Toby & The Boys Blues Band is the longest running female-led blues band on Long Island-Press.
Reviews say it all:
Columnist LIZ SMITH said in Newsday, Thursday February 6, 1997 "If you are anywhere near the South Fork of Long Island...there you can catch Toby & The Boys...Last time Toby & The Boys played there I had the best time..."
SEE ME AT RIVERHEAD BLUES FESTIVAL 2004 7/17/04 Rifta Theatre at 4:30 pm Saturday 7-piece band
DR BLUES said "There's a hot wind blowing off eastern Long Island and its fronted by a dusky-throated, beaded and cowboy-hatted blues mama...a sexy, sultry chanteuse who can lead a band as easy as walking down the street.
BLUE LOU MARGIORE of GOOD TIMES, May 6 19,1997 issue covered the Long Island Blues Society show described the following performance "Toby & The Boys followed...Her delivery with the Freddie King Standard Love Her With A Feeling got the testosterone filled room flowing. The yelps, cries and screams never ending with her line "The cops took me in but I didn't need no bail, I shook my moneymaker for the judge and the judge put the cops in jail!...
CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS- 2005 Concert on the Green in Montauk-1997 thru 2002 Suffolk County Summer Concert Series-1997 thru 2005 Montauk Concert on the Green Annual Summer Concert Series-Back by popular demand. Booked for the 2004 Cedar Beach Blues Festival May 22nd. Hampton blues Festival 1998, 1999 Cedar Beach Blues Festival, Mt Sinai performance reviewed by Joan Travan of the "Medford News/Reviews Newspapers "The vocals by Toby, a lady who can really sing the blues, are second to none" and by Joe Grandwilliams in "Good Times" issue#769 Oct-Nov 1999
"Speaking of tight you had to be there when Toby&The Boys let loose...the double entendres were flying thicker than the spices on a Memphis Rack of Ribs! Thank you to Kerry Kearney Band for inviting me to be their special guest at the 2000 Riverhead Blues Festival and Blues Cruise.
www.bluenight.com/BluesBytes/ Also, shared front cover with BB King & review in Good Times Issue#794 Oct 4-18,2000 by Blue Lou Margiore.Thank you all again.
NEWEST REVIEW-LONG ISLAND ENTERTAINMENT PAPER www.lienews.com, Sept2003-by T Jewels says"There are not many female blues artists here on Long Island...Toby's passion for her music shines through...she has a way in her vocals to move you"
COMMERCIAL RADIO AIRPLAY! AUGUST 2004 WEHM 92.9FM "Hound Dog" from "Tried & True" CD
On compilation CD called "A Month Of Sundays",2006 Long Island Blues Society liner notes say:
"Toby Papageorge has been the earthmother figure for the Long Island blues world for a couple of decades now. Backed by supergroups of supporting musicians, Toby brings her warm vocals to bear on blues standards as well as a poignant and woman oriented group of songs that Bessie and Big Mama seem to have sent through to her. Alberta Hunter and Billie Holiday are also in the celestial alignment that Papageorge channels to her fervent audience. Her originals are vital and true to the spirit. First discovered in the Mojos fold as an acoustic player, Toby is known throughout for her feathered Stetson, heavy hitting band and her dedication to keeping real blues alive" written by Dr Blues.