“The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!” are a Jersey City band that replicates the original instrumental lineup of acoustic rhythm guitar, electric lead guitar and upright acoustic bass used on the first rock and roll records recorded by Elvis Presley at Sun Studio. The “Wonders” are not a cover band, but a group that has it’s own unique interpretation of American Roots Music - classic Country music from the fifties and sixties, down home spiritual songs from the Golden Age of Gospel, and time-honored Blues numbers that go back to the greats hailing from Mississippi and Chicago.
Since their inception in late 2012, Gary Van Miert (acoustic guitar/vocals) and Malcolm Marsden (electric guitar) have been plenty busy, performing in the NY Metro area regularly with shows in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Harlem, Jersey City, and Hoboken.
Gary Van Miert had been playing and singing old Country and Blues songs for years, more or less as a hobby when he came up with the concept for "The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!”. He cobbled together the duo's name from the names of different groups from his extensive collection of Gospel 45's. Gary recorded a cd with guitarist and old college buddy Rudy Moni as a lark, but soon got the fire in his belly to take this music out to the clubs for a test drive. Since Rudi didn't have the desire to go slogging around the dive bar circuit, Gary went out on his own, meeting Malcolm at an open mike in Jersey City. The two found that they shared a passion for American Roots Music and began a musical partnership that took them from the open mikes in Jersey to the clubs of Manhattan and Brooklyn and beyond. Not only do they continue to play traditional venues, but do many other non-traditional gigs as well, such as a vintage car show, a custom motorcycle show, a historical cemetery, a lumberyard, a chili cook off and even the Men’s Department in Macys. In 2015, they added John Warren on bass fiddle to the group.
Their influences include many seminal figures in American music, such as Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Reverend Charlie Jackson, Wilbert Harrison, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Brother Joe May, Charlie Feathers, Carl Perkins, Ernest Tubb, Smiley Lewis, Brother Claude Ely and Lloyd Price.
"The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!" are a unique entity in the NY/NJ music scene, mixing equal parts Rockabilly, Country and genuine guitar Gospel music with a spoonful of greasy Blues to wash it all down. Their unique brand of American Roots Music is like no other, and they please crowds of all ages.