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Led by Vincent Hayes on vocals and guitar, and fueled by one of the tightest rhythm sections in modern blues, the Vincent Hayes Project has recently been receiving world wide acclaim for their new CD release of original inspired blues titled, "Reclamation", which has spent two consecutive months on the Living Blues Top 25 Chart in both June & July 2010, and nine consecutive weeks to date on the National Roots Music Chart. Since its release in March 2010, the disc has received airplay on over 200 stations world wide, quickly becoming a favorite of DJ’s and fans alike. On July 4, it was also added to the playlist of the “Blues Deluxe” program, which is syndicated on over 100 U.S. stations. Most recently, Reclamation has been added to regular rotation on “B.B. King’s Bluesville” Channel 74 on Sirius/XM Radio.

In addition to being semi-finalists in the 2006 & 2007 IBC, and opening shows for Ludicris, Steve Miller Band, Joe Bonamassa and others, in the summer of 2007, The Vincent Hayes Project toured with counter-culture icon John Sinclair as his band of “Blues Scholars”. Live, the band has a reputation as a high-energy unit, with an unstoppable rhythm section, fueled by Hayes’s charismatic stage presence and dynamic guitar work. Formed in 2004 as a three piece power trio (David “The Butcher” Alves-bass, Donnie “The Guru of Groove” Hugley-percussion), the West Michigan-based blues trio recently expanded to a five piece, incorporating the piano wizardry of both Steve “Doc” Yankee, and newcomer Christian Van Antwerpen on Hammond B3.

Vincent Hayes is a also regular contributor of articles for The Blues Festival Guide, and is a board member of Killer Blues, a non-profit which is firmly committed to raising money to purchase headstones for deceased blues artists.

In the fall of 2009, at the referral of 2010 BMA nominee Greg Nagy, the band enlisted Grammy winning producer/engineer Glenn Brown (Greg Nagy, Root Doctor, Spinal Tap, Larry McCray) to help them record “Reclamation.” Glenn also owns the infamous “Muscle Shoals” 1978 8098 Neve mixing board, which is the very console used on legendary recordings by Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, and countless others. The result is a big, warm sound, reminiscent of those early analogue Muscle Shoals recordings.

“Reclamation” is a blues record that will take you into the trenches of the tumbling Michigan economy, where the once thriving auto-industry has been laid to waste, and given rise to the highest unemployment rates in the U.S. This is what it feels like to live the life of a working blues man in the 21st century modern world of Middle America. This is blues from the heart, played with passion, and written with honesty, depth and wit.