John Dellroy Band is a line-up of Folkrock without limits. They combine pounding, thumping rock songs, indie, reflective rock ballads, get-down-and-dirty country with catchy melodies and rich vocal harmonies. John Dellroy Band are no strangers to getting the crowd rocking and love it intimate and gritty.
Ten years ago, through collaboration with American Brian Lott, John was inspired to write songs to complement his powerful, gutsy and haunting voice. Dellroy still keeps to the trends and treasured melodies from his beloved Dylan, but brings in an indie-rock influence with a touch of folktronica and cabaret-style lyrics.
In February 2010 John formed a band with Austrian, Australian and German roots. Peter Völker is ever secure on bass, guitar god Franz Königshofer (e.g. Peter Wolf, Ostbahn Kurti) provides ample noise and chops on E guitar and violin virtuoso Daniel Salecich brings us closer to the Australian outback with his bush fiddling and haunting solos. In October 2011 John welcomed the slick grooves from Jürgen Barth on drums, replacing drum legend Rainer Kalning returning home to Germany.
After a period of fine-tuning and maturing their songs through live shows, finally in winter 2012-13 their music was studio recorded. With the musician and producer Thomas Mora (Georg Danzer, Neil Taylor, etc.) a special partnership was formed that brought out the characteristic sound that is John Dellroy Band.
The CD “A New Life Has Begun” was released in April 2013 with a live concert at Vienna’s famous Ost-Klub.
Also in April a radio edit of their ballad “Time” was released as single in Austria that had stunning download numbers (e.g. #1 at musicload.at, iTunes pop #55).
In August the band had their first, very well received, concert in Germany.
In April 2014 drummer routinier Mike „Drummer“ Pawlowitsch joined the band.
With their single “She”, an impressive collaboration with Grammy® nominated Peter Roberts (www.PeterRobertsMusic.com), a multiple award winning songwriter and producer, the Band had airplay on more than 150 radio stations in the USA. In May 2015 they broke US FMQB top 200 charts and made it to #27 in August 2015.
After several club gigs in Germany, in 2017 and 2018 the Band had highly-acclaimed open-air performances at Wolkenturm Grafenegg and Danube Island Festival (“Donauinselfest”) in Vienna, Europe's biggest open-air event.
Currently John Dellroy Band is working on a new album, again in collaboration with Peter Roberts.
First single outtake was “Burning Desire”, released on March 29, 2019.
The song has quickly received airplay in the USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Portugal. In May 2019 “Burning Desire” climbed #13 on international DRT rock charts and in June 2019 the song broke top ten of European Indie Music Charts.
"Life without music is an empty, soulless place", writes John. It's a seemingly easy life philosophy - not difficult to grasp but damned hard to live without.
John Dellroy - vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Franz Königshofer - electric guitar, backing vocals
Daniel Salecich - violin, keyboard, backing vocals
Peter Völker - bass
Mike Pawlowitsch - drums