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Volume 21 Number 4 September/October 2018 YOUR SOURCE FOR THE BLUES IN WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA
Volume 21 Number 4 September/October 2018 YOUR SOURCE FOR THE BLUES IN WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA
Volume 21 Number 4 September/October 2018 YOUR SOURCE FOR THE BLUES IN WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA
Volume 21 Number 4
September/October 2018
YOUR SOURCE FOR THE BLUES IN WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA

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Board/Prez letter

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Camping With The Blues

P.4 James/Alligator/

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Weird Dragon Palladium/ Middletons

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Camping With The Blues

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Dunedin Wines The Blues

P.8-9 Blues Stalker/V Ginty P.10 Southern Avenue/ GoTonight/SBS Board P.11 Blues Bash At The Ranch P.12 South Of The Bridge, EG Kight P.13 Slim, BBB, Replay P.14-15 SBS Calendar P.16-20 CD Reviews P.20 Liz & Doc/Blue Rooster/ Manatee/Dan On Drums P.21 Blues Buffet P.22 Crackercaster P.23 Keiths/Ella’s/WMNF Pat Smoot P.24 Dunedin Wines The Blues/Jams P.25 Band Directory P.26 Seminole/Blues On The Radio/Stevie B’s P.27 Membership/Deadlines P.28 Bradenton Blues

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A Few Words

With Mark Thompson

A Few Words With Mark Thompson Congratulations to the two acts selected to represent the Suncoast

Congratulations to the two acts selected to represent the Suncoast Blues Society at the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis! Victoria Ginty & Ladyhawke were the judges’ choice in the Band category, and Jamie & Royce were picked in the Solo/Duo category.

Kudos to the current Suncoast Board members for coordinating the event, which went off without a hitch, and even finished well ahead of schedule, a truly memorable

outcome! Thanks also to Backline Superstars who supplies all the gear for the bands!

Our five judges – Kat Crosby, P.W. Fenton, Velma Glover, Verdun “Dooner” Manross, and Jeff Plunkett – did an outstanding job of assessing every act to arrive at the final decisions. We also thank the Dukes of Juke, Phil Coale, the Memphis Rub Band, Bear & Robert, and the Jason Haram Band for being a part of the event. As usual, Tom White and the great staff at Skipper’s Smokehouse kept the food and drinks flowing smoothly.

Twelve Bar Rag, a bi-monthly publication of the Suncoast Blues Society, Inc. P.O. Box 4232, Tampa, FL 33677

info@suncoastblues.org • www.suncoastblues.org

Board of Directors 2018

Mark Thompson-President, Entertainment mark@suncoastblues.org

414-416-1884

James Randolph-Vice President, Grants jamesrandolph@verizon.net 813-681-2099

Cheryl Spradling-Merchandise cherylspradling@yahoo.com

Terri O’Brien – Treasurer

Tobrien4260@gmail.com

Warren McDougle-Secretary, Public Relations

mcdougle.warren50@gmail.com

George Willett-Newsletter, Website, Updates george@suncoastblues.org

“Coach” Len Lomas-Membership coachlenlomas@aol.com South of the Skyway Ambassador Lafayette Reid 12 Bar Rag Editor George Willett-george@suncoastblues.org

12 Bar Rag Layout/Art Direction Franc Robert-frobertillustration@outlook.com

© 2018 by the Suncoast Blues Society, Inc. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the SBS. The SBS is not responsible for the views and opinions expressed by individuals, who are solely responsible. Printed in the USA.

As always, a huge thank-you to everyone who came out to support the event. Your participation made it a truly special day.

At the July Board meeting, I informed the Board of my decision to not put my name up for consideration for the upcoming election for the 2019 Suncoast Board of Directors.

There are a number of considerations that factored into my decision. Over the last twenty years, I have been on the Board of Directors for one of two Societies for all but nine months, when I first moved to Florida. For fifteen of those twenty years, I have served as the President. It is now time for someone else to step up and assume a leadership role.

Additionally, my wife and I are starting to plan some trips to far-away places that we have long dreamed of visiting. It is easier to plan excursions when your schedule is free of other responsibilities.

And in the last year, I have become increasingly aware of my own sense of mortality. Most of my life is in the rear view mirror, and I now have a greater appreciation for whatever time I have left in this world.

