finals.  Can we count on you for even a small donation in our name to help us make this happen?  

Just follow the link to buy at ticket or make a donation.


Thanks so much!

Gayle  💕

P.S.:  We are happy to report that we raised $2470 for WTMD radio and took 3rd place in fundraising!

We will be featured on an upcoming episode of Baltimore Hit Parade with Sam Sessa!

Final Standings:

1.     Soul Island Rebels — $3026

2.     Too Soon Jokes — $2860

3.     The Gayle Harrod Band — $2470

4.     Them Animals — $1300

5.     Ebb & Nova — $1300

6.     Crisco Dreams — $1045

7.     Shelby Blondell — $1000

8.     Subtastics — $960

9.     Automatic Slim — $910

10.The Old Part of Town — $850

11.Lenore Lenoire — $760

12.Leo & Cygnus — $670

Watch The Gayle Harrod Band on Baltimore Hit Parade


Watch Hoochie Coochie Gal
Watch Break
Watch I'd Rather Go Blind
Watch God Laughed
Watch Chain of Fools
Watch Why Don't You Want Me
Watch The Gayle Harrod Band Video Montage
Watch Get Ready
Watch Inner City Blues
Watch Long Train Running
Watch WTMD - Baltimore Band Block Party
Watch Long Train Running at The Crown and Crow, DC
Watch Hound Dog at The Crown and Crow, DC
Watch Hoochie Coochie Gal at The Crown and Crow, DC
Watch Exes and Ohs at The Crown and Crow, DC
Watch Feeling Alright at The Crown and Crow, DC

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