Avey Grouws Band – The Devil May Care
Format: CD – Vinyl – Digital
Label: Avey Grouws Band
Releasedatum: 20 maart 2020
2018 & 2020 International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalists Avey Grouws Band Release Debut Full Length Album
The influence of the Mississippi River on American jazz, blues and roots music is indisputable. Communities that have grown up along “Old Man River” gave birth to a unique sound.
The Avey Grouws Band make their home in the Quad Cities, an area distinctive as the Mississippi River flows from east to west as it passes through the heart of the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf with sister cities of Rock Island and Moline across the river in Illinois. The mix of midwestern muscle and southern charm is reflected in the passionate, powerful and playful music of the band’s debut full-length album, “The Devil May Care.”
The ten original tracks were written by the dynamic duo of Jeni Grouws and Chris Avey. Grouws has an alto that can blow like a cool breeze or thunder like a Kansas tornado, and Avey is a skilled guitarist that has drawn quick comparisons to Coco Montoya and Robben Ford.
The duo is backed by a skilled rhythm section of drummer Bryan West with Randy Leasman on bass. Keys and horns augment several tracks. The result is a very fresh sound with deep roots.
After meeting at a blues jam at Muddy Waters in the Quad Cities, Chris Avey and Jeni Grouws formed Avey Grouws Band in 2017, winning the Iowa Blues Challenge that same year, reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
The list of original music grew quickly and in 2018 AGB released their EP, ‘Road to Memphis.’ Since then they’ve continued to grow, write, tour and make fans and friends, playing festivals and clubs in Florida, Arizona, Tennessee, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. The band was also 2020 IBC semifinalists.
01. Come and Get This Love
02. The Devil May Care
03. Rise Up
04. Let’s Take It Slow
05. Long Road 3
06. Let Me Sing My Blues
08. Dirty Little Secret
09. Dig What You Do
10. Two Days Off (and a Little Bit of Liquor)