So where does a group of guys who are self-proclaimed “Band Geeks” go after they graduate from Bloomfield Central High? Off to start their own band, of course!
Blue Jimmy is made up of five long-time friends – two sets of brothers and one best friend – who have been together 20 years writing, playing, engineering, mixing and recording music together.
Their music is an amalgam of country, rock, pop and folk and has been compared to Son Volt, The Eagles and the Band. Overlaying their liquid harmonies, lush lyrics and masterful musicianship is the feeling of Americana heartland.
Blue Jimmy is composed of Brian Ayers (acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead vocals), Chad Ayers (electric guitar, mandolin, harmony vocals), Steve Nelson (drums), Mike Nelson (bass guitar), and Greg Gefell (electric guitar, pedal steel, resonator, harmony vocals).
In addition to their musical and on-stage talents, a number of them are also accomplished creators of musical instruments. Steve made his own drums and owns a company that constructs custom drum kits. Chad built one of his guitars and Greg plays a pedal steel that he built from scratch.
When that much TLC goes into the instruments, you know you can expect great things from the music. It’s not a wonder the group has successfully cut four albums to date, including their most recent, South Ave. Sessions.
Don’t miss Blue Jimmy’s performance at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival on Sunday, July 19th at 1:30 P.M.