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Spotlight on: Blues Providers

By Cyntra J. Brown
lifestyles@salisburypost.com
The Blues Providers are all about the blues.
Original Chicago, classic, swing, big band and West-Coast Jump ó you name it, they’ll play it.
You can find them in a club, at a festival, or performing at pirvate parties. On Saturday, June 20, you can find The Blues Providers at the Black Box Theater on North Lee Street.
Sponsored by the Rowan Blues and Jazz Society as part of the blues and jazz showcase, “The Party After….Art on Easy Street,” The Blues Providers will give Salisbury some of its finest music and soul.
The four-man group includes vocalists Ted Dillard, Shannon Hill and Todd Wright. Dillard also plays the guitar, Hill the harmonica and Wright the bass guitar. David Scercy keeps time with the drums.
“The best part of a gig is when the people are there to hear a blues band, and enjoy it as much as we do playing” Hill says.
The group started six years ago when Dillard and Hill met at a gig in Charlotte. During a break they came up with the name “The Blues Providers” and it’s been history ever since. Later, Scercy and Wright joined them, and as Hill puts it, “it just all kinda’ fit.”
The group plays original songs as well as hits from Charlie and the Nightcats, B.B. King, Junior Wells and George “Harmonica” Smith. They are currently working on releasing their first album.
“Playing is much more fun than recording” Hill says.
The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and has a $5 cover charge.
For more information on The Blues Providers visit www.thebluesproviders.weebly.com or send an email at thebluesproviders@yahoo.com
For more information about the blues and jazz showcase. call 704-636-3277

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