Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Southside Denny is an American born Chicago style bluesrocker with eleven albums to his credit. He began growing his reputation in the early 1980's being often associated with and seen regularly on stage with many of his Chicago musical heroes and influences such as Luther Allison, Sugar Blue, and Pinetop Perkins. Denny performed as opening act for these and many other stellar acts such as Ray Charles, Lonnie Mack, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and what resembles a who's who list of Chicago blues acts. He also answered the call to share the stage with many legendary rockers such as John Fogerty, Edgar Winter, BTO and Styxx.
In 1984 he and his band, Southside Denny and the Skintones, scored a regional hit with a protest song called 'Ethanol Stinks'. Before disbanding in 1989 the trio recorded two albums, including one with Sugar Blue on harp. They also played blues club circuits throughout several Midwestern states and into the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
In the 1990's he had earned a regular spot at the prestigious Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago. During that time, Denny's music was referred to as sounding somewhere between Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter. His style is now one of his own, concocted of rapid-fire melodic, soulful playing and lots of open-tuning-slide guitar. His talents as both a guitarist and singer are recognized by fans and fellow musicians alike.
In 1999 Denny was chosen as the 2nd recipient of the Ole Harv Award for lifetime promotion of blues music in the Michiana area. A year later he represented his home state of Indiana in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and captured third place at the Montréal Grand Prix de la Guitare. He has performed at the International festival du Jazz du Montréal, International Festival du blues de Mont Tremblant, Trois Rivières en Blues, l'October blues, Blues de Farnham, Lachute en Blues and many more.
Denny spent the bulk of his years in his native state of Indiana but has been living in Montreal since 2007. In addition to the Southside Denny Band in 2020 he formed a Jimi Hendrix tribute band called 'Voodoo Chile, the blues of Jimi Hendrix'. . Denny also performs as a member of The Snyders and when in Montréal as guitarist for Graham Chambers.