“New York Blues” can be described like the global phenomenon that it is: edgy, honest and one-of-a-kind.
From Lionel Hampton to Ruth Brown …from Michael Hill to King Solomon Hicks — New York can claim its own unique blues experience.
BLUES PEOPLE is a NY/NJ blues band featuring...KELTON COOPER (vocals/guitar), MIKE GRIOT (bass), RON THOMPSON (keys) and GENE LAKE (drums). Early comparisons to the Meters, Luther Allison, Keb Mo' and Buddy Guy are starting to roll in!
Having released two promotional singles in 2022 ("The Skin I'm In" and "Troubled Times"), the band is busy in the studio finishing up their much-anticipated 2023 debut album "Troubled Times".
These seasoned veterans have certainly paid their dues; as individual side men, they have supported a who’s-who of touring “A-listers”, including Sue Foley, Josh Smith, Kool & the Gang, Ruf’s Blues Caravan and Michael Hill’s Blues Mob… just to name a few.
Blues People musically explores the effects of the blues on modern American culture on many universal levels... and is a modern chronicle of four "real-life blues brothers" living in THIS time in America... while surviving the NY/NJ-Metro urban landscape.
BLUES PEOPLE WINS THE NJBS/INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE!!
BLUES PEOPLE was born during the pandemic… but the band members have authentically lived their truths - as lifelong working musicians, producers and recording artists for over 30 years.
After taking the NY-metro area by storm for 3 years with their incredible shows and musicianship, the band recently won the North Jersey Blues Society International Blues Challenge… and are now heading to Memphis in January to showcase alongside some of the best blues bands from around the world!
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The competition in Memphis requires that the band be in town for up to a week. BLUES PEOPLE NEEDS TO EXCLUSIVELY FUND FLIGHTS, LODGING, MEALS AND FINAL MUSIC AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS to be ready to give the show of a lifetime…
If you’re a loyal fan/follower: consider this the most important “tip” you’ll ever give!
If you’re new to our story: we are singing and performing our truth and talents — as real-life “Blues People” — and Black creatives preserving America’s Original Music!
YOU CAN BE PART OF THIS HISTORIC JOURNEY. We love all Blues People!
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STREAMING CONCERT FOOTAGE:
"The Skin I'm In" (LIVE DEBUT!)
First Interview with DAVE FIELDS:
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