The Smokers are a regional touring band from central Illinois and part of the Indie Blues Movement. The band made their debut after winning the central Illinois "Road to Memphis" contest in 2014. The Smokers have made appearances on local radio and television stations including Peoria WMBD Greg and Dan and the News 25 Today morning talk show. Selections from their current album have been featured or made rotation on FM radio stations including WGLT Blues Bloomington/Normal, WEFT Champaign/Urbana, WWCT Peoria and overseas on French Radio Coteaux. They have also been featured in several publications including the Peoria Journal Star CUE section and Blues Blast magazine.
The band has performed at the New Daisy Theater on Beale Street, opened up for Ana Popovic, and most recently were joined by Mr. Buddy Guy himself onstage at Legends in Chicago. The Smokers have also held featured slots at several local and regional festivals including Decatur Celebration, Budweiser Illinois Blues Fest, Pekin Marigold Fest, Peoria Fine Art Fair, Elandorf Music Festival, and the Sun Prairie Wisconsin Bacon Brew & BBQ show. The band's musical emphasis is on memorable songs, creative improvisation, and pure energy. Their influences range from both traditional to modern giving them an eclectic style. Their 2016 debut album entitled "Roads Less Traveled" now available on iTunes & Amazon.
Dan Galletti - Lead Vocal, Guitar
Dan Galletti began his musical journey at the age of 7 upon receiving his first guitar from his father. He quickly became inspired by the British blues guitar players including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and David Gilmour. By his late teens, Dan had immersed himself as a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter winning the Louis Armstrong Jazz award. He has performed in several bands from the Peoria area and has released two solo albums. Dan has a passion for the blues in all of it's variations and frequently blends crossover genres into his eclectic style including Blue-Eyed Soul, R&B, and Rock.
Winston Dunbar - Keyboards, Vocal
Having played Gospel Soul in a Peoria church for over 14 years, Winston Dunbar is no stranger to the blues. He has performed with several local blues legends including Moe Baker, Chuck Ely, and Bobbye King. Playing piano for over 35 years, he was originally inspired by the ragtime of Scott Joplin. He soon became influenced by acts such as Captain and Tennille, The Blues Brothers, and “The Commitments” movie which helped him to develop his eclectic style. Winston is also a master of the Hammond B3 organ; which along with his trademark Leslie, contributes to the band's wall of sound.
Tony Mata - Drums, Percussion
Keeping the Smoker’s band in time, Tony Mata brings an innovative and refreshing perspective to the blues. Having acquired his first drum set at the age of 5, he was strongly influenced by his Mexican roots while studying music under the tutelage of his father’s band. An accomplished percussionist as well, his influences include Santana and Los Lonely Boys. Tony is passionate about his rhythmic art form. His creative style provides an ear candy spotlight with a Latin flair to the Smoker’s stage.
Mike Boehle - Bass, Vocal
Mike Boehle lays down the bottom end with a unique persona of his own. Playing mostly by ear and feel, his melodic bass lines are designed to help keep the rhythm section soulful as well as thumping. Influences include BB King and the free form creativity of Pink Floyd. Mike is always seeking to push himself musically while constantly improving his craft. Wielding a weathered and aged bass, Mike is the sonic fundamental that glues the Smokers together.
Hal Duckett - Blues Harp, Horns, Vocal
Hal Duckett started writing music at an early age playing several instruments including blues harp, flute, trumpet, trombone, guitar, and percussion. He has performed blues, bluegrass, jazz, and rock in several bands. In high school, Hal received musical scholarships and awards including the John Phillip Sousa Award and the Marine Band Scholarship. He continued with advanced musical education in college while studying trombone. Influences include Muddy Waters, Charlie Musselwhite, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder. He is a dedicated family man with reverence for both God and music.
Brett David - Lead Vocal, Guitar
A native of central Illinois, Brett David has been performing, writing, and recording music since age 16 after he stole his father's guitar to learn his first chords. Although he grew up listening to many genres of music, anyone who knows Brett will tell you his first love is the blues. His influences include John Lee Hooker, Billy Gibbons, and Doyle Bramhall II. His ability to create melodic and rhythmic textures along with his vocal presence makes him an integral ingredient to the Smoker's sound.