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LATE NIGHT GROOVE SERIES: THE BLUE METHOD

2009-01-24
Showtime: 12:30AM
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The Blue Method
FEATURING:
Brian Williams, lead vocals, trumpet, trombone
Tom Long, alto sax, bari sax, rhythm guitar, vocals
Mike Patriarca, lead/rhythm guitar
Rah M. Sungee, bass, vocals
Theron Shelton, drums

The story of The Blue Method is a story defined by two words; perseverance and determination. The band was formed in 2001 by founding members Michael Patriarca (guitar) and Tom Long (saxophone). Both were left picking up the pieces from the sudden and tragic death of their long time friend and former lead singer, Sean Gatson. With one album and a slew of gigs under their belt, the two men began to assemble the cast of musicians for their new musical venture, “The Blue Method”.

They were introduced to singer Brian Williams through a mutual friend. Brian was a larger than life man with the voice to match. His singing and lyrics are a throwback to a time when soul singers sang like men, and had a clear and concise message to deliver. Together with their new rhythm section, this quintet began writing immediately and building a legion of friends and followers throughout the region.

In 2003 The Blue Method entered the studio to begin recording their debut album “Kill the Music, Vol.1” Things seemed to be running pretty smooth. Midway through the recording of their first record, the rhythm section decided it was time to call it quits. This left the three original members with a decision to make: press on with the album and re group, or fold. The three decided that they had invested far too much to turn back now, so they opted to replace the rhythm section and continue on. Long time friend Theron Shelton was the called to handle the drumming duties. From the first “jam session” everyone knew that Theron was the perfect fit. His drumming and personality added new life and energy to band.

The next two years were spent touring the east coast and mid western region, building an extremely loyal following of friends and fans alike. Along the way The Blue Method has shared the stage with the likes of Soulive, Chick Corea, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Benevento Russo Duo, Ozomatli, John Legend, Little Feat, Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band), Leela James, The Disco Biscuits, and Ween. They have also managed to sell over 7000 copies of their album “Kill the Music, Vol 1”, which is no small task for a completely independent act.

In 2005 The Blue Method was named “Best New Act” by the Home Grown Music Network. Their song “Don’t They” holds the record as the all time 1 funk song at Garageband.com. In 2005 they also won the annual Relix Magazine Jam-off award. The Blue Method now averages over 150 shows a year. The band has improved their sound even further by adding Philadelphia bassist Rah Sungee to the lineup. The Blue Method released their debut live album at the end of 2008.

 

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