Urban Bleu: Boldly Breaking Out the Blues
"Forged from the blues and cleaved with equal doses of jazz, rock and soul…Urban Bleu is carving out a path from Utah, in their quest to take the airwaves by storm. The unique sound of Urban Bleu centers on a progressive blend, more city than bayou country, and is balanced by great harmonies along with a kindred blend of instruments."
Urban Bleu recently answered a few questions on how they began, their early influences and just how they create the magic of their music.
Urban Bleu is: Aaron Fowler (Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Blues Harp), Django Lachlan (Bass Guitar, Vocals), Dan Robbins (Drums)
Kat’s Theory (KT): Right out of the gate let me tell you, when a band lists their musical influences as ranging from Stevie Ray to Deep Purple to The Beatles to Johnny Cash to Earth, Wind & Fire to The Rippingtons…you instantly get my attention.
KT: Aaron, I know your dad first turned you on to Stevie Ray Vaughn at around the age of 10…that’s like starting your music education on a college level. Was it Stevie Ray’s extraordinary ability or was it his depth of soul that first spoke to you?
Aaron Fowler (AF): The way he could make that guitar talk is what really attracted me, and that takes a combination of depth and ability to pull off.
KT: After Stevie Ray, who was the next musical influence?
AF: There were a lot that came after. Like Hendrix, Clapton and Page, but Stevie was always my main influence.
KT: Django, You’ve said when you and Aaron got together, you decided to play what you felt and break some rules. How do you manage to find the right balance between straight blues and the jazz connection of your past?
Django Lachlan (DL): Jazz and blues are very similar anyway. It just works
KT: Although the two of you have been playing together for over eight years, the band suffered a life-altering tragedy in 2009 when your tour van crashed into a semi, instantly killing Django’s long-time love. You’ve said Carmel’s spirit helped drive the band into a more focused vision. With some passing of time, does it seem the early path of the band has changed or just become more defined?
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AF: It has definitely made us stronger and has allowed us to see that life is too precious and too short to give up on our childhood dreams. In her life and after her death, Carmel has been part of the spirit of Urban Bleu.