After years on the road, Jay LaBoy's solo act, Acoustically Speaking is ready to take the show to Georgia.
Jay has been nominated for two Abilene Awards for Best Guitarist in Philadelphia and was chosen as Artist of the Month by (link hidden). Jay has shared the stage and studio with players like Jeff Pitchell, Jimi Bell, the legendary Jimmy Dawkins, Sean Costello, Jefre Washington, Marc Iezzi, Burt Teague and many more amazing artists.
In his nearly 25 year career, Jay has toured the world, worked 5 cruise ship contracts and performed for nearly 300,000 people. His CD releases, both solo and with various bands have received rave reviews from every music lover that has heard Jay live.
Jay is an excellent entertainer... He is friendly, professional, accommodating, and prepared. He sounded great and everyone really enjoyed themselves.
I couldn't have been more pleased, B.D.DeLosier
Response from Acoustically Speaking:
I had a great time at the party and met some great people. Thank so much for booking me, Brian. I'm so glad you had a good time. You have a review on here for me with 1 star ratings and one with 5 star ratings. Don't know what happened. Anyway, thanks again and I hope you'll think of me when you throw another party. Love the song choices, by the way. Take care, my friend.
Jay was awesome. I had a birthday party in my home with about 25 guest, Jay sounded great! Right after I booked him through GigSalad he called me to confirm the gig. He called again a few days before the party to confirm our plans and sent me a play list with probably 1000 songs and asked if I had any request. I didn't really have any request and asked him to play whatever he wanted. He picked out perfect songs for our party and before long was taking request from party guest. He definitely made my birthday party special and will ask him to perform again at my next party. Thank you!
Response from Acoustically Speaking:
Thank you, Steve. I had a blast at the party. The guests were so cool and it was wonderful to see everyone dancing. I haven't had people dance before to literally every song I played. Thank you for booking me and I hope we can do it again. Your hospitality was greatly appreciated. Tell everyone I said hello. Peace to you all.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Unions: BMI, ASCAP
What to Expect
Acoustically Speaking has been painstakingly put together via nearly 25 years of professional experience. With a song list of over 1,100 songs, Jay LaBoy delivers melodic and familiar guitar lines, strong vocals and lyrics that are both meaningful and fun. Audience members usually sit back and say, "Wow, I haven't heard this song in years!! I love this song!!" Fans can browse Jay's extensive request list and enjoy some great music. There's definitely something for everyone to find. Something that will cause their foot to tap or their memories come rushing back. Either way, an Acoustically Speaking show brings smiles and music to all within ear shot.
Jay LaBoy -- Acoustically Speaking
Guitarist - Singer - Songwriter
1989: Began playing guitar (self taught) in Connecticut, taking tips from players like Jeff Pitchell, Jimi Bell (House of Lords/Geezer Butler Band/The Tramps/Diamondback) and Burt Teague
1989-1995: Joined the band Twist of Fate as lead singer/lead guitarist playing classic rock covers
Sept - Nov 1995: Toured South Korea and Japan with Twist of Fate playing six nights a week for the U.S. Department of Defense and American servicemen and women overseas
Oct 1995: Twist of Fate played a show for the U.S. Air Force’s 25th Anniversary with over 25,000 U.S. servicemen and women in attendance
Jan - June 1996: sold guitars and other musical instruments at The Music Exchange in Newington, CT alongside Connecticut guitar legend, Jimi Bell
June - Aug 1997: toured the United States with the variety band, Sister Sez
Feb 1998: relocated to Philadelphia and joined the 5 piece blues band, Wall of Blues, as lead guitarist/backing vocalist
May 1998 - May 2004: started the 3 piece Stevie Ray Vaughan/Jimi Hendrix tribute band, “Hurricane” Jay LaBoy & In Step, serving as guitarist/vocalist and managing the band
May 1998: played alongside Chicago blues legend, Jimmy Dawkins, at The Adams Mark Hotel in Philadelphia during a show honoring Mr. Dawkins
1998 - Present: Built and maintained the “Hurricane” Jay LaBoy & In Step web site which later became the Acoustically Speaking web site ((link hidden))
May 1999: Produced, recorded and released In Step’s debut CD, “Step Aside”, with Jimmy Dawkins performing on two of In Step’s original songs (CD also contained the track “Goin’ Home”, written with Jimi Bell of House of Lords/Geezer Butler Band/The Tramps/Diamondback)
June - Aug 1999: Nominated twice for Best Guitarist in Philadelphia at the annual Abilene Music Awards
July 2000: Performed at The Lehigh Valley Blues Festival with In Step on a double bill with former Susan Tedeschi guitarist Sean Costello (1979-2008)
Sept 2000: Chosen as Lehigh Valley’s Artist of the Month by (link hidden), the leading blues web site in PA
Dec 2001: Produced, recorded and released In Step’s 2nd CD, “Pure Soul”, writing the title track with Jimi Bell (House of Lords/Geezer Butler Band/The Tramps/Diamondback)
