Bassist Denny Croy got his first taste of playing the blues at age 17, jamming with the legendary T-Bone Walker in his living room. His professional career began in 1979 touring and recording with Moon Martin (“Bad Case of Loving You”). Denny has recorded with a wide range of artists, including Lou Christie, Darlene Love, Lesley Gore, Freddy ‘Boom Boom’ Cannon, Victoria Williams, Mickey Dolenz, The Williams Bros., The Foremen, Big Daddy, Lawrence Lebo, Brian Setzer, Keb’ Mo’, and of course, Doug MacLeod. He has appeared on the TV shows The Midnight Special,
Mad TV, The Tonight Show, and played on several movie soundtracks.
Denny has played with Doug MacLeod since 1999. Their shared interests in blues, jazz, country, folk and rock, and the mutual commitment to spontaneity brings a unique twist to their live performances and recording.
He has been the exclusive bass teacher at the world famous McCabe’s Guitar Shop School of Music for the past eighteen years and head of the school the past four. Having trained with legendary bassist Carol Kaye, Denny is one of a select few bass instructors in the Los Angeles area that Ms. Kaye recommends.
Denny took up playing bass after attending a Jimi Hendrix show and became convinced that being on stage with great guitarists would be his future. He’s married to the beautiful and talented singer Lawrence (‘Don’t Call Her Larry’)Lebo, and they have three cats: Cupcake, Twinkie and Starbuck.
Denny Croy Reviews:
“Doug MacLeod on vocals and guitars, Denny Croy on bass and Jimi Bott on drums, are not the kind of people who need overdubs; everything’s in the pocket and nary a note’s out of place here.” —HiFi Magazine
“Although recorded in a studio, the natural rapport and spontaneity between the three musicians, including bassist Denny Croy and Jimi Bott on drums, make the listener believe this is an intimate, live gig. MacLeod will be well known to Blues Revue readers for his regular, insightful, and humorous column in the magazine.” —Dave Scott, Blues Wax