Projects

Armadillo Playboys
Robert DiBlanco and Joe DeLeon (drums) team up with fiddler/singer extraordinaire Lee Mounger and guitar slinger Chad Ware for this house band project for the Armadillo Palace in Houston, TX.

The Armadillo Playboys

The Armadillo Playboys

The Armadillo Playboys are :
Chad Ware – Electric Lead- & Rhythm Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Lee Mounger – Fiddle, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Joe DeLeon – Drums & Percussion
Robert DiBlanco – Bass Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals


Cowboy Steel
Cowboy Steel was founded to be the complete backing band for several individual artists and can also be booked as a recording session team. Cowboy Steel currently works or has worked with TODD FRITSCH, SHANE BARNHILL, DARWIN MACON, BRIAN SACCO, JUNIOR GORDON, MICHAEL DEACON, SUSAN HICKMAN and ALLEN DUHON.

Cowboy Steel is:
Ronnie Dobbs – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, lead- & backing vocals
Joe DeLeon – drums, percussion
Robert DiBlanco – bass guitar, lead- & backing vocals

Former Members:
Todd Parsons – fiddle , lead- & backing vocals


White Lion Rhythm Section

The White Lion Rhythm Section

The White Lion Rhythm Section

The White Lion Rhythm Section is:
Joe DeLeon – drums, percussion
Robert DiBlanco – bass guitar, upright bass


Todd Fritsch
DiBlanco joined Todd Fritsch and his band “STAMPEDE” in September of 2005 and enjoys working with the strong lineup consisting of :

Todd Fritsch & Stampede (2007)

Todd Fritsch & Stampede (2007)

Todd Fritsch & Stampede are:
Todd Fritsch – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Ronnie Dobbs – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
Todd Parsons – fiddle, vocals
Kenny Grohman – pedal steel guitar, electric guitar
Joe DeLeon – drums
Robert DiBlanco – bass guitar, backing vocals

Former Members:
Billy Hillman – lead guitar, acoustic guitar
Lee Mounger – fiddle , vocals
Donnie Simmons – lead guitar, backing vocals
Leo Thibodeaux – lead guitar


Shane Barnhill Band

Shane Barnhill Band is:
Shane Barnhill – acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Ronnie Dobbs – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, lead- & backing vocals
Joe DeLeon – drums, percussion
Robert DiBlanco – bass guitar, lead- & backing vocals

Former Members:
Todd Parsons – fiddle , lead- & backing vocals


Darwin Macon Band

Darwin Macon Band is:
Darwin Macon – acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Ronnie Dobbs – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, lead- & backing vocals
Joe DeLeon – drums, percussion
Robert DiBlanco – bass guitar, lead- & backing vocals

Former Members:
Todd Parsons – fiddle , lead- & backing vocals


Cooper Wade & Unclaimed Freight
Cooper Wade has grown up with music since he was born. Both his parents sing and played instruments, so it was fitting Cooper took right to it also. He started playing the piano at age 7, drums/percussion at age 12 and self-taught guitar starting in high school. He received a percussion scholarship to college where he earned a BM in percussion performance with a minor in piano and voice. He has enjoyed being on stage since he was a kid and the stage jitters don’t bother him at all.


Dixie Trahan Band
Dixie Trahan – born in Kansas and transplanted to Texas 12 days later…this gal was raised in music! The road called and she answered early, traveling everywhere from here to Canada and back again many times! Recently making her way into the Texas music scene, Dixie has teamed up with some of Texas’ best musicians to bring you an experience you won’t be able to get enough of…The highlight is her delicate, soulful voice, which has rightfully earned comparisons to Alison Krauss but also boasts shades of Pam Tillis.

Welcome to the land of Dixie!

The Dixie Trahan Band is:
Dixie Trahan – lead vocals
Skeeter Trahan – acoustic guitar, vocals
Billy Hillman – lead guitar, acoustic guitar
Joe DeLeon – drums
Robert DiBlanco – bass guitar, backing vocals


Kim Carson & Buffalo Speedway
Growing up in rural Texas, Oklahoma and New Orleans, LA Kim Carson’s sound is a gumbo of original high energy roots rock and renegade honky-tonk music.


