ABOUT THE BAND
Dean Duhart- "Dad"
Dean has never given up his passion for playing music. A self taught guitar player and songwriter, he has performed with and was usually the lead singer in numerous local bands such as Cypress, Petty Cash, Concept and Me Tarzan since his University City High School days. Outside of Duhart, Dean also performs with Rockin' Chair, a full-stage concert band that plays classic country rock music, featuring the melodic harmony tunes of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Marshall Tucker, Jackson Browne and The Eagles, to name a few. Dean is so proud to be playing with his very talented daughter. "It's like a dream come true; I'm doing what I love most, with someone who I love even more."
Colleen Duhart- "Daughter"
Colleen is 28 with an extensive background in theater and dance. Thanks to her father Dean, her life was centered around music from a very young age. In fact, her first full sentence as a baby was "Beatles music on now please!" Colleen starred in several musicals at her high school, John F. Kennedy Catholic, and also put her musical talents to use at her alma mater, Southeast Missouri State University, in activities with her sorority (Alpha Xi Delta). Colleen recently took a big professional plunge and is now self-employed in order to pursue musical opportunities more seriously. Being self-employed, she was brought on as the Assistant Coordinator for an exciting initiative through Explore St. Louis called STL.Live, and is also available for other contract work centered around social media and promotion. Singing has always been a passion of Colleen's, and she is happy to be pursuing a side "career" performing along side her main musical influence-- her father! Colleen has recently dove head first into songwriting, piano, guitar and mandolin, so stay tuned for her solo projects.
Mike, Colleen and Dean's "go-to guy" for all things music, plays bass guitar, harmonica and occasionally other instruments and sings back vocals and harmonies. Mike comes from a background of pop and R&B, having written and played on the hit song "The Cheater", that is now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He played in and recorded two albums with Jake Jones, a progressive rock group that toured as the opening act for both Poco and The James Gang (with Joe Walsh of Eagles fame). Mike is actively writing songs in a variety of genres and also records and produces music, not only for Duhart projects but for other artists and up-and-comers as well. Mike's time and talents are so appreciated, and Colleen and Dean are grateful to have him as such an influential support system.
Steve, brother to Mike, has played lead electric and acoustic guitars and sung lead in several rock and acoustic groups over the years. He has since expanded his musicianship to include playing mandolin, dobro, lap steel, six string banjo, harmonica and other instruments. Aside from being an avid songwriter, and Colleen's favorite songwriting buddy, Steve also performs in other acoustic groups such as The Main Street Remnants. He plays a lot of improvised leads and has even been known to take off on a jazz lead on a mandolin! His amazing talents complete the "full band" version of Duhart.
In 2011, after a tough transition year of moving home from college, getting her first "big girl" job, a few rotten breakups and moving out on her own, Colleen soon realized that she desperately needed a release and to "find herself" again. On their family vacation, Dean and Colleen stumbled across a VH1 documentary on Miranda Lambert (Colleen's idol!), and were both inspired by the relationship between Miranda and her father, who performed together in her early years. This sparked an idea, and soon Dean and Colleen found themselves laying the groundwork for Daddy's Girl Band. Song ideas were tossed around... then tossed in the trash. Long practices would turn into bickering, in true father-daughter fashion. Would they ever get out of the "little back bedroom" that Colleen grew up in at her childhood home?
As luck would have it, the duo reconnected with a family friend, Mike Krenski, in 2012 after Mike heard about their plans to start a band. Mike, being no stranger to the music world, quickly jumped at the opportunity to help the two create some demos of covers in his studio. The two became much more comfortable and began working together with Mike to create a solid list of songs. But as another year passed, life seemed to get in the way with job changes for both Colleen and Dean, another two moves around St. Louis for Colleen, among other priorities, so the band was placed on the back-burner once more.
Once things calmed down, the two were at it again, this time much more serious with their plans. More practices and discussions with Mike led to seeking out gigs at local spots. Colleen would stand in for several songs with Dean's other bands and the excitement and determination for Daddy's Girl Band's success came alive again. Other small opportunities, such as playing at parties, small gatherings, wedding ceremonies and open mic nights, gave them that much more courage and confidence, and finally, they knew they were ready to make their "debut".
Dean and Colleen are now seasoned performers, and with their growing popularity and the desire to get their actual "name" out there, Daddy's Girl band evolved into Duhart in 2016. Duhart is grateful for regular monthly bookings at Fallon's in Olivette, Tigin Irish Pub and several other shows lined up at bars, wineries, restaurants and private events each month. The support and love they have received is overwhelming, and they continue to seek out more and more musical opportunities as they continue making their mark in the STL music scene.
Colleen and Dean are so thankful to have brought on Mike and Steve Krenski to create a more full and exciting sound. While the group enjoys playing as a full band, Colleen and Dean still often perform as a duo, making the group that much more versatile for different atmospheres and venues.
Each week at practice Colleen excitedly brings new ideas for songs to the table, and the group works hard to polish and perfect. Venue staff and those who attend shows regularly comment about what a great variety of music Duhart plays; 70's, 80's, 90's, pop, country, rock... there's something for everyone to enjoy!
Now that Duhart has mastered putting their unique sound to cover songs, the next endeavor is writing originals. Mike has written several hits in the past, including "The Cheater" with Bob Kuban and the In Men, but he vows that he has a few more chart-toppers up his sleeve. Steve has always had a knack for songwriting as well and is always tinkering around with a variety of instruments which comes in handy and really adds character to the band sound as a whole. Dean has written many original songs in his day and will continue to write and create demos to share with the world. Colleen has always loved writing poems and stories, and is working hard on her very own originals-- she has churned out nearly 50 in the last year with more on the horizon as she continues to explore the songwriting world!
If you are looking for a group that brings a unique variety of music with beautiful vocals and harmonies, a variety of string instruments, a little humor and sass (in true Colleen style) and more heart than any other group of musicians combined, then you should check out Duhart. This is only the beginning, and we can't wait to take you along on our journey!