Winner Announced in CRBN Blues Band Showdown
It was a tough battle of the bands as five Local 518 contending blues bands – Fade to Blues (the returning champions from 2014), Silver Chain, the Amy Ryan Band, High and Dry and the Holly & Evan Band – faced off against each other at the Capital Region Blues Network’s Blues Band Showdown at WAMC-FM’s The Linda last weekend.
But, of course, in the end there could only be one winner, and emerging as this year’s champs were the Amy Ryan Band. Led by Castleton-On-Hudson vocalist-guitarist Amy Ryan, the band also features British-born guitarist Richard Green, bassist Eric Miller and former Rhett Tyler Band drummer Steve Collins.
As the winners of the Showdown, the Amy Ryan Band walked off with the grand prize package, which included $500 in cash, paid gigs, free guitar/bass set-ups and the opportunity to represent the Local 518 blues scene at the upcoming International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January.