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Welcome from Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans!

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You have arrived! WELCOME to Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans
Navigation tabs are at the very top. Click HERE for BOOKINGS and to contact us.
We hope you enjoy your visit and come back often!

Festivals, Festivals, Festivals!!!

Visit the "UPCOMING SHOWS" page for our complete schedule!

Visit the "UPCOMING SHOWS" page for our complete schedule!

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"Best Blues Albums of 2015" (x 4) !

"THAT'S WHAT THEY SAY" makes FOUR year-end "Best Blues Albums of 2015f" lists! We're delighted that our new CD was chosen by the editors of "Blues Music Magazine" , "Soundguardian" , "Friday Blues Fix", "Down At The Crossroads", as well as a number of DJs world-wide!

"Downbeat" Gives Us 3 1/2 Stars (Highly Listenable!)

New Yorker Brad Vickers is a talented guitarist and amiable singer with an unstudied feel for the blues, ragtime, and breakdowns of the Old South. Indeed, he and fiddlers Margey Peters and Charles Burnham (James Blood Ulmer, Living Color) combine qualities of integrity and congeniality, encouraging listeners to cozy up to 13 entertaining original tunes, Tampa Red’s “Seminole Blues” and the Lead Belly-associated “Don’t You Love Your Daddy No More?”
– Frank-John Hadley, DOWNBEAT March 2016

Cover Story! A New Interview with Brad Vickers

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"That's What They Say" is a Hit!

Our great new CD is being played on all five continents, and we've already had some wonderful reviews. Plus, Brad has been interviewed in The Netherlands France, The U.S., and in Greece! Stop by our "Reviews" page to see some of the buzz!
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We Had a Ball ... our CD release party! Thanks, everyone,for making it such a blast!And special thanks to SUPERFINE 126 Front Street, Brooklyn NY (D.U.M.B.O.) for hosting us!

It's Here, and it was Worth the Wait!

Our 5th CD, is already a hit.
s What They Say",
is now available here on the

"Listen/Shop" page, and
on ITunes, and Amazon!
Get or download a copy today!

Booking NOW FOR 2016...and Beyond!



are ready to bring their good-time blues, rags, and great American roots 'n' roll
to your venue, festival, or event.
Just click the 'CONTACT' tab, and let's get started!


Great American Roots'n'Roll

BRAD VICKERS learned on the job by playing, touring, and recording with America's blues and roots masters: Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Odetta, Sleepy LaBeef, and Roscoe Gordon—to name only a few.

Now His own group, THE VESTAPOLITANS, offer a good-time mix of originals and covers spanning blues, rags, and more great American roots 'n' roll music.

Their five terrific CDs, "That's What They Say" (2015), "Great Day In The Morning" (2013), "Traveling Fool" (2011), "Stuck With The Blues" (2010), and "Le Blues Hot" (2008) have met with great reviews, radio play, "Best Of" lists, and—most importantly—are a hit with audiences everywhere!


Great New Videos!

See lots more videos on our YouTube channel:
Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans perform "Low Down Dirty Shame".
Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans perform "Baby, Please Don't Go".
Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans perform "Great Day in the Morning".

Click photo to visit our "Listen/Shop" page!

2015 Midwest Tour Dates!

We had a wonderful time in the Midwest this spring. Thanks to all the venues and fans who made it real!

We had a wonderful time in the Midwest this spring. Thanks to all the venues and fans who made it real!

Free Holiday Download Track: "Together For Good"

Happy Holidays!
As a special seasonal gift,
here is a free download of our song,
"Together For Good"
from our CD "Great Day In The Morning".

Brad Vickers - bottleneck guitar
Margey Peters - vocals
Christine Santelli - vocals
Gina Sicilia - vocals
Jeremy Baum - piano, Hammond B3 organ

Together for Good  (Lyrics)          
c. 2013 Margey Peters

What can I do? What can I say?
What kind of difference can I make?
Get together, together for good.

Wake up in the morning, the alarm clock rings
Look into the paper it’s the same damn thing
Too much poverty, too much need
Too much injustice, too much greed
Sufferin’ and hardship ‘til you want to scream:
“How can I make a difference when it’s only me?”
Get together, together for good.


