Chicago Tribune chose Blue Road's CD Release party as one of their "10 Must-See Shows” of the week.
Whether the top is down on the bluesmobile, you’re rockin’ and rollin’ on a Harley, or strutting soulfully on a warm summer’s day – you are probably on a “blue road” – American back-roads colored blue on the map. Blue Road’s music reminds you of all this and more…as they put the pedal to the metal with a modern twist on an old-school style.
It's always a party when Blue Road hits the stage. Their music combines roots rock, blues and soul into a tasty mix of familiar cover tunes and original songs. The sweet, soulful, funky sound of Steve Nevets vocals brings to mind a mix of Aaron Neville, Sam and Dave, and Otis Redding. Veteran bluesman Gary Gand handles the six strings, driving the band with spicy leads and sweet slide guitar; soul sauce flows from Joan Gand’s classic Hammond B-3 style organ and barroom piano, and drummer Tony Dale cuts a mighty groove.
Special guests often include Dia Madden on vocals, Big Blake on harp, and T.K. Pivonka on sax. Blue Road was co-founded and previously fronted by the legendary Chicago soul singer Jimy Rogers of the Mauds, who passed away in 2010 from cancer. His soulful spirit and musicality will always be part of Blue Road.
With over 300 shows under their belts, Blue Road is a staple on the Chicago music scene including the 2009 and 2010 Chicago Blues Festival, rock and blues clubs all over Chicagoland, festivals, and private events. They have opened for national acts including Los Lobos, Starship, Temptations, and Billy Squire. Their music is featured regularly on radio shows across the country, including Hambone’s Blues Party, Greg Easterling's "American Backroads" and Sirius/XM Bluesville. Gary and Joan Gand were included in the book, “The Chicago Music Scene” by Dean Milano.