Hadden Sayers Band at BluesDays at River City in Wheeling

Hadden Sayers

WHEELING — Born in Nacogdoches, Texas, and raised on a steady diet of Texas roots and blues music, Hadden Sayers has become a blues-rock master.

Sayers and his band will perform at BluesDays at River City at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

“Haden is a great singer, songwriter and bluesman who splits his time between playing guitar for Phil Dirt and the Dozers, as a featured guitarist for Ruthie Foster, along with fronting his own band, which will be coming to River City,” said Bruce Wheeler, producer of BluesDays and Heritage Music BluesFest.

“Hadden is now based out of Columbus, Ohio, which allowed me to call on him in 2014 when John Nemeth had to cancel his appearance at Heritage Music BluesFest at the last minute. I’ve been trying to return the favor and bring him back to Wheeling ever since.”

Millions of miles of touring the world and nine albums in, Sayers’ rise has been anything but meteoric. It’s been a consistent and steady ascent to a level of expertise that few achieve. His latest album, “Dopamine Machine,” is 11 songs performed in both full band and solo acoustic arrangements, proving that Sayers’ songwriting stands up to reinterpretation and begs for more.

Sayers is just as comfortable on a massive festival stage with a Stratocaster in his hands as he is strumming an acoustic guitar in your living room. He is equal parts blue-eyed soul and red-hot guitar. Sayers and his band are masters of their instruments, but his passionate songwriting, which twists roots rock, blues and soul music into something completely fresh, is what sets him apart from the pack.

River City is located at 1400 Main St., Wheeling. For tickets, visit www.heritage musicfest.com.

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