songs from the swamp
Howlin' King Crawdad
Benny Lupo - Guitar, vocals
Benny Lupo's guitar prowess started when he was just seven years old and his Father gave him his first electric 3/4 Harmony guitar and Kalamazoo amp. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan near the acclaimed Red Carpet Club. Benny would sneak out of his house to listen to the musicians at the club and after seeing his second grade teacher, Tom Carson playing there with the house band, The Lazy Eggs, found himself hooked. Benny has the warmest heart of the band, and we are honored to call him our colleague and friend.
Kirk Arthur - Drums, Percussion
Professional drummer ....Thirty three years based in Los Angeles now in Las Vegas.
Toured World Wide for over fifteen years with Chuck Berry. Has performed On Stage with Air Supply, Arthur Adams, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Del Shannon, Ben E. King, Gary U.S. Bonds, and many more. Kirk has performed on many TV Shows including Merv Griffin, Jerry Lewis Telethon, Los Angeles Rams Halftime Show, NASCAR 50th Anniversary Show (ESPN), Rock All Night (PBS) and Blast To the Past ( Fox/Disney) . Movie Performances including "Rollerball", TV Themes including "Joystick", "Jukebox" and "Santa Barbara" . Trained in Symphonic, Big Band, Rhythm & Blues and all forms of Rock 'N' Roll.
George Lehrfeld (AKA Howlin’ King Crawdad)- Songwriter, Vocals, Accordion, Piano, Guitar, Actor
A native to the San Francisco area of California and a child of Hollywood nobility, Lehrfeld
started acting, and playing and teaching himself piano at age five. After spending numerous
years in college, majoring in everything but music, he entered the music business by owning and
operating, The Record Exchange in Burlingame, California for twenty years. During this time
period he played keyboards with a variety of bands including, The Occupational Hazard, The
Responsibles, and The Psycherelics, playing every major venue in the Bay Area at the time
including the Mabuhay and The Stone, as well as in comedy clubs hosted by Jay Leno.
Relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2010, Lehrfeld performed with Sinsation, Jimmy Mack and
the Blues Attack and The Kold Kats hosting regional musicians at The Sand Dollar Lounge.
Lehrfeld started Howlin’ King Crawdad in 1992 after a visit to New Orleans and loving zydeco
music. He regionally toured with the band and has worked to bring the zydeco genre and a love
of laughter, to the west coast and the Las Vegas area. When not playing music, George spends
his time charming women and throwing parties worthy of the Great Gatsby.
Trevor Johnson - Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar, Harmonica
Trevor Johnson was born and raised in Masfield, Ohio and started showing interest in music at a very early age. Although well versed in many styles of music after moving to Las Vegas he has carved out a niche as a guitar player specializing in Americana Roots Music (Blues, Country, Zydeco, Swing, Rock-a-Billy). Trevor's skill as a guitarist is in heavy demand and is currently performing in several bands including Shanda and the Howlers, Monk and the Po Boys, Jeff Mix and the Songhearts, Part-Time Criminals as well as Howlin' King Crawdad.
Bill Bailey - Bass and Vocals
A native of Nevada, Bill started his musical career playing bass and trumpet in high school. Bailey graduated from Berklee College of Music after majoring in arrangement, composition and trumpet. Returning to Las Vegas Bailey became the staff bassist at the Desert Inn Hotel & Casino performing with musicians such as Mel Torme, Anthony Newley, Juliet Prowse, Jerry Lewis and Broadway Productions such as A Chorus Line and Sophisticated Ladies. Bailey augmented his career freelancing with acts such as Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Dianne Carroll, Vic Damone, Luciano Paroroti and Andrea Bocelli. Bailey is a large supporter of the local arts scene and regularly performs with the Las Vegas Symphony, the Las Vegas Philharmonic and is currently the Principal Bassist with the Nevada Chamber Symphony. As well as being a fantastic musician, he has earned himself entry into the Las Vegas' Fans Hall of Fame. He plays regularly with several local jazz, blues, and bluegrass groups, adores his grandchildren, homebrews and leads a local cycling group.
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