CHESTERFIELD BLUES was created in 2002 as an alternative to THE SURFTONES who had become a large event band and no longer played clubs or restaurants. KERRY CHESTER, GREG MORGAN and TRACY LONGSTRETH had been playing gigs for several years together in and around the Newport Beach area as the KERRY CHESTER TRIO when they added TANYA LUNDY a relatively unknown blues singer from South Orange County to the lineup and CHESTERFIELD BLUES was born. Specializing in Blues, Classic Rock, Soul, and Jazz Rock, CHESTERFIELD BLUES played Sunday afternoons at the end of the Newport Pier for three years where they quickly built a following of fans and friends who would show up every week to hear the groove oriented music that made CHESTERFIELD BLUES the perfect group to spend an afternoon with surrounded by the cool blue Pacific Ocean.
Soon CHESTERFIELD BLUES found themselves gigging up and down the coast at clubs and restaurants as well as casuals and events. In 2004 they landed at the Village Inn on Balboa Island on Friday nights and played there on Fridays for four years. In early 2008 Tanya left the band to care for her new baby and pursue her career in the original group, WORDSMITH, that plays frequently at venues like the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano where they’ve opened for many name acts.
KERRY CHESTER (Keyboards, Key Bass & Vocals), GREG MORGAN (Guitar & Vocals) and TRACY LONGSTRETH (Drums & Vocals) have continued on as THE CHESTERFIELD BLUES TRIO in the nightclubs and have moved their Friday Nights to THE FLING in Tustin. CHESTERFIELD BLUES also goes out as a four-piece with tried and true Blues Vocalist CHRIS WHYNAUGHT joining the group as their new lead singer for casuals, events and concerts. Chris’ voice brings to mind the Blues, Rock and Soul greats like Wilson Pickett, John Lee Hooker and Joe Cocker with his authentic unmistakable growl and power. Chris also plays the saxophone which adds another dimension to the unique sound of CHESTERFIELD BLUES. Combined with Kerry’s Hammond organ, Greg’s chorused guitar and Tracy’s Rock/Jazz style of drumming, CHESTERFIELD BLUES has a personality all of it’s own and is a favorite of many of the pro musicians in the area who can be seen dropping by to sit in with the band when they have a night off.
CHESTERFIELD BLUES with their high quality of musicianship and extensive songlist is the perfect band with Classic Rock, Blues, Soul, and Jazz Rock for any occasion night or day.