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Sounds Like: Bob Dylan, Kelly Joe Phelps, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, BB King
Bio: Hilary Thavis & Gaia Groove was born as an original blues band.Inspired by a variety of musical currents, including blues, jazz, folk, rock and Morricone-style western melodies, its sound has evolved over the years as it has taken the essence of each of these styles and combined them to create so...See Full Bio
“MANKATO — From Rome, to “A Prairie Home Companion” to Pub 500 in Mankato. Seems an odd progression for any band. But maybe not for Hilary Thavis and Gaia Groove, Italy’s decidedly Delta blues group. Hilary Thavis is John Thavis’ daughter. The latter is a Mankato native that moved to Rome in the 1980s to cover the Vatican. After a 30-year career -- and a forthcoming book, “The Vatican Diaries,” due out February 2013 -- John has retired and returned to the United States. Meanwhile, Hilary formed a blues band with three other Italian musicians. By 2005, the band had won Italy’s Cassino Birra Live Music Festival and, in 2007, opened for John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers for their concert in Rome. The group subsequently embarked on two separate United States tours and made its first appearance on “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor” in 2010. More accolades followed in 2011 when the band won the Pistoai Blues’ Obiettivo BluesIn, Italy’s most important”