Blackwater infuses rock, country; band debuts with El Dorado Hills concert

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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What: Blackwater debut

When: 9 p.m., Aug. 16

Where: El Dorado Saloon, 879 Embarcadero Drive, El Dorado Hills

Cost: $10 cover

Info: (916) 941-3600

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - Blackwater, a new country and southern rock band, makes their debut at the El Dorado Saloon in El Dorado Hills Friday night.

Members forming this band are long time friends and “brothers from other mothers,” according to drummer Dan Zahra.

Guitarist Skeeter Haggard, also on vocals, Todd Prout, bass and vocals, and Johnny Maes, on guitar, along with Zahra make up the band with Christopher Duran singing lead vocals.

These guys have been an active part of the Sacramento music scene for many years and have thousands of shows under their belts. The group came together after their paths led them to a chance meeting. Duran and Zahra were starting a new country project that had been in the works for a few weeks when Duran was approached by Haggard and Prout to collaborate on a new project.

The call was made, parties agreed and bringing Maes on board rounded out the new power house of gritty country infused with a healthy serving of Southern Rock, according to the band’s Reverb Nation page.

“If you are looking for more than just a band to dance to, load up the truck and take a ride on down to the swamps of BlackWater Country,” Zahra said.