Clay Farmer Band
Formed in Houston, TX USA, DiBlanco has been the resident bassplayer/harmony vocalist of this project from 2000 until 2006 and to this day performs with this project on special events:

The Clay Farmer Band is:
Clay Farmer – Vocals, Rhythm Guitars & Harp
Brian Thomas – Pedal Steel Guitar, Dobro, Banjo
Randy Wall – Keyboards
Joe DeLeon – Drums
Robert DiBlanco – Vocals & Bass Guitar

Former members:
Jeff Morrison – Lead Guitars
Paul Burnett – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Sebastian Ayus – Lead Guitars
Jason Ellsworth – Fiddle & Piano
Rod Robert – Drums & Vocals


Mark Zeus & Thunderboltz
Chicago, IL born singer/songwriter that has established himself in the Houston Music scene as a very talented mandolin/guitar player for sideman gigs as well as solo/duo shows (with his musical partner Kristen Jensen) or full band scenarios with his great band ‘Thunderboltz’.

Mark came to Houston around the same time that I started getting to know the Houston music scene and we shared many open-mike nights together at Blanco’s. Mark’s professional attitude and his good ear make him an absolute pleasure to work with. Mark also teaches Mandolin, Guitar and the art of Mixing very successfully.


The Stringbenders
I met Tracy Park at the Guitar Center in Houston, TX in 1999 and joined the StringBenders shortly after that. Up to this day I pick with them whenever they need me and my busy schedule allows me to do it.

The Stringbenders

The Stringbenders

The Stringbenders are :
Tracy Park – Rhythm Guitar, Harp, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Jim Ferguson – Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Benny Rod – Drums & Backing Vocals
Jeff Hale – Lead Guitars, Bass Guitar, Fiddle, Lead- & Backing Vocals


The LONGHORN Band
Based out Stieldorferhohn, Germany and Cologne, Germany the new lineup continued to play all across Germany, winning awards and releasing their album “Restless…” in 1994. The band disbanded in 1997, when Helen Billasch and Robert DiBlanco moved to the United States.

The LONGHORN Band (1995)

The LONGHORN Band (1995)

The LONGHORN Band was:
Helen Billasch – Lead- & Backing Vocals
Bernd Wolf – Rhythm Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Joe Anslik – Lead Guitars, Lead Vocals
Mike Greller – Drums & Backing Vocals
Robert DiBlanco – Bass Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals


LONGHORN

Longhorn (Germany)

Longhorn (Germany)

LONGHORN was:
Helen Billasch – Lead- & Backing Vocals
Helmut Temp – Rhythm Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Joe Anslik – Lead Guitars, Lead Vocals
Mike Greller – Drums & Backing Vocals
Robert DiBlanco – Bass Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals


APROPOS
Formed in Bonn, Germany this TOP 40 band was a household name in the local music scene. The band performed on a variety of official festivities in front of presidents and high level politicians at the Godesburg in Bad Godesberg, Germany as well as countless show gigs during the years between 1984 and 1989.

APROPOS Showband (Germany)

APROPOS Showband (Germany)

APROPOS was :
Jutta Witkowski – Lead Vocals
Helmut Temp – Rhythm Guitar, Accordion, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Berthold Brand – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Harald Brand – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Wolfgang Weber – Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals
Albert Pinsdorf – Drums, Lead- & Backing Vocals
Robert DiBlanco – Bass Guitar, Lead- & Backing Vocals


PRIVATEER
Formed in Hettenhausen, Germany this band played rock music (covers and originals) between approximately 1981 and 1983.

PRIVATEER was:
Harald Heil- Rhythm Guitars
Michael Schleicher – Lead Guitars & Vocals
Armin Niebling – Drums & Vocals
Harald Stoltz – Keyboards, Guitars & Vocals
Robert DiBlanco – Bass Guitar & Vocals