Bad Avenue is quickly becoming a local favorite making the circuit in local establishments from Delaware City to the beach. The lead singer/rhythm guitar player, Craig Coffield, founded the Central Delaware Blues Society, and established a regular Thursday evening jam session in Magnolia, Delaware, for local musicians to hone their craft. Bad Avenueand came to be after four local guys met at the jam and decided to get together to play for fun. Just a few years later, they now spend most weekends in Delaware and Maryland entertaining the local crowds with a collection of classic rock, blues and country songs.
Craig Coffield, native of West Virginia. Craig is a transplant to the First State and has lived in Delaware for the last 26 years with his wife and children, first in Dover and latterly in Magnolia. Craig has been running the Jonathan's Landing Golf Course in Magnolia for 15 years. He is Bad Avenue's vocalist and a guitarist handling rhythm and lead. Craig's been playing guitar for about four years now and his likes and influences include Albert Castiglia, Brent Johnson, Sean Costello, Chris Whitley, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters and more. Craig is also the founder of the Central Delaware Blues Society.
Ellis Hope Neel, was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in New Castle, Delaware. Ellis is a single ADHD miscreant, recently returned to New Castle from New Mexico having spent an interesting 16 years out there working for newspapers and the Associated Press and a 5-year stint as a restaurant owner. Ellis bought a 1970 Gibson SG in 1981 and has been noodling around on guitar ever since. Influences and likes include David Gilmour, Average White Band, Beatles, Sly and the Family Stone, Tinsley Ellis, Robben Ford, Michael Landau, James Taylor, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Vince Gill, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, Steve Wariner, Gary Moore, ZZ Top, Durutti Column, Latitude, ad nauseum.
Michael C Deely got serious about music and musical instruments as a young teen and spent his adult life being involved in both. Club gigs started before he was old enough to be in a club. After a “hitch” in the 590th Air Force Band, Michael kept playing and started working with a guitar maker in Maryland. Currently Michael works for JS Technologies/Suhr Guitars and enjoys making organized noise with Bad Avenue. Michael is a singing bassist and keyboardist, who plays a variety of fretted instruments.
Ian the Bloke, drums and vocals. Born in London and schooled at Hogworts, He spent his musical apprenticeship in London writing songs, recording at such studios as Abbey Road and playing the London and UK circuit in original music bands. Ian moved to San Diego, CA in '86 where he continued to play in original music bands as well as entertain the tourists in cover bands. He hitched up the wagon and moved to Delaware in '97 and since that time has played with most of the local legends in the Rock and Blues fraternity before finding his home on Bad Avenue!