Jay LaBoy: Acoustic Guitarist - Singer - Songwriter
⦁ 1989: Began playing guitar (self taught), taking tips from players like Jeff Pitchell, Jimi Bell (House of Lords / Geezer Butler Band / The Tramps / Diamondback) and Burt Teague ⦁ 1989-1995: Joined the band Twist of Fate as lead singer / lead guitarist playing classic rock covers ⦁ Sept - Nov 1995: Toured South Korea and Japan with Twist of Fate playing six nights a week for the U.S. Department of Defense and American servicemen and women overseas ⦁ Oct 1995: Twist of Fate played a show for the U.S. Air Force’s 48th Anniversary with over 25,000 U.S. servicemen and women in attendance ⦁ Jan - June 1996: sold guitars and other musical instruments at The Music Exchange in Newington, CT alongside Connecticut guitar legend, Jimi Bell ⦁ June - Aug 1997: toured the United States with the variety band, Sister Sez ⦁ May 1998 - May 2004: started the 3 piece Stevie Ray Vaughan/Jimi Hendrix tribute band, “Hurricane” Jay LaBoy & In Step, serving as guitarist/vocalist and managing the band ⦁ May 1998: played alongside Chicago blues legend, Jimmy Dawkins, at The Adams Mark Hotel in Philadelphia during a show honoring Mr. Dawkins ⦁ May 1999: Produced, recorded and released In Step’s debut CD, “Step Aside”, with Jimmy Dawkins performing on two of In Step’s original songs (CD also contained the track “Goin’ Home”, written with Jimi Bell of House of Lords/Geezer Butler Band/The Tramps/Diamondback) ⦁ June - Aug 1999: Nominated twice for Best Guitarist in Philadelphia at the annual Abilene Music Awards ⦁ July 2000: Performed at The Lehigh Valley Blues Festival with In Step on a double bill with former Susan Tedeschi guitarist Sean Costello ⦁ Sept 2000: Chosen as Lehigh Valley’s Artist of the Month by PhillyBlues.com, the leading blues web site in PA ⦁ Dec 2001: Produced, recorded and released In Step’s 2nd CD, “Pure Soul”, writing the title track with Jimi Bell (House of Lords/Geezer Butler Band/The Tramps/Diamondback) ⦁ June 2003: Performed with In Step at WIP 610 AM’s annual Beef & BBQ at Philadelphia’s Veteran Stadium ⦁ Aug 2003: Performed with In Step for the Philadelphia Phillies organization at Veteran Stadium and became one of the last two bands to play at “The Vet” before it was torn down ⦁ Dec 2003: Co-produced the release of In Step’s 3rd CD, “Sho’ ‘Nuff: “Hurricane” Jay LaBoy & In Step Live @ The Lehigh Valley Blues Festival” with Marc Iezzi ⦁ Sept 2004: Joined The Buicks -- a 25 year, 6-piece Lehigh Valley blues band ⦁ March 2005: Signed to Teletone Records as a member of The Buicks ⦁ July 2006: Featured guitarist on the Teletone Records release, “The Buicks: Featuring “Hurricane” Jay LaBoy” ⦁ July 2006: Produced, recorded and released “Songs From A One Bedroom Apartment”, a solo acoustic CD containing cover songs as well as original material ⦁ Aug 2006: Signed to Teletone Records as a solo artist after leaving The Buicks ⦁ May 2007: Joined the chart topping 80’s rock band, Hit The Ground Runnin’, signed to Universal Records ⦁ April 2008: Performed with Hit The Ground Runnin’ for a worldwide web cast on SyncLive.com ⦁ Aug. 2009: Began an eight month contract with a major cruise line as a solo acoustic performer ⦁ October 2010: released 2nd solo acoustic CD, "Why Isn't This Working?" ⦁ October 2010: traveled to Europe for a few months to play shows in Ukraine to support the release of the 2nd Acoustically Speaking CD ⦁ November 2010: played a show at the Ukranian House of Culture in Izmail, Ukraine benefiting AIDS awareness, anti-drugs and anti-alcohol. The band consisted of local guitar professor, Yuri Panfilov, and three young musicians that Jay and Yuri instructed and rehearsed with specifically for the performance (Musicians: Denis, Kostya and Vlad) ⦁ November 2010: featured in two news articles in the Ukranian newspaper Izmail City. Both articles were written by Maestro Sergei Denisov ⦁ December 2010: held a Master Class for music teachers and students at the Izmail School of Art & Music. ⦁ December 2010: featured on the Ukranian television program "Melomania" in a half hour special focused on Jay's musical styles and on his performances in Ukraine. ⦁ April 2011: filmed an instructional DVD for Rockhouse Films in West Haven, Connecticut geared toward left-handed guitarists and available on all media formats in Europe and Australia. ⦁ April 2011: Began a one month cruise ship contract as a solo acoustic musician ⦁ May 2011: Began a six month cruise ship contract as a solo acoustic musician ⦁ March 2012: Began a six month cruise ship contract as a solo acoustic musician ⦁ November 2012: Relocated to Georgia to bring Acoustically Speaking to the South. ⦁ 2012-2013: Featured artist on the Underground Columbus radio station in Ohio every Tuesday on "Afternoons with Deuce". ⦁ January 2013: Began a two and a half month cruise ship contract as a solo acoustic musician. ⦁ June 2013: Featured on Atlanta's 105.7 FM during their local artists show.
