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, Russ Rodgers on Bass and Chuck Ferrell on Drums. A diverse, fun, funky, and eclectic play list of both covers and original music, spanning multiple genres and generations, will assure that everyone is having a good time and keep them on the dance floor all night long. Their original songs, are intimate, revealing and deeply personal expressions of universal themes of tragedy, resilience, heartbreak and triumph, vulnerability, strength and even a little dark comedy, 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 not 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. 

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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 (Etta James Cover) Gayle Harrod Band 3:45
  2. Hound Dog (Big Mama Thornton Cover) The Gayle Harrod Band 2:15
  3. Heard It Through The Grape Vine (Gladys Knight Cover) The Gayle Harrod Band 2:55
  4. I'd Rather Go Blind (Etta James Cover) The Gayle Harrod Band 5:46
  5. Respect (Aretha Franklin Cover) The Gayle Harrod Band 3:55
  6. Chain Of Fools (Aretha Franklin cover) The Gayle Harrod Bsand 3:51
  7. Proud Mary (Tina Turner Cover) The Gayle Harrod Band 3:30
  8. God Laughed (Original) The Gayle Harrod Band 4:15
  9. Break (Original) The Gayle Harrod Band 4:05
  10. As Long As Im Moving (Ruth Brown Cover) The Gayle Harrod Band 3:23
  11. Why Don't You Want Me (Roy Buchanan Cover) The Gayle Harrod Band 5:16
  12. You're Gonna Miss Me (Original) The Gayle Harrod Band 3:44

Show Dates

20 Sep 2019 Cockeysville, MD — Ashland Cafe
free
27 Sep 2019 Washington, DC — Roofers Union
free
08 Nov 2019 Woodstock, MD — Woodstock Inn
free

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The Band

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Gayle Harrod

Vocals

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 been mentored by vocal powerhouses like Deletta Gillespie, Gaye Adegbalola of Saffire Uppity Blues Women and Resa Gibbs of MSG Acoustic Blues Trio. She opened the 2016 D.C. Blues Festival at Carter Baron Ampitheater with DC Mudd and has performed with Boogie Woogie Piano man, Daryl Davis, at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, AMP by Strathmore and The Birchmere.

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, 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.

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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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Russell Rodgers

Bass Guitar

Russ Rodgers has been playing and teaching bass guitar professionally for over 40 years and has studied with Kevin Bales, Jimi Haslip of the Yellow Jackets, Oteil Burbridge, Anthony Wellington, John Patitucci, Trip Wamsley, Corey Christiansen, Mike Pope, Herman Burney and Ted Howe. Russ founded the Bass Program at The Atlanta Institute of Music (AIM) in 1985 and served as Bass Director for its 1st eight years. After leaving AIM in 1993 because of a busy performance schedule both domestically and internationally, Russ returned to AIM and taught classes and private lessons from 2001 to 2013. During this time Russ taught private lessons at Ken Stanton Music from 2000 to 2014, was director of the Bass Program at The East Cobb Music Academy from 1998 to 2005, and The Atlanta Bass Gallery from 2009 to 2014. From 2006 to 2013, Russ was the house bass player at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Atlanta, GA with jazz vocalist, Theresa Hightower.

In 2014 Russ relocated to Washington DC and now has an active performance schedule with DC’s finest artist and teaches live online private instruction using Skype with students from all over the world as well as teaching privately at different locations around the Washington DC area.

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Chuck Ferrell

Drums

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.

https://www.mt.cm/wtmds-7th-annual-baltimore-band-block-party

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

Videos

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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