September 11, 2019 - Patrick Heller / Scott Heller
In this episode part 3 of 3 Patrick interviews his brother, One of the founders of Agape Blues Company, a Premier Gospel Blues Band in Upstate New York's capital region, Scott Heller - Cigar Box Guitarist and Vocals. They talk about how Agape Blues plays different shows that "normal" bands just don't do. Like playing at the Albany City Mission's Chapel Service once a month for people that are homeless and down trodden. Also they play once a month at a senior center, that both their parents are in, in Schenectady, NY and a rehab center in Troy, NY where some of the people at the centers requested him to play Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. Which Scott had to learn the cords to that song for the next time they were there with a couple of Elvis tunes and joked about how he and his bass player Mark have a competition singing Elvis tunes and throwing hips like Elvis did. Scott goes on to talk about the Grand Canyon (the big ditch in the ground). Also how at the Grand Canyon he ran into people from New Jersey and about the word Agape being a Greek word and how the meaning of the word is "God's love for man". One of his harmonica players was from New Jersey, wow what a small world we live in. Scott talked about taking a tour of the Bad Lands and how awesome it was. He then spoke of how incredible the Grand Canyon is and was trying to figure out how on Earth Evel Knievel jump it on a motorcycle at Eagle's Point. Scott also talked about having people invite the band, because the live experience is much better, to play at your church, coffee house, street corner and parking lot.
Agape Blues Company is a Christian blues band established in 2012 with the purpose of praising God and spreading the Gospel message through our music.
They have performed in parking lots, baseball stadiums, coffeehouses, barns, music festivals, and churches from Whitehall New York to Sturgis South Dakota to Columbia South Carolina. Our 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. We use both homemade and traditional instruments in creating our unique sound.
Agape Blues Company was blessed with the 2016 Capital District Music Award for Best Inspirational Group!
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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.