Bleu – Gil Cadilli and Virgil Thrasher
GIL CADILLI has an extensive musical background, having performed as a jazz guitarist over the past 12 years which led to the recording In the Groove in 2000. He was baptized into the blues early on by the likes of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson. He dove deeper into the blues as a bass player for international blues star Charlie Musselwhite for six years, recording with Charlie during his stint in the band. Local blues legend Robert Lowery guided Gil down the path into slide guitar and the Delta blues. His current focus is on vintage blues and gospel, as well as an eclectic sampling of R&B.
VIRGIL THRASHER and Gil go way back having played together in J.B. and the Nightshift, a Santa Cruz-based blues band during the early 80s. Virgil also worked with bluesman Robert Lowery from 1974-2009, playing festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including the North Sea and San Remo Jazz Festival, besides several appearances at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, among others. He recorded four CDs with Lowery. A five-year stint at the turn of the century with Rev. Rabia of Berkeley led to appearances at several California festivals including the San Francisco Blues Festival as well as recordings. Virgil has expanded his country blues roots to playing both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas into a more contemporary style.