September 11, 2019 - Patrick Heller
The entertainment continues as Patrick and his brother Scott talk about Agape Blues Company and more! Here in part three of three we find out that most people don’t even realize the talent that lies beneath the surface of Scott Heller. His music is a ministry but a performance for all to enjoy. Kind of like ZZ Top in robes! He looks at it as a different way to bring the message and play in places that most “traditional or normal” bands don’t play. Like the Albany N.Y. City Mission where the band plays at the chapel once a month during services for the homeless and downtrodden. They also play at senior centers like in Troy and Schenectady N.Y.; the latter is where Patrick & Scott's parents live.
The Agape Blues Company started with playing about an hour of just gospel blues. Then one day a guy asked if they knew “Sweet Caroline” (by Neil Diamond). Scott promised that they would learn the chords for the next month. The following month they played it as well as “Stand by Me” (by Ben E. King). He also played Stand by Me at Sturgis in 2017 and loved the experience.
Now they do about one-half hour of gospel blues and one-half hour of classics like Elvis, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash and Otis Redding. They play the songs people know and can sing along with. Scott and his Bass player Mike have dueling “Elvis” competitions where they alternate songs. No hips swinging though, don’t want to break a hip! They limit their dancing to a little two-step or shuffle on stage now and then.
Scott goes on to mention how one of his guitars will have to be repaired once he gets back home and how he will need a bit of rest and relaxation. He loved seeing the Badlands of South Dakota and the Grand Canyon. Was amazed at Eagle Point where Evel Knievel’s son jumped the Canyon in 1999. After leaving the Grand Canyon, Scott and family stopped here in Phoenix on their way back east for another get together in Pennsylvania, then home. Maybe California will make it on his next trip!
Just in case you missed them Links to Episodes 3 & 4 are below:
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The music used in the show is by the Agape Blues Company whose music includes many original songs, Christian hymns and contemporary worship songs played in a blues style, as well as traditional blues music with Christian lyrics. They use both homemade and traditional instruments in creating our unique sound. You can find info about the group here.