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Come help us welcome Erik Ray to New Hampshire! Erik has just moved to the Mount Washington Valley area from a small ranch town in Montana, and is enjoying getting to know many musicians and fans in the New Hampshire area.
Erik recently won the 2013 Granite State Blues Society Challenge granitestateblues.org in the Solo/Duo category. He competed in 30th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN and was selected as one of eight finalists, out of 101 of the best solo/duo blues acts in the world.
As you will see, Erik is somewhat of a musical anomaly. Over the last 30 years as a professional musician and entertainer he has, among other things, built up his “one-man-band” act. He plays the guitar, mandolin, harmonica, kick drum, high hat, upright bass and accordion – mostly simultaneously.
It is hard to label his style of music. Although he usually advertises it as honky-tonk Blues, it really encompasses many more genres. In his own words he says “I love Delta Blues,Chicago Blues, Jump and Swing, old Country from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, 1960s rock, zydeco, a smattering of Jazz and Folk, polkas and anything else that moves me at the time”.
When Erik isn’t playing music, he is busy as a high school math teacher. He’s currently teaching at Bishop Brady, a private catholic high school in Concord, NH. He has an agreement with his students, as an incentive for high achievement, that if they average an A on their quiz he will play them a song on his guitar. It works!
Nelson’s Candies and the Granite State Blues Society are presenting an intimate evening with Erik Ray on March 22, 2014 at 7:00 at Nelson’s Candies, Main Street, Wilton, NH.
Admission is $12.00 which will be used to help offset the costs of the GSBS Barnful of Blues Festival which raises money for children’s charities in New Hampshire. Tickets are available at Nelson’s Candies, at the door the evening of the show, or via Paypal
Granite State Blues Society is hosting our Road to Memphis Fundraising event at Pitman’s Freight Room on January 5th between 2pm and 6pm. Lots of great music, food, fun, raffles and dancing. Best of all, you can help send Granite State to Memphis in 2014 with your donations. Come join the fun!
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December 8th the Blues Tonight Band is hosting a Fundraiser to help raise funds to send the Granite State Blues Society winners to Memphis! A great show is planned at the Wicked Twisted Bar & Grille on E Hollis Street in Nashua, NH. Great music! Blues! Raffles! The event starts at 1pm!
The Granite State Blues Society is honored to have 3 entries representing New Hampshire in Memphis at the International Blues Competition. The winners are:
The Blues Tonight Band – Band Category -This band is a hard driving “true” blues band, playing a mix of original compositions and cover songs. Blues Tonight Band has been playing New England regularly for the past couple of year and have released their debut CD “Zombie Blues”. The members of Blues Tonight Band are not only talented but truly enjoy what they are doing, their energy is contagious and gets people dancing.
Erik Ray – Solo Artist – Erik Ray has been playing his brand of Honky Tonk Blues throughout the Northwest for the past 30 years. He has recently relocated to the White Mountain region of New Hampshire and is looking forward to finding a niche in the music scene of New Hampshire. Erik Ray arrived in his cowboy hat and collection of instruments that took overwhelming high scores from the judges in presentation, content, and quality.
The Riddle’N’Blues Band – Youth Category – This dynamic youth Blues quartet is fronted by 19 year old Alex Brackett. Three brothers Michael, Jacob and Adam Lemieux provide bass, drums, saxophone and clarinet. Yes, clarinet. The boys are all home schooled and are close friends with the Blues. It was a joy to listen to Riddle’N’Blues perform!
Please join us at 2:00 on Sunday at The Purple Pit on the Pleasant Street Ext. in Concord NH to see the following artists perform for a chance to go to Memphis and compete in the International Blues Competition
The Riddle-In-Blues Band (Youth category)
Arthur James (Solo category)
Justin Jaymes (Solo category)
Erik Gufsterson (Solo category)
Dave Keller (Solo category)
Blues Tonight Band (Band category)
On Sunday, November 3, 2013 2:00 – 6:00 at the Purple Pit in Concord NH bands and solo/duo acts are invited to perform for judges to determine for who will represent the Granite State at the 30th Annual International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN 2014.
For more information check the competition page: GSBS Blues Competition
Send inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Blues Lovers,
The 2013 Barnful of Blues is only a few days away. Following are a few last minute updates:
Children 12 and under are free. Sorry we have forgotten to promote this;
PayPal sales end at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31st; http://granitestateblues.org/wp/barnful-of-blues/
Vendor application deadline is Wednesday, July 31st; same link as above
Do you want to volunteer? We really need help Sunday morning, but other times as well. Send an email to email@example.com by Friday at noon.
Membership – There will be a membership table at festival. Please renew your membership either online via Paypal or at the festival. Your membership helps keep the Granite State Blues Society alive. It is only through your generosity that we can continue. http://granitestateblues.org/wp/membership/
Win a Paul Reed Smith guitar from John Mann’s Guitar Vault. Simultaneous to the Barnful of Blues, John Mann is holding a raffle for a PRS special edition guitar. The All profits are going to the Webster House. Read more here: http://guitarvaultusa.com/news/win-a-prs-guitar-from-john-manns-guitar-vault/
See you Saturday,
Click here for the latest Granite State Blues Newsletter!
Granite State Blues Challenge Review Winners!
Letter from the President
Barnful of Blues 2012
Please join us in congratulating The Dave Keller Band and Poor Howard. These fine musicians will be representing the Granite State at the International Blues Competition in Memphis.
The Dave Keller Band www.davekeller.com/
Poor Howard www.poorhowardstith.com/