June 2003: Performed with In Step at WIP 610 AM’s annual Beef & BBQ at Philadelphia’s Veteran Stadium
Aug 2003: Performed with In Step for the Philadelphia Phillies organization at Veteran Stadium and became one of the last two bands to play at “The Vet” before it was torn down (The other band was none other than chart toppers Bon Jovi)
Dec 2003: Co-produced the release of In Step’s 3rd CD, “Sho’ ‘Nuff: “Hurricane” Jay LaBoy & In Step Live @ The Lehigh Valley Blues Festival” with Marc Iezzi
Sept 2004: Joined The Buicks, a Lehigh Valley blues band that had already been playing the Philadelphia area for 25 years
March 2005: Signed to Teletone Records as a member of The Buicks
July 2006: Featured guitarist on the Teletone Records release, “The Buicks: Featuring “Hurricane” Jay LaBoy”
July 2006: Produced, recorded and released “Songs From A One Bedroom Apartment”, a solo acoustic CD containing cover songs as well as original material
Aug 2006: Signed to Teletone Records as a solo artist after leaving The Buicks
March 2007: Reformed “Hurricane” Jay LaBoy & In Step
June 2007: Remastered and re-released “Songs From A One Bedroom Apartment”, adding two new original songs
May 2007: Joined the chart topping 80’s rock band, Hit The Ground Runnin’, signed to Universal Records
July 2007: Formed the acoustic act, Acoustically Speaking, playing solo shows as well as duo and trio performances with Marc Iezzi (Cinderella/Dead Dog‘s Eye/“Hurricane” Jay LaBoy & In Step) and Walter “Willie” Williams (Dead Dog‘s Eye/“Hurricane” Jay LaBoy & In Step)
April 2008: Performed with Hit The Ground Runnin’ for a worldwide web cast on (link hidden)
Aug 2008: Relocated back home to CT performing solo acoustic shows and sitting in with bands like The Tramps (Jimi Bell) and Mamma Jamma (Glenn Webb)
Nov 2008: Signed on with Top Notch Talent in Plainville, Connecticut
Aug. 2009: Began an eight month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines, aboard the cruise ship Miracle, as a solo acoustic performer
July 2010: Began a one month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines, aboard the cruise ship Dream, as a solo acoustic performer
October 2010: released 2nd solo acoustic CD, "Why Isn't This Working?"
October 2010: traveled to Europe for a few months to play shows in Ukraine to support the release of the 2nd Acoustically Speaking CD
November 2010: played a show at the Ukranian House of Culture in Izmail, Ukraine benefiting AIDS awareness, anti-drugs and anti-alcohol. The band consisted of local guitar professor, Yuri Panfilov, and three young musicians that Jay and Yuri instructed and rehearsed with specifically for the performance (Musicians: Denis, Kostya and Vlad)
November 2010: featured in two news articles in the Ukranian newspaper Izmail City. Both articles were written by Maestro Sergei Denisov
December 2010: held a Master Class for music teachers and students at the Izmail School of Art & Music.
December 2010: featured on the Ukranian television program "Melomania" in a half hour special focused on Jay's musical styles and on his performances in Ukraine.
January 2011: returned to the United States and signed on as an acoustic artist with Cubed Squared in Kensington, CT.
April 2011: filmed an instructional DVD for Rockhouse Films in West Haven, Connecticut geared toward left-handed guitarists and available on all media formats in Europe and Australia.
April 2011: Began a one month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines, aboard the cruise ship Legend, as a solo acoustic musician
May 2011: Began a six month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines, aboard the cruise ship Fascination, as a solo acoustic musician
March 2012: Began a six month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines, aboard the cruise ship Freedom, as a solo acoustic musician
November 2012: Relocated to Georgia to bring Acoustically Speaking to the South.
December 2012-2013: Featured artist on (link hidden) every Tuesday on "Afternoons with Deuce".
January 2013: Began a two and a half month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines, aboard the cruise ship Magic, as a solo acoustic musician.
June 2013: Featured on Atlanta's 105.7 FM during their local artists show.
Additional Booking Notes
Ovation guitars, QSC Speakers, Mackie soundboard, Sennheiser microphone, Vocalist Live 3 Harmonist, BOSS RC-3 Loop Station.
Past Booked Events
|June 12, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|March 14, 2015||Birthday Party|
Set list ranges from the 40's & 50's to today's music. Artists such as James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Bon Jovi, Blue October, Eric Clapton, Sugarland, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Jason Mraz, 3 Doors Down, John Mayer as well as original music. Full song list can be seen on my web site which is my name with the obvious dot com.
|Jay LaBoy||Guitarist - Vocalist|
Influences & Inspiration
Largely influenced by Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Blue October, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, John Mayer and many, many more from folk to rock to pop.
Power outlets within reach of the stage.
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