Formed in 1991, the band has evolved through many incarnations, three Tone Cool and two self-produced CDs, trips around the world as far as South Africa and mostly the joys of playing a lot of music on Martha’s Vineyard where most of them live. Johnny juggles a full life where he takes advantage of his many skills including stone masonry, fishing, antique dealing, farming. Somehow he manages to do all the gigs as well. He came to the Island in 1978, after soaking up Muddy Waters’ and Tom Waits’ shows as a teenager.
Buck Shank, guitar, longtime member of the band, looks and sounds like he’s playing his last solo every time he steps up. He brings so much emotion, joy and grit to the stage, and his rhythm playing helps drive the bus.
Jeremy Berlin, the piano player has been with the band for most of its life – since the summer of ’93. He’s played duets with President Clinton, and Carly Simon – he’s not afraid of anything, and he plays it all. The band started out as a four-piece with no piano, became a five-piece for several years, and then returned to a four-piece configuration, this time with no bass, and it’s been that way for over 10 years. They even play as a three piece without guitar. Jeremy’s connection with the Island started before he was born and he’s been there on and off ever since.
Chris Anzalone, the drummer, came aboard in 2000, a veteran of the Boston scene and such bands as The Radio Kings and he and Jeremy have been the rhythm section all along. He stays around Boston – we can’t make him move down here. A real city boy. We call him Baby Dynamite.
- Johnny Hoy (vocals, harmonica)
- Jeremy Berlin (keys)
- Daniel Banks (drums)