Cadillac Wreckers play Swinging American Blues Dance Music with an urbane, vintage feel. Uptempo Jumps, Swings and Stomps from The Kings, The Walters, The Juniors and The Slims - and our own original danceable tunes. Our musical approach is steeped in the traditional roots of vintage Jazz, Blues, Swing and R&B. Listeners find our music sounds contemporary and familiar, yet somehow reminiscent of the dance halls, speakeasies and juke joints of an era past, and always respectful of this precious musical tradition.
photo: Dave McGhee
Guitarist Dana Duplan and Harmonica player Dane Terry founded the 'Wreckers to play music born from the classic sides they love, combined with their own arrangements and energy. They sprinkled in a good mix of tunes from artists like Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Guitar Slim, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, T-Bone Walker, Little Walter, Hound-dog Taylor, Howlin' Wolf, Amos Milburn, George "Harmonica" Smith, Willie Dixon and others. Before long, they started collaborating on original blues music
photo: Dave McGhee
Cadillac Wreckers brings classic American roots music alive with a sophistication, swing and feel seldom heard today. Whether you're into dancing or just grooving along with the band, Cadillac Wreckers is the vehicle that will carry you away to another time and place with their soulful intent, inventive instrumental improvisations and incredibly tight, solid performance. Bring your dancing shoes, they'll make you want to grab your partner and tear up the floor.
Dana Duplan has had a guitar in his hands since he began walking, starting with a plastic “toy” guitar, progressing to a home made “cigar box” guitar, and ultimately his first “real” guitar at age 10. He began playing in bands in elementary school, and has performed with various groups continually since that time. With a father from Louisiana, and a mother from Texas, there was always good music around the house. Dana’s formal introduction to the Blues was at age 14 by his 1st guitar teacher, who introduced him to the 3 Kings, Muddy Waters, Mike Bloomfield, and many others. While other kids were asking for bicycles for their 14th birthday, Dana asked for tickets to his first concert: a dream lineup of B.B. King, Freddie King, and Albert Collins. It was pretty much over then, and Dana was hooked. As a dedicated scholar of the Blues, his interests span from pre-war acoustic Blues, to West Coast, Chicago, and Texas electric styles, as well as British Blues, first encountered while in his teens. He has honed is skills performing in a variety of settings for over 40 years.
Dana states: “My dedication and enthusiasm for my craft burns as strong today as it did on the day that I strummed my first note, and my affiliation with Cadillac Wreckers is a culmination of that passion.”
Co-founder Dane Terry also started early - in fact, he received his first harmonica from his folks before he was in school. Dane 'caught fire with the blues' as a young adult.
From singing in church as a child to accompanying some of San Diego's best-known roots musicians, to leading several Blues bands of his own, to founding a harmonica Trio (just for fun), Dane's harmonica has taken him all over San Diego, from street fairs to Folk Festivals, Country Jams to Jazz venues. Dane's experience is as varied as his musical passion and background.
A self-taught player of multiple instruments, Dane draws his musical inspiration from the Gospel, Country, Jazz and Blues his musician parents exposed him to from birth, and from American roots music of the 1930s to the 1960s.