"Heavy Voodoo Blues over Swampy Funky Grooves!" And "an exciting show not to be missed."That's what the press has to say about Sly Fox and the Hustlers and they prove it every time they take the stage. High energy live shows and songs performed with passion by their dynamic front man Sly Fox have helped the band to build a buzz throughout the Northeast.
John Popper of Blues Traveler called Sly Fox and the Hustlers, "one of the best bands I've seen in a long time!" The band has shared stages with Popper's Blues Traveler, Robin Trower, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, (on multiple tours with a recent stop playing to a sold out crowd in their hometown of Albany, NY at the Egg Performance Center) and others. The Hustlers have also been a mainstay at festivals and music events across the Northeast, including Alive @ 5, The Americade Bike Fest, Movefest, the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, and others. They have been named Best Original Blues Rock band multiple times by Albany's Metroland magazine. The band has released two full-length albums and a live EP: "Live at the Egg", and will be at work on a fourth project this winter.
The NY based band was formed in 2010 when Sly Fox's longtime friend and musical partner, the Anti-Records recording artist Sean Rowe took a leave from rock and roll to focus on performing solo. At the same time, Sly had been writing songs to help work through a difficult time in his life, and was becoming an engaging singer. "Sean and I had been playing guitars together and writing songs since we were twelve years old and Sean had always been the singer. Shortly after Sean went solo, I had been going through some tough times which had inspired me to write several new songs and they were just so personal that I felt I had to sing them to get the feeling and emotion across. So, I became a singer out of necessity, and those songs became my first album, 'The Low Life'", says Sly.
The band will continue to call New York their home as they tour throughout the United States in 2017 and 2018. In October of 2017, they will release the official music video for the song Smooth from their most recent studio album, "American Gypsy". In November, they will launch a tour of the United States that will take them as far as south as Memphis, Tennessee.
Wherever they travel however, Sly says that a connection with the audience is paramount: "We want to get on the road and travel, see new faces and share our music with people that feel our vibe. We just love playing live, putting all of our heart and soul into every performance. So many people come up after the shows and say, 'we felt it man' and we know exactly what they mean. When hard working people get together and celebrate with their friends and forget their problems for a little while and just enjoy the moment of being alive, that's what living is all about - being in the moment. It's the universal, timeless spirit of music that makes you 'feel it' - true magic. Live music can be like a ritual when it's pure and real, it has a spiritual healing power. We just want to keep making the people feel it and be here with us as we do our part to carry the torch of rock n roll into the 21st Century."