Who Are We?
Lila Sherman (vocals), and Rochelle Raya (harmonica, vocals and Arizona Blues Hall of Fame member), have been providing deep rooted original blues with a soulful and energetic sound in the southwest region for the last two decades. Original members of the all female blues band “Sistah Blue” and 1996 Internal Blues Challenge 2nd place winners. These two women continue to deliver outstanding original and soulful blues music. Their latest project, “Sistahs Too” features Rochelle and Lila along with Poptop, comprised of Rocky Heyer, guitar, Dennis Drewry, bass and Ricky Lockhart, drums. Sistahs Too are the proud winners of the 2016 Arizona Blues Showdown and represented Arizona as semi-finalists in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February, 2017.
Sistahs Too have a dedicated fan base and continue to entertain audiences near and far!
Photo by the Awesome and Talented Elaine Thomas Campbell
Receiving our plaque for winning First place in the Arizona Blues Showcase, 2016
We are all veterans of the Phoenix blues scene, and play blues because we love and support it.
Meet Sistahs Too
Lila, the primary vocalist for Sistahs Too, started singing in church and choirs when she was eight years old. She has performed in Phoenix for over two decades, including singing the national anthem for our local pro teams The Diamondbacks, the Phoenix Mercury and the Phoenix Suns. Along with Rochelle Raya, Lila is a founding member of Sistah Blue.
Rochelle was first inspired to become a musician when she saw James Brown in concert when she was eight years old, and then at thirteen years old she managed to grab a discarded harmonica at a Sly and The Famy Stone concert. She is self taught, and credits Lee oskar as a big influence, along with Paul Butterfield and John Mayall.
An AZ Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Rochelle was first noticed in the Phoenix blues scene in 1990 as a member of ‘Just Cuz’, a band that made it to annual Memphis International Blues Challenge twice, and along with Lila Sherman, is a founding member of Sistah Blue.
Photo by Dave Blake
Dennis has been performing as a guitarist/bassist/ vocalist since the 70’s in the Denver area with several regional/national acts, including Starr, Earl Adams and the Tennessee Travelers, Japetus and The Jets, John Farris from Zephyr, and as a session player in many recording projects. Dennis moved to the Phoenix area in 2001 and performs with Poptop and Sistahs Too.
Ricky J Lockhart
Ricky started playing drums at the ripe young age of 14 in sunny Southern California. He moved to the Tri-State area at age 19 where he played up and down the Colorado River from Parker to Laughlin for next 17 years. After moving to Phoenix in ’97, he played for several well known bands, including Big Nick and The Gila Monsters, The Penetrators, and Poptop.
Photo by Mark Spoener
Rocky has performed in and around Arizona since the ’70s as a bassist and guitarist/vocalist. He has toured the Southwest and worked in the larger clubs and festivals throughout Arizona with Zazou Pittz, The Egomaniacs, the Generics, The Chocolate Walrus, Velvet Radio, Big Nick & The Gila Monsters, The Vibe, The Mike Eldred Trio and Poptop.
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