War, floods, and famine ‘til you want to weep
Goin’ through your mind ‘til you cannot sleep.
Got to educate the children, Got to feed them right
Got to work together, with all of our might.
The sick and the lonely got to give them relief,
I don’t care your religion, we all got this belief
Get together, together for good.


We have all seen trouble, we have all seen strife
No matter who you are, or your station in life.
If you can’t pay the bills and you don’t have the fees
or when disease, brings you to your knees.
But as hard as it gets, take a look next door,
There’s always someone who is suffering more
Get together, together for good.



What can I do? What can I say?
What can I do? What can I say?
What can I do, What can I say?
What can I do?
Special Holiday Appeal for The H.A.R.T. Fund

New Brad Vickers Feature Article in 'Blues & Co.' No. 69!

NEW! Brad Vickers is featured in a fall 2014 article in Blues & Co. (No. 69, Johnny Winter Cover).
We'll get the text up as soon as we get a good translation!

"Great Day In The Morning" as been selected as one of Blues & Co.'s "Best CDs of 2013"!
They say: "Here you will find the CDs that we believe are essential for any self-respecting blues lover."

This just in: The Mystery Train Show on Radio PNR 96.4 in Italy has also just named
"Great Day In The Morning" as one of the year's best CDs! Mille grazie
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Download "DALLAS BLUES" and Make a Difference!

Hear our version of this "First Published Blues".
ALL proceeds benefit The Blues Foundation's H.A.R.T. Fund
for musicians in need of medical and final care.

We invite you to make a donation in this way, if you like,
and we urge you to give to your favorite charities this holiday season.

Click HERE to Download on iTunes
Click HERE to Download on CDbaby
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, the first blues was published—though, of course, blues was born long before that!
In celebration of the centennial of the first published blues,
Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans are pleased to release a digital single
of Hart Wand's “
Dallas Blues” to benefit The Blues Foundation’s H.A.R.T. Fund.

The H.A.R.T. Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) provides for blues musicians and their families who are in financial need due to
a broad range of health concerns including acute, chronic, and preventive medical and dental care, as well as funeral and burial expenses.
ALL proceeds from downloads of this single will go to the fund.

As we discovered via Samuel Charters’ book, “The Country Blues”, the first published blues was Hart Wand
s “Dallas Blues,
published (as sheet music) in March, 1912. Lyrics were added in 1918 by Lloyd Garrett. This was not only the first published blues, with “Blues” in its title, but it was actually written in the blues form. It was a big hit (and we think it’s a great song, too!) Later that year two other “Blues”were published. The second was Arthur Seals’ “Baby Seals’ Blues” in August, and finally, W.C. Handy’s “Memphis Blues” in September. Neither of these others were written in the blues form. They followed the popular cake-walk form of the era.

You can learn more about Hart Wand and Dallas Blues” in Charters’ book, and in Hart Wand's entry on Wikipedia. We love the “Hart” “H.A.R.T.” coincidence!

The Vestapolitans are thrilled to have special guest, Charles Burnham on violin. (Hart Wand was a violinist!)
Also playing are Brad Vickers - guitar, vocals; Margey Peters - vocals, 2nd fiddle; Jim Davis - clarinet; Matt Cowan - baritone sax;
Michael Bram - mandolin; Dave Gross - upright bass; and Bill Rankin - drums. 

SPECIAL THANKS to Frank Roszak Promotions for their generous donation of time and services on this project.


Great Day In The Morning CD Release!

Yet Another "Great..." Review

Reviews for "Great Day In The Morning" are STILL coming in!

"...Vickers sounds like he's having a grand old time. His genial spirit filtering through his hickory-smoked vocals, slide guitar, and
original tunes that hark back to the blues artists he reveres. "Little Gem" is the title of one tune, and an apt description of the whole album."
-Bob Weinberg, Jazz Blues Florida


Listen Up!

You can download or buy copies
of all four of our great CDs
at iTunes or CDBaby.
You can also download a copy of "Dallas Blues", the first published blues song.
Proceeds from this tune benefit The Blues Foundation's H.A.R.T. Fund!
Visit our "Listen/Shop" page
to hear samples of everything!

"Great Day In The Morning" Our New CD's Here!

