Spotlight on: Hybrid Blues

Based in Tauranga, Hybrid Blues are a five-piece band led by singer-songwriter Roy Hudson, who also plays guitar and blues harmonica.

Joining him on vocals is keyboard player Brooke Stinson, while Dean Cronin also adds vocals and is the lead guitarist. Darrel Hartley plays bass and Mark Schaumann plays drums and percussion and also adds vocals.

Roy - born in Whakatane - has recently returned to New Zealand after achieving success by winning an international songwriting award for his track Left in Limbo. He also came fourth in the best ballad category in a world-wide song-writing competition with another original song, Enough.

After 25 years of representing New Zealand music overseas, Roy is happy to return to his home country and follow his passions for music and helping others.

Whilst in the UK, Roy was involved with fundraising for community organisations with his band Loose Moorings, who put out three albums, and with heavy metal band Koru, who also released an album.

After recording recently at Colourfield Studios, the band is now launching their first three-song EP with Leaving On A Train, English Lady and Sunshine, which is a happy, feel-good song accompanied by a music video recently filmed at the Funky Lizard cafe in Paengaroa.

Hybrid Blues will be playing live at Vinyl Destination on Devonport Road on Saturday, January 26, at 7.30pm. The Margarita Fund will be opening for them on the night.