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Welcome to the Cidy Zoo!

Cidy Zoo is a touring band featuring Bill Toll on vocals, guitar, harmonica, and keyboards. The group can perform different types of shows for different venues. The bands line-up varies from Bill's solo acoustic performances to engagements as a dou, trio, or a four piece combo with guitars, bass, drums and piano/organ.

We can perform an "educational" blues review show featuring selections performed in chronological order and accompanied with facts and trivia about the artists and their material, beginning with pieces performed on vintage instruments (Dobros & acoustic guitars) starting with the earliest 1936 Delta Blues recordings of Robert Johnson, classics by Sonny Boy Williamson, Rufus Thomas, Tin Pan singers like Fats Waller, the transitional electric Chicago Blues of Muddy Waters and Albert King, country blues from the likes of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, continuing through the Memphis sounds of B.B. King, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and ending with the blues derivative sounds of artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan and contemporary Detroit style blues artists like Larry McCray (to list only a few).

We also perform a complete show featuring a variety of blues/rock songs and our own material without the educational component for traditional show/club venues featuring music from the blues of B.B.King to classic rock standards by Jimi Hendrix and everything in-between.

Bill has an extensive background in Second City style improv theatre as both a director and performer and brings lots of audience participation, good humor and energy to engagements.

We have 30 min., 45 min, 1 hour and 2 hour sets as well as being able to provide an entire evening's entertainment in a club or special occasion setting.
The band's shows are "scalable" for any size venue. We have opened for national acts as well as worked in the smallest clubs. We can also provide our own complete sound and light support and technicians (if needed) for venues up to approx. 1,000 persons indoors or outdoors or provide only back line gear and work with your "front of house" crew.

Download Press Kit (1.8 mb ,PDF)

 

 

Look for our new "I get the Blues" album out this summer!

Waitin' On You (Dammit) & Motion Pictures, the new single from Cidy Zoo

 

The newest single release from Bill Toll and the Cidy Zoo - includes two tracks, "Waitin' On You (Dammit) & "Motion Pictures" Available only on the web site and at live shows. In stores soon! (see press release)

Something for Everyone from Cidy Zoo

 

The debut recording from 
Bill Toll and the Cidy Zoo - "Something for Everyone". Featured the hit single
Talk Louder.

 

 

Currently in the Top 40 (see radio report), the single "Talk Louder" from the "Something for Everyone" album has been a "prime mover" climbing steadily up the New Music Weekly - Top 40 AC and FMQB charts for 14 weeks, in addition to more than 3000 downloads from digital music sites.

Review...

Something for Everyone is an apt title for this album in that, through the bandís repertoire of original ballads, blues, and straight ahead rock, they cover a lot of musical terrain. From the opening cut "Hold Me Girl" to the closer "Punks," the band spins tales of relationships, love lost and found, and general slices of life. Although they hail from Flint, Michigan, lead singer and guitarist Bill Toll possesses the spirit of the south and southwest U.S. The music swings, the melodies flow, and the guitars chime with a sound akin to the southern-fried rock of bands like early ZZ Top, Little Feat, and the Allman Brothers.

Eric Harabadian
(Geoff Wilburs Renegade Newsletter - November 1998)

 

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