Reviews

Gigmasters Reviews

“They were a riot… Very nice, professional and, most of all, a talented group. The lead singer was awesome!”

- Alexandra S.

“I can’t give enough praise to this band. Skip Towne and the Greyhounds were extremely accommodating, on-time, professional and above all, GOOD, for our wedding reception. They played a variety of songs and had everyone dancing all night. Everyone loved them so much, in fact, that when they finished their last song, our guests screamed for them to come back and play more…they obliged. They are a great group of musicians and I would recommend them to anyone. “
- Angela L

SkipTowneHyatt5-  749Crop“Great band for a wedding or any event! Skip Towne and The Greyhounds play great music and are very versatile and professional. They were very accommodating when given specific song requests and less than ideal space. Our guests were really amazed that we were able to get such great music for such a reasonable price.”
- Bridget H.

“They were great. Jim Murray put together a grooving 5 Piece band with not a lot of notice from us. They rocked, the volume was perfect, and their manners superb. I would highly recommend them–I would trust Jim Murray to provide as a big or small a band as your budget allows and make you happy and want to dance all night.”
- Mary S.

“This band was unbelievable. They pulled together so quickly for our short planned event and the musical talent they have is outstanding!!! We would definitely book them again. Our guests loved them.”
- Valerie P

JUST A FEW FOLKS with SOME NICE THINGS TO SAY

Representative Corporate Clients

American Culinary Institute
American Hotel Supply
American Vascular Association
Anetsberger Golf Fest
Baxter International
Big City Set Designs
Birthday Parties
Class Re-Unions
Estonian House Mardi Gras
Gale Wedding
Hawthorn Woods Concert Series
Highwood Octoberfest
Laurel Motors Mercedes
Lake Forest Concert Series
Lake Zurich Lions
Lincoln Financial Group
Long Beach Country Club
Laurel Motors Jaguar/Volvo
Lyons Park Art In The Glade
Mundelein Community Days
Northbrook American Legion
Northbrook Days
Noteable Events Catering
Raime Wedding
Ride for Aids
Shady Shores Resort
Sysco Foods
Village of Deerfield
Village of Libertyville
Woodbridge Jubilee

I found this an enjoyable LP… well played and grooves well…good soloing all around….good drive in the band. I enjoyed it….Considering that many of your jobs are private events, this kind of repertoire and approach is really smart…You guys are fine players…Thanks for sharing the fine playing.
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records, 01/03/08

Thanks to you for everything. You guys were awesome, and everyone had great things to say about your performance. I will definitely keep your contact info for any future events we do in Chicago. If you guys ever play in Connecticut, let me know!
Lincoln Financial Group, September 13, 2006

I am absolutely knocked-out by what I have heard on your live cd. I have ordered a copy through cdbaby and can’t wait to hear the recording in it’s entirety. Any chance you’ll ever get to Portland, OR; and if you have already been here when are you coming back? I informed two of Portland’s top radio stations to get off their asses and give you guys a listen. Can’t wait to hear more from you-all. Yours in the blues-Scott October , 2005

Just wanted to thank you again for playing at our party. It was a huge comfort to not have to worry about “the band” because we knew all the specifics were in such good hands. I cannot even tell you the number of people who said wonderful things about the guys. I have already had several people ask me the name of the band and request your telephone number.
The Lapkas, September 10, 2005

I cued up the CD and it pounded out “Boom, Boom, Out Go the Lights” with nice horn lines and the harp joining in; nice Chicago Blues served up ala The Blues Brothers. Then comes the second tune, a Skip Towne And The Greyhounds original, “Bullet Proof Heart”. My first thought is that this ain’t no Blues Brothers rip off band. The song features tasty lap steel guitar and electric harp with bluesy rhythm guitar. The CD proves to be an eclectic menu of blues fare as each tune unfolds.

The band covers broad ground on “Hit The Bricks” by interpreting diverse songs from Albert King’s “I Get Evil” with its King-esque lead fills and funky piano accompaniment, down and dirty baritone sax solo, and cool horn lines…to the hip cool version of Willie Nelson’s “Nightlife” with its sultry sax and harp solos. The band includes two more original tunes after “Bullet Proof Heart”…. “I Ain’t Got Nobody” and “I Don’t Feel Like Rockin’ The Blues”. The latter is a big city, mellow tune….with soprano sax and brushes on the drum kit. The constants that carry through “Hit The Bricks” are great sax solos by Tom Trinka cool harp by Peter Quinn, and solid back up from a tight rhythm section. I consider this Chicago band’s “Hit The Bricks” to be a good driving-down-the-highway CD…. the kind you can stick in the CD player and cruise up the interstate and never skip a tune. Mike Edwards Suncoast Blues Society Twelve Bar Rag May/June 2004