The final consideration was the simple fact that music was becoming more of a chore than the fun it should be. Over the years, I have been known to take on lots of projects and responsibilities without considering the impact on my personal and family life. The combination of serving as the Suncoast President, serving a term of the Blues Foundation Board of Directors, and writing for Blues Music & Blues Blast Magazines plus reviews for the Chicago Blues

Guide website was taking some of the joy out my musical experiences, which at times felt more like work than anything else. Music has been an extremely important part

of my life. It is time to recapture the joy, inspiration and wonder that it can generate for me.

I hope that many of you will give strong consideration to adding your name to the list of candidates for next year’s Board of Directors. The Suncoast membership deserves a group of talented and committed blues fans to choose from in the upcoming election. (Once the election for the 2019 Board of Directors is completed, the new Board members will meet to select the officers for next year).

It is an exciting time of the year. Soon, the temperatures will become more moderate. The festival season will kick off with the annual Camping with the Blues fest in Brooksville, FL later in October. The Bradenton Blues Festival is on track to set a new record for the earliest sell- out for ticket sales. And looking further down the road, the Tampa Bay Blues fest just announced another star-studded line-up for next year’s three-day affair. And be watching for information on a festival at Sertoma Ranch in Brooksville,

FL that will be held in place of the Suncoast Blues fest in Sarasota.

That’s it for now. Thanks for your support of SBS and all of the incredible live music in our area. You can be sure that the musicians certainly appreciate the support!

Mark T.

Would You Like To Volunteer for the SBS?

Fundraising: mark@suncoastblues.org Merchandise:Cheryl@suncoastblues.org

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Checking In With James Hear Yee, Hear Yee, Hear Yee! As one of several SBS
Checking In With James
Hear Yee, Hear Yee, Hear Yee!
As one of several SBS Town Criers, every SBS board
member is tasked “At every opportunity, sharing the
good news about the many activities we’re involved
in”. Last Twelve Bar Rag, I asked “Did you attend SBS
21st Anniversary Party opening with appetizer David
Julian Band, entree Blind Bryan Lee & Crew, and dessert
delivered by Betty Fox Band with horn section included”.
This edition this question is: “How ‘bout 2108 IBC held at
Skipper’s Smokehouse”?
Blues in the Schools – Schools are opening which
will provide opportunities for you and SBS board
members to engage and determine how we might deliver
BITS performances at more school locations. If you’re
interested in coordinating a neighborhood BITS event,
please contact jamesrandolph@verizon.net
We were entertained by a total of seven bands and solo
/ duo artists. Another “Rag” contributor will cover the
results. Even the usual late July afternoon thunderstorms
cooperated. A fine Sunday afternoon of musical
entertainment was enjoyed by everyone. Our next planned
summer event is on Sunday, August 26th the annual
Beach Bash from 1pm – 6pm at Treasure Island’s Lion’s
Club Beach House (9300 Gulf Blvd Treasurer Island)
Blues in the Library – Sarasota County Libraries’
patrons enjoyed five BITL(s) from July 17th – July 24th
performed by Steve Arvey, George Worthmore, RJ
Howson, Nat Langston, and Bodie Valdez. Hillsborough
County Library - Jan Platt Branch in South Tampa has
confirmed 4 BITLs in September, October, and December.
Again, SBS will partner with Manatee County Libraries
for another “Week of Blues” leading into December’s
Bradenton Blues Festival. Keep an eye on Wednesday
weekly Blooze Nooze Update email for locations and
times. To Schedule Tampa Bay Area BITL, please contact
jamesrandolph@verizon.net
You’ve read from me “It takes 47 repetitions of the same
activity for it to become a habit” – 38 more times for you
to read that comment and commit to supporting SBS hard
working member musicians. One fact remains. When it
comes to live blues music options, Tampa Bay venues keep
you busy!
Blues in the Community – SBS has been invited to
provide musicians at Bradenton’s Farmers Market in
October and November, and I’ve already mentioned the
Suncoast Blues Society “End of Summer Beach Bash”.
We’re looking for refreshment donors. Two have stepped
forward. It’s time to bring more SBS blues sponsored
music to our non-traditional locations. Please contact
jamesrandolph@verizon.net to discuss possibilities.
Members have been busy planning community entry
points and ways of exposing new audiences to historically
American form of music - Blues. Thanks to member
musician, Bodie Valdez a new and budding partnership is
developing with State College of Florida – Bradenton.
The only way the “uninformed” remains uniformed is
we aren’t informing them. Don’t be caught being selfish.
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Camping With The Blues – October 19-October 21, 2018 12:15pm - Amanda Fish Band  

