When we go into a prison to play music, we play a 90 minute program complete with a five piece band and professional equipment. Our music is blues-based, including original material written in our blues songwriting workshops. The heart of blues music is a community expression, and we strive to create that atmosphere by involving inmates through singing and sometimes playing with us.
Our songs address life issues that many of the inmates can relate to. This builds a bridge of understanding and connection that allows us to also share about our faith in Jesus. We feel that there are adequate Bible studies and discipleship programs in correctional facilities, so we purposed to not reproduce that activity. We prefer to come as a blues band and present high quality concerts with a Christian message. We often find that inmates who would not attend a church service come to our concerts. We become an entry point into the “church that meets behind bars.”
BBB began playing concerts in correctional institutions at the invitation of the chaplain at Sterling Correctional Facility in 2008. This sparked the pursuit that later became Blues Behind Bars. Recently, we have had the pleasure of expanding our reach to the inmates at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Nebraska.
We believe that these audiences are as important as any other and therefore we strive for excellence in our music - because Jesus is all about leaving the ninety-nine to seek the one!