About the Band

Judy ManginiPowerhouse vocals!!” “What Chops!!” “What Pipes!!” “WOW” are some of the descriptions people have used after hearing her sing! Judy is the lead vocalist and percussionist of Judy Sings the Blues and with her tremendously powerful and wide range vocals, she will draw you in from the time she hits the stage. She sings with passion, strength, clarity and feeling and not only do you hear the story, you feel it too. She has been singing in area bands since she was 16, but truly loves and enjoys singing the Blues. Growing up, performing is the only thing she has ever wanted to do and she has been writing her own songs since her early teens. Even though she has her own style and sound, she has been compared to Ann Wilson (Heart), Janis Joplin and more. Do yourself a favor!! Go check out Judy Sings the Blues !!!

Eric Zoeckler is the lead guitar player. He grew up in the Washington D.C. music scene of the 80s learning his chops from area legends including Danny Gatton, Billy Hancock and Robert Gordon. Playing the D.C. clubs as a teenager, Eric sharpened his chops in blues and rockabilly and was heavily influenced by the masters of the blues like BB King, Albert Collins and John Lee Hooker.
After relocating to Delaware in the early 90s, Eric formed June Evans & Mercy City and enjoyed playing many of the Atlantic City casinos, Philly and Wilmington clubs and local blues festivals for 15 years. More recently Eric played with Delaware Blues Hall of Famer Gretchen Emery.
Eric loves to entertain crowds and works hard to make sure everyone is having fun. As a singer and player, Eric draws energy from people and is engaging and fun to watch perform.

Carl Thompson, bass player, is affectionately known as “Smiley” to those that know him and see him on stage. He has been playing in area bands for over forty years and you can tell he loves what he does!! He started out playing the clarinet in school, but did not enjoy it. So, his music teacher suggested he play the tuba, a “stringless bass” which he did, but soon there after, started showing a big interest in wanting to learn a bass WITH strings! Pretty much self taught, he is one of the finest and most solid bass players in the Delmarva area and exhibits feeling and expertise in every thump of every string. Providing a rich, mellow tone, rhythm and groove that shines through every song. A truly gifted bass player!

James Sudimak is the drummer for Judy Sings the Blues and has been playing drums since age 11. He attended The New School For Jazz & Contemporary Music in New York City from 2011 to 2013. Currently based in Sussex County, Delaware and is emerging in the local music and community theatre scene. He is always inspired by several different types of music, not just the blues, but Jazz, Classical, Electronic, Fusion, Metal, and Rhythm & Blues. Other interests include video games, art, and computer programming. He has the dynamics of a drummer who has been playing for decades! With impeccable ability, style, timing and rhythm, he is the icing on the cake for the band!!

Playing the blues is not just playing music. It is a feeling from deep within your soul capturing the moments in life that make you or break you and telling a story people can relate to. Sharing your emotions with complete strangers and knowing they relate… they’ve been there too… That is what we do. That is who we are.

Artists we like:

  • Susan Tedeschi
  • Danielle Nicole Band
  • Trampled Under Foot
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Etta James
  • Steve Vai
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Janis Joplin
  • Heart
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Nina Simone
  • Keb Mo
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • Allman Brothers
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • ZZ Top
  • Muddy Waters
  • Buddy Guy
  • Albert King
  • B.B. King
  • Albert Collins
  • Junior Wells
  • Gary Moore