I want to show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock-n-roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture.
- Etta James
The unfinished story
It all started back in the 20th century, in the 1980s, when hair metal bands ruled. The radio was jam packed with synthesized pop. Emerging hip-hop was all the rage.
That’s when three teenage buddies decided it was a good time to start an American, roots-rock, blues band. They loved Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Muddy Waters and B.B. King. Their classmates didn’t know what to make of them but they boogied anyway.
Calling themselves Unfinished Business, Rob Babson, Dean Clegg and Troy R. Bennett started rocking high school dances, barbecues, band battles and all-night parties around their high school in Maine. After graduation they kept on playing — but not together. Fate had other plans for them. For the next 30 years, each followed different paths through parallel lives of professional music-making.
Now, after a three-decade hiatus, they're back together as the Unfinished Blues Band — because they’re not done yet.
They're still all about the basics: Swinging Drums, grooving bass lines and soulful guitar. It’s all they need to make you dance, stomp and sing along.
Babson's hands fly like lightning over his shining guitar strings. He wrings pathos and fury from its electrified, wooden body. Clegg, is the beating heart of the band. He hammers out tight rhythms on the drums with his brain and all four limbs. Bennett's fingers bring the bottom all the way to the top. His rumble-tumble bass lines never stop trucking.
They all sing and you will, too. You won’t be able to help yourself.
Together, they’ve got nearly a hundred years of combined performing experience. As old friends, they’re finding renewed energy in the music they make together. The spark is still alive and burning brighter than ever.