Major Bacon

Major Bacon is the rarest of bands­ – one which transports their fans and first time listeners to that happy place with their unique New Orleans Blues Rock™ sound. Beautiful guitar solos by leader Dave Renson guide this super-tight power trio. Live music lovers find exactly what they’re looking for in this true guitar legend and rock solid rhythm section.   

The name “Major Bacon” came way back when Dave was a boy. He found an old desk placard reading “Major Bacon,” his maternal grandfather, an Army major in World War I who passed away before Dave’s birth. As Dave honed his guitar skills, his ultimate goal was to one day front a band bearing the name Major Bacon.

That day came when he and fellow Pat Ramsey & the Blues Disciples member Eloise Davis formed Major Bacon after Pat succumbed to terminal illness in 2008. Dave and Eloise now needed a drummer; Bill Hjortsberg filled those shoes. Eloise knew Bill from the New Orleans music scene; his sense of time, precise touch, and Southern rock background completed Dave’s vision.

Find out why Major Bacon has been called “… New Orleans’ best kept secret, as far as bands go,” by Stephen Klein, host of WWL-TV’s Channel 4 Eyewitness Morning News Weekend Sound Check. Klein went on to say: “They’re a three-piece band. You close your eyes; you’ll swear there’s 10 people on stage. They’re that good! They’re awesome!” So what are you waiting for?


 Dave Renson is quickly recognized by his finesse in his rockin’ blues playing. Dave started playing guitar at the age of 10, influenced early on by rock guitar gods Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter, as well as blues legends B.B. King and Albert King. He moved to New Orleans in 1976 and has played with many of New Orleans’ great musicians since then. Dave has been nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award for his performance on the Pat Ramsey & The Blues Disciples album, "Live in Key West."

Dave played with the late harmonica legend Pat Ramsey in the band Pat Ramsey & The Blues Disciples for more than 10 years before Pat’s death in 2008. Dave recorded two live CDs with the band, "Live at the Grand," and "Live at the Big Bend Blues Bash," and toured extensively sometimes opening for his hero Johnny Winter with whom Pat played on the "White Hot & Blues" album.

Dave has appeared several times at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He spent 10 years honing his chops with the locally infamous J.D. and The Jammers, which included a project for Camel Cigarettes Joe Camel and The Hard Pack Band.

Dave plays in a couple of local bands but concentrates on Major Bacon, a band named after his maternal grandfather who was an Army major. For years, Dave has planned and schemed about exactly how he wants the band, and in his usual meticulous style, has selected very carefully its members and the songs they play. Together, they unleash a fresh new blues sure to get people dancing.



Known for her precise yet funky rhythms, bass player Eloise Davis lives in New Orleans where she regularly performs and records with celebrated local musicians, including Major Bacon, The Parishioners, Butch Trivette & The Crescent City Twisters and Ready Teddy and the Swampdaddys. She also has served as the bassist for Pat Ramsey and the Blues Disciples, a nationally touring blues band fronted by former Johnny Winter harmonica player Pat Ramsey, who died in November 2008.

Eloise also has played bass with Big Chief Doucette and the Decibelles, featuring Big Chief Alfred Doucette (an authentic Mardi Gras Indian) fronting an all-woman band of some of New Orleans’ most established female musicians. Furthermore, she regularly substitutes in other local bands, such as J.D. Hill & The Jammers.

Eloise plays cello on several albums, including The Parishioners, The Bourbon Cowboys, Burke Ingraffia and Tommy Gavosto. She has performed as a solo cellist with orchestra and used her music theory education in composing classical and modern pieces. Prior to pursuing music full-time in 2005, Eloise served as an editor and writer for local, regional and international publications for 15 years. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Foreign Service with a focus in Humanities from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.


Bill Hjortsberg grew up in New York City where he learned to play drums. After moving to Atlanta in the 1970s, he did a short stint with the backup band for Percy Sledge. In the early 1980s, Bill joined the Ansel, Strong & Reeves band, a country/rock group that opened for The Allman Brothers Band, Hank Williams Jr., Graham Nash, and Doc & Merle Watson.

Since moving to New Orleans in 2008, he has played with several bands besides Major Bacon such as JD Hill & The Jammers, Butch Trivette & The Crescent City Twisters, Ready Teddy & The Swampdaddys and Mike Darby & The House of Cards. Bill joined Major Bacon in 2009 and has been frying up sizzling blues licks with Dave and Eloise ever since.

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Les Leonard

Manager & Booking Agent


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