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New Recording!

Here we are recording "Great Day In The Morning" at Fat Rabbit Studios with producer Dave Gross.
We'll be traveling to the MidWest in April with copies in hand. We look forward to seeing you!
Click HERE to see our schedule!

Extra, Extra! "Dallas Blues" Wins Jimi!

We're thrilled to have won a "
Jimi" award in the Traditional Blues category for
Dallas Blues"! (Scroll down for details on this "first published blues")
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners—what great company we're in!

Thanks to for this honor and for the great work they do promoting blues music!

Brad Vickers is Cited!

BRAD VICKERS was inducted into the New York Chapter of the
on May 4th!
The ceremony took place at Brian's Backyard BBQ in East Middletown, NY.
Thanks to the N.Y. Blues Hall of Fame for this honor!

BRAD VICKERS was honored by BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES Magazine with their "Happy To Have The Blues" 2014 award on November 29th! The ceremony, which also honored blues diva Bettye Lavette and journalist/broadcaster Bob Porter with lifetime achievement awards took place at The Stanhope House in New Jersey.
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Welcome! Here's What's New:

WE WON A "LUNIE"! We just got word that "Traveling Fool" was among the winners for "Best Traditional-style CD of 2011"! Thank you Clair DeLune and WUSCfm!

  We want to reach as many people as possible with our music this year! So regardless of whether you book us for your festival or club, come to a show, play our songs on your radio program, share a bill with us, buy a CD or a download, or just preview our music on iTunes or CDbaby, we want to reach YOU. So please leave us a message and let us know you hear us!  Don't forget to sign up for our Mailing List so we can stay in touch.

YEAR END ACCOLADES: Our latest release, "Traveling Fool" was included in's list of this years "Best Blues CDs of 2011". In addition we made the favorite lists over at (you should vote for us here! and PT's Roadhouse, which you can find at their fine blog and radio show We're also in the mix of 2011 favorites at WNIJ Northern Public Radio, and at If that were not enough, are delighted to have been nominated for a Blues.411 "Jimi" award in the "Best Traditional Release category. Congratulations to the winner, Ben Prestage! Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! Congrats also to all the nominees and winners for this year's Blues Music Awards awarded by The Blues Foundation. So much great blues music was made this year! ...And, reviews keep coming in. The latest is from "Concerto" magazine in Austria. They give it 4 1/2 stars!

COMING UP: Brad, along with Bobby Radcliff, will be playing with the great bluesman,
Byther Smith on January 11th and 12th at Terra Blues, 149 Bleecker St. NYC. This promises to be a terrific show, and a rare opportunity to see a great blus legend.

LIVE FROM CALIFORNIA: Thanks to Byrd for a great time on the air! On Saturday Nov.12th Brad was Byrd Hale's guest on the "Blues With A Feeling" show 11-12 Noon PST, on 
KZSU 90.1 FM, Stanford University Radio. Brad will be playing cuts from some of his all-time favorite blues and roots artists...and of course some of The VESTAPOLITANS' music.

FRIDAY BLUES FIX:  Brad was featured on the excellent blues blog "Friday Blues Fix"
in the lead story, "Ten Questions with Brad Vickers." Don't miss the priceless anecdote about Brad's
first time playing with Chuck Berry! 


What a wonderful time at The
concert in Northville, NY
on July 19th!
Many thanks to our great audience and to S.V.A.N.!

More Festivals!

We had a great time at the
August 9th and 10th!
Here's Brad with Zora Young and Tony O.

We had a blast playing with Little Mike & The (Original) Tornadoes, with Sheba Makeda,
Bobby Radcliff, Zora Young, and the Tony O Revue
There were a host great acts including Joe Louis Walker and Popa Chubby!


It Was an Honor to Take Part!

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Brad Had a Great Time in Canada!

Brad will be reuniting with The Floyd Lee Band to play at this year's Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival August 17, 18, and 19th. What a great time to visit British Columbia!

NYC Blues Artists Help Turn The Tide!

2015 Florida Tour Dates Announced!

Click the image above to see all our forthcoming shows.

Thanks for making our Florida tour such a blast! Be sure to catch a show near you!
Click HERE for full schedule

© 2011 Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans