MAMAView – New Music from Gravel & Grace

Gravel and Grace – Bringing the Blues
By Chris Murphy

Just released is the new debut CD from Gravel and Grace called “Bringing the Blues”. This is one of the most perfect band names as it features the gravel of Big Earl Mathews and the Grace of Ava Grace. This is a captivating CD loaded with sweet blues. The tracks alternate with Ava and Earl taking leads and a beautiful duet harmony on “When I’m Hungover”. The lyrics are really fresh, both bemoaning the time between jobs to the optimistic when Earl Matthews sings “Let’s get together and have a real good time/You bring your friends, and I’ll bring mine.” Yes, Earl, we are ready to get together. This has some powerhouse traditional blues, some cool modern beats and amazing musicianship. They are backed by Isaac Lewis on guitar, Ricky Galvan on guitar, Joshua Broom on bass, Ray Vazira on drums, William Melendez on saxophone, and Bart Szopinski on organ and piano.

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.