HWY 19 - Saturday April 15th - 11a.m.-2p.m.
Andy Dubois (born December 24, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter who began playing guitar for family and friends as a teenager. He still does a lot of that today. Born in Pompano Beach, Florida, Andy started singing solo in the mid-1970's in various South Florida venues. Moving to Raleigh, North Carolina in 1994 brought about collaborations with fellow singer-songwriters in local duo and trio venues.
Then with the formation of the blues band Greydog in 1996, Andy continued singing and playing acoustic and electric guitar until his return to Florida in 2003. Back at home in Florida, Andy began performing acoustic solo with a blend of folk, rock, country, blues and original tunes.
Hwy19 began in October, 2006, with the chance meeting of Andy Dubois and Daisy Millett at an Open Mic in Eustis, FL. Andy, with his background of Blues and Americana, fresh from the music scene around Chapel Hill and Raleigh, NC, had been appearing at open mics for a couple of months. Daisy, newly returned to the area after an absence of 26 years, learned to play the bass from some of the best Bluegrass and Old Time players in the mountains of North Carolina; thus the foundation for the duo Hwy19 was established.
At the 2007 Deland Original Music Festival, Andy connected with premier harmonica soloist Phil Robinson which crystallized the formation of Hyw19 as a trio.
Phil has been playing harmonica for most of his life. As a young teen he heard a live blues band with an awesome harp player and he was hooked. He cut his teeth sitting in with many bands and musicians in Jacksonville, Fl. From blues to bluegrass, folk, rock, country, reggae and Christian, he has played with many talented and some well known musicians, including Derek Trucks, Artimus Pyle, Greg Baril, Susan Clark (Roy's daughter), Steve Holland (Molly Hatchet), and the Razorbacks.
With Daisy's departure in 2008, John Stellman stepped in to fill the bass role.
"Big John" Stellman has loved music all his life. His first taste was when his older sister brought home the "Meet the Beatles" album. That was his musical awakening.
John's played bass and guitar in several bands over the years. He even sat in with David Bowie's band when they visited the Why Not Lounge in Altamonte Springs after playing at the Jai Alai Fronton in the mid 70's. At closing time, when the jam session was over, Bowie said to John, "That was nice, man!"
John enjoys listening to and playing all kinds of music, especially 60's and 70's rock, jazz and folk. He recently got XM Radio and is discovering and enjoying a wide variety of artists that are never featured on FM radio. There's a vast musical universe out there!
John recently joined Hwy19 and immediately "jelled" with Andy and Phil. And that's a good thing!