**Voted "Buffalo's Best Blues Guitarist 2016" by Buffalo Night-Life Magazine**

“It's a pleasure to hear a youngin' play who's listened to the same players that inspired me. Grace Lougen has a love and a touch."
~Will McFarlane, guitarist
(Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section,
Pointer Sisters, Movies, Sessions, and more.)
"Grace is an excellent guitarist who has deep love 
and passion for the instrument. Her playing is 
organic and legit to the six string core. Linear and 
soul-powered with 1st rate tones, style & class."
~Joe Romagnola - Grooveyard Records.

"Grace Lougen… played with ferocity and confidence and
impressed all in the crowd.”

~Bob Silvestri, Best of WNY 

"Amazing Grace"
~Jeff Miers, Buffalo News
“Grace Lougen, one of our area’s new Blues Ambassadors.”

~Cecil Davis, WNY Blues Society 
"The very impressive Grace Lougen…seriously hot guitar…tasty soloing.”

~George Willet - Suncoast Blues Society
"Grace cuts loose…killer guitar leads…things just got even hotter.”

~Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro - Mary4music



Grace Blues Project | Popadelic Records 

Review by Cecil Davis, WNY Blues Society Writer
     The terrific instrumental Swampy kicks off this set of tunes from Grace Lougen, one of our area’s new Blues Ambassadors.  I had heard about her for many months before seeing her live, playing guitar with Robert Freight Train Parker in Tonawanda’s GFY Bar.  What a delight to see a new talent.  Other talents on display here are her singing, arranging, production skills, and song-writing.  Grace wrote or co-wrote eight of these tunes.
     A beautiful version of George Harrison’s classic Isn’t It A Pity features Bethany Fonda on lead vocals with another Grace (Stumberg) singing backup.  All other tunes here are originals.  The mid-tempo blues rocker Traffic, which Grace does at many of her shows, really showcases her during the guitar solos. Direct Inject is an excellent acid-tinged blues instrumental that you will want to hear again and again.  My favorite tune here is simply and rightly entitled The Blues.  In the chorus Grace sings what we all know:  “The Blues chase the blues away!”
     Other area musicians appearing on this disc include:  Jerry Livingston – bass; Toney Rhodes – keyboards; Carl Johnson – drums; R.M. James - bass, guitars, vocals, percussion; Emmi James – vocals; Will McFarlane – guitars; Linnea Cremean – viola; Howard F Wilson II – drums; Benjamin Saathoff – bass; Caleb Saathoff –drums; Alimamy Bader – Cajon drum;  Michael Petrino – bass; and Savannah King – vocals.
     CD available at her shows and at:  www.GraceLougen.com,  and www.GraceBlues.com

Cecil Davis

Writer for WNY Blues Society
Grace Blues Project | Popadelic Records
Review by Bob Silvestri, Best of WNY Writer

  I first saw Grace Lougen play guitar when she was in Grace Stumberg’s band and they opened a show in Toronto for a band I happened to be working with at the time. She seemed shy and unassuming as she set up her gear but when the show stated she played with ferocity and confidence and impressed all in the crowd with her chops for such a seeming young lady. 

  Now she has released her first album titled Grace Blues Project a collaboration with Lougen and some of the brightest talent on the local and national scene today including Jerry Livingston, Toney Rhodes, Carl Johnson, Bob James, Michael Petrino, Muscle Shoals guitarist Will McFarlane and Howard Fleetwood Wilson and her regular band mates Caleb Saathoff, Ben Saathoff, Alimany Bader and Linnea Cremean. The disc kicks off with “Swampy” and true to its title the instrumental follows on a hot swampy blues riff. The Texas Blues style shuffle “Across The Border” lets Lougen show off her muscular swagger on the guitar with some slick fret work as does “Direct Inject” another killer instrumental with a big rhythm and a big guitar solo.

Lougen takes a turn on vocals on the track “The Blues” and emphatically states that “the blues chase the blues away”. Amen sister! Lougen also has four of the brightest woman singers from our area adding vocals on the album with Emmi James on “Enough”, Grace Stumberg on “Traffic”, “Fresh Air” featuring Savannah King and Bethany Fonda on a cover of George Harrison’s “Isn’t It A Pity”. Of the ten tracks on the disc Lougen wrote or co wrote eight with the others being the Harrison cover and one penned by Bob James. The Grace Blues Project is a great debut from a very promising and talented Grace Lougen. For more on the Grace Blues Project go to www.graceblues.com
Bob Silvestri
Entertainment Writer
Best of WNY