The Band


Glenn Basham (fiddle, harmonica) also leads a double life.  One moment he’s a mild-mannered violin professor at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and the concertmaster of the Naples Symphony Orchestra.  The next he’s on stage with Yerba Blue with his rosin smoking on their rendition of Bill Monroe’s Jerusalem’s Ridge.

Ettienne Fuentes (drums) is one of the few drummers capable of synthesizing the musical genres that define the Yerba Blue sound.  From San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, Ettienne is equally comfortable in American and Latin styles. He has worked with artists as varied as country’s Raul Malo and Latin superstar Chayanne.

Cookie Lopez (percussion) is one of the finest percussionists anywhere.  Originally from New York City, (a Nuyorican) her fiery yet graceful style has touched the music of artists such as Gloria Estefan, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Causeway.

Shernol Matthias (bass, vocals) is an honorary Cuban from the Indian subcontinent.  His unique bass stylings are an integral part of Yerba Blue’s sound.  Shernol has worked with some of the area’s best artists including Raul Midon and Selah.

Raul Murciano (keyboards) brings a depth of musical influences to Yerba Blue.  Born and raised in Miami of Cuban decent, Raul was founding member of the Miami Sound Machine. He is a respected producer and composer and is on the faculty at the Frost School of Music.

And me, Rey Sanchez (guitars, dobro, vocals) founder and leader of Yerba Blue.  I was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in the heart of the heartland – Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.  My musical influences range from Doc Watson and Jackson Browne to Ruben Blades and Beny More.  I was also the long-time musical director for Latin superstar Chayanne.  In my other life I direct both the music business program and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music program at the University of Miami.

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