2016 International Blues Challenge Semi-finalists

Winners of the 2015 Memphis Bound Competition & Representing the Western NY Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN Jan 26-30 2016.


Hailing from Western New York, Diggin’ Roots Band was formed in the summer of 2013 by a group of friends who share a passion for the roots of American music. The band blends many genres but maintains a firm dedication to the roots of “Delta Blues” with a hint of “Jam Band” for good measure. Marty Smith’s drums and Toby Lindberg’s bass lay down the foundation with a tight rhythm pocket, while Johnny Mac and Gerry Loiacano layer in deep traditional harmonica and smooth guitar leads. The lovely Ms. Whitney Riley is always on point with powerful vocals and adds a hint of brass on her trumpet. The band shares a common belief that music is medicine and has the power to inspire and heal.

Diggin Roots Band plays an eclectic mix of music inspired by the various forms of “American Roots Music” including Blues, Funk, Rock n Roll, Soul, R&B, Bluegrass, and Gospel. Most obvious is the firm dedication to the roots of “Delta Blues” with a twist of Jam Band thrown in.

We have received terrestrial radio airplay on The Mix 101.5 WMXO, 106.3 WXMT & OLEAN’S 98.7 THE MOUNTAIN, WGWE 105.9 FM Salamanca, NY, and WRFA 107.9 Jamestown, NY. We were also featured on “Q Up The Talent” on 1330 WSPQ Springville, NY.

Diggin Roots Band is:

  • Whitney – Lead Vocals & Trumpet
  • Gerry – Lead Guitar & Vocals
  • Toby – Bass & Vocals
  • Johnny – Harmonica, Guitar & Vocals
  • Marty – Drums / Percussion
  • Greg – Keyboard


Diggin Roots Band