Camping With The Blues – October 19-October 21, 2018

12:15pm - Amanda Fish Band

 

1:30pm - Tas Cru & His Band of Tortured Souls,

Camping with the Blues is NOT just a camping event camping is optional. You can purchase single day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday, or buy the weekend pass, and parking is free! If you need hotel accommodations, there are several located near exit 293 (Blanton RD.) off I-75.

With a stellar lineup each day, phenomenal music fans, a covered stage and pavilion area for seating, permanent bathrooms and showers, picnic tables, nightly jams around the camp fires, family and dog friendly, fantastic vendors, oak trees galore… This is one fall weekend getaway you do not want to miss.

family and dog friendly, fantastic vendors, oak trees galore… This is one fall weekend getaway you

2:45pm - Brandon Santini, Jam to follow.

Things you should know about Camping With The Blues:

Be sure you bring your chairs, and if you’ll be there at night, maybe a flashlight.

Oh, and a lot music! Don’t forget music!

Oh, and a lot music! Don’t forget music! Friday Oct 19th 4:00pm - Campers Acoustic Jam,

Friday Oct 19th

4:00pm - Campers Acoustic Jam, 5:00pm - Brody Buster,

6:15pm - L C Williams and the Driver,

If tent or car camping is your thing or if you have a self-contained unit, we have plenty of space for you…but we urge you to make arrangements now. If you don’t own an RV or Camper but would like to camp in a self- contained unit, call Marcia Jones at 352-428-8118 and she will assist you with a rental. Quiet generators, rated 70 db or less, are allowed. (No commercial generators.)

and she will assist you with a rental. Quiet generators, rated 70 db or less, are

7:30pm - Duffy Bishop,

If you are planning to come in to in camp early, you can

8:45pm - J P Soars and the Red Hots…Jam to follow

Saturday Oct 20th

prepay now for Thursday night camping. Save time and do it before you arrive.

11:00am - Campers Acoustic Jam

Advanced tickets sales will end on October 16th, so buy them now and save.

12:00pm - Scott Ellison Band

1:15pm-Packrats Smokehouse

Due to overcrowding at the campsites, only one vehicle is allowed per site. There is plenty of free parking at the front gate.

2:30pm - Prestage Brothers

3:45pm - Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band

5:00-6:00 - Dinner Break

Don’t forget to bring your instruments to join us every day for the Campers Acoustic Jam. You don’t have to be a camper to join in the fun! Open to all.

6:00 - Beautiful Bobby Blackman

7:30pm - Dirty Red and the Soul Shakers

The Sertoma Youth Ranch is located at 85 Myers Rd, Brooksville, FL 34602.

9:00pm - Mark May Band, Jam to follow

Follow I-75 N to exit 293 (Blanton Rd) in Pasco County.

Sunday Oct 21st

So circle October 19-October 21, 2018 on your calendar, You’re gonna have fun!

10:00am - Campers Acoustic Jam, 11:00 - Blues Doctors,

 

