Up and coming

Classic rock-blues band
Code Blue to perform at joeyg’s

The group plays a mix of
old classics, original music

By Lela Jane Bradshaw
Contributing Writer

(March 2009) – Whatever style of music you prefer, chances are the members of the long-running band Code Blue love it, too.
Visit the band’s webpage at www.myspace.com/codebluezone, and you’ll see that the group proudly proclaims that its influences include, “Everything from the late ‘50s to now.”

Code Blue band CD "Observations"

Photo provided

In 2007, Code Blue released its
first CD titled “Observations.”

Guitarist and vocalist Justin Purser, 43, of North Vernon, describes the band’s sound as, “based in classic rock, a little bit of blues.” This mixing of influences and inspiration has yielded a sound that is as easy to listen to as it is hard to ignore.
On March 7, Code Blue will perform at joeyg’s at 218 E. Main St., Madison, Ind. Beginning at 9:30 p.m., fans will enjoy the music of one of Southern Indian’s most popular live bands. Admission is $5.
Playing a mix of rock classics and original material, the group is certain to be enjoyed by a wide range of music lovers. A typical concert by Code Blue will often include songs made famous by the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Santana, and, of course, original gems.
“This is our 18th year,” Purser says. “My drummer and I started the band back in 91.”
In addition to Purser, Code Blue includes John Connor, bass, Kenny Kirk, keyboards, and Ken Vest, drums and vocals. Purser said the members had previously spent time with other groups in a range of different genres from country to blues. “We’ve played all kinds of music,” he explains. This grounding in such a variety of musical styles is certainly one key to the group’s strong appeal.
In 2007 the band released its first CD titled, “Observations.” The group’s years of playing together live gives their music a polish and balance that is easy to appreciate. The album is available online at CDBaby.com or Amazon.com, as well at 13th Floor Music located in Seymour, Ind. The group has generated significant local buzz for both its CD and live performances. Band members are also looking forward to returning to the Muscatatuck River Music Festival on May 9. The Muscatatuck River Festival got its start back in 2005 as the River of Blues concert when Code Blue teamed with the The Jennings County Community Choir.
“The show kept getting bigger every year. ‘The Muscatatuck River Music Festival’ was the next logical step and this will be the third year under that name,” explains Purser.

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