"Avey/Grouws Band resides on the Iowa edge of the Driftless and deep in the heart of the Blues" - Tim Eddy
Hitting hard with a soul for Blues, Rock & Americana, Avey/Grouws Band takes charge and audiences are taking note! Winners of the 2017 Iowa Blues Challenge. Semifinalists at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Forming in January of 2017, the Avey/Grouws Band has the name no one can say, but everyone is talking about. They’ve started a buzz hitting the main stage at Yuma Boogie, Brews & Blues Fest in Arizona, Charlotte Harbor Chili, Blues and Brews Fest in Florida, The Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in the Quad Cities, Smokin' In Steele BBQ & Blues in Minnesota, North Liberty Blues Fest in Iowa, Blues on the Chippewa in Wisconsin, a tour including shows in Nashville, and by winning the 2017 and 2019 Iowa Blues Challenge and advancing to the Semifinals at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Jeni Grouws met Chris Avey and Bryan West at a blues jam in the Quad Cities in 2015, and later that year The Avey Grouws Duo was formed. After throwing in a handful of well-received full band gigs in 2016, in 2017 the duo finally called up Bryan West to officially form the Avey/Grouws Band. Chris Avey, formerly of The Avey Brothers and former lead guitarist for blues icon Big Pete Pearson, has been called a "younger, more fiery Coco Montoya mixed with a dash of Tab Benoit". Avey and drummer Bryan West came in 3rd in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2009 as The Avey Brothers. The strength and grit of Avey's guitar and vocals are beautifully matched by the sheer power and nuance of Grouws' unmistakable voice. She's been called "a choir full of angels on a runaway train!” Gary Eckhart of Blue Monday Monthly saw their first performance in 2017 called Grouws "a rising star" and said, "It was their first show and they are already ready for festivals!" And ready they were. AGB wowed audiences at Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, Prairie Dog Blues Fest, Nordic Fest and Smokin' In Steele BBQ & Blues Fest. With the release of their EP "Road to Memphis" in May of 2018, Avey/Grouws Band is marking their spot on the music scene. And though their musicianship is stellar, there is simply something about how the band communicates with an audience. An evening with the Avey/Grouws Band is playful, raucous and rooted in the moment. And you won't want it to end!
The Avey Grouws Band is Chris Avey, Jeni Grouws, Bryan West, Randy Leasman and Ian Farmer.