Karl Dring Joins the Blues Fight Against Hunger!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Come out dance and have a swingin' good time with multi-instrumentalist KARL DRING of San Diego. His is joining Blues Against Hunger Jamboree tour on Sunday - June 24, 2018, hosted by Cerveceria Surf Sushi Pub KM41 from 2PM-5PM!


Karl’s musical “career” started with the blues and continues in that genre today. With a grandfather who was a ‘40’s bandleader and his father playing New Orlean’s jazz and blues constantly, it had to rub off. Roughly 35 years ago he was introduced to the music of Paul Butterfield which immediately made an impression on him and the musical family background kicked in. He was instantly determined to learn how to play blues harp. Subsequently, armed with the ability to play in the style of Sonny Boy, Sonny Terry, Butterfield, and Shakey Walter, etc., the guitar came next. He tackled the Delta blues with his 1930 National Steel Body guitar and taught himself how to play slide and finger-pick. The electric guitar soon followed.

More about Karl:
After a hiatus of not playing at all in the ‘80’s-early ‘90’s, he ended up playing harp and slide guitar with San Diego’s Lady Star and the Satellites. The band played regularly and ended up opening for B.B. King twice in the late ‘90’s. The band broke up but “The Satellites” continued and moved into a funkier approach to the blues (much to Karl’s liking). The culmination of the group’s achievements was an appearance at the San Diego Blues Festival with the likes of Lucky Petersen, Ike Turner, Janeva Magness, and the North Mississippi All-Stars.

In the ensuing years, Karl became a long-time member of Hoodoo Blues; a San Diego band that has been around since 1999. However, he has also played with many other local San Diego blues performers either acoustically or in band settings. He’s performed at the Del Mar Fair, Gator by the Bay, The San Diego Blues Festival, B.B. King’s club in Los Angeles, The San Felipe Blues Festival, Viejas Casino, and hundreds of other venues in So. California. Additionally, he has had the privilege to be chosen as a headliner at the “Spring Harp Fest” harmonica festival several times over the last 15 years.

Other Blues Against Hunger Jams:

  • March 2014 - San Felipe Baja - Margarita House
  • May 2016 - San Deigo CA - San Diego House of Blues
  • JUNE 14, 2017 - Vista, CA - Aztec Brewing Company
  • March 11, 2018 - San Felipe Baja - La Pavilion