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Live at Gabe's Backstage Lounge

by Blue Road

Blue Road's new CD was just chosen for the Top 11 CDs of 2009 on This excellent live recording captures some of the best moments of a band whose fast-paced rock/blues/soul mix is guaranteed to satisfy.
Genre: Blues: Soul-Blues
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1. Hold On
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2. You're Gonna Need Me
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3. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
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4. She Caught the Katy
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5. I'm Walkin'
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6. Them Changes
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7. People Get Ready
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8. Green Onions
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9. 110 In the Shade
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10. Drown in My Own Tears
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11. I Got a Woman
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Album Notes
Blue Road's new CD was chosen for Hambone's Top 11 CDs of 2009 on In his review, Hambone says, "Chicagoland’s Blue Road band is a veteran troupe led by guitarist Gary Gand and keyboardist Joan Gand. Fronting this funky, rockin’ band is legendary blue-eyed soul singer Jimy Rogers. In the 1960s, Jimy and his band The Mauds were the first white band to record at Chess Studios. Some 40 years later, Jimy has blown back onto the local scene without losing any of his chops. I recently had Blue Road perform on the air, and I can honestly say that I never had more fun with a band during my 15 years on the radio. Jimy is one of the finest vocal stylists and dynamic entertainers in Chicago. This excellently recorded live release captures a classic set of blues, soul and rock. Their version of “People Get Ready” is killer!!" On a sad note, vocalist Jimy Rogers passed away in December of 2010 of cancer.

This live recording of Blue Road captures some of the best moments of a band whose fast-paced rock/blues/soul mix is guaranteed to satisfy. When the jammin' starts, they can veer off into an improvised list of the History of Rock with a little Summer of Love and some MTV classics mixed in, never losing site of the journey they are taking. Influences include Booker T and the MGs, Albert King, the Meters, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and Ray Charles.

The Chicago Sun Times calls vocalist Jimy Rogers (legendary blue-eyed soul singer with the Mercury recording artist The Mauds) "a bundle of dynamite." The Chicago Reader recently described him as the "sweaty soul-rock front man personified."

Guitarist Gary Gand has been called the "Jeff Beck" of Chicago blues-rock players, and his virtuosity is the product of over 30 years on the Chicago music scene, both live and studio. Joan Gand, plays classic Hammond B-3 Booker T-style soulful organ and bluesy piano. This musical couple have played together since they were just out of high school, and they definitely can read each other's minds.

Graham Nelson adds the icing on the cake with his soulfull harp and vocals. Bass and drums are covered by the "bomb squad," one of Chicago's most respected rhythm sections: R Kelly alumnus Joel Treadwell on drums/veteran Steve Nevets on bass and vocals.


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Live at Gabe's Backstage Lounge
This band kicks serious butt! The Gands are a musical force of nature. Graham Nelson is just plain magical...always where he needs to be and never where he don't belong. You haven't lived right until you've experienced Joel and Steve par-boiling a XXXL-sized groove. When Jimy is "on", he's ON and there is no one better. What can I say?

I've seen this band perform many times. Never get tired of them. This recording is a good sampling of what they can deliver. Bravo! Keep it coming!
- anonymous

Joe Mick

One Hundred and ten on the stage!
Take a cup of Ray Charles, a cup of Albert King, a cup of Booker T and then throw in a GALLON of soul and you get this hot live CD from Blue Road! They've got a real groovin Hold On here along with a powerful Them Changes that takes you on a journey and drops you off on the dance floor! And no Blue Road show would be complete without their pristine cover of Green Onions! A must have for any music lover with a soul!!!


Live At Gabe's Backstage Lounge
Great blues especially the vocals and great keyboards! I am a huge John Fogerty fan and he would be proud of their rendition of 110 In The Shade. Also a killer Them Changes and People Get Ready! Great variety of tempo and rhythm as well! I highly recommend! - Kenneth Bays


Live at Gabe's Backstage Lounge
The Gands are a force of nature. Add Graham on the harp and a serious rhythm section and you've got some great music. Now sprinkle a healty dose of Jimy Rodgers and you get this waaay smokin' album full of very hot soul and blues. I'm a believer!!! -TB