Planetary Blues / Press

“Well this was a pleasant suprise. The Planetary Blues Band are an Indiana based band consisting of three brothers, Martin, Michael and Bobby Schaefer-Murray plus Nick Evans on drums who have been together for 10 years. After a couple of experiments and false starts this is their full debut, proper and very pleasing it is too. It's nice to see that the band as a whole can change gears and interweave the instrumentation to a very high standard. It's a feel good blues album of the highest order with some great musicianship on display.”

Steve Yourglivch - BLUES MATTERS

“The blues equivalent of a shot and a beer. Hits the spot and does it's job effectively.”

Matthew Socey - THE BLUES HOUSE PARTY, WFYI 90.1 FM, Indianapolis

“On their latest self-produced album ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE SOUTH LOOP the brothers SCHAEFER-MURRAY and drummer NICK EVANS prove that they aren't merely paying tribute to Chicago's legendary sound but are proving themselves to be the heirs of this oh-so-proud American musical tradition.”

“This family blues band brings a modern Chicago blues-rock sound to the forum with its sizzling guitars, surging rhythms, and piercing vocals. The session includes seven original songs and three pure blues covers. There’s plenty of emotion to share, both from vocals and from guitars, as the band makes each statement clearly with passion. Memphis Minnie’s “Crazy Cryin’ Blues” lets the band rock hard at the top of the vocal spectrum. Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” also rambles at a fast, blues-rock pace with emotion to spare. The band likes to push its message hard and strong. There’s one instrumental, “The Shillelagh,” which continues the blues-rock spirit. Each selection forces a spirit of hard-driving blues; half the album runs slower than the rest. “Blues Resurrection” and “When I Say I Love You,” the program’s two best selections, recall the Chicago blues spirit that brought us Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and a whole lot mo”

“The Planetary Blues Band and the hottest band you've never heard of (but rest assured you will soon!) They take Chicago Blues to a whole new level, mixing the classic Chicago blues style with great rock riffs. Keep your eye on this great band and pick up their CD "Once Upon A Time In The South Loop" you wont be disappointed!”

Kevin Hardy, Music director - KC Online Radio

“Having characteristics similar to early British blues bands, this has a fresh but familiar sound.”

“All in all, I found "Once Upon A Time In The South Loop" to be a very satisfying listen with just that right amount of originality which totally peaked my interest. The Planetary Blues Band is, by all means, an extremely talented band that offer up a really nice fresh take on the Blues, which is sure to please a wide range of Blues Lovers. They are also a relatively young band and one that I am sure, we will all be hearing quite a bit about, especially if they can keep their commitment to their style of Blues, in the foreground. 5***** for "Once Upon A Time In The South Loop", an album that had no problem being added to my pile of often played CD's.”

“The Planetary Blues Band is someone you want to keep on your radar. They’re able to take an older genre and incorporate new and fresh sounds. Although they’re from Chicago, they sound like a band that’s been playing on Memphis’s Beale Street for years.”

“American Veterans Radio Artist of the Week”

“There are ten really strong tracks on this release, and it makes it hard to narrow it down to the ones I enjoy the most. Throughout there are some great guitar solos, like the one in “When I Say I Love You”, that I could easily listen to for ages without getting bored. Backed by the solid bass it’s a song that allows you to embrace the moment, groove along, and enjoy. Then there is the Delta feel of “That’s No Way To Get Along”. It has a starkness to the sound that evokes the feeling of Mississippi to me; and the lyrics are classic Blues style. It’s nice to see the newer artists continuing the roots.”

“All Access Magazine recently interviewed this talented “Band of Brothers” (Martin Schaefer-Murray, guitar-vocals; Michael Schaefer-Murray, guitar-vocals; Bobby Schaefer-Murray, bass; also Nick Evans, drums) about their upcoming album release, the very cool Chicago music scene and much more.”

“This is what the Rolling Stones would sound like if they were just starting today: a band dedicated completely to the blues. As proof that the crossroads has been burned into the band’s DNA, they regularly perform at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and have even performed with the man himself. How cool is that? Once Upon A Time In The South Loop offers up ten great blues/rock tunes that will create delightful earworms in your cranium.”