How Supersonic Blues Machine are evolving the art of blues guitar and doing everything in their power to stop the genre becoming a "museum piece"

Supersonic Blues Machine
(Image credit: Leland Hayward)

Hidden among the Tarantino-esque back alleyways of Van Nuys, California, is a vibrant musical Mecca. It’s housed in an unassuming industrial warehouse that sits over the hill from Hollywood and shares the block with blue-collar businesses and the occasional food truck. 

The hallways are decked with flight cases, some bearing names of legendary LA artists. There are many units, covered rehearsal rooms, storage and studios, the decor is refreshingly old-school rock ’n’ roll. It’s a buzzing hive that reflects none of the glitz and glamour commonly associated with Los Angeles, and you certainly won’t find an ‘Instagrammable moment’ in the foyer here. 

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Robin Davey is is an English-born, LA-based musician, record producer, musical director and videographer. Robin formed UK blues rock band The Hoax, who were signed to East West records in the mid-90s. Other bands include The Davey Brothers, The Bastard Fairies, Well Hung Heart and blues rockers Beau Gris Gris & the Apocalypse, who also feature his partner Greta Valenti on vocals. The two run a video production house, Growvision, and produce our Pedalpocalypse series.