Main Street Blues Biography
David B. Cole
If hearing the blues doesn't make you stand up and holler, then you've never heard David "Git" Cole play the blues. A favorite of the D.C. Blues Society, this native Washingtonian brings the full range of his experience as one of the area's most versatile musicians to his expression of the blues, arguably America's foremost musical and storytelling art form. Combining his skills as an ace guitarist with soulful vocals and an engaging personality, Cole deploys his talents as a musician and educator to elevate the blues to its rightful place among America's cultural treasures.
"He's a musican's musician," says saxophonist and educator Davey Yarborough, who praises Cole's "attention to stylistic detail." Paul Carr, a master of the sax who shares with Cole a musical biography that spans the genres of blues, jazz, r&b and rock 'n' roll, says of Cole, "There's a whole party goin' on inside his guitar case."
David B. Cole is currently a member of the Capital All-Stars, the big band led by the legendary Bobby Felder. He has played around the world with some of the top names in blues, jazz and r&b, including Percy Sledge, Archie Bell, Little Royal, Regina Bell, the Delfonics, Roberta Flack, The Jewels, The Orioles, Davey Yarborough and Esther Williams, Dick Smith and many others.
Self-taught musician,Emory Matthews Diggs, Jr. began playing bass guitar by jamming with other servicemen in German nightclubs. He has worked with several Top 40, jazz, r&b and contemporary gospel bands. Playing with The Universal Messengers of Music (TUMOM), he recorded "Jazz is a National Treasure." Proficient on either acoustic or electric bass, Diggs has opened for and shared the stage with greats like McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Smith, Ahmad Jamal, Dizzy Gillespie, Jean Carn, Rachelle Ferrell, and George Duke.
Born and raised in Washington DC
Started playing the trumpet at age 13 joined his first band "The Baratones" while in middle school. The group was managed by Ms Mack who got us our biggest gig Wilmer"s Park opening for Jr. Walker and the Allstars. After entering high school started playing the guitar and joined "The Soulful Saxons". Played in various R and B bands in the local Washington DC area. Played with The Legendary Orioles, The Flamingoes, The Delfonics, Skip Mahoaney and the Casuals, Trouble Funk, Al Green. Barry plays several instruments Guitar, Bass, and Piano and Drums. He currently plays keyboards with David Cole and Main Street Blues
Ron Felder, a versatile dynamic drummer, is a product of the DC Metropolitan area. Music has been a major part of his life for as long as he can remember. As a youngster, his father, Bobby Felder musician and educator, was a major musical influence in his life. Bobby Felder has been a leader of various bands and still is today. He introduced Ron to diverse types of music as well as musicians. While studying with professional drummers, he learned to play different styles of music.
Ron has a range of experience performing in a variety of venues with groups including: Bobby Felder and His Blue Notes, Capital All-Stars, David Cole and Mainstreet Blues, Jacques Johnson and Friends, Jazzy Blu, in addition to being the drummer for services at the Florida Avenue Baptist Church.
Reflecting a variety of musical interests and genres, he has developed his own energetic style and groove, thus making him a strong part of any rhythm section.