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For the second month in a row, local blues rock trio, The Broken Lights, got over 150 votes in our monthly Featured Band/Artist contest and earned themselves some well-deserved free promo, but I’ve been a fan of theirs since well before they made it to the top ranks of our contest!  If you haven’t seen this act live, you have definitely been missing some fantastic local and original blues rock!

Bio:  The Broken Lights formed in the summer of 2010 when vocalist/guitarist, Tyler Cochran (age 20, Vandalia), got together with bassist, Andy Uzzel (age 17, Tipp City), and drummer, Zach Grove (age 19, Vandalia). After tossing around different band names, the three finally settled on “The Broken Lights” referring to a Beatles’ lyric in “Across the Universe.”  The three of them soon found that they had a musical chemistry that none of them had experienced before, and the Dayton area has luckily been on the receiving end of that chemistry!   The band has played many Ohio venues, not the least of which are McGuffy’s House of Rock and Canal Street Tavern in Dayton and The Agora in Cleveland. The Broken Lights won the Cincinnati Battle of the Bands at The Mad Frog in May of 2012 and has also played a ton of area festivals. The band is primarily a rock group, with strong influences from the blues, which can be heard in their original songs, ten of which were recorded on their self-titled album, released March 15, 2013.

Sounds Like: Cream (band), ZZ Top, The Black Keys, Jet, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Since the release of the debut album, The Broken Lights have been working hard blowing up the local scene with shows (14 past shows between the beginning of May and now and 10 upcoming shows between now and the beginning of September).  They are currently at #1 spot on the Dayton Blues/Rock charts on ReverbNation, and I have been lucky enough to have the privilege of playing on the same night with these guys earlier this year at J-Alan’s!  Their set is full of energy and truly solid musicianship, and Cochran’s stage presence is already that of a well-seasoned performer.  Being still in the prime of their youth though, I fully expect these cats to become great musicians, but you should catch them while you can because they’re on a music mission and may not be local for long!!!

The Broken Lights MUSIC on ReverbNation
The Broken Lights SHOWS on Facebook
The Broken Lights VIDEOS on YouTube
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