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Lionel Young

"The Lionel Young Band from the Colorado Blues Society brought the Orpheum crowd to its feet with his horn-driven sound. Young, who won the solo-duo crown in 2008 is an entertainer’s entertainer, whether singing, playing guitar, or playing his violin."

"We were impressed with Lionel Young Band’s performance . . . acapella (Sam Cooke song) showcasing their vocal ability. Lionel also jumped off the stage and headed into the crowd playing his fiddle behind his back . . . Brilliant and effective for a convincing win! . . . [They] deserve a place on your must-see list."

--Bob Kieser - Blues Blast Magazine FEB 2011

Lionel Young is a high energy performer with a bent for the blues. His LIONEL YOUNG BAND, winner of numerous awards for best in and around the Colorado region, have won the 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) band competition. Added to his victory at the 2008 IBC in the solo-duo category, that makes Lionel Young the first double champion in the history of the IBC.


Fans of the driven, classically-trained Young love his distinctive brand of blues on the electric violin. His show features not only Young originals but interpretations of blues classics by Willie Dixon, Leadbelly and Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with the strength and passion of Young’s playing, his smooth vocals and unique translations. The songs, which include his award-winning composition “Brown Cloud Over Denver” and “Hey, OJ,” a controversial little gem, alternately stir up social concerns and soothe the weary soul. It’s prime. It’s fun. It’s Lionel Young.

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