Local blues rock band “Rolling Blue” gaining momentum
BY AUSTIN VICARS
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
In this day and age, rock ‘n’ roll is on the decline. Bands like The Black Keys, Royal Blood and Kings Of Leon are few and far between leaving rock fans wondering, whose rock’s next big band? Metro Detroit may not have to venture far to find the answer, as Redford’s Rolling Blue takes classic sounds and gives them new life.
Established just over a year ago, by members Joe Worrall (Vocalist/Guitar) and Brianna Ray (Drums), Rolling Blue brings a heavy influence of 1960’s and 70’s rock to their sound. The band cites groups like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Who and Rolling Stones as influences to their classic rock sound. While this style has been done decades before their time, Rolling Blue’s modern twist brings a breath of fresh air to rock.
On Sept. 4, Rolling Blue opened for Atlanta, Georgia band, Kickin Valentina at the Detroit Pub. Despite being only 20 (Ray) and 22 (Worrall), Rolling Blue stole the show. From their energetic stage presence to their unmatched sonic qualities, Rolling Blue plays like seasoned veterans.
Front man Worrall brought energy to the music through his scruffy singing and soulful guitar playing. The rugged vocals suit the blues-rock style perfectly and are similar to many classic blues artists. His guitar riffs and solos show technical proficiency but never at the expense of flavor. Unlike many young guitar wizards, Worrall knows when to step on the gas and, more importantly, when to step back and let the song breathe. His guitar playing is nostalgic and will remind listeners of guitar gods Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Drummer Brianna Ray compliments the band’s style with her hard hitting drumming. The percussionist’s style is a cross between the heavy hitting of John Bonham, Keith Moon’s energy and Ringo Star’s strong backbeat. Her intense delivery lays a strong foundation for guitarist Worrall to riff overtop of. Whether it is laying down a great groove or implementing a drum fill, Ray’s playing is always on point.
On top of having great individual talent, Rolling Blue works well as a unit. Worrall and Ray have an undeniable on stage chemistry, which could be contributed the fact that the two are engaged. This connection shows in Rolling Blue’s live performance, which is always in sync like a well-oiled machine. Worrall and Ray live together, crediting their relationship and living situation to some of the band’s success.
“I think it helps us get better faster,” Worrall said.
While Rolling Blue has spent more than a year dominating the local scene, the band may soon take on the country. Late 2015 or early 2016 could prove to be the band’s most important stretch of time yet. Rolling Blue hopes to make tour plans around this time and wants to release an album near the end of the year as well. While the group has no official planned dates for their tour or album, they show ambition. For fans who cannot wait for the album and tour, Rolling Blue has several recordings on reverb nation (https://www.reverbnation.com/officialrollingblue) where they feature some of their best tunes including “Like The Breeze” and “Moonshine.”
Rolling Blue is all music.
“The only reason I’m into music is for the music,” said front man Worrall.
It is evident that Rolling Blue is all business when it comes to their music, from their fine tuned live shows to their quality songwriting; this band should be on everyone’s radar. They may not be rock stars right now, but do not be surprised if one day the radio is blaring Worrall’s raspy howl.
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