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The Derringers


The Derringers are a San Diego-based band playing good time Blues, Boogie and early Rock n Roll music.


Band Members
Fred Kokaska (vocals, guitar)
Barbara Kokaska (Vocals)
Barry Farrar (vocals, drums)
Jim Guerin (Keyboards)
Victor Franklin (bass)

San Diego, CA



Guitar & Vocals

Fred has been performing in the San Diego area since the mid-1980's, founding and fronting his band "Bare Bones" for 29 years.  His biggest musical influences include T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Eric Clapton, and Billy Gibbons.

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Vocals & Harmonica

Barbara has been performing on stages across Southern California since she was 16.  For 10 years she fronted "Funky Pox", a 7-piece band playing the best of funk and Motown.  Her important musical influences include Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Eva Cassidy, and Stevie Nicks.


Victor Franklin


Victor Franklin, is a San Diego transplant, born and raised in the deep south. Victor’s musical background spans over 45 years, including 36 years of professional stage experience with the Electric Bass in various local bands, in and out of the San Diego area.  Victor’s seasoned touch using the various popping, thumping and strumming techniques on bass, along with a pleasant baritone singing voice, make up the low end of The Derringers’ unique renditions.


Jim Guerin


His blues resume in San Diego includes several years playing with Fuzzy and the Bluesmen in the 2000’s, and a decade later with the popular 145th Street Band, led by Steve Bulgur on harp.  Jim is the featured pianist on the group’s live recording “Pure Mud”. Today he plays jazz and R&B every Wednesday at Jack & Giulio’s in Old Town, with Janet Hammer on vocals, and performs twice a month with his quintet at Madame Bonnie’s in the Gaslamp, with Andrea Lorraine on vocals.   He also plays on occasion with Latin ensembles on occasion at Cafe Sevilla, including Malamana.  
Jim plays blues piano only on days that the sun rises in the east.



Drums & Background Vocals

A versatile south land pro for over 25 years, he has played all styles of music. Barry studied at the Dick Grove School of Music under Joe Porcaro. Barry has freelanced with various artists including Lamont Johnson, Graham Nash, Barbara Morrison and Burt Bacharach. His musical credits include producing radio and TV spots for local production companies. A complete percussionist Barry plays all hand drums as well as the drum set.

Song List

Ain't no Sunshine


Angel from Montgomery

Burning Love

Cissy Strut

Crosscut Saw

Drowning in Sea of Love

Flip, Flop and Fly

Game of Love

Gimmie One Reason

Hey Bartender

How Blue Can You Get

I'd Rather go Blind

Johnny B Goode

Little by Little

Little Sister

Love me like a Man

Mary had a lamb

Mary Jane Last Dance

Messin' with the Kid

Move it on Over

Mustang Sally



Route 66

Tina Neena Nu

Too Many Drivers


Wee, wee Hours

What you want me to do

You Know I'm No Good

Bill Withers

Blues Brothers

Bonnie Raitt



Albert King

Eva Cassidy

Joe Turner


Tracy Chapman

Floyd Dixon

BB King

Etta James

Chuck Berry

Junior Wells


Bonnie Raitt

Buddy Guy

Tom Petty

Junior Wells

Hank Williams

The Commitments

Aretha Franklin

Fleetwood Mac

Bobby Troup

Slim Harpo

Lightening Hopkins

Amy Winehouse

Chuck Berry

Jimmy Reed

Amy Winehouse

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