Congratulations to BLUES PEOPLE for winning the 2023-2024 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE (Northern NJ)… and their upcoming appearance at the INC International competition in Memphis!
“New York Blues” can be described like the global phenomenon that it is: edgey, 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.