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The Blues Stalker Believe! blues music competition and also be honored with a day in
The Blues Stalker
Believe!
blues music competition and also be honored with a day in
one’s honor is quite an accomplishment. It shows you what is
possible if you “BELIEVE.”
BS: Your band has been together for only about ten months
yet they seem to have been born playing together. How did
you put together such a tight, winning ensemble that is capable
of showcasing your amazing vocals and excelling in so many
genres?
KP: The band amazes me! They have met every challenge
placed before them. I have to credit them for their dedication
and drive. It takes so much more than talent to achieve what
they have been able to achieve. It’s not always about the best
this or that but how each musician can bring about the best
in the others. And that’s what this group does.
BS: You guys just performed at the 35th annual Chicago Blues
Festival. Was that your first time and what was that experience
like for you and your band?
KP: I was here in 2009 with Jerekus Singleton. I had the
opportunity to be a featured artist when he was at the
festival. But to return to the festival with my band was
exciting. It was a wonderful experience to come here with my
band. We were blessed to have this opportunity.
Keeshea Pratt is living proof that a positive attitude and
belief in one’s own talent and passion can take you all the
way to the top. The Houston Blues Society sponsored the
Keeshea Pratt Band that earned top bragging rights at the
34th annual Memphis-based nonprofit Blues Foundation’s
International Blues Challenge. Her eight piece band competed
in the four day challenge against 230 blues acts from around
the U.S. and the world and walked away with the top honors
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Keeshea sang her first solo
in church at the age of six. Later after performing regularly
as an adult on the local Jackson blues scene, she moved
with her husband and two daughters to Houston, Texas in
2011 and put her musical career on hold for seven years.
Fortunately for her fans, she responded to a plea by bassist
and producer Shawn Allen to start performing again with
the goal of competing in the International Blues Challenge.
Assembling a stellar eight piece band only eight months prior
to competing, the band took no mercy on the competitors as
their bold, brassy artistry was showcased and wowed the
judges with an eclectic mix of soul, blues, and r&b. Their
debut disc of all original music “Believe” was released the
end of May and is charting high and reaping praise from
listeners and critics worldwide. A cross-country summer and
fall festival tour is booked solid.
BS: There are certain artists like Bobby Rush that have a
special talent for connecting with a live audience. You possess
that talent. Do you think that can be developed in an artist or is
it a natural part of certain artist’s personality?
KP: There are definitely things a person can learn to help
them connect with the audience. When I talk to young
performers, I talk to them about some of those things
like
making eye contact with their audience, showing emotion
in your music
that
kind of thing. However, there are some
like Bobby where it’s just natural to them. Bobby Rush and I
have a great love for people. I think that is a lot to do with it
(laughing out loud) Monte
Would You Like To
Volunteer for
the SBS?
The Keeshea Pratt Band was recently honored in Houston
with the designation of Keeshea Pratt Day with a special
presentation by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and other
elected officials and guests. To be honored in the global
Fundraising: mark@suncoastblues.org
Merchandise:Cheryl@suncoastblues.org
Events:csewer@hotmail.com
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your heart. What part does it play in your current life?

BS: Did you and Bobby Rush know each other in Jackson, Mississippi? Didn’t he encourage you early in your career?

KP: Yes. We knew each other in Jackson. He has always and still encourages me concerning my career and also life.

BS: Your bass player, Shawn Allen, was responsible for bringing you back into the music industry after a break from performing and for getting you to perform in the International Blues Challenge.

You told him, “I’ll compete and then I’m done.” How do you feel about that statement now and how did winning the IBC change your life?

KP: Monte (laughing out loud) I think it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind. But seriously, I made that

KP: Gospel is ever present in my life. It was the first music I heard or sang. I still sing it.

BS: Most music lovers put on music to enjoy in their down time. Who are you currently listening to?

KP: I am listening to KoKo Taylor, Etta James and Nancy Wilson. The power KoKo yields in her voice is amazing. Etta has so much heart, and pain - the emotion in her voice. Nancy- is phenomenal. Her voice is smooth and clear.

BS: Recently the mayor of Houston honored you and your band with the designation of “Keeshea Pratt Day” and a big celebration. Can you tell the readers about that and how special that it was for you?

KP: It brought tears to my eyes. For the Mayor of one of the largest

KP: It brought tears to my eyes. For the Mayor of one of the largest cities in the U. S. to honor us this way. I still have to pinch myself. I am from Jackson, MS and moved to Houston a few years ago. I am speechless with how this city has embraced me.

BS: After such a busy tour schedule of top blues festivals across the U.S., are there any plans for the Keeshea Pratt Band to invade Europe? Blues fans there shouldn’t miss out of this special treat.

KP: We will see. You never know where the Keeshea Pratt Band will pop up. But you can keep tabs on us on our Facebook page or go to our website.

BS: Having had a special day designated in your honor by the city of Houston and being named the best in the world in blues competition so far in 2018, what goals await the Keeshea Pratt Band?

statement before this band was formed. Once the band came together and I came to know and love these people. Once I saw how much they believed in me, in us-The Keeshea Pratt band and I saw the dedication to the process-I knew this was something special. I knew we were something special.

KP: We would definitely like to tour Europe, release a second album and a Grammy nod would be great!

