Barbara Paul: Vocals and Guitar

Joe Bull: Guitar, Slide, Weissenborne, Lap Steel

Dave Fertig: Harp, Percussion

Tony Porto: Drums

Bill Newkirk: Electric, Fretless and Double Bass

 

 

BullFish:  New original and old classic Blues from a band of fresh old hands!  With music from the Mississippi Delta via Chicago’s South Side to the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, BullFish is a Southern California based Blues band whose members are experienced, fun-loving professional musicians that bring the beating heart of feel good, "Life is Fine" rockin' blues with a twist of soul to every party!  

 

Barbara Paul, born and raised in the Los Angeles area, started playing piano at 6 and got her first guitar when she was 8 - by the age of 9 she was accompanying herself and playing in local talent shows.  Barbara started writing songs at 12 and has been writing and singing ever since.  Her earliest musical and vocal influences were Little Anthony and the Imperials,  Aretha Franklin,  Jimmy Reed and Billie Holiday just to name a few.  Barbara studied Composition at Grove School of Music in Los Angeles and has performed with many R&B, Blues and Jazz bands at clubs, restaurants, dive bars and military bases throughout Southern California as well as touring the Pacific Northwest and a very interesting place called Johnston Island (Atoll) in the South Pacific (Google it!).

 

Joe Bull, born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, started playing guitar at 15 and was heavily influenced by Chicago blues, as well as Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor.  In just a couple of years Joe began touring the mid-west with several local blues and rock bands.  A couple of years after moving to Los Angeles in 1983, Joe studied guitar with Bill Hermes (Lightnin’ Willie) and later began playing all over Southern California.  Joe is a multi-instrumentalist and is known for his slide guitar work.  He plays electric and acoustic guitar, electric lap steel, Weissenborn lap steel and mandolin. 

 

Dave Fertig, was born on Chicago’s South Side to a house always full of music, musicians, meetings and civil rights activists.  He is told that in his first year, family friend Big Bill Broonzy bounced him on his knee and pronounced him,  "A little blues man!"  At age 14 Dave hit the road with a bent harmonica and bedroll to learn the rhythm and spirit of the streets, highways and people of America, and beyond, and has been blowin’ his harp ever since.  In Southern California since the 70's, Dave has organized hundreds of blues jams and brought thousands of people together (here and abroad) with their own blues music. He mostly plays slightly modified Hohner Special 20 Diatonic Marine Band Harmonicas, and is known to tap out a rhythm on anything that's laying around.

 

Tony Porto (Bio Coming Soon!)

 

Bill Newkirk (Bio Coming Soon!)