One magical summer night at Concerts in the Park, Sacramento, Drop Dead Red's own Carly DuHain celebrated a birthday, and got by with a little help from her friends. 


Awarded Best Live Performer at 2017 Sacramento Area Music Awards


This boisterous, soulful band is one of a kind - lead singer Carly DuHain's powerful and smoky vocals are hauntingly paired with her beautifully orchestrated band. They'll have your glasses raised and your senses tingling with their custom blend of Alternative Rock and soul-packed delivery.

Originally formed in 2011, Drop Dead Red has evolved spectacularly, winning the Sacramento News & Review Music Award for Best Live Performer in 2017, along with nominations for Best Rock and Best Pop. Carly DuHain, a Sacramento native who refuses to permanently stray any further than she has to from the Pacific Ocean, continues to lead her DDR collective, featuring Coday Anthony (Said The Shotgun), Gabriel Aiello (Burly Beverages), Stephen Hendry (Commerce TX, Xochitl) and Joseph Gibbs (Commerce TX).

Whether playing to crowds of thousands or hundreds, their level of passion never wanes. They are Sacramento's Best Live Band.

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“'She drinks the guys in her band under the table,' one reviewer says about Carly DuHain, the lead singer and guitar player of local band Drop Dead Red. This may or may not be true, but it doesn’t matter much after you take a listen to the kind of from-the-gut music she makes. DuHain is a strong singer with a voice reminiscent of Janis Joplin, belting out fragility and heart-wrenching pain in a way that says she’s owning it, and everything that goes with it, for better or worse. The band’s pop-tinged blues-rock riffs are dressing."
- Amy Bee, Sacramento News & Review

"She curses like a sailor, drinks the guys in her band under the table, and will make eyes go teary when she roars.

With Carly DuHain on vocals and guitar, and featuring Stephen Hendry (lead guitar) Gabe Aiello (rhythm guitar), Joe Gibbs (bass) and Coday Anthony (drums) - the band combines its love of Muddy Waters, Janis Joplin and George Jones to craft its sound.

Think seductive, soulful tunes with a flair sealed with enough bluesy bravado that it might even make the late Waters raise an eyebrow."
- Steph Rodriguez, Sacramento News & Review

"She’s a name you’ve likely heard, if not read about in alt papers like The Sacramento News & Review. If you’ve seen her in person, she is unmistakable. Imagine you walk into a show and see a tall, curvy woman with a guitar, belting out heartbreak and songs about rising from the ashes of the naive girl who got mixed up. One doesn’t forget this gal." 
- Karl Smarkel,

"DuHain translates emotion through a knack for songwriting and a knockout voice that mixes whiskey, smoke and heartbreak while never letting go of the delicacy of love and desire." 
- Deb Belt, Sacramento Press