It

changed my life in a lot of ways. Winning the IBC set me

"This sultry torch singer, accompanied by her band

"This sultry torch singer, accompanied by her band

back on my path and gave me a second chance to live my

dreams

fulfill

my destiny and walk in my purpose.

BS: Speaking of Shawn Allen, he wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on “Believe.” How important is it to have such an amazing songwriter and musical director performing on the same stage with you?

KP: Shawn Allen is truly something. He’s our not so secret “secret weapon”. He has a wealth of knowledge that he brings. He has been in the music industry for a number of years so it’s definitely a benefit to have him on stage.

BS: As a winner, what advice would you give to future competitors at the IBC?

KP: The advice I would give future competitors is to pick the right people. The process for competing in the IBC involves

a

lot of time and hard work and you need to have people

who are just as dedicated to the process as you. The other is don’t take yourself too seriously. Enjoy the process, meet people, listen to the other bands. Whether you win or lose it’s a life changing experience.

BS: Early in your career you performed mainly in clubs and lounges. Now, your tour schedule is booked with major blues festivals all over the USA--from Chicago to Telluride and Las Vegas. How is it different to perform in front of thousands of adoring fans?

Ladyhawke, takes listeners through an inner storm, to it's eye, and out again. Her voice is like a piña colada: sweet and refreshing, but dont forget the hot sting of rum beneath. Soul blues fans, if you have not listened to Victoria Gintys latest, you

have Unfinished Business!"

KP: The energy. Definitely the energy. There’s a much more intimate feel in clubs and lounges. You can see and touch your audience. At some of festivals you don’t have the opportunity to be that close to your audience. It makes it a little more of a challenge to connect with them. But there’s so much energy at the larger clubs and festivals.

BS: I know that gospel music has always been very dear to

- Rainey Wetnight, Blues Blast Magazine (Jul 12, 2018)

Amazing reviews are pouring in on this album! Get your copy now! www.VictoriaGinty.com, FB /ladyhawkeband
Amazing reviews are pouring in on this album! Get your
copy now! www.VictoriaGinty.com, FB /ladyhawkeband
 

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WMNF & SBS Present:

today’s music.

Southern Avenue & the Sugar & Spice Revue

On Sunday, September 23. WMNF and the Suncoast Blues Society are proud to Present: Southern Avenue, plus the Sugar and Spice Revue…Two great soulful bands!

Then there’s hometown favorites, the Sugar and Spice

Revue!

Sisters Myra “Sugar” Glover and Velma “Spice”

Glover front the band with powerful, gospel-tinged, blues drenched vocals. Since their 2nd place finish at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, Sugar and Spice have been Bluesin’, Rockin’, and Funkin’ it up at some of the hottest Festivals and club stages in the Central Florida area.

As little girls Sugar and Spice learned to sing at the feet of their mother, the late Loretta Glover, a Florida R&B/Soul and Blues legend. On Sunday mornings, spirited shouts, singing, and hallelujahs emanated from a small church house where the Glover family worshiped, and Sweet Loretta sang up praises.

Southern Avenue‘s concert for WMNF last year was a knockout and a revelation! The deeply soulful Memphis

band playing fiery guitar-led soul rock, with punchy horns,

hard-shuffling

beats, sparkling

ballads and barroom throwdowns was

a

surprise. We witnessed a young yet seasoned group of artists who have taken everything Memphis has to give, rubbed their own magic on it, and are delivering it to us in

huge and happy

who have taken everything Memphis has to give, rubbed their own magic on it, and are
 

Together Sugar and Spice’s style incorporates the movements of Rock-n-Roll, the spirit of Gospel and the true essence of Funk and Soul. The players providing the rhythm, are all road-tested pros with Blues, Soul and Gospel chops. Whether performing their originals or tasty classics, the Sugar and Spice Revue packs passion into every performance. Part Saturday night juke joint holler, part Sunday morning Hallelujah, the Sugar and Spice Revue will move you to your feet and touch your musical soul.

deep-dish serving. It’s not Blues, Soul, Gospel or R&B. It’s all of the above, blended in such a way to create its very own category.

a

You can get a taste this “Soulful Total Immersion” on Sunday, September 23rd at Skipper’s Smokehouse (910 Skipper Rd. in Tampa.)

