Crosscut Delux was born from the current blues scene in Orange County, CA, as a group of friends who met playing at various blues jams around the county. Originally starting out as Drew's Blues Band for a pickup gig that became a regular monthly gig, the band went through several name changes and band member changes before settling down as a 4 piece consisting of guitar, bass, drums and blues harp, with occasional additions of keyboards and/or horns, depending on the gig; until Covid-19 hit, and like most every other band across the country the band has had to take a hiatus while the epidemic has closed down most all venues, large & small. Still, the core of the band remains, with Richard Hassebrock on guitar & vocals & Jeff Hudson (aka Papa J) on lead vocals & blues harp. The band lineup is flexible and has connections with some of the best blues musicians in the Los Angeles, Orange County & Inland Empire areas that can be drawn upon as needed.
Much of the blues scene around all of southern California, and pretty much everywhere else as well, is dominated by a "blues-rock" fusion, that often trends far more into the "RocK" category than "Blues". Not so with Crosscut Delux. This band reaches back to the roots of traditional blues and standards, this is the real deal.
Richard Hassebrock - guitar & vocals
Born in Illinois, Richard moved with his folks to California in 1960 where they settled in Orange County. He experienced first hand the excitement of southern California through the 60’s and 70’s. The beach scene, skateboards, motocross, hot rods and muscle cars, and most of all, Rock and Roll. Influenced by the “guitar gods” of the American music scene and the British Invasion, he picked up the guitar as a young teenager. Playing first with friends, he then joined a succession of bands based in Fullerton during the late 70’s and early 80’s playing at a variety of venues that are mostly closed today. Richard stop playing out for a couple of decades to raise a family, but re-entered the music scene with a new found love for the music that was the basis for the classic rock that he loved so much, the Blues. Joining, then eventually taking over the helm of a group of musicians known as the Orange County Blues Players, Richard has been hosting blues jams in Orange County for over a decade, and has been playing with various blues musicians in venues all over the southland. Richard plays guitar, rhythm, lead and slide; electric, acoustic and dobro. Richard has an affinity for vintage gear and also is an accomplished amplifier technician who services, repairs, and modifies guitar amps (see hasserl.com) and builds custom designed guitar amplifiers.
Jeff "Papa J" Hudson - vocals & blues harp
When it comes to the Blues in Orange County, California, there is perhaps no bigger or more passionate proponent than Papa J (Jeffrey Hudson). For the better part of two decades, the affable harmonica player/vocalist has entertained countless numbers of fans in venues ranging from the House of Blues (both the Anaheim and L.A. locations) to the Doheny Blues Festival and more with a spirited brand of Chicago-style Jump/Blues that once earned him “Entertainer of the Year” from the prestigious 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards and nominated for Blues Artist of the Year at the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards. A true bluesman!!
"I have been playing music for a very long time, and the blues has been a very good friend during many years of that time. I want to share my love of the blues with people, and it has been an ever growing love affair. We are part of the same family. If you have had a flat tire at 2 in the morning, you have had the blues. If you have lost a sweetheart you have had the blues.
It’s a human condition. What is cool is sharing those feelings with others. When you get to stand on stage and give your interpretation of a great classic or play one of you own tunes you get to express that “at the moment feeling” to the crowd and if you can do it right you know that they understand. God Bless the Blues!!"