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Thom DeRosa-Bass Guitar, Keith Caton-Guitar, Skip Harley-Drums


KEITH CATON & the ACCELERATORS      

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Keith Caton, leader of Florida's legendary Bluzbusters for over 12 years, left that group in the late 90's to form the Accelerators. Creating a hard driving band closer to his vision of electric blues, stripping the music to it's basic elements... raw and real without the overkill so prevalent today.

 

With a life long commitment to the blues, seasoned by over three decades of recording and performance, Keith has been fortunate to share the stage often with his mentor and friend, the late Bo Diddley, tour with harmonica master Rock Bottom, and play shows with many of his heroes including Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Hubert Sumlin, Lonnie Brooks, James Cotton, and Jimmy Thackery.

 

The Accelerators toured the Southeast nonstop for five years, playing over 200 shows a year at clubs, concerts, and festivals, recieved critical acclaim and airplay from the release of the CD 'Long Time Comin' featuring the song 'Sure Is' written by Keith and Bo with Bo singing and playing his unmistakable guitar.

 

Keith Caton and the Accelerators are now poised to move beyond 'regional' status, with reverence to tradition, bringing the blues into the 21st century.

 

 

The Accelerators Are: 

Keith Caton - Guitar & Vocals

Thommy DeRosa - Bass Guitar

Skip Harley - Drums

 

Bluz Boys Productions

PO BOX 577

Dunnellon, Fl 34430

(352) 804-3697

 

bluzboy721@comcast.net                 

 

Keith Caton uses and endorses Black Diamond Strings    www.blackdiamondstrings.com

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               Thommy D. RoadDawg
 
Born in the BIG APPLE and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Thom has logged in over 42 years in the music industry. As a player, Thom is the solid backbone of any rhythm section, as well as a certified Luthier, Audio Tech and authorized Repair Tech for Fender & Gibson musical instrument companies.
 
By 18, with the help of a great manager (Carmen DePalma) and The Telian Talent Agency (NY), Thom's own band (THE HIGH SOCIETY) was working the "Hullabaloo TV Show" circuit. Doing R&R revival shows, Thom's band shared the stages with Chuck Berry, Bobby Lewis, WolfMan Jack, Dick Clark, Bo Diddley, Bobby Sherman ("Here Comes The Brides" TV show), and The Ohio Express. During this time, valuable contacts were made at NBC (30 Rock), Atlantic Records/ATCO, and their affiliates.
 
His career has taken him throughout the continent of North America and around the Pacific Ocean (2 USO tours to Guam, Wake Island, Indonesia and Japan). He has backed up and opened for many of the 'Greats' and 'Legends' in the business, to include: The Drifters, The Ink Spots, The Platters, Buddy Guy, Pine Top Perkins, R. B. Greaves, Hubert Sumlin, Rick Derringer, Steve Morse, Vinnie Martell (Vanilla Fudge), Rick Roberts (FireFall), (opened for) Carlos Santana, Hadley Caliman (Santana), Sandy Gennara (Pat Travers, Davey Jones) and even Gary Coleman.
 
Since coming to Florida, he has also enjoyed producing and managing shows for Molly Hatchet, Atlanta Rhythm Section, T.G. Shepard, Kitty Wells, Spirit, and Loretta Lynn's daughter Cissy Lynn & The Coal Miners band, as well as his long-time affiliation with Keith, both as a friend and as an 'Accelerator'.

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Skip Harley

I started playing drums in 1966 while in the 6th grade. I wanted to play guitar and sing but fate had its way and I ended up on a drum kit. My first influence was Ringo Starr of the Beatles, soon after my ears were opened up to a new powerful drumming style by a fellow named John Bonham in a band called Led Zeppelin. My life would never be the same. Although I listened to many other drummers in my life Mr. Bonham made the biggest impact on my playing style.


After learning my craft and becoming more proficient I spread my wings during the late 1970s thru the 1990s and played the southeast Florida rock circuit doing concerts and recording albums with Spellbinder, Hi Flyer, Stash, The Hoods and J.R. Sims and the Returns. I also collaborated with free lance artists and other groups doing studio recording session work. While playing drums with these groups, we also shared stages and played concerts with The Edgar Winter Group, Leslie West, Pat Travers and Molly Hatchet. I retired from music in 1992 after moving to the Ocala area but resumed playing in 2006. Now I’m proud to be part of the driving rhythm section for the Accelerators!

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