Private Function - Wedding 3rd October 2009
Well, what can I say to express how much we enjoyed our Wedding Reception? We were so thrilled with your extraordinary band “Synergy Blue”. The terrific music you played, it’s a real attribute to you all as an observer to see a band that obviously enjoys playing their music as much as the audience enjoyed listening and dancing to it. We really didn't want the evening to end. You all did a great job.
The feedback that we have received so far has been nothing but praise for you all, everyone said how much they enjoyed your performance “Best Wedding Reception ever" , “that Band is amazing” is some of the many comments that spring to mind.
Sam, you were all always more than just a true professional. You made the whole process so easy for us. We really appreciate the way you made us feel comfortable with you right from the first phone call, to seeing you perform prior to our Wedding. Thank you for helping to make our day so memorable.
Please could you also pass on our gratitude to John-Luke, Phil, Mick, Brett and the girls. We would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone wanting to have a fantastic blues band that is reliable, friendly, helpful and willing to go above and beyond.
Thank you all, again, we hope we will be able to think of an excuse to enjoy your company again in the not too distant future
Rhonda and Jeremy Searle
KINGA’S REVIEW – MALDON BLUES CLUB – 5th APRIL 2009.
Well did we, or did we not have a hoot on the 5th April at the Maldon Blues Club.
The whole of Central Victoria had something on, but the Jewel of Central Victoria’ put on a show that would be the envy of any self-respecting live venue.
The Maldon Blues Club featuring Synergy Blue …. Smokin Sam Salzone, Phil Anthony, Neil Busacca, John Luke Shelley and Brett Shelley.
A small crowd enjoyed Electric Blues and it was damned good, in the Chicago vein.
They played blues; rock, funk and reggae to the delight of the crowd, with an energy level that made the punters get up on their feet early in the first set.
Sam played Blues Harp with passion, not with attitude (Harp to be enjoyed.)
The Shelley boys played their brand of guitar that both impressed and left the audience wanting more. All in all a great day.
APRIL 5th 2009 “MALDON BLUES CLUB” @ Maldon Hotel
On behalf of the Maldon Blues Club, thanks for such a great day. It would be one of the best gigs that we have had over the 4+ years we have been in existence and having had you up as a regular act, you and the group have grown incredibly…just a really great day.
Please pass on our thanks to all of the guys and hope to see you all in the near future.
"As president of the Melbourne Blues Appreciation
Society, I see quite a number of bands and acts who
perform for us, some of these bands are quite new
to the blues scene as is “Synergy Blue”
Comprising of 4 members, this band although new to
our scene, is not new to the blues, all of the members
are seasoned blues players who have come together
for the purpose of bringing their knowledge and the
blues to the public, and we are very pleased they
did. Playing a gig for the MBAS these four accomplished
band members have proved to us that they are more
than ready to take it to the masses. Thoroughly enjoyable
with a great blues feel, they will go far!"
Sonia Meggs, President, Melbourne
Blues Appreciation Society
SYNERGY BLUE “ROCKS” Maldon
It was with great pleasure that the Maldon Blues Club
hosted Synergy Blue for the second time this year.
Sam Salzone (Vocal and Blues Harp) is a singer and
musician who fronts the band and is an artist with
great style and feeling for the Blues. Chris Magira
plays electrifying guitar that puts injects great
energy into the group, along with the steady and driving
beat of the drummer Grant Collie and the great backing
of Delta Chris on bass.
They all add up to a very powerful Blues band that
had the capacity crowd on their feet and shouting
Synergy Blue is a new and powerful force in the Victorian
Blues Scene and thanks again to Sam and the boys for
such a great Sunday afternoon.
Ken White, Convener, Maldon
Well done Sam.
I enjoy those impromptu jam gigs.
You play with great passion man. All the best with
Achison, after a gig at Manchester Lane 22nd August
“Sam Salzone, ’Mr. Blues Passion’
himself recently wowed the crowd at Manchester Lane
as a guest of the Host Band Phoenix. A combination
of a solid vocal performance accompanied by his trade
mark blistering yet soulful harp renditions of blues
classics left the crowd applauding for more. Sam is
truly on the scene!”
Maurice Traugott Committee Member, MBAS
CD Review by Chris Spencer. –
Courtesy of Maldon Blues Club Newsletter – May 2008
A Taste of Synergy - 2007
Synergy Blue is a Melbourne based blues band, featuring Sam Salzone on voice and harmonica. Salzone has been up to Maldon a couple of times, and as far as I'm concerned he can play here every week - I'll be there to see him!
I just love the way this cd heads off -the big Hammond playing too short few bars of Green Onions. When I first listened to the cd, I was disappointed, thinking it only went down hill after that, but on repeated listens, I have come to appreciate the album.
Man of Distinction, is a slow smouldering number with the organ swelling in the background, Sam's distinct voice up front, and his harmonica taking leave at the end. In contrast, Killing Floor is upbeat and features a wailing harmonica solo preceding an organ solo over a familiar bass riff.
Bow Wind features another Hammond organ solo, played by Gary Jones. Blues with a Feeling is a slow number that has a guitar solo courtesy of Alby Sutherland and plenty of organ as well.
Get Out of my Life Woman continues the same vein, while Crosscut Saw has a meatier riff. The excitement continues with Cross Roads, while I Ain't Superstitious is bit more laidback, and the album finishes with a second version of Man of Distinction - only this one is 6 minutes 60 seconds long according to the slick, which when I went to school, a full 7 minutes of great blues.
Make sure you catch Smokin' Sam when he plays at Maldon again!
Extract from blog on My Space Woodies Open Stage.
4th June 2008
Neil is another good mate of ours who is also an extremely competent bass player, currently working with Synergy Blue, and it was a delight to catch up with him last night and have him perform for us on a few sets. He also fronted the microphone for a number on main vocals and again displayed an ability to hit the high notes that would be the envy of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, herself, something he attributes to giving up the cancer sticks a couple of years ago, which is just another one of his many enviable abilities.
Last, but by no means least, we had the pleasure of seeing our good mate, Smokin' Sam, there last night and having him up for a set or two. This guy is an acknowledged master of the harp and it's always an absolute treat to hear him play one. If you ever get the chance to see him perform with his band, Synergy Blue, take it because you'll be in for a top night of entertainment, that's for sure!