meet the band
debbi - lead vocals , vibes
Born and raised in Baltimore, Debbi did most of her performing in Nashville and Colorado. When not singing she is a full
time High School ESOL teacher. She loves kids, yoga, hiking, the outdoors and hanging with her family. A very talented vocalist, Debbi has a 3 octive range and a diverse vocal pallet with a style that includes Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, R&B and Latin. Debbi has fronted several successful bands over the years and played in some iconic venues both as an electric and acoustic act. Debbi brings a unique wealth of vocal talent and stage presence to the Tone Gypsy line up.
larry gershon - guitars, vocals
The guitar craze of the 1960's caught Larry head on, and he knew he was destined to be an axe slinger. Playing guitar in several College rock bands, Larry was fortunate enought to perform at the Preakness and also open for national acts.
A veteran of the Baltimore/DC music scene for many years, Larry has played over 1000 live shows, also running his own home recording studio as a record producer, song writer and sound engineer. He has been privileged enough to work
with Grammy nominated artists and projects. Larry brings a great depth of experience and talent to the Tone Gypsies sound and style.
fred kawa - piano, keyboards, synthesizer
Coming from Buffalo, NY and originally from Fayetteville, NC. Fred is a very accomplished keyboardist,
His early influences were such greats as Delbert McClinton, Lonnie Mack and Levon Helm. A lover of
the blues, roots rock and southern influences of jazz and contemorary music, Fred brings a sweet
keyboard flow and foundation to the Tone Gypsies sound and style.
Matthew Tripp - lEAD, RHYTHM AND SLIDE GUITARS, Vocals
Originally from the east coast, Matt has traveled all around the USA from Los Angeles to the Carolinas and played in several successful bands over the years, including "Spiral Mind" and "Choice", he also played in a few blues based bands in south Texas in the 1980's. Gravitating to the guitar at an early age he was influenced by such guitar greats as Leslie West, Jeff Beck and Johnny Winter. Matt has also released a solo instrumental CD, and was invited to add one of the tracks to the compilation CD - "Guitar Wizards Vol I&II", released by Versailles Records, Nashville.
dan "doc" sack - drums, percussion, bongos
Dan "Doc" Sack is a very accomplished drummer, percussionist. Playing in a variety of successful blues/rock
bands in the mid-atlantic area, and also playing with the Hunt Valley Jazz Ensemble, Never missing an opportunity
to play the drums, Dan has played in Jazz, Rock , Blues, Latin, Classical and Marching bands over the years,
Dan brings a solid back beat and steady meter to the Tone Gypsies sound and style,
michael K. Potts - 4 and 5 string bass, vocals
Mike is a highly skilled and regarded bassist, songwriter, producer and vocalist, hailing from the Washington DC area.
A self taught musician who has dedicated many hours to the craft since he began playing rock, jazz, blues and R&B at age 13. Mike has played with some very successful musicians and groups over the years including NowChild recording artist Victoria, Warren Wolf, Vince Evans and Total Eclipse to name just a few. He has also appeared at some iconic music venues in the Maryland/DC area including Blues Alley, Phaze 10 and the Eubie Blake Museum among many others. Mike brings a solid bottom end and polished musicianship to the Tone Gypsies sound and style.