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Derin Dow Band: Bio

Derin Dow is a rock vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and producer/engineer living in Los Angeles. He currently fronts the Derin Dow Band, a classic rock act performing in Southern California. Since 2005, the DDB has opened shows for Asia, Shaw-Blades, Ambrosia, and Eric Johnson in the L.A. area. Derin is also the former lead vocalist/bassist for the prog-rock group, The Unknown.

On his 2005 solo release Retroactive, Derin delivers 13 original, album-oriented rock songs, featuring hi-energy rockers like Friday and Right Side of the Road, along with the heartfelt ballads River Of Time, Inside, and Highways. Guest musicians on Retroactive include drummer Chet McCracken (Doobie Bros.), guitarist Chris Pinnick (Chicago), and keyboardist Jim Lang (Todd Rundgren/Joe Cocker). 

In 2015, the Derin Dow Band released the album Illuminate, which is comprised of 10 classic rock songs, 9 of which were penned by Derin, along with a heavy cover of Chicago's classic 25 or 6 to 4. Self-produced by Derin, this album features former Ambrosia keyboardist David Cutler Lewis, lead guitarist Rick Sailon, drummers Billy DiBlasi and Kevin Millar, and of course, Derin on vocals, guitar, and bass.

Originally from Madison, Indiana, Derin started playing the guitar at 13. In 1981, he co-founded a popular local cover band, Aura, with his high school buddies and began performing at school dances, parties, county fairs, and later at local clubs. After several years playing in different rock bands, Derin relocated to Los Angeles in 1989 where he began focusing more on writing original songs.

Since then, Derin has been involved in numerous rock projects, including 4-Life, the Waifs, The Unknown, Mastermind, Jon Bare & the Killer Whales, and Aeon Dream, to name a few.

The Derin Dow Band currently consists of:

Derin Dow - lead vocals, guitar
David Cutler Lewis - keyboards, vocals
Rick Sailon - lead guitars, vocals
Joe Trainer - bass
Billy DiBlasi & Kevin Millar - drums

Dow appears on his own independent label, Crapshoot Music.