Acoustically Speaking's song list contains over 650 songs. Here are just some of the bands with songs on the request list... 3 Doors Down, Bad Company, Barenaked Ladies, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel, Bill Withers, Bob Dylan, Blue October, Bon Jovi, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby Stills & Nash, Daughtry, Elton John, Elvis, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Sinatra, Jack Johnson, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Jason Mraz, John Mellencamp, John Mayer, Kid Rock, Maroon 5, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, The Temptations, REO Speedwagon, Rick Springfield, Sam Cooke, Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, The Allman Brothers Band, Sugarland, The Beatles, The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, Train, U2, The Goo Goo Dolls, Willie Nelson, The Rolling Stones, The Indigo Girls, Hall & Oates, 3rd Eye Blind, Uncle Kracker.
Acoustically Speaking original music and many more songs that hold some great memories for everyone within earshot.
⦁I am the GM of the Flatbread Company located in Canton, CT. I actually seeked out Jay LaBoy after reading about him in the Wethersfield Life newspaper. After the first time he played here at the restaurant, I booked him several more times. I love his singing so much that I want him to record a CD at the restaurant. I wish Jay all the best and hope his talents gives him many opportunities. --- Doreen Hoctor, GM, Flatbread Company (Canton, CT)
⦁ I am sending this e-mail to let you know how very much we enjoy listening to Acoustically Speaking. My husband and I go to as many of Jay's shows as we can. His talent and connection with the audience is so great that we always have a fun time at his shows. --- Carrie & Wayne Plowman, Wethersfield, CT
⦁ I have had the opportunity to see Jay perform on several occasions and have had the privilege to even play along side him a few times. Without a doubt, he is a talent that shouldn't be confined to the area that he plays in. His musicianship and extreme professionalism are only overshadowed by his love for the music he plays and the people he plays it for. Keep up the great work, Jay!!!! --- Chris Shaheen, Lexington, OH
⦁ I have been going to see Jay LaBoy play for many years and I have enjoyed each and every one of his shows. Jay brings a wide variety of music to each of his shows so there is always something for everyone to enjoy. He will play songs that will make you say, "I haven't heard that in so long!!" His voice will soothe you while his guitar playing amazes you. He is truly an artist and his talent is underrated. Listen to him play one show and you WILL be a Jay LaBoy fan. --- Kelli Pitt, Reading, PA
⦁ Jay has played several times at my cafe, Narcissus Chocolate Cafe, in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Everyone really enjoyed his music and he has a great repertoire. He will be a great asset wherever he plays. --- Carol Kober-Narciss, Owner, Chocolate Cafe (Wethersfield, CT)
⦁ Jay is an awesome, talented musician with many more years to shine. I enjoyed my time on stage with him and hopefully we will jam again in the future. --- Sammy Blanchette, Shelton, CT (Junior at WCSU)
⦁ My name is Samuel Michael and I am a factory authorized repair technician for the Sam Ash Music chain. I have repaired Jay LaBoy’s guitars for the last 10 years or so and had the opportunity to see him perform many times. His performance on acoustic or electric guitar is excellent and he has a good singing voice and a wide repertoire of musical material. I have seen him read an audience and adjust his performance and set list to suit their mood. I believe Jay would be an asset to any organization. --- Samuel Michael, Luthier, Sam Ash Music, King of Prussia, PA
⦁ I've always said that passion doesn't define Jay's playing, his playing defines passion. ---Cari Frisbie, Phoenixville, PA
⦁ It has been a pleasure to sit and listen to you play. Your renditions of these songs were better than the originals. It has been nice to find someone so entertaining and approachable. ---Terri & Eric Walters, Nashville, TN
⦁ Your songs move me. I could listen to you all night. We are so lucky to have you on our vacation all week. ---Nicole Mackenzie, Denver, CO
⦁ It's been an absolute pleasure having you play. You should really play your own music more. "Forever and a Day" was beautiful. ---Kevin Arnold, Seattle, WA