Blue Collar Groove

Blue Collar Groove


Blue Collar Groove , cooks up a healthy helping of rock ‘n roll with funk, jazz fusion, and a spoonful of jam into a potent musical treat that can only be described as “Groove for the Working Class.” With Blue Collar Groove, improvisation rides shotgun, but solid songwriting holds the wheel.


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Blue Collar Groove, based in Asheville, North Carolina, cooks up a healthy helping of rock ‘n roll with funk, bluegrass, jazz fusion, and a spoonful of jam into a potent musical treat that can only be described as “Groove for the Working Class.” With original songs that revolve around intricate guitar leads, roots keyboards, and a tight rhythm section, they have a sound has been described as John Scofield meets The Allman Brothers.

At it’s core, Blue Collar Groove is the perfect union of very diverse backgrounds, talents, and personalities. Fans of all ages and walks of life are drawn to their raw energy, their musical prowess, and their humor. With a headlining spot at this year’s Bele Chere Festival in Asheville and the independent release of their debut album “Premium,” Blue Collar Groove is rocking the Southeast with the rest of the country in their sights.

Will Saylor’s clean and crisp lead guitar lights the engine of this rock quartet. Raised on a diet of jazz, bluegrass, and rock, Saylor possesses a rare musical talent that is unleashed rather than revealed. He is equally adept with a fiery slide solo in the Southern-flavored “Alt Truckin” or the mournful blues lament of “Satisfied.”

Saylor shares vocal and writing duties with keyboardist Dan Chase. Chase’s old-school funk and blues roots show up in his rhythmic playing style and rollicking singing. His lightning-fast fingers tease out solos that leave audiences breathless, and his jazz/funk comping runs the gamut from Bourbon Street to Brazil.

Drummer Rick Babaoff’s butt-shakin’ beats are the pulse of the music. He breaks them down like a thunderstorm and whips them into a tornado. Babaoff’s rhythms keep the crowds moving and pace the band through unusual time signatures, acrobatic stops, and one-of-a-kind jams.

Bassist Mark Kline brings a cerebral approach to the songs. His command of cutting-edge electronic effects can turn any stage into an acoustic laboratory. His songwriting contributions include instrumental “Elgrow Bease” and the unforgettable “Chap Ass.”

Music Festivals:

Bele Chere 2004 Asheivlle, NC
Bele Chere 2003 Asheville, NC
Downtown After Five Asheville, NC
Earthday Asheville Asheville, NC
Flat Rock Music Festival 2004 Flat Rock, NC
Flat Rock Music Festival 2003 Flat Rock, NC
Jam in the Park 2004 Clifford, VA
Green Grass Festival Trade, TN
WestFest Asheville, NC
Montford Music Festival Asheville, NC
S.E.E.E. Party For the Planet Fletcher, NC
Live Stock Deux Fairview, NC


The Brandy House Atlanta, GA
Cumberlands Charleston, SC
The Corner Pocket Greenville, SC
Barley's Taproom Greenville, SC
The Mojo Charlotte, NC
Puckett’s Farm Equipment Charlotte, NC
The Pourhouse Raleigh, NC
The Cantina Raleigh, NC
W.B. Yeats Irish Pub Chapel Hill, NC
The Carolina Coffeeshop Chapel Hill, NC
The Library Chapel Hill, NC
Stella Blue Asheville, NC
The Asheville Music Zone Asheville, NC
The Mellow Mushroom Asheville, NC
The Watershed Black Mountain, NC
Canyons Blowing Rock, NC
Dockside Ira's Blowing Rock, NC
Whitewater Lounge Boone, NC
Caribbean Cafe Boone, NC


"Premium" -- Blue Collar Groove's debut studio album, independently released. Currently receiving airplay on WNCW 88.7FM in Western NC and WPVM 103.5 FM in Asheville, NC.

Many songs from live shows available online at

Set List

Typical set is 3 hours with a 15 minute break. Sets are primarily original songs with one to three covers. Sets vary according to venue.