Hampton Roads' young musicians ramble toward blues glory

Blues music has flourished several in Hampton Roads for many years, but recently a new group of young singers and players has raised a rumpus across the whole region and well beyond that. On the Peninsula, music artists as young as eleven years old are playing blues music at such a high level that the have started to win win awards as well as getting invited to play at top events in Memphis and Chicago.

Several of these prodigies were brought in to blues through the gateway of rock, where the recordings of artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, reveals a secret code of twelve bar forms, funky, growling vocal stylings and boogie laced rhythms.

Ron Lowder assembled The UnXpected band from pupils at the Academy of Rock Music in the York County and he saw the band's musicians reaches popularity in a very short times. He told that they have come a long way in a short period of time. It really jelled very quickly and is very proud of what they have been able to accomplish now.

Recently the band members were chatting about their favorite music during a rehearsal break. Band guitarist Zachary Salsberry told that he thinks that these days there are enough people their age who appreciate the blues music.

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