Royal Blackbirds

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Royal Blackbirds
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Background Information




Blues, Punk, Garage Rock

Years Active

2008 - Present


Funky D Records


Rebecca Saad - guitar, vocals
Dennis Burck - bass, backup vocals
Jeanette “Nettie” Gadette - drums.


The Royal Blackbirds are a trio well versed in vintage rock and blues. They fuse that with a modern alternative punk and soul energy for a sound that is refined yet edgy and raw. It’s a no holds barred assault on the senses.

Founded in 2008 by the help of Ray Charles impersonator, Tyrone Hamilton, the Royal Blackbirds are a working blues rock band from Eastside Detroit. However, with the term "blues rock group," images come to mind of old codgers in hole in the wall taverns playing for tips and nostalgia. Fortunate for their viewers, the median age of this band is 21, and instead of recycling the classics for the millionth time, the Royal Blackbirds refurbish the bluesy lowdown sound the Detroiter work ethic embodies with tube amps, hollow bodies, thunderous drums and blistering bass.


Rebecca Saad

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Rebecca Saad, vocalist and lead guitarist has been playing in bars since she was 13. Currently a music major at Macomb Community College, Rebecca, took after guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, in which she spent a whole year, 6 hours a day, deciphering the blues master's technique. His style is her musical cornerstone. Built off of this, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy page added a songwriting perspective and creative zing to Rebecca most prevalent in her playing. From bow solos to Mach 1 rundowns, Rebecca is a prominent front woman any sane man would fear. reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem eum fugiat quo voluptas nulla pariatur?".


Jeanette “Nettie” Gadette

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Nettie, is Rebecca's rhythmic twin. Jamming together since they were 15, when Nettie wasn't being Rebecca's roadie, she was practicing the drums and is completely self taught. Over the years, these two sat as a ticking time bomb waiting for the time and place to play music for a living.


Dennis Burck

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In 2008, Nettie and Rebecca played with Tyrone Hamilton for the city of Westland. But Tyrone had a surprise riding with him to the gig. This surprise was Dennis Burck, a classically trained bassist at the Berkley Music Center. Dennis took lessons with Bettye Lavette's bassist, Chuck Bartels for 7 years until he too went to play his first gig in Westland.

Once the three played for the first time, each knew this band was the band! The Royal Blackbirds continue grinding higher and higher up the musical totem headlining local bars and clubs.



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