The DelRayz

The Delrayz
The Delrayz

Let's hear it for gender diversity in the workplace. After tearing up Valley gin joints for the better part of two decades in mainly all-female bands, blueswomen Rochelle Raya and Nancy Dalessandro have relaxed their ladies-only policy and launched a new group with some help from the less-fair sex. Not that Raya and Dalessandro ever hurt for lack of a Y-chromosome-carrying collaborator. Both are inductees of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, and both were founding members of Sistah Blue, one of the Valley's most decorated and commercially successful funk-soul-blues acts. After playing their final Sistah Blues show last year, singer/harmonicist Raya and guitarist Dalessandro made it an all-gender affair by joining forces with a trio of talented journeymen: guitarist James Robertson (formerly of Sweetfinger), bassist Scott Alamprese (Whiskey River) and drummer-vocalist Dale Loyola, who once did a stint with Ray Charles. The resulting band — named, presumably, after a short-lived Chevrolet car model from the late '50s — plays the same mix of classic covers and soul-infused originals that made the old band so popular. Back when it was all sistahs.

 
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