Blue-Eyed Sun emerged when Gavin Richardson and Greg Thornbury were asked to play at a faculty/staff banquet at Union University in August of 2011. Greg Jordan joined them on bass. In August 2012 Richardson, Thornbury, and Jordan formed again to play for the UU fall banquet, with Ben Duffey on keys and Aaron Beasley on drums; they remained together to jam a bit. The name came from a picture brought in by Thornbury’s daughter during one rehearsal. When asked what the picture was, the daughter replied, “That’s a blue-eyed sun.” Jason Kriaski replaced Beasley on drums in this loose jamming group centered on rockabilly covers. In September 2012 they played their first gig, a fundraiser, and gigged a bit until July 2013, when Greg Thornbury left to become President of King’s College in New York City. Dan Hodges replaced Thornbury at lead guitar and Richardson became the lone lead vocalist. BES gigged during the summer of 2014 until drummer Jason Kriaski left to attend seminary. JR Kerfoot joined BES late in the summer of 2014 and is its current drummer. After Dan Hodges moved to Nashville at the end of summer 2015, BES transitioned into a four-piece. BES is principally an Americana, traditional country, and rock cover band, but BES is increasingly developing original music in those traditions.