In 2005, Cincinnati bassist & vocalist Chad “Buzz” Busemeyer set out to find like-minded musicians that shared his dedication to playing & writing music. He soon picked up with saxophonist & West Virginia transplant, Greg Hurd, & the two went on to jam with a number of musicians in the weeks proceeding. During that time, Greg & Buzz were introduced to Dayton-born drummer, Cory “Hammy” Hamilton, & they all soon realized that they had a solid foundation on which to build. From there, it didn’t take long to find another piece to the puzzle when Hammy called in Matt Moon from Central Ohio to provide guitars & a second vocal. With four members in place, the band was essentially born, however, it wasn’t until another Cincinnati native, Jason “Hippy” Combs, brought keyboards, auxiliary, & offsetting vocals into the fold that The Sly Dels were primed to hit the stage & stake their claim in the music scene!
Spanning everything from Motown to Classic Rock, blues to jazz, & funk to fusion, both the band’s original & cover material have elements of nearly all genres & styles of music! Their songwriting ranges from grooves that are soulful & straightforward to pieces that are a virtual exhibition in musicianship, thus creating a diverse, yet truly distinctive sound for the quintet. Combining the old with the new, complexity with simplicity, traditional with cutting-edge, the Dels can captivate just about any listener!
The Sly Dels are an experienced group of players & writers who, in terms of music, have dedicated themselves to three basic principles: 1) Bringing creativity, craftsmanship, & blue-collar soul back to today’s music, 2) Having a good time, & 3) Giving a good time!
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