The Chronic Blues, a local band of four, just got the biggest gig of their career. The band is performing in the annual Big Spring Jam Sept. 24 in Huntsville.
The band's rock 'n' roll and blues flare makes them stand out from your typical college town cover band.
The Chronic Blues, who formed in August 2010, consist of four members: Bernard Breitung, lead singer; Matt Kooken, lead guitar; Seth Moran, on the drums and Patrick Wall, on the bass.
Seth Moran and Matt Kooken met through their fraternity and decided to start playing music. They soon joined a band together called Stumbling Koalas. "We wanted to expand our talents and start making better music," Moran said. The two decided looking for a lead singer and a bassist to join forces with.
They soon found Bernard Breitung, a Moblie native, and Patrick Wall, of Birmingham, who were the original duo of the local band Old Soul. "Patrick played guitar for Old Soul but also shared a love with playing the bass, which was exactly what we needed," Moran said.
The four joined together which was the creation of "The Chronic Blues." The band has made their own music along with singing a variety of covers.
"All four of us have different tastes of music that brings an edge into our songs," Moran said. The band claims their style of music as the "fusion of blues and rock 'n' roll."
Their cover songs range from the well-known artists of Allman Brothers, Phish, MGMT and Widespread Panic. In addition to covers, the band plays eight originals and songs off of their four song EP, titled "House Built by the Blues."
The band can be seen playing at various bars, weddings and fraternities throughout the South such as University of Alabama, Auburn University, Georgia Southern and Valdosta State.
The Big Spring Jam is a musical festival held every year in Huntsville, Ala. The Chronic Blues will be featured along with artists such as Alan Jackson, Incubus, Drive-By Truckers, Josh Turner and Earth, Wind & Fire to name a few.
The Chronic Blues have finally gotten the break they've been dreaming of and are excited about sharing their music to a wider audience. "It's such an honor to be asked to play in Big Spring Jam so we are all really excited about this," Moran said. "We have all been dreaming of the day we get to play in front of an audience this big. This is our chance."
The Chronic Blues show dates and four original songs off their EP, "House Built by the Blues," can be found at TheChronicBlues.com.