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Rocking duo sing the hits

Thursday, 17th January, 2013

John Gavranich, a veteran of the BH music scene, is enjoying his time with Blue Ridge. John Gavranich, a veteran of the BH music scene, is enjoying his time with Blue Ridge.

By Emily Roberts

The country rock band Blue Ridge plays at the Democratic Club this weekend.

The band has been together for almost two years, according to guitarist and vocalist John Gavranich.

"A lot of us have been playing in various bands. Peter Crombie and I were in a duo called 'Rustic'," Mr Gavranich said.

"We did a charity concert in Sturt Park; that's when Baz Bressanelli and John Guthrie came on board.

"Baz plays the bass guitar, Peter plays the guitar and John plays the drums. All members of the band are involved with the vocals."

Mr Gavranich said the band plays country rock but will mix it up from time to time.

"We do a lot of songs by Alan Jackson but we also mix it up with some Roy Orbison," he said.

"I also enjoy singing John Fogerty. Essentially we are country rock but we provide additional entertainment.

"We cater for our audiences. People who go to the clubs like the older songs."

Mr Gavranich said the band has also performed in Packsaddle and he and Peter had played in Innamincka.

"It's funny how people get to know you," he said.

"But mainly we do Broken Hill and surrounding regional areas."

Local audiences enjoy Blue Ridge's music, Mr Gavranich said.

"We have a good following. People often request their favourite songs.

"It is really good; it feeds us to do more songs."

Mr Gavranich said the band practises reasonably regularly.

"We try to learn new songs and tidy up the songs we're not happy with," he said.

"The good thing about the band is it provides that team feel.

"We know we are providing and doing something together. It's also good to be on stage.

Mr Gavranich said he always enjoys playing music at the end of the working week

"It gets you out and about - music, for me, is very therapeutic."

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