“Thank you for a very tasty treat for dem’ ol’ earholes. Cookin’ disk. Guaranteed to please the most demanding blueshead. Instant party. This CD will be in heavy rotation for a long time comin.’”
Mark Smith a//k/a “The Blues Pilot” KJLU 88.9 FM, Jefferson City, MO

“Blues that the Blues Brothers would like. One hears that this band is very professional and that the musicians have played hundreds of gigs. Their own compositions like “Bulletproof Heart” are good but too few. The conversions are perfectly played as well, like Taj Mahal’s “Mailbox Blues”. Everyone who likes this kind of music should buy this excellent CD (without any hesitation!)”
Dietmar Hoscher, Head of Blues Department, CONCERTO, Vienna, Austria

“This is an impressive album… a fine job. This compares well with better known bands… it makes me want to see the band… these tunes swing… it’s what blues needs and often lacks, especially in blues-rock… good solos all around… very tasteful and well done… thanks for some really good music.”

- Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records, October, 2003

I have, “a copy of your album, “Hit The Bricks” and I played “Bulletproof Heart” on my last show to a good response. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to hear your great music in this neck of the woods. Who knows, maybe we might find Skip one day.”
Ian Gracie, The Blues Goblin, Plains FM 96.6, Christchurch, New Zealand

“Thank you !! We received a copy of Skip Towne and the Greyhounds recently. I have enjoyed listening to the disc and am planning lots of airplay. You’ve already received airplay with more to come.”
Timothy Murray, KDLG-AM: Gone Fishin’ Blues, Dillingham, Alaska

“Thank you for the Skip Towne CD. I like my blues with a dash of swing, so your CD went down a treat. I’m playing “Boom, Boom…Lights”, “Don’t Worry Baby” & ” I Get Evil”.
Dave Glenn, Plains FM 96.9, Christchurch, New Zealand

“We look forward to producing strong sales results for you.”
Daniel Ramage, Sales Manager, Blues Revue

“We’ve got the fabulous sounds of Skip Towne & The Greyhounds and I’m excited to have Skip Towne and pals with us, as they happen to be one of my personal favorites as well as a favorite of Crawdaddy Bayou staff, and guests.”
Crawdaddy Bayou, Wheeling, IL

I’ve heard nothing but good about the Greyhounds…I would promote your disc with each vehicle I’m involved with. I’d be happy to feature anything you send me and I’d be happy to do some leg work and help in any way I can.”
Ray Whebbe, The Sport Spectator, Minneapolis, MN

“I thought the strongest material on the disc were your originals. “BULLETPROOF HEART”, knocked me out. “I AIN’T GOT NOBODY” and “I DON’T FEEL LIKE ROCKIN’ THE BLUES” are splendid tunes as well…I thought the cover tunes were fine, it’s just that I believe the CD and the band would have been better served showcasing the talent and the obvious creative powers with the group by including more original material on the release. It shows that ya’ll work really well together and have a connection many groups lack. I can see why you guys are playing almost every night of the week. Fine project guys. I intend to play “Bulletproof” on next Monday’s show.”
James “The Blues Hound” Nagel, KPFT, Houston, Texas

“I am particularly interested in your latest release “HIT THE BRICKS”, I’ve heard it is exceptional.”
John Bates Queensland, Australia

“Just a note to thank you for the album. It’s a good ‘un. My favorite track is “TORE DOWN”. I’ve been playing Freddy King’s version and also Clapton’s version, but I’ll play yours also in a future show. I also liked Larry Davis’ song “HELP THE POOR” and Willie Nelson’s “NIGHTLIFE”. Thanks again and good luck with the album…I’ll give it a good bit of airplay.”
Martin Davies Radio Maldwyn Limited, Newton, Powys, Great Britain

“Skip Towne & The Greyhounds sound like they’ve spent a lotta time on the tour bus – Music guaranteed to rock any roadhouse on the highway.”
Blues Access-Spring 2001

“All in all, a very respectable and tasteful album…the playing was very good and feeling full, the band was exceptionally solid, and there was a level of professionalism that I rarely hear from a local band I don’t know…this was still way better than 90% of the material I receive and there was a lot here for you to be proud of…I think you’ve got a good band and have done a good job presenting yourselves. Thanks for sharing the good music”
Bruce Iglauer, President, Alligator Records & Artist Management, Inc. April 2001