Drivin' Wheel - Photo Courtesy of Tom Boyle
Drivin' Wheel
Seattle, Washington
1986 - 1989


Tom Boyle ~ Guitar
John Hodgkin ~ Harp, Saxophone, Vocals
Howard Hooper ~ Bass
Les Merrihew ~ Drums

This band had it all... great vocals, stinging blues guitar, and a rhythm section that was, and still is, among the best in the business.

All four members are currently at the top of their games in the Pacific Northwest blues circuit.  John (vocals), Tom (guitar), and Howard (bass), all won Washington Blues Society "best of" awards in 2003.  Les Merrihew continues to be one of the most sought after blues drummers in the area.  The band released a much heralded, but limited in quantity, cassette tape in 1988, 'Mechanic On Duty", that featured several band original songs, some of which are available on a compilation cd, "T-Boy's Blues:1987-2002", released by Tom Boyle in 2003.

Tom Boyle, June 2003

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Drivin' Wheel - Photo Courtesy of Tom Boyle

Tom Boyle

Howard Hooper

Les Merrihew 

John Hodgkin
Drivin' Wheel Members in 2005
Photos by and courtesy of "Blues Boss"
Some of the other Pacific Northwest music groups represented in this group include: Johnny and The Rockets, The Slackmasters, Blind Willie, Easy Chair, and many others NW bands.

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Last Update: 4 May 2005
Credits: Tom Boyle, Dennis "Blues Boss" Dudley
Band # 1238