Toucan Eddy is known for it’s Rhythm and Roll style….rhythm & blues with a touch of rock creating an easy dance sound. They have been around the Verde Valley, Sedona, Flagstaff and Prescott since 1975 playing many rhythm & blues, rock & other covers as well as their own originals. They have a wide range in their music abilities.
As a group, they have two CD's out at present, "Mango Pie" & the recently released "Sedona Moon". Both CD’s include their original songs. They are an up & coming band and will draw the crowds.
In addition to their original songs, they play covers by the likes of: the Doobie Bros., War, Van Morrison, ZZ Top, CCR, Kool & the Gang, the Commodores, Earth, Wind & Fire, Santana and many more. They are a very diverse group. They will keep the dance floor moving all night!
They do have one of the best lead guitar players in N.Arizona with Dale Caddell. Dale was born & raised in Arizona and has played guitar since 1965. He attended Northern Az. University & taught guitar at his business "Players Music" for 20 years. Dale has an extensive history of recording & gigging all over the world. Notable gigs include: Albert King, Chuck Berry, Leon Russell, Cheech & Chong, Poco, REO, Meatloaf, many country acts in the '70's and blues acts in the '90's. His influences were his father, a county singer/guitarist who gigged in the honkytonks of Phx., Az. in the '50's...as well as the likes of Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Robin Ford, Larry Carlton and of course, Albert King.
On drums, they have Joey Rivera. Joe was signed with MCA Records as the drummer for Big House. They toured all over the U.S. and Canada and were based in Nashville. In 1998, Big House was nominated by the Country Music Academy for New Country Artists of the Year. He has played with or opened for the likes of Todd Rundgen, The Tubes, Huey Lewis, The Doobie Brothers and Gerald Johnson (bass player for the Steve Miller Band). Also, played with Willie Dixon at the famous Palomino Club. Locally, he has played with Double D, the Sedona Yacht Club and most recently with Marvelous Marvin Short and his Rock & Roll Dreams. He recently produced a CD...Past to Present...of his original songs along with his Uncle Tony Martinez's originals. He is now with Toucan Eddy as drummer and lead vocals.
The band leader/lead vocals, Bert Campbell, is known for his easy style & song writing abilities. He also plays rhythm guitar. Bert created Toucan Eddy in 1975 in Flagstaff, Az. The band has played primarily in Flagstaff, Sedona, the Verde Valley & Prescott. Bert has his own CD released as the Bert Campbell CD besides the , Toucan Eddy CDs. Bert has also taught music for all these years as well as having his own recording studios utilizing some of the bigger names in the recording industry.
Dave Russell plays sax and flute and is well known in the Prescott area. One of the best sax players in Northern Arizona, Dave moved to Arizona in 1978 to complete his musical education at ASU. He spent many years as a fixture on the R & B scene in Phoenix playing most notably with Small Paul & the Drivin Wheel plus Cold Shot & the Hurricanes. Dave hooked up with Toucan Eddy after moving to the Prescott area and has been having fun ever since.
Please welcome John Sarson as our new bass player. He has played for Toucan Eddy in the past & has done an excellent job. He is also a singer. John was born & raised in Chicago and has been playing guitar & bass for more than 40 years. His band, United Stage, opened for Styx more than once. He moved to the Verde Valley in the mid 70's. He has played in several local groups (Southern Comfort, Touch, Ohms & Wild Horses). He has recently retired from full time employment to devote his time to music. He is excited to be playing with Toucan Eddy as we are excited to have him.
They are available for entertainment at new venues. They are trying to expand their market into the Phoenix area as well as Prescott & Payson and continue to play Northern Arizona. Their manager is Lois Ryan and she can be contacted at (928) 639-3131 or (928) 301-9500 or by email @ ToucanEddy2@gmail.com .