Press Quotes

"Hayes is a smart guy with a fresh approach to songwriting from which other lyricists would do well to draw inspiration. His solos and vocals are impassioned and burn with the heat of a man who has walked through fire.

His fat Fender tones and flowing fretwork conjures the spirit of Stevie Ray the way Stevie tipped his hat to Albert King and Lonnie Mack. The Grind should solidify his position as a rising force in the blues and blues-rock pantheon."
Jim Kanavy, The Blues Blast, May 6, 2014
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"Once in awhile you come across a gem and Vincent is one of these gems. I am looking forward to what the future holds for him.”
Nancy Gallardo, WYCE-FM, Grand Rapids
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The Grind is a powerhouse attack that mixes a considerable portion of soul and funk, with timely and reflective lyrics and Hayes’ muscular guitar and vocals.”
Blues Bytes
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"With "The Grind" Vincent Hayes proves his BMA nomination for "Reclamation" was no fluke. Vincent's songwriting takes a big step forward as he bares his soul with his lyrics. His guitar work shines throughout "The Grind" showing real growth."
Vinny Bond Marini - Music On The Couch
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"Hayes plays from the heart, wherever that might take him. While there are blues hues to satiate longtime fans, Hayes' writing and sincere delivery straddle rock, funk, blues and more with a rootsy sort of charm that grows audiences. Vincent Hayes has a lot to say about the state of the world, which gives the genre-spanning material on his new studio album rare power and a gritty honesty. The Grind represents the evolution of his musical approach, finding favor not just as a blues guitarist, but as a “roots rock singer-songwriter with blues guitar skills,” a great band and well-crafted songs."
John Sinkevics, GR Press, Local Spins.com
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"With the quality of blues that this young man is playing, he is quickly establishing himself as one to watch. I predict there won't be a sophomore slump with this new CD (The Grind)” 
Johnny “Full-time” Luttrell, Full-time Blues Radio
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“It is rare for an artist to display such maturity on a debut release, but this album certainly marks the beginning of Hayes’s career, because I can’t imagine an artist with such creative compositions, strong voice and guitar skills could get lost in the crowd. Anyone who loves great guitar work should own this CD, as it is apparent to me that it is indeed the best debut of 2010.”
Twoj Blues, Poland

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“Scorching gutsy guitar work, pounding piano, clean vocals and strong songs that leave you gasping for breath and craving more. Brilliant!”
Rootstime, The Netherlands
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“Every year there seems to be at least one great guitar album that comes out and just slaps me full in the face and makes me take notice. This year it’s the Vincent Hayes Project. Reclamation just may be one of the most enjoyable albums I have heard all year long. What great songwriting and musicianship. Terrific rhythm section, killer keyboard players, superb guitar playing and well-written lyrics. These guys are smokin’ start to finish. Vincent Hayes can work those strings in spades.There is just nothing not to like about this disc. A follow-up cannot come quick enough for me!”
Greg Johnson, Cascade Blues Association
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“Inspired, persuasively pensive guitar work that might even cause Clapton to raise an eyebrow in appreciation. Two thumbs up!”
Gary von Tersch, Big City Rhythm & Blues
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"This is a CD that you must have in your collection!"
Review The Blues, the Netherlands
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"Great bass leads, hot percussion, and zealous organ. Had me holding my breath. Absolutely amazing work."
Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro, Mary 4 Music
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“Honest, sensitive blues, played with passion from a point of desperation with the huge intensity that should be required of any band to play the blues. GREAT.”
Vicente’ Zumel, La Hora del Blues
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"I'm digging these tunes! Everything I've
heard from it is a winner. It's a smoker!"

Pat St. John, B.B. King’s Bluesville, Sirius/XM
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“Vincent Hayes approaches the blues with both energy and tasteful skill. This guy is a real killer blues player!”
Vicente’ Zumel, La Hora del Blues
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“Hayes is an excellent guitarist and vocalist and the band is equally impressive in support. Reclamation is an exceptional set of modern blues.”
Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes
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“He is an excellent guitarist who can cover all parts
of the blues repertoire with ease.”

