Fellow musicians and friends of band Nothin’ But Trouble are helping them finance their dream of being surrounded by fellow blues musicians.

 


    Fellow musicians and friends of band Nothin’ But Trouble are helping them finance their dream of being surrounded by fellow blues musicians.
 
   Starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, Lowercase Blues, Trailer Park Casanovas, the Alex Skuby Band and Nothin’ But Trouble will play J.W.’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge. Proceeds from the show will help Nothin’ But Trouble pay for their upcoming trip to the 25th International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
 
   Joey Fulkerson of Nothin’ But Trouble said the other bands were happy to play the benefit.
  
  “The music scene, a lot of people help each other out when they need it,” Fulkerson said.
 
   Nothin’ But Trouble is returning to the International Blues Challenge after performing there last year. Last year’s challenge was not even a year after they formed the band, and the challenge showed them they were on the right path. Now they have the experience to make an even stronger showing.
 
   “We’re certainly tighter, and going there and playing and seeing sort of what they’re looking for we’ve adapted the set we’re going to do,” Fulkerson said.

    They also learned that having four strong vocalists sets them apart.
 
   “You can be a Stevie Ray Vaughan clone or sing like Muddy Waters, but there’s a thousand guys doing that,” Fulkerson said.
 
   Bass player Greg Haughey agreed with Fulkerson about the group’s vocal strength, noting he didn’t see another group there with four singers.
 
   Nothin’ But Trouble qualified for the challenge by winning the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania’s competition. They will be joined by groups from bands domestic and international.
 
   “We’re all speaking the same language, even though there’s 160 acts from all over the world,” Haughey said.
 
   He said besides the competition, he’s looking forward to hearing his fellow bluesmen.
 
    “It’s quite an interesting experience to be walking down Beale Street with a guitar strapped to your back hearing the only music that’s ever made sense to you coming from everywhere,” Haughey said.

    The group has been writing and concentrating on its second album, which should be released this spring.

    The challenge runs from Wednesday, Feb. 4, through Saturday, Feb. 7. The winners will get cash, a professional public relations package, a high-profile blues gig and more.

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