RAY FULLER from New Albany Ohio, was given his first guitar at the age of 8, a Gibson Melody Maker. At an early age, Fuller was inspired by the British Invasion; Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and the Animals bands. Fuller's first Blues album he ever heard was John Mayall and the Blues Breakers featuring Eric Clapton. "I could tell good blues guitar when I heard it...it was different."
Fuller's passion for the Blues was fueled with the discovery of the original Blues greats; John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, BB King, Elmore James. Young Ray Fuller was especially fond of John Lee Hooker.
The Ray Fuller Band was formed in 1974, evolving into Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers in 1978; releasing a self titled album on vinyl and Fuller has not looked back since. Mastering his craft throughout the 80's and 90's, Fuller was quick to become the "go to act" throughout Ohio to open for iconic Blues musicians such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Albert Collins to name a few.
MUDDY WATERS after witnessing an opening act performance by Ray Fuller on slide guitar exclaimed for all to hear "That was some hot slide boy! I could smell the smoke backstage!
Proudly representing Louisville, Kentucky's musical legacy, Laurie Jane and The 45s are a band of best friends, brothers, and a husband and wife. Their sound is a melting pot of 1950's big city electric blues with the high energy sounds of early rockabilly and soul. Laurie Jane's jazz influenced vocals, sincere and restrained, float across the churning depths of Cort Duggins' twelve-string slide guitar and deep blues picking. Jason Embry's upright bass and Scott Dugdale's drums lay down raucous swinging back beats.
Surprise Guest Artist!
Jacob McDaniel is a Southern Indiana musician, specializing in acoustic rock, blues, and folk music. 2018 Ferdinand Singer-Song Writer Showcase Winner & 2018 Kentuckiana Blues Society Youth Challenge Winner.
Jacob McDaniel, a Southern Indiana musician, acquired a love of vintage rock, blues and folk music at a young age. He began guitar lessons at age 11, after inheriting a Guild acoustic guitar from his deceased uncle. Some of his early blues influences were Robert Johnson, B. B. King and John Lee Hooker. Jacob’s new album, “An Untitled Life”, features the inherited 1980 Guild G37 acoustic guitar. His style has been referred to as harkening back to the 60’s and 70’s coffeehouses and as having an “unencumbered sparseness” that takes you back to sidewalk cafes from another time. Jacob was also recently honored to be selected from a juried competition, to perform at both the Singer-Song Writer Showcase and the opening of the Ferdinand Folk Festival both of which were held in Ferdinand, Indiana in September 2018. In October 2018, Jacob was honored to be the Kentuckiana Blues Societies Youth Challenge Winner,