2019 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE
Friends and fans! We’re so happy to announce that our recent trip to Memphis to compete in the 35th International Blues Challenge was a great success! Out of 101 acts, we were in the top 8 that made it to the final round at the Orpheum Theatre where Gabe was named the winner of the prestigious Gibson Guitar Award!
We'd like to send out a huge thank you to all those who contributed to our “Back 2 Beale” fundraising campaign which helped cover many of our major expenses on this adventure to Memphis. This experience of a lifetime and the accolades we received would not have been possible without your contribution!
You can find videos of our performances at the IBC in the “Press Resources” section of this website as well as on our Facebook page. We hope you dig it and share with your friends! More photos and video are sure to come soon!
In conclusion, here is a personal note from Gabe in response to being named the winner of the Gibson Award:
“I’m honored by this award and grateful for this recognition from the Blues Foundation!
I chose to dedicate my life to the guitar years ago as a student at the Uptown Music Collective and at Berklee College of Music. I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to study with true masters of this craft during that time. After hours and hours of practice and performance this award is truly (please excuse the cliche) a dream come true!
But, all those hours are just practice without my band. Colin Beatty, who has had my back from the minute I got home from college. Jesse Roedts, who contributes great energy and power into this band. And Shane “The Hurricane” Sager, my man from Boston, who brings a new dimension to our sound. There is no “guitar solo” without these guys! I share this award with them!
A special thank you must go out to Jared Mondell for being with us on this journey! Jared’s the man behind the camera and our eyes and ears on social media making sure our friends and fans back home could be along for the ride.
I want to thank the Billtown Blues Association and Bonnie Tallman for their friendship and support. You will always be my blues family. I love you and share this award with you!
Thanks also to our fans, who keep showing up, shouting out, and “liking and sharing.” We will see you all soon!”