The Blue Plate Specials (BPS) join legends Dibbs Preston and The Rockats, Charlie Gracie, and Robert Gordon on Lancaster, PA-based Lanark Records. BPS recorded "Servin' It Up!" their first full-length album with the Lanark family in September, 2014, and it was a scorcher! They are a 5-piece Jump/Swing/Blues/Rockin'/Roots band with smokin' tunes and tight arrangements that hit the ground running, hold the corners, stop on a dime and give 9 cents change. When BPS hits the stage the party starts and the joint jumps until closing time.

"Veteran Philadelphia blues band the Blue Plate Specials show off their own hot-rodded style of roadhouse boogie on their first album for Lanark Records. Familiar to Philly blues fans for their longstanding residency at Jimmie Mack's Gin 'n' Juke, Servin' It Up! finds the Blue Plate Specials mixing up classic jump blues and vintage Chicago blues sounds, delivering a horn-infused attack that's suitable for both dancing and drinking. Featuring tunes like "Whiskey Costs Money," "Heartache and Cigarettes," "I Need a Car," and "Blue Plate Boogie," Servin' It Up! documents the Blue Plate Specials' live sound with hip-shaking accuracy and a powerful sense of good, not-too-clean fun."
  --Mark Deming, All Music

"The only problem you'll have is not being able to put it down once you get a taste of it."
  --Grant Britt, No Depression Magazine

"The Blue Plate Specials deal in galvanizing, in-the-groove blues boogie. Theirs is a jivey and genial, sway-backed proposition in which robust guitar, drums, and bass are further fortified by rollicking keys and horns. Sharp players suited to their glad duty."
  --DC Larson, from the book, "Flesh Made Music"

The Blue Plate Specials are:

  • Charlie Frey - Guitar & Vocals
  • Walt Beier - Alto, Tenor & Baritone Saxes, Clarinet, Flute
  • Frank Hosking - Keys
  • Brad Haberle - Bass & Vocals
  • Dennis Jacoby - Drums

If you are interested in bringing the party to your venue or event, please call Charlie at (610) 906-6254 or email at

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Blue Plate Specials were international superstars for 43 seconds on NPR's CarTalk.
It was this show, # 1153 titled "That Car Needs a Fin" and it available for listening via podcast on their website