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Electrofied (sometimes referred to as The Electrofied Blues Band) is an American electric blues band, featuring Tony Fazio on lead guitar, Rob Rusteberg on bass, Richard James Burgess on drums and singer, Scott Taylor, as lead vocalist. Scott Taylor has also recorded for BackBeat Records.
When the band was founded by Tony Fazio and Richard Burgess in 2002, it was basically a cover band. Covering songs by blues greats B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Fazio's "Deep Blues" style of guitar playing and Burgess' rock style drumming, together created a style of blues, thus the "Electrofied Blues" sound was created.
With original singer Lane Whigham, the group played publicly to mostly rock audiences. However, their style was "blues" and remained so on their first album release Sunday Morning Blues. The album was cut live in the studio with one take per song.
Personnel changes began in 2005, just a few weeks before Sunday Morning Blues was released. Whigham decided to leave the group to concentrate on education opportunities. Fazio called on singer Scott Taylor of whom he had worked with a few years prior. A few months later, bassist Charles Soloman was replaced by Rob Rusteburg.
Scott Taylor, a native of Washington, D.C., was raised on blues music. His influences are Bobby Womack, Bobby Blue Bland, Al Green and James Brown. Taylor's lead vocal added a soulful and gospel flavor to the groups already blues rock style.
Electrofied is currently[when?] promoting a second studio album release Bad Case of The Blues, on Marva Records. The songs are all originals written by members Taylor, Fazio and Burgess. The group has been performing their new songs at live performances and have been getting positive responses. The new project includes guest spots by noted Blues artist, Charlie Sayles and is already included on several blues playlists all over the world.
Tony Fazio has been playing since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in music from Berklee College of Music and owns, operates and teaches at the Annapolis Guitar School. Tony has played nationally and internationally at many major music festivals with non-notable artists such as Memphis Gold and Charlie Sayles.
Richard James Burgess has played on hundreds of hit records both as a studio musician and an artist in the UK, USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is featured in the book called The A to Z of Rock Drummers.
Scott Taylor started out in gospel music. He began singing dance music in the late 1980s. He had a number 1 record on the UK Dance Chart with the release of "Not So Far Away" (1991) and recorded "Don't Turn Your Back" produced by Deep Dish (1993), both from Back Beat Records. In 1997, he began to concentrate solely on soul and blues music.
- Sunday Morning Blues, 2005
- Live Performances, 2007
- Bad Case of The Blues, 2009/2010