CTBS Has A New President

For the past thirteen years, Ed Stack has been the President of the Connecticut Blues Society. Under Ed's leadership, the CTBS has grown and thrived. In addition to the annual Blues Challenges and Blues Blizzards, the CTBS has partnered with Black Eyed Sally's in Hartford to produce the free annual Black Eyed & Blues Festival. The monthly CTBS Blues Jams have become an institution, a monthly partnership with The Maple Tree and AskMe Music has provided a platform for many of the winners and finalists of the CT Blues Challenge, and the CTBS has helped sponsor local festivals -- 2 Left Feet Blues Fest, the Mystic Blues Fest and the Stafford Springs Blues Fest. None of this would have been possible without Ed's leadership. Ed has also done a tremendous job writing and editing the CTBS Newsletter.

But as 2020 drew to a close, Ed notified the Board of Directors that he intended to step down as President. He plans to remain an active member of the Board, but decided it was time to hand over the reins. The Board met and unanimously elected a new President: Peter Rost (aka River City Slim) is the new President of the Connecticut Blues Society. Ed Stack has accepted the nomination to serve as Vice President, replacing past president Dave O'Neil. Peter has been on the CTBS Board of Directors for many years and is well known to the Blues Community. He is the host of 'The Pine Grove Blues' on WWUH 91.3 FM, University of Hartford Radio on Thursdays from 6 to 9 AM. He has been promoting Blues on the air for over twenty years. Peter is an active Blues musician; he is the leader of The Mighty Soul Drivers, River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs, Vitamin B-3 and The CTBS All-Stars. He also plays with St. George & The Dragons and in the duo Slim & St. George. As a member of the CTBS board, Peter organized the monthly CTBS Blues Jams at the Pine Loft, the collaboration with The Maple Tree, and the new projects with The Chicken Shack at The Farm at Carter Hill. He also served as stand-in emcee for Blues events that Tom Retano was unable to attend. Peter is well known to CTBS members, the club owners we deal with, and festival promoters. This background should enable Peter to continue to influence the Blues Society mission to promote Blues in CT. Let's all thank Ed Stack for his years of service, and look to support the new President as the CTBS moves forward.

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