Barrel of Blues is a Lafayette, Colo.-based band formed in 2013, born of a deep love of Chicago South Side and uptempo British Invasion blues (think Yardbirds and John Mayall, among many others)—plus the many other interactions and extensions of classic Mississippi Delta blues. The band consists of local music scene veterans Scotty “Wrongway” Conway on guitar and vocals, Victor Creazzi on harmonica and vocals, Todd Ganter on drums and vocals, and Frank Lampe on bass and vocals. Barrel of Blues’ rocking and highly danceable live shows keep the flame burning for America’s very own righteous, foot stomping’, booty-shaking music, with an entertaining mix of well-known and not-so-well known blues and blues-influenced covers and a growing roster of high-energy originals.
In August 2016, the band released its first, self-produced CD, “Double Barrel Blues”—eight originals that artfully combine classic blues motifs with cajun, country and hard rock elements, creating a compelling mix of highly listenable songs that honors the legends and the roots of the blues while forging new musical roads all their own.
Scotty “Wrong Way” Conway was born in New Jersey, just outside of Manhattan. At the age of 9, he moved to Oklahoma and began piano lessons. Things changed, however, when his brother handed him an album by The Who. “I bought my first guitar at 13, and Mom’s piano began collecting dust again,” he says. Influenced by The Who, Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, J.J. Cale, B.B King, Stevie Ray Vaughn and many others, he kept on playing. While in college as a Radio/TV major, he interned at the local radio station and was also a recording engineer for the school and playing locally. Scott moved closer to the blues in his own playing style. Playing gigs in the Boulder area for nearly eight years, nowadays you’re more likely than not to hear Scott listening and playing to the blues.
A product of Washington, D.C., and the Rock n’ Roll Capital of the World, scenic Cleveland, Ohio, Frank bought his first guitar in 8th grade and joined his first band—a Doors cover band—at age 14. After a relocation to Colorado, he was a cofounder of the local bands the Organic Mechanics and the Braxton Hix Blues Band, playing bass guitar. Psychedelic and garage rock and British Invasion and Chicago blues and rock remain strong musical influences and inspirations. In addition to his day gig for a trade association in the natural products industry, Frank is the president of the Mile High Rippers Clan of the international all-British motorcycle club, the Brit Iron Rebels.