SHAMOKIN DAM —
Founded 14 years, for the past eight years the band featured the same core members — Farley, the multi-talented Rich Cumming on drums, Matt Stopper on bass and Doug McMinn, whom Farley describes as “the strongest addition in ways because of his experience and versatility of instruments. He can sing, play saxophone, finger and slide guitar and he does it all exceedingly well.”
“Playing the Billtown Blues Festival is always a kick, along with the trip to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge,” said McMinn as he recalled some of the band’s most memorable gigs. “Opening for Blue Oyster Cult at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport was a lot of fun. Those Blue Oyster guys are short!”
Another key component to the Black n Blues is that Stopper and Cummings are cousins and have spent their lives around each other and their music, making them a very tight and strong rhythm section.
McMinn likes to add that the each member of the band has managed to find and keep a good woman, which certainly surprised some of their parents and keeps them in line.
Performing an eclectic mix of soulful covers and rocking originals, what also sets the band apart from other bands throughout the Valley is their strong musical connection to one another and the amount of energy they pour into each and every gig.
Their style can range from a rocking old school band that gets the crowd moving to one of pure blueness and soul that’s like discover a well-worn vinyl recording of a classic blues performer for the very first time.
“Music is my life, core passion and favorite things to do. Now with being a luthier at my shop Guitarley’s (www.guitarleys.com), and a professional musician, my business and lifestyle is music. It’s my biggest passion and I plan to maintain that for the rest of my life.”