Lead by vocalist Caitlin Cuneo, Black Coffee is a rhythm and blues band from Pennsylvania whose style unearths a reminiscent vibe reviving the sound and passion of traditional blues, funk, & soul music. Her backing rhythm section includes Ryan Alford on guitar, Vincent Cuneo on guitar and vocal harmonies, Paco Mahone on bass, and Jim DeVoss laying down the beats.
The band creates an energized show, spanning from slow blues/jazz numbers to all-out funk grooves. The rhythm section supports Miss Cuneo with their subtle hooks, pulsating rhythms and tasteful solos – and the band’s passion for performing live is evident from their dynamic performances. Wrote one critic, “This band is definitely to be reckoned with in the blues jazz world.”
In 2011, the band played over 80 shows all over the Northeast, spanning clubs to the regional festival scene. In 2012, the band plans to create their first album while traveling the country.
Caitlin Cuneo is the lead singer of Black Coffee. Caitlin was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. She has extensively studied all genres of vocal music, but found her true passion to be blues, soul, and funk. She attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and trained in various vocal styles ranging from Rock to Jazz. Caitlin was selected for the exclusive Berklee “P-Funk All-Stars” that performed at various Boston events including the Beantown Jazz Festival and The Harvard Club. She also took part in The Michael Jackson tribute show at the BPC. After collaborating with her brother, Vince, Black Coffee was born. Caitlin is indebted to all members of the band for their time, talent, and dedication to this common dream. Caitlin is “Workin’ Hard” and looks forward to every opportunity to come ”Home to You”.
Outside of Black Coffee, guitarist and slide player Ryan Alford is an original member of the State College based soul and funk outfit the Hounds of Soul. He writes and performs with State College’s soul/jazz trio Dirty Superb. Former funk/fusion instrumental bands he has been a part of include the seven-piece jamband Cootie Brown and Penns Valley trio Vitamin Funk. You might also see him on guitar or mandolin with a few other projects.
Guitarist and vocalist Vince Cuneo is from Connellsville, PA and has been playing music all of his life. Starting with listening to old albums with his father and then moving to the drums for 15 years because of his mother’s music education background, he now plays guitar and sings with Black Coffee. Vince and his sister Caitlin started writing together when they were young children, and have developed their unique sound over the past few decades. Playing with this project has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. His influences range from all styles of music and virtuoso musicians, but he has always had a desire to play soul and funk music, which has consumed the past several years of his life. “To play music everyday is a gift, but to share your story and life through music with others is a true blessing.”
Jim “The Hot Sauce” DeVoss has been playing the drums for more than 25 years. His first drum set (from the Sears catalog!) was given to him by his parents as a Christmas gift and he began banging away, humming the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix tunes in his head as he played. For a few years, Jim took private drum lessons under the tutelage of drum instructor Ron Amastadi, learning rudiments, technique and how to groove in a band situation. Since a teenager, Jim has been in many projects, playing all genres of music with soul and funk music being his favorites. About performing with Black Coffee, he has often said, “If I can’t be in Otis Redding’s band, than this is the band I want to be in.”