John Mitchell, Blues Blast
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“Brilliant, cliché’ free lyrics”
Gary von Tersch, Big City Rhythm & Blues
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“(there is) a realism to the band that you soon learn applies to everything that they do. The lyrics aren't forced, and neither is the playing. The music is natural.” Fulltime Blues
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“Few musicians these days can sustain that inner aura of moodiness that is at the core of the blues for ten minutes on even one album cut-here Hayes does it twice.”
Gary von Tersch, Big City Rhythm & Blues
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“Reclamation is a thoroughly modern blues album, but not a stale blues-rock album. The results speak for themselves: Alves and Hugley form an air-tight unit that backs Hayes with a loose, funky groove, and Hayes proves to be a dexterous axe man whose charisma and love for the music shine strong throughout the disc.”
Living Blues Magazine October 2010
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"Man, I like what you guys do!"
Steve Miller, The Steve Miller Band
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"The playing throughout the entire disc is solid, but the way Hugley kills on the skins as "Middle Man" hits its climax is phenomenal!"
Johnny Fulltime, Full-time Blues
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"Monster guitar player. I'm in Heaven! The musicianship is stellar throughout. You better trust me on this one and go get yourself a copy! 10 out of 10"
Ron Hoerter, Great Northern Blues Society
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“Full of energy from start to finish! The guitar tone is delicious!”
Recoil Magazine
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"The rhythm section is immaculate throughout "
John Mitchell, Blues Blast Magazine
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"If you don't move in one way or three others, then you gotta be dead.
 Amazing stuff!"
  -Storm Rogers, WGVU 88.5 FM Grand Rapids, MI
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“I bought this album just over a month ago and it hasn't been off my playist since. It is absolutely fantastic stuff with no tracks being filler or a throwaway. I have being listening to blues now for 30 years and have many albums by the classic blues kings such as BB King, Muddy, Freddy King,Albert King etc and more contemporary artists like Robert Cray, Joe LouisWalker, Magic Slim etc. This album stands alongside the work of these contemporary guys, its riveting stuff and stands for repeated plays. The guitar work is great with a very tight rhythm section. I really like this band and cant wait till they come to the UK so I can get a chance to see them. Hats off to one of the best blues albums of 2010.”
Bob Dunsby, CDbaby Fan
 

ComScore

Full Reviews of The Grind

Blues Blast Magazine
Review of The Grind
May 06, 2014
http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/vincent-hayes-the-grind-album-review/

Blues Bytes
Review of The Grind
http://www.bluenight.com/BluesBytes/wn1113.html

Full-time Blues Episode 1331
Sept 09, 2013, John "Full Time" Luttrell
http://fulltimeblues.com/tag/vincent-hayes/

Local Spins With John Sinkevics
Artist Spotlight August 22, 2013
http://localspins.com/grand-haven-singer-and-guitarist-vincent-hayes

Music on The Couch w/ Vinny Marini
World Premier of The Grind
08/05/13
http://www.musiconthecouch.com/2013/08/080513-world-premier

Holland Sentinel
Top Music Picks-Holiday Guide
http://www.hollandsentinel.com/

Blues Festival Guide
The Grind, Dec 05, 2013
http://www.bluesfestivalguide.com/wp_blues

Full Reviews of Reclamation

Review of Reclamation by Greg Johnson at Cascade Blues Association,
Portland, OR. January 2010

http://cascadeblues.org/joomla/index.php/
bluesnotes-online/cd-reviews/700-qreclamationq


Mary4Music by Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro December 15, 2010
http://www.mary4music.com/CD52.html#CDVincentHayes1

Review The Blues-December 2010
http://www.reviewtheblues.com/vincent hayes.html

La Hora del Blues-Spain December 2010
http://www.lahoradelblues.com/criticas.htm

Big City Rhythm & Blues Blues Magazine October 2010
http://www.bigcitybluesmag.com

Living Blues Magazine October 2010

Full-Time Blues Sept 2010
http://www.fulltimeblues.com/blues_music_review_091510.html

Blues Bytes July 2010
http://www.bluenight.com/BluesBytes/wn0710.html

Great Northern Blues Society August 2010
http://www.gnbs.org/gnbs/pages/cd-review-menu
/the-vincent-hayes-project-rocky-jackson-amp-dennis-jones.php


Blues Blast Magazine May 20, 2010
http://www.thebluesblast.com/Archive/BluesBlasts/2010/BluesBlast5_20_10.htm
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