Hadden Sayers to bring Texas-sized blues, rock to Murphy

By John Hamilton - jhamilton@civitasmedia.com

WILMINGTON — A little slice Texas is coming to the Murphy Theatre as Hadden Sayers will be singing the blues and rocking out again on Saturday.

Getting his start in 1993, the Houston native has said that music from his home state has played a huge part in his life. Whether it was ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, or Albert Collins, there’s a little bit of all of them in his shows.

The Texas influence is even shown on the cover art for his two most recent albums, “Rolling Soul” and “Hard Dollar.” The art was created by another Houston-based artist, Carlos Hernandez.

He later moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2005 so his wife could pursue a career in cancer research. Thankfully he had a good connection for networking with Mark Frye of Phil Dirt and the Dozers, who is also a relative.

“He was one of the first guys I connected with,” said Sayers. “One of the first times I got play with the Dozers was when we did a benefit for Craig Goodwin.”

An early instance of playing at the Murphy was 11 years ago when he played with other guitarists during a bash. Since playing there, he has made Murphy a performance destination for his band as well as playing here with the Dozers.

“When I was in Texas I played in bars and at festivals, but there’s something great about playing at a gorgeous, historical theater,” said Sayers.

The other members of the band include Mark Frye on bass, Tony McClung on drums, and Dave DeWitt on keyboards.

“We’re looking forward to playing at the Murphy. We’re also looking forward to seeing familiar and friendly faces,” said Sayers.

He also stated, “Wilmington has a real gem with the Murphy.”

Tickets are available for purchase at the Murphy box office 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through Friday, or call 937-382-3643 or visit www.themurphytheatre.org. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.


By John Hamilton


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