A Night Of Blues with Alex Lopez and The Xpress and Griff Hamlin and FM 409
Alex Lopez is an acclaimed guitarist, prolific songwriter and emerging artist recognized for his electrifying live performances. Critics have said he is "capable of revitalizing the blues for a new generation" and he is quickly taking the blues/rock scene by storm.
Alex was born in the heartland of Rock n Roll Cleveland Ohio and started playing keyboards before becoming inspired by British blues/rock bands to master the guitar. Influenced by greats like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, Alex spent young adulthood performing in clubs and recording original songs in small studios while polishing his songwriting skills. Since his move to Florida to attend college, Alex spent years as the vocalist and lead guitarist of the wildly popular rock band Reminiscion before striking out on his own...
In September of 2013 Alex released the self recorded album "Back Bedroom Blues" a collection of all original blues and blues/rock songs on which he played all instruments and introduced his formidable skills as a blues guitarist and singer/songwriter. In 2015 Alex Lopez released his second CD "Is it a Lie" with his newly formed band "The Xpress" to excellent reviews. His third album, "Slowdown" achieved a new level of success with international recognition and critical acclaim rising up the blues, jam and Americana charts with worldwide airplay and earning Alex fans across the globe. The latest recently released album "Yours Truly, me..." went to #6 on the blues Radio charts and clearly positioned Alex to continue his ascent in contemporary blues.
Alex has just released his most ambitious album to date the pure blues rocker "Rising up" already at the top of the radio and billboard charts and what early reviewers are saying "is sure to be one of this years best blues/rock albums."
Griff Hamlin And The Single Barrel Blues Band is an 8-piece, powerhouse, “big-fun-blues-band” that will bend your understanding of what you think the blues is all about. Packed with gritty vocals, Griff’s signature blazing guitar licks, a rhythm section like no other, jaw dropping solos, and a 4-piece horn section that takes everything to the next level - this band will have you out of your seat in no time.
Although the band was formed in 2018, it’s members have been playing together long before that…1993 to be exact! That’s when Griff Hamlin (Lead Guitar/Vocals) and Mark Smith (Bass) started it all. Over time, as the stars aligned, so did the rest of the band. Ty Bailie (Keys/Katy Perry) and Chris Atchley (Drums) complete the rhythm section, who are having so much fun, you sometimes forget how ridiculously brilliant they are. Simply put, you just haven’t lived until you’ve witnessed Griff and Ty share a stage…and a blues chorus…or ten! The horn section is the Luxardo cherry on top of this band. With custom arrangements by Nashville great Tim Akers, the horns are everything you’d want a killer horn section to be - tight, tight, and tight. All 4 horns have been playing together in the Disneyland Band since 2015, and it shows. Jonathan Bradley (Trumpet), Eric Letta (Alto and Tenor Saxophones), Kevin Hicks (Trombone) and Griff’s wife, Laura Hamlin (Baritone Saxophone) drive this band all the way to the top shelf.
“I’ll Drink To That”, GHSBBB’s debut album of 10 original songs written by Griff Hamlin, dropped on April 26, 2019. Within hours, it was #1 on the iTunes charts. Then, on May 7, 2019, the album secured the #9 spot on Billboard Magazines Top Blues Albums chart! The band has performed to sold out audiences at the Tacoma Guitar Festival in Washington, several venues around the SoCal area, and will travel to Arizona in June for the Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival. We are thrilled to hear our music regularly on many radio stations nation and world wide, including BB King’s Bluesville on Sirius XM, and locally with Gary “The Wagman” Wagner on 88.1 KJZZ.