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The Upbeat: Broken Arrow Blues Band

Of the Oakland Press

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Formed: August 2008 at a Taking Action For Family and Youth (TAFFY) benefit in Northville.

Members: Alen “Big Al” Grebovic — guitar and vocals (Southfield); G. Shadowhawk Ellis — drums and vocals (Brighton); Peter Carter — bass (Hamtramck).

Sound: Blues-rock fusion

Influences: Howlin’ Wolf, The Yardbirds, Cream, Jeff Beck, Walter Trout, Robben Ford, Jeff Healey, Al DiMeola, Jann Hammer

Day jobs: Bosnian native Grebovic is a stonemason working out of a shop in Centerline. Ellis and Carter are full-time musicians.

Kindred Spirits: Ellis says the seeds for the Broken Arrows Blues Band were sewn when he and Grebovic took part in a jam at the TAFFY benefit. “Members of four bands came together to do the gig,” the drummer recalls, and it just clicked. (Grebovic) whipped out a couple originals, and I was like, ‘Wow, did you write that?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘Well, we’ve got to do something together, man.’ We said, ‘Hey, this should be a band’ — it was a real no-brainer.”

Latest Addition: Bass player Carter, who moved to the Detroit area from Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, has been with Broken Arrow since November, after coming off the road with Cyril Neville’s band. “He hooked up with Cyril at Callahan’s,” Ellis explains. “He went on the road and came back and was looking for a band, so we snagged him. It was another one that was just like, ‘Oh, wow, — who are you?’ He’s just another seriously great player we wanted to bring into the fold.”

Hear ’em: The Broken Arrow Blues Band’s second album, “Live at Callahan’s,” recorded in July, comes out Friday (Jan. 2).

See ’em: The group will celebrate the release of the live album with a New Year’s Day Jam at 8 p.m. Friday (Jan. 1) at Callahan’s Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. The group will be recording the performance for its next album, “It’s You,” and will welcome Benny Reeves and other guests. Tickets are $5. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

Surf ’em: www.brokenarrowbluesband.com.

Web Site: www.brokenarrowbluesband.com

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