Snake Oil is a relatively new band composed of two Washington Blues Society multiple award winning guitarists/vocalists Mark Riley and Rod Cook (pictured), WBS award winning bassist/vocalist Rob Moitoza and drummer Marty Vadalabene. The group was originally conceived in the summer of 2009 by "Blues Boss" Dennis Dudley for the purpose making an attempt at winning the honor of being the WBS representative at the annual IBC competition in Memphis. In the process, the four members realized they had something special going on.
Audience response to the group has been enthusiastic from the outset. All the members of the group have decades of musical experience and are know for their stylisitic diversity. Mark Riley has played with numerous bands over the course of his career, notably in a seven year stint with Northwest icon Little Bill Englehart through the 1990's. In addition to Snake Oil Mark also fronts his own band. Rod Cook also has played with numerous bands/artists throughout his career, including former Mercury Recording Artist, Laura Love and former Steve Miller Band guitarist James "Curley" Cooke. In addition to Snake Oil, Rod currently plays with Tacoma rising star, Vicci Martinez, fronts his own band, Toast, plays occasionally with Little Bill and moonlights in various other configurations. Rob Moitoza is a veteran of the great Bay area band Sons Of Champlain, and played with northwest slide guitar demon, Nick Vigarino, for a number of years. A talented singer and songwriter as well, Rob is a strong asset to any group he plays with. Marty Vadalabene, former drummer with "ragin cajun" Doug Kershaw, is an in demand drummer who has worked with many of the best in the northwest over the years.
One of Snake Oil's many strengths is the seemingly effortless interplay between the two guitarists who well know how to listen to and feed off each other. Combine that with diverse blues/roots material, three distinct and strong vocalists and a great groove and you have a hell of a band.