“Raucous Rico” Rick Brandon is The New Hip Replacements’s lead vocalist and trumpet player, so when he’s not fronting the band with creative, crisp, and stylized vocals, he’s blending sweet, funky harmonies with NHR’s sax man for a true “horn section.” Rico’s fun-loving and charismatic stage presence builds quick audience rapport. He brings a long history of R&B/soul band work that includes guesting with the chart-topping Delfonics (“La, La Means I Love You”) and fronting a 10-piece show band that opened for headliners such as Eric Carmen and (ready?…) Cheech and Chong. No wonder he’s a raucous rascal!
Greg “Sterno” Stern keeps it hot on keys with The New Hip Replacements. He’s also carrying the torch, as his father was a bandleader in the Bay Area in the 50’s. When Sterno’s not playing keyboards, he might be playing guitar. He grew up in LA and was part of a children’s chorus that sang professionally on jingles and records, including the Dole Banana Buddy song. He lives with his family in Mill Valley.
Bruce “Real Deal” Whetstone lays down NHR’s powerful, tight bass bottom, sings back-up vocals on many tunes, and serves as musical director of the group. This Oakland Hills dweller’s nickname refers to his enviable musician street creds: he’s a respected Bay Area studio musician and traveling bassist for countless groups through the years, and has played with multi-award winner and pop chart topper, Todd Rundgren. You’ll also catch him sporting a ZZ Top beard to sing “LaGrange” and Blues Brothers sunglasses when he rants for “Knock on Wood.”
Corporate litigator by day and Blues Brother after dark, “Riffer” Ron Wynn plays guitar like he argues in court: with gusto, grit, conviction, and a story to tell. Formerly lead guitar for wine country blues rockers Deja Blue and Chord On Blue, “Riffer” Ron’s guitar adds fiery leads, monster rhythms, and funkified fills to NHR’s party-down mix of shake-your-booty blues, sing-along rockers, and groove-a-licious R&B.