Billy, Brits, and the Blues

It’s a night of Billy, Brits, and the Blues April 25 as Northeast State presents regional favorite The Billy Crawford Band in concert.

The Bristol-based blues rockers will turn their fiery style loose during a British Invasion-themed concert. There will be backbeat and backstory as the band presents a bit of history about the British Blues Invasion with each tune it plays.

The Billy Crawford Band
The Billy Crawford Band

The concert is the culmination of a semester-long tribute to the Beatles and the British music invasion of the 1960s. Most recently, Caravan of Thieves presented its take on the Fab Four’s Sgt. Pepper album.

The band’s repertoire reflects wide-ranging interests and influences and includes blues, ballads, rock, surf, and even New Orleans-style tunes.
Crawford lists rock guitar greats such as Randy Rhoads, Ritchie Blackmore, and Gary Moore as inspirations, but Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughn are the real kings of his party. He has notched three decades of blues music and for much of the 1990s, audiences around the world heard Crawford’s intense work with blues-rocker Deborah Coleman.

Crawford gave up the road in 2002, but he still rocks regionally with a group that consists of singer/guitarist Rex Boggs, sax man Jay Corder, bassist Robert McClain, drummer Keith Chinault and on occasion, Hammond B3 player Jacob Tipton.

The concert will be staged in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The 7 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@northeaststate.edu.

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