Bad Avenue Band is:

Four guys from different backgrounds getting together to jam around and to form a backing band for a local Elvis impersonator. After a couple of gigs Elvis left the state. The four guys are still here trying to put together something pleasing to the ear and the soul.


Craig Coffield, native of West Virginia. Craig is a transplant to the First State and has lived in Delaware for the last 26 years with his wife and children, first in Dover and latterly in Magnolia. Craig has been running the Jonathan's Landing Golf Course in Magnolia for 15 years. He is Bad Avenue's vocalist and a guitarist handling rhythm and lead. Craig's been playing guitar for about four years now and his likes and influences include Albert Castiglia, Brent Johnson, Sean Costello, Chris Whitley, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters and more. Craig is also the founder of the Central Delaware Blues Society.



Ellis Hope Neel, was born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in New Castle, Delaware. Ellis is a single ADHD miscreant, recently returned to New Castle from New Mexico having spent an interesting 16 years out there working for newspapers and the Associated Press and a 5-year stint as a restaurant owner. Ellis bought a 1970 Gibson SG in 1981 and has been noodling around on guitar ever since. Influences and likes include David Gilmour, Average White Band, Beatles, Sly and the Family Stone, Tinsley Ellis, Robben Ford, Michael Landau, James Taylor, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Vince Gill, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, Steve Wariner, Gary Moore, ZZ Top, Durutti Column, Latitude, ad nauseum.