The UnXpected / Press

“Perhaps it seems strange to hear the word experienced applied to a blues rock quartet whose members range in age from 14 to 19. But the band has played about 150 shows together since forming a little more than two years ago. Their repertoire digs into the roots of classic blues rock. "Uncovered" includes versions of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and Jimi Hendrix's incendiary "Voodoo Child." Anyone who has seen the band play knows that this is not some sort of cute novelty act — young kids tackling complex blues anthems. They are talented musicians who take the roots of this music very seriously. "Live music," Cole Layman said, "is what I prefer over everything else." Salsberry adds: "It's definitely better live, getting that huge crowd reaction when people get pumped up. Honestly, it's impossible to describe. I'm literally living my dream. I get to take what I'm passionate about, and get up on stage to share it."”

“Ron Lowder, who assembled The UnXpected band from students at his Academy of Rock Music in York County, watched the group's musicianship soar in a matter of months. "They've come a long way in a very short period of time," he said. "It really jelled very quickly. I'm extremely proud of what they've been able to accomplish." They may be freakishly talented, but they're kids first and foremost. During a break at a recent rehearsal, members of The UnXpected goofed around arguing about their favorite music. "I don't think there are enough people our age who appreciate the blues," said young guitarist Zachary Salsberry. "Yeah, they like Justin Bieber!" answered drummer Kevin Marks. "In the 21st century, people listen to rap and dubstep, technology music," said 12-year-old bassist Logan Layman. "We are officially an all-blues band, but sometimes we throw in some classic rock or metal. Sometimes." ”

“Peninsula-based youth band, The UnXpected, will release its inaugural blues CD on Jan. 27 at a special event at the Jewish Mother Hilltop. The CD, titled "The UnXpected," will include two original songs and two covers. The event, billed as "An UnXpected Blues Bash" will be co-hosted by Bobby "Blackhat" Walters and Cindy Crawford. It will feature a number of heavy hitters from the local and regional music scene. Feature guests include: Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos, The Bush League, Herbie D and the Dangermen, The Ron Fetner Band and The UnXpected.”

“In the rough-and-tumble world of music making, persistence pays. The youngsters in Williamsburg's UnXpected competed in a blues contest in Virginia Beach back in July, but were edged out by Carbon Jam. Undeterred, they traveled to play in the DC Blues Society's annual battle of the bands Oct. 13 in Wheaton, Md. This time, they triumphed. The UnXpected will represent the DC Blues Society in the Youth Showcase at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 1, 2013, according to band publicist Scott Salsberry.”

“Players in The UnXpected range in age from 10 to 15. At the group's core are bassist and singer Logan Layman, 12, and her guitarist-singer brother, Cole Layman, 15. Kevin Marks, 12, plays drums. Tyler Bevington, 10, plays piano. Zachary Salsberry, 12, is a guitarist.”