Joanne grew up in greater Boston, MA area listening to her mother and grandmother play classics from the American song book on piano. Relocating to the San Jose area in 1996 for her "day job", she didn't start on her own singing career until 2011. At that time her voice caught the ear of well-known West Coast bluesman J.C. Smith which then led to Joanne's first CD Found & Lost produced by J. C. Smith at Tiki Recording Studios in East San Jose, CA. As she launched her CD she formed her band, Joanne LeBlanc & the Fugitive Blues Band, which plays around the San Francisco Bay area. Joanne is currently working on recording an EP that will feature some original songs. Her music is available today on all popular streaming and on-line retail sites. Find out where she'll be playing next!
About the Fugitive Blues Band
Donnie Green - Drums
Donnie's influences make for a unique style, blending the deep pocket groove of hip hop and funk with the aggressive beats and fills of rock and metal. He toured Europe and the U.S. the 90's with Disorderly Conduct and Sinister Sam. Influenced by his older brother, he began playing in blues in the early 2000's. Donnie has also performed with blues legends such as, Hubert Sumlin, PineTop Perkins, Willie Big Eyes Smith, Eddie and Eddie Vaan Shaw Jr., Sharon Lewis, Mike Wheeler Band, and Chico Banks. Donnie grooves appear on Joanne's blues CD Found & Lost.
Stuart Horton - Guitar
Stuart's fat tone and interesting harmonic work complement and add an edge that helps define the band's style. He's shared concert stages with many well known acts including Quiet Riot, Robin Trower, Cheap Trick, Pat Travers, Night Ranger and the Scorpions. Stuart also currently tours with one of the best Led Zeppelin tribute bands ,'Zeppelin Live', as "Jimmy Page"
Bill Castro - Bass
Bill studied music at Chico State, guitar under Dale Ramey in Santa Cruz, and began playing bass in 1975. He also studied music at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, played in various groups in the area and was playing in the Frankie Ramos Band when Joanne noticed him.
Various band guests that sit in as "Fugitives" from time to time!
Jim Nelson - Drums, Ray Starr, Sammy Varela - Guitar, Richard Palmer - Keyboards and Piano.
Special thanks! to Pat Johnson Studios for the photos for my Found & Lost CD. Check out his work at: http://www.patjohnson.com/new.html