About The Band

“Dr. Dan aims at an unpretentious blues-rock sound with funk & country influences and he does it well.”


Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty worked in the same tradition as blues heroes of old, performing in dive bars and private parties across the USA. Doctor Dan’s Music Show follows that same tradition.

Dr. Dan first performed at age 13 at the local community center and continued with thousands of stops at juke joints, dive-bars and small theaters from the East Coast to the West Coast, hitting Nashville, Austin, Memphis and New Orleans with members of Fats Dominoe’s band—and it continues today, paying dues, ducking bar stools and flying beer bottles, and surviving the brutal road from Jackson Hole to Jacksonville. Good times performing with members of Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin’s band, Gregg Allman’s bands and finally gaining enough recognition to perform at Farm Aid with Willie Nelson and Neil Young. Dan says, “I think Johnny Cash wrote ‘I’ve been everywhere, man’ about me!”  

There’s no truth to the rumor that Dan sold his soul to the devil to get that fat guitar sound. The truth is Doctor Dan exclusively uses Richie’s Guitars Custom Shop instruments.

“I think Johnny Cash wrote ‘I’ve been everywhere, man’ about me!”

Doctor Dan

Patti Rothberg has toured the USA supporting the Wallflowers, Chris Isaak, Midnight Oil, and Garbage, and she toured Europe supporting the Black Crowes. Patti and her band performed on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dan Hickey was They Might Be Giants’ drummer from 1997 to 2003. He appeared in the videos for “Boss Of Me” and “Doctor Worm”, even though he did not play on the latter song. As TMBG’s live drummer through those years, he can be heard on several of the live performances on Severe Tire Damage, and he is the main drummer on Mink Car and No!. He also appeared on John Linnell’s solo album State Songs, playing drums on “The Songs Of The 50 States,” “West Virginia” and “Michigan.”Plays: DW Drums, Paiste cymbals, Remo heads and Vic Firth sticksTakes his coffee: Light, no sugarPrevious gigs: Joe Jackson, The B52’s, Joe Cocker, Cyndi Lauper, John Lee Hooker and Johnny Winter

Fran Heidkamp uses his big guitar sounds to cross the gap between Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia. One the great lead guitar players in our generation, you have to hear him live to understand the dynamics from clean Knopflner-type runs to jazzy evocations of Steely Dan smooth rock to the gritty blues to find out what the secret New Jersey locals already know about when it comes to smoking guitar solos that resits flashy in favor of melody.

Wayne Dorell founded the Pigeon Club, the modern/vintage studio was built within an ex-pigeon club racing house, and became renowned among a who’s who of indie and major label artists for its laid-back atmosphere. Just a small list of clients include Yo La Tengo, Marc Ribot, Jill Sobule, GE Smith, Tom “T-Bone” Wolk, Tom Verlaine, Steve Holley, John Wesley Harding, Bernard Purdie, Richard Lloyd, The Minus Five, Fred Smith, Steve Wynn, Whiskeytown, John Agnello, Swingin’ Neckbreakers, and Chris Stamey.