Drew Sterchi & Blues Tribe

Monday  • June 11 • 5:30 pm • Bessie Smith Hall Stage

A native of Tennessee, Drew Sterchi started playing guitar at the age of 14 doing covers of Steppenwolf, Stones, Doors and Kinks. As every musician knows, there comes a moment that not only changes your playing but the direction of your life. That epiphany came to Drew whenhe heard Chicago blues icon Michael Blumfield’s blistering solo on the song Texas from the Electric Flag’s album “Long Time Coming”. “After that all my playing started tilting toward a more expressive blues style.”

While opening for artists like Johnny Winter, James Gang, Bonnie Bramblett, Sea Level and Dr. John, Drew’s band got busy honing their unique style of the blues……a blend of old school electric and acoustic blues, R&B, and some classic rock. While most blue eyed blues bands emulated their idols down to the note, the band only borrowed what was needed to form their original sound.

Now Drew has reunited with his long time band mates to create yet another new experience called Blues Tribe. They are incorporating the rock sounds and blues influences from their history to create an approach to new material that tells a story a personal way. With Milton Hamrick on bass and Burnard Tate on drums, the rhythm section is locked down while Fred Mayes adds tasteful color on key boards. The bands secret weapon is revealed when Virginia Sterchi takes the stage to sing her heart out for the audience.

Drew’s latest effort “Left Here Wirth the Blues” is a collection of material that speaks of his own history. Songs that tell a personal story of his own experience and evolvement over the years. As you explore the lyrics and feel the emotional moments that grace this work, you will find that it is much more that just a blues album.