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Terry Hanck is well known for his hard blowing sax, incredible range and gusty vocals. Born in Chicago, Hanck was heavily influenced by the blues, soul and jazz music of the 50’s and early 60’s. After moving to California in 1965, he toured with Elvin Bishop through most of the 70’s and 80’s and Bishop gave him plenty of opportunities to hone his craft on stage. “Terry Hanck is a fine vocalist, an amazing showman, and my favorite sax player,” says Bishop. Terry Hanck left the Bishop band to tour under his own name in the late 80’s playing a signature mix of New Orleans Gumbo, West Coast Jump and East Bay Funk, all delivered with a heavy dose of blues and soul.
He draws on a vast repertoire of songs, including many originals and his energetic performances spotlight an artist at the peak of his craft. His topnotch band includes "Johnny Cat" Soubrand on guitar, Tim Wagar on bass, and Butch Cousins on drums.

Terry Hanck brings a polished “festival” show that has wowed audiences throughout the United States, Canada and Europe



"Johnny Cat" Soubrand - Guitar
"Johnny Cat" Soubrand has held the down the dual lead spot as guitarist (recording and touring) with Terry Hanck for most of eight years. A West Coast native, he was born in San Francisco, lived in Santa Cruz logging lots of time at Moe's Alley and performed/toured with many other Bay Area blues notables including Andy Santana and the Chrome Addicts. He has made records with Chris "Kid" Andersen, Andy Santana, Earl Thomas, Russell Barber Band and Jimmy Dewrance. Fans know his clean, crisp swinging tone from his Gibson Gold Top Les Paul and Fender Strat. They also know that he takes his inspiration from the Mt. Rushmore of Kings: B.B., Albert and Freddie.

Butch Cousins- Drums
Butch Cousins, the man who "drives the bus"--i.e.the backbeat, the drummer-- says that what folks need to know about him simply boils down to "I enjoy the song--eveything for the sake of the song." He notes like-minded colleagues such as the great New Orleans drummer Earl Palmer as a key hero, likewise Jim Keltner, Steve Jordan, Kevin Hayes and Al Jackson. Butch has been drumming with Terry since 1993. Born in Oakland into a musical family, raised in the Pacific Northwest, here are his personal "favs of my discography": 'Hit It & Quit It'- C. Salgado/T.Robb; 'Goin' Back Home'-Frankie Lee; 'The Blues is Now'- B. Murray. The only other personal info Butch offered? "Old and black; but totally and completely sexy."

Tim Wagar - Bass
Tim has been an integral part of the Bay Area music scene since 1974; working with blues and soul greats such as Lavern Baker, Lowell Fulson, Otis Rush, Bo Diddley, Jimmy McCracklin, James Cotton, Floyd Dixon, Robert Lockwood Jr., Pinetop Perkins, Henry Butler, Barbara Lynn, Brownie McGhee, Charles Brown, Charlie Musselwhite, and Howard Tate. He performs with local favorites including Terry Hanck, Flambeau, Brenda Boykin, Mitch Woods, Glenn Walters, Chris Cain, and the Soul Delights. He has appeared in a wide variety of settings including local night clubs, major festivals, and the Shoreline Amphitheatre. He has toured throughout the US, Canada, Japan and Europe, and has recorded with Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur and Howard Tate.
"Man, playing with you is like ridin' in a Cadillac"