Bill Wax of XM Radio said it best when he said, "The Smokin' Polecats play the blues in all styles and for all tastes". They are the best blues band in the DC metropolitan area. It’s the years and depth of experience that Dave Sherman, Roger Edsall, Leigh Oben, and Kevin Whisman share that have afforded them that reputation.
Their sound comes from the Post-World War II ensemble sound of the Chicago Masters like Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and Howlin' Wolf; the West Coast Jump/Swing sound of Tiny Grimes, Pee Wee Crayton, and T-Bone Walker; the Rock'a'Billy sound of Carl Perkins and Johnny Burnette; and the Louisiana swamp blues of Slim Harpo. They don’t just play songs by these artists, they have their own sound that consists of a melding together of all these sounds.
This is what prompted three of the D.C area's top female vocalists, Marianna Previti, Mary Shaver, and Jamie Lynch, to pick the Polecats as their regular back-up band. The Polecats have also been hired by area blues dignitaries such as Robert Lighthouse and Daryl Davis from time to time.
I could go on and on, but the proof is in the listening. Come to a show and find out why Mary Shaver calls The Smokin' Polecats "the real deal." And why The Smokin' Polecats keep pulling in packed houses wherever they play.
The Smokin' Polecats are: Dave Sherman - guitar/vocals; Roger Edsall - harmonica/guitar/vocals; Leigh Oben - upright bass; Kevin Whisman - drums.