Sarah Ayers Band
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Sarah Ayers Band

Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
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"Live Concert Review"

...Sarah Ayers started singing. The place filled up in minutes. It was like a mysterious siren was drawing them in. There were literally no seats and there was barely a place to stand by the time she got into her third song. I could see people wandering up from Main Street, following the sultry sound of her voice. It was almost creepy, but she does have a great voice so I don't blame them. She was wearing a studded leather collar and black nail polish and she looked like she was ready to rock from the moment she stepped on stage. And she did....The music was strong and the lyrics were personal. The entire band commanded attention. - Merge Magazine, August 12th, 2006

"CD Review 2005"

"After snagging most of the awards at local music competitions for the past two years, Sarah Ayers Band has released its first full-length disc, 'Cold, Hard, Dirty Truth.' And the truth is, Ayers can belt out a song powerfully, and she is backed by a band that does justice to her soulful expressions... Ayers is a top-notch songwriter..." - The Morning Call, Allentown PA

"CD Review 8/3/2005"

"...Sarah Ayers is a great singer, and its her voice that carries the bluesy songs to their emotional max. Good stuff." - Pulse Weekly Magazine

"Local Spotlight Story"

"Take a voice that's way bigger than the body it's housed in, an award-winning music career and a down-to-earth personality, and you've got blues singer Sarah Ayers. ... No matter where her career has taken her -Ayers has a degree in opera performance from Susquehanna University- this now-blues singer is a Lehigh Valley girl through and through. Although Ayers has criss-crossed the nation to perform in Alaska and New York, she's back in the area to be closer to her family and to take part in the blues community that's been growing for quite some time now... It's clear that this is one woman with chops out the wazoo!"" - Pulse Weekly Magazine 12/15/2004

"Blues Revue"

"Sarah Ayers might be singing about her vulnerabilities, but she comes off like a driven, tough-minded survivor determined to craft her own destiny. Rambunctious and rocking but with a songwriter's sense of polish, 3 AM Epiphany marks Ayers as a blues-rocker to watch."

-Ken Bays,
Managing Editor, Blues Revue Magazine

- Editor, Ken Bays

"Blues Revue - December '08"

Pennsylvania’s Sarah Ayers Band specialize in slick-but-not-smooth
contemporary rock with a strong blues influence. A powerful vocalist of
dramatic intensity, Ayers also contributes most of the band’s catchy, smart songs, notably the swampy “Hook Me Up� and the rocking declaration of independence “Red Dress.� Many of the other originals are quite mellow, with touches of flute provided by guitarist Dave Smith and nylon-string guitar from bassist and co-composer Suavek Zaniesienko. The cover songs on 3 AM Epiphany (StarCity Productions), though hardly surprising selections (“Tore Down� again?), are well-done, in particular a show-stopping rendition of “At Last� and a revved-up, funky “Son of a Preacher Man� featuring an exotic mid-song jam (Jim Ruffi really kicks the drums on this number). Well-known New York guitarist Arthur Neilson (from Shemekia Copeland’s band) guests on six cuts.

by Tom Hyslop
for Blues Revue Magazine
- CD Review - "3 AM Epiphany"

"Blues Deluxe Radio"

"With her vast musical background and experience, Sarah Ayers could excel at singing just about any style of music! 3 AM Epiphany is a hard-hitting, attention-getting, well-produced title that stands out among the many blues releases we have received. Well worth a listen and then several more!"

- Dave Johnson, host of the nationally-syndicated Blues Deluxe radio program - Dave Johnson


Cold, Hard, Dirty Truth - Released in 2004
3 AM Epiphany - January 2007

Radio play includes:
Blues Deluxe - Syndicated
WPSU - State College - Pennsylvania
WQSU - Selingsgrove - Pennsylvania
WZXR - Williamsport - Pennsylvania
WCXR - Louisburg - Pennsylvania
WQLN- Erie Pennsylvania
WCNI -New London - Connecticut
WFCS - New Britain - Connecticut
WPKN - Bridgeport - Connecticut
WHUS - Storrs - Connecticut
WECS - Willimatic - Connecticut
WVBR - Ithaca - New York
WVPH - Piscataway - New Jersey
WMWV- Conway - New Hampshire
WNEC - Henniker - New Hampshire
WPCR- Plymouth - New Hampshire
WATD - Marshfield - Massachusetts
WUML - Lowell - Massachusetts
WMEB -Orono - Maine
WBOR - Brunswick - Maine
WVPE - Elkhart - Indiana
WRTB - Rockford - Illinois
WRMN - Eglin - Illinois
WDCB - Glen Ellyn - Illinois
WGLT - Normal - Illinois
WMNC - Traverse City - Michigan
WCMU - Mount Pleasant - Michigan
WEMU - Ypsilanti - Michigan
WTJU - Charlottesville - Virginia
WWCU - Cullowhee - North Carolina
WRQR - Wilmington - North Carolina
WNSI - Atmore - Alabama
WOAB - Dotham - Alabama
WUCF - Orlando - Florida
WMNF- Tampa - Florida
KTEP - El Paso - Texas
KPFT - Houston - Texas
KMBH - Harlingen - Texas
KUAF- Fayetteville - Arkansas
KUNM - Albuquerque - New Mexico
KKTO - Reno - Nevada
KMFB - Willits - California
KSCU- Santa Clara - California
KKUP- Cupertino - California
KXGO - Eureka - California
KXJZ - Sacramento - California
KSJS - San Jose - California
KXJS - Sutter - California
KUOP - Stockton - California
KQNC- Quincy - California
KCHO - Reading - California
KDVS - Davis - California
KRFC - Collins - Colorado
KHEN - Salida - Colorado
KCCK - Cedar Rapids - Iowa
KIOS - Omaha - Nebraska
KMSU- Mankato - Minnesota
KMSK - Mankato - Minnesota
KSPQ - West Plains - Missouri
KGOU - Norman -- Oaklahoma
KINK - Portland - Oregon
KRVM - Eugene - Oregon
KSMF - Ashland - Oregon
KSKA - Anchorage - Alaska
KMXT - Kodiak - Alaska
CFFF - Petersborough - Canada
CFRO - Vancouver BC - Canada
3 Way Radio - Australia
Hot FM - Australia
Near FM - Dublin - Ireland
Radio Drome - France



Nationally, The Sarah Ayers Band's sophomore CD, "3 AM Epiphany" recently entered the Living Blues charts at #24 and rose to #19. Strong-minded, female, rockin' blues -- this foray into blues radio indicates that listeners are ready for the fresh approach the Sarah Ayers Band brings to the genre.
In 2011, Sarah returned to the stage after a year-long break from music. Her return was marked by packed houses at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Musikfest Festival, Godfrey Daniels, Blast Furnace Blues Festival, and a completely sold-out show at the prestigious Artsquest Cafe in December.

In 2008, the Sarah Ayers Band represented their home community of the Lehigh Valley (Pennsylvania) at the International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN.

In 2007, Sarah Ayers joined forces with blues son, Tyrone Vaughan (son of Jimmie Vaughan, nephew of Stevie Ray) to record several tracks for his debut release on StarCity Records. Sarah's participation on the critical and fan favorite "52 Weeks" is considered a "not to be missed" highlight.

Blues Revue editor, Ken Bays, had this to say about the band's 3 AM Epiphany:

"Sarah Ayers might be singing about her vulnerabilities, but she comes off like a driven, tough-minded survivor determined to craft her own destiny. Rambunctious and rocking but with a songwriter's sense of polish, 3 AM Epiphany marks Ayers as a blues-rocker to watch."

In their local area, this band has won a myriad of awards. Competing against hundreds of bands in the tri-state area, they have been awarded 9 LVMA (Lehigh Valley Music Awards) including:
Best Female Vocalist 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Best Blues Vocalist 2004, 2005. 2006, 2007
Best Original Band 2004, 2005, 2006
Best Overall CD 2007
Best Original Song 2004
Best Overall Performer 2005, 2007
In 2005, Sarah was awarded the prestigious PULSE Music Award for Best Female Vocalist. She has also had the honor of performing the National Anthem at a major NASCAR event in front of over 50,000 people live, and one million on TV. The Sarah Ayers Band has opened for many major groups, including Cross Canadian Ragweed, Deborah Coleman, Tyrone Vaughan, Johnny Winter and Carey Bell.