Lex Grey & The Urban Pioneers
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Lex Grey & The Urban Pioneers


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"Lex Grey & The Urban Pioneers"

The area's self-described "Shady Lady of Blues," Lex Grey and her Urban Pioneers, won over a crowd consisting of everyone from bikers to soccer moms with her theatrical performance at the Great South Bay Music Festival's main stage. This was a fitting reception, since the band began with what Grey calls a “fantastic push” from the Long Island Blues Society.

The band delivered spirited renditions of tracks from their new modestly titled CD, Va Va Voom, and Grey lived up to her persona of “Mae West on a Harley,” occasionally channeling Janis in the process. Songs such as “Tears of Blue” captured that experience, singing about names misspelled on marquees, and drinks that are free like a “fleeting glimpse of fame.” Along the same theme, the hilarious but honest “Dayshift Bartender” told of the struggle of a waitress aspiring to do something creative, but stuck in the dead zone job of the song title.

Raunchily cheerful was the “Va Va Voom” title track to the new CD, the crowd gathered around, took lots of photos, and obviously loved Grey’s theatrics. Grey brings new meaning to the words enthusiasm and burlesque chic, with her torn red stockings, and red, white, and blue feather boas that she worked during her patriotic anthem “Wave The Flag.”

Another highlight cover was a playful response to the crowd, a scorching rendition of “Ball And Chain.” She joked, “I was asked to do a Janis song – I won’t do that, but I will do a Ma Rainey song for you.” She then drove crowds wild, channeling both blues goddesses in her performance.

This band is a regular act at Paula Jean’s Supper Club in Setauket and other regional venues. Follow their future gigs and music at lexgreymusic.com and CDBaby.com.
– Jon Wettingfeld

- Good Times Magazine


Deal Me In - 1995
Beg...Borrow - Steal! - 1996
American Heroine - 2002
Body Of Work - 2005
VA VA VOOM - 2007
Airplay on various blues stations, website and MySpace page.



Lex Grey has mesmerized New York's die-hard music lovers since she thundered on the scene like Mae West on a Harley. Rapidly rising to the status of cult rock diva, her repertoire blends the tortured soul of the blues with bawdy burlesque and Brooklyn attitude. A highlight in New York area clubs and festivals, Lex Grey and The Urban Pioneers have cultivated a gritty sophistication uniting unusual instrumentations, traditional blues and hard hitting classic rock. Born of an impromptu acoustic jam in the back of a Williamsburg (Brooklyn) bar, The Urban Pioneers have expanded to include Leo Binetti (bass), Steve Sclafani (drums), and Victor Deyglio (guitars). On stage The Urban Pioneers explode with energy and passion creating a musical and visual patchwork of wild rock concert, bar room blues, vaudeville theater and after-hours jazz jam. Fronted by sultry Lex in her sequined gown, torn fishnet stockings and well-worn motorcycle boots, the band's eclectic earthiness draws in and embraces people of every taste and background. I'm not conscious of trends- I don't believe you have to fit into a mold." Lex says. "We just stay true to our instincts and influences and it seems people can identify with this honesty. Regardless of culture, regardless of trends, if it comes from the heart, it's both timely and timeless."