The entire band is talented…but nobody could take their eyes off the young lead singer Tierinini Jackson. It was like seeing a young Tina Turner, singing and dancing with soulful abandon. You can easily imagine “Southern Avenue” as a house band in their native Memphis or in Muscle Shoals in the glory days of the Sixties, sent back to the future to save us from the inauthenticity of so much of

WMNF Ticket Purchasing Information: You can purchase advance tickets online at wmnf.org/events by calling the station during business hours at 813-238-8001. Tickets are also available in person at Skipper’s Smokehouse or other WMNF ticket outlets.

Showtime is 6:00-9:00 pm

SBS Joins Forces With GoTonight

In the ongoing struggle to maintain an up-to-date (and complete as possible) music calendar, your Suncoast Blues Society has joined the family of GoTonight subscribers!

Since the demise of our old website and calendar system it has been an uphill battle to try and keep you informed! We are using calendar software from Weebly which is ideal for our needs and even includes maps!

The ongoing problem has been content. Since we “dropped the ball” a couple of years ago it has been hard for musicians to show much faith in us. Go Tonight is now sharing listed Blues events with us and we’re putting musicians in touch with them. It works out to be a “2 for 1” deal! Our new alliance with Go Tonight simplifies “Blues Browsing” for everyone.

It works out to be a “2 for 1” deal! Our new alliance with Go Tonight

WANTED: Candidates for SBS Board of Directors

Suncoast Blues Society elections for our Board of Directors for 2019 will be coming up in November. We will be announcing full details via email to members, but we will once again conduct on-line voting and announce the new Board members at our December Holiday Party.

We have seven board positions to fill. Board members help conduct the business of operating the Society. Candidates must be a current SBS member who is willing and able to attend meetings plus work at our events, festivals and other SBS sponsored shows throughout the year.

The Suncoast Blues Society membership deserves a group of talented and committed blues fans to choose from in the upcoming election. Once the election for the 2019 Board of Directors is completed, the new Board members will meet to select the officers.

The Board has four regular quarterly meetings per year but we conduct discussions and votes via email as well.

 

If

musicians are on the SBS list of artists which we track,

Each board member will be assigned specific duties according to desire and ability. In other words, being a board member is not all riches and glory! The general membership elects the board of directors then the new board elects officers and assigns duties at the subsequent meeting.

then, Go Tonight will pull their show dates and give all of them to the us in spreadsheet form. They then will appear on our website and newsletters.

 

If

you are wondering if the Blues Society is tracking your

bands’ shows, then please email us and ask to be on the list.

If you are interested in becoming a Director for SBS, please email Mark at: mark@suncoastblues.org to throw your hat in the ring or for more information on being a Board member.

Nominations will be accepted through October 31, 2019. Candidates should send in a brief biography along with a photo and a statement explaining why they want to be an SBS Board member.

We do have periodic publication deadlines for the Twelve Bar Rag, a bi-monthly paper publication that is mailed to our members and also is available at locations around the Suncoast area. We also list weekly event schedules in the Weekly Update email and on our website. The SBS serves 100’s of members and we work hard to promote Blues to a variety of audiences through their Outreach Programs:

Blues in the Library, Blues in the Community and Blues in the Schools.

 
 

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South Of The Bridge During the hot summer months the touring Blues artists don’t often
South Of The Bridge
During the hot summer months the touring Blues artists
don’t often come to Florida to perform, and many Florida
artists head North and West to play the array of summer
Blues Festivals. Well, the blues fans south of the bridge tend
to follow them. Several local folks went to the Waterfront
Blues Fest in Portland Oregon, and Paul Benjamin’s North
Atlantic Blues Festival, in Rockland Maine, was well
attended by Suncoast locals. The Heritage Blues Festival
in Wheeling WV always attracts many of our friends, too,
including this writer.
In September the Rooster brings us Selwyn Birchwood on
Saturday Sept. 1, Damon Fowler’s long-awaited CD release
party on the 13th, and the Ghost Town Blues Band’s return
on the 20th. Then we get a little Johnny Rawls, and Lauren
Mitchell followed by Sugar and Spice.
On October 18th its back to the Rooster to see 2018 IBC
winner Keeshea Pratt. Don’t miss this high energy show!
On October 19-21 let’s head to Camping with the Blues!
Three days of great Blues featuring headliner Mark May.
When everyone returns from these events they need to
get together and talk about which artists need to be invited
to Florida.
In support of the Blue Rooster we had better mention
some upcoming shows. In August we got to see TC Carr,
Betty Fox, welcomed fellow “Camping With The Blues”
buddy Stephanie Price and sTonefish, and got to see Doug
Deming back from his tour behind the new CD.
Hot Flash—Steve Arvey has been working diligently to
keep the blues alive in Bradenton. He is in the process of
putting together some “Steve Arvey’s Blues Buffet” events
to be held at the Bradenton Women’s Club (1705 Manatee
Ave W, Bradenton). He has purchased an ad in this edition
of the 12 Bar Rag, so refer to it and we will try to keep you
further posted via the Weekly Update email blasts.
-Lafayette Reid
An Intimate Evening with EG Kight at Veterans’ HEAT Factory
Friday, September 28 is your chance to enjoy an intimate
acoustic show with Singer/Songwriter, EG Kight:
In the mid 90’s, shortly after hearing Koko Taylor, critically
acclaimed singer/songwriter EG Kight transitioned from
performing as a country singer to touring as a full-fledged
blues/roots artist. With her rich vocals, well-crafted songs,
and inimitable sense of humor, she has since entertained
Ms. Kight will appear in fundraiser for Veterans’ Heat
Factory (“VHF”), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving
the American Veterans community. Their programs are
designed to help veterans of all discharge statuses in need.
on stages around the world. Through the years Kight has
developed a sound that transcends musical boundaries,
with a unique blend of blues, country, americana, southern
rock, jazz, gospel, and funk. Her music appeals to the
masses, no matter their taste, and she has brought her
diverse musical menu to various clubs, theaters, festivals,
and corporate events, even appearing on such mainstays as
“Nashville Now” and NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion”.
We can all agree veterans have placed their lives on the
line for the safety of our country. Many Veterans who offer
their service come back home different than when they
left, and an increasing number of veterans are plagued with
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Veterans need to
learn and have skills to heal and cope with PTSD to find
their “new normal” and understand they are NOT alone.
H.E.A.T.’s goal is to assist and support them in this effort.
Seating will be limited, so get your tickets in advance at
the following link; PayPal.me/bluesshooter. Showtime is
7:00pm
Veterans’ HEAT Factory is located at 16230 Aviation Loop
Dr., Brooksville, Florida 34604 (Although the event is
indoors, please bring a chair. Beverages will be available
for a small donation.)
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Music Calendar Sept-Oct 2018

Saturday, September 1

Jimmy Griswold - The Galley, St. Pete, 9:00pm Mike Imbasciani & his BluezRockerz - Bert’s Bar, Matlacha, 7:30pm

Saturday, September 15

RJ Howson - Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse, Sarasota 6:00pmRick Hatfield - Happy’s Bayou Bites, Dunedin 6:00pm Selwyn Birchwood Band - The Blue Rooster, Sarasota 7:00pm Jimmy Griswold - Angry Pepper Taphouse, Seminole 7:00pm Brian Leneschmidt Band - Bumpa’s Fish Shack, Trpn Sprngs, 7:00pm Memphis Rub Band - Mattison’s Riverwalk, Bradenton 7:00pm Ari and the Alibis - Manatees On The Bay, Gulfport 7:30pm Dreamfire Band - Rick’s on the River. Tamp. 7:00 LC Williams & the Driver – Snappers, Palm Harbor, 8:30pm Mike Imbasciani & his BluezRockerz - Englewood’s on Dearborn, Englwd 7:00pm Backtrack Blues Band - w/ Greg Billings Band - Madeira Magic Sunset Blues Cruise, Madeira Beach, 6:00pm

Sunday, September 2

Backwater Blues Band – Caddy’s On Central, St. Pete 6:00pm Bodie Valdez - Peggy’s Corral, Palmetto 2:00pm Brian Leneschmidt Duo - Marker 8, Dunedin 4:00pm Patty Sanphy - Sages West Bay Bistro, Largo 5:30pm Victoria Ginty & Ladyhawke - Motorworks Brewing, Brdntn 7:00pm Laurie & Rusty Wright Duo - Swan Brewing Co, Lakeland 7:00pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues - Pesky Pelican, St. Pete 