Named for the forgotten highways and roads that linked American towns and cities, The Blue Highways take their inspiration from American roots music and infuses it with their British sound and background.
Formed in early 2018 and based out of Harrow, London, the Americana quartet includes a trio of brothers, Callum Lury (Vocals / Rhythm Guitar); Theo Lury (Drums), and Jack Lury (Lead Guitar), along with Peter Dixon on Bass Guitar, completing the line-up.
They may be young, but The Blue Highways already have radio credits to their name, played numerous festivals across the UK and Europe, plus supported some of the biggest acts in the genre, including Iris Dement at the Sage, Gateshead, Robert Vincent at Country in The Afternoon, and Bennett Wilson Poole on their first UK tour, cementing them a fixture on the Americana scene.
The guys were noticed early on by the Americana Music Association as ‘ones to watch’, before being offered showcase slots at Summertyne and AmericanaFest. Bob Harris and his team also took a keen interest, with the band recording an Under The Appletree session, whilst appearing on numerous stages for them, both last year and over the year ahead.
On February 7, 2018, they released their debut single “Take Me Away” a powerful and emotive song showcasing Callum’s huge voice. Then in October, they teased us more with ‘Live at Reservoir Studios’, a 3 track single consisting of ‘Thin Air’, ‘Lost Soul’ and ‘What’s a Man to’. Giving us a taste of what the band had to offer, and leaving their fans wanting more.
At the end of May, they released “Play Johnny, Play” featuring not only the full band but an amazing array of six of the best guitarists from the UK’s Americana scene. CJ Hillman, H Senior, J Hazell, L Fowler, P Lush and T Poole.
Then a week later, they dropped another new single, ‘He Worked’, taken from their upcoming self-titled debut EP, released on August 23rd. Once released, the EP received critical acclaim from across the industry:
‘The EP ought to be considered as good as any UK debut of its ilk since perhaps the first Grand Drive record’ – Americana UK
‘The Blue Highways have made an impressive sound in their latest EP, combining folk, country, rock and soul into a wonderfully enflamed piece of work.’ – Maverick Magazine
‘With The Blue Highways clearly a band here to stay, this is a superb debut which perfectly showcases their talents’ – Fatea Magazine
‘The Blue Highways are unfeasibly young to have created such a mature and well crafted songs; but they have and this EP is certainly well worth hunting down regardless of which side of the Atlantic you live on.’ – Rocking Magpie
For a band formed within the last 2 years, The Blue Highways have built a solid reputation as a commanding live act driven by big vocals, close harmonies, and narrative led songs.
They are also established regulars on the London gigging circuit playing at some of the best Americana nights the city has to offer: What’s Cookin, Come Down and Meet The Folks, Country in the Afternoon and more.
Steve and I met the band in Blackpool, at the very first British Country Music Festival last September, but sadly, we didn’t get the chance to watch them perform. However, we did get to speak to the guys, who are really passionate about their music.
2019 has been a really great year for the band, from showcasing at the Americana Music Association music festival, to playing at the O2 for C2C, Tonder Fest (Denmark), Ramblin’ Roots, and Millport Country Music Festival, to name a few. They even supported Wildwood Kin in London.
Travelling across the country and abroad for loads of gigs with so many great musicians and brilliant audiences has been a blast, ending the decade on a personal high point for Callum, when he married his young lady at the end of December.
If you have enjoyed their music so far, then keep an eye on their website and socials, as the band tell us at the BCA that a full album is set to be release soon.
We would like to wish The Blue Highways all the best for 2020 and the future, because we think this band is here to stay.
To find out where you can hear The Blue Highways being showcased all this week, check out http://britishcountryairplay.co.uk/artiste-of-the-week
Check out their website (https://thebluehighwaysband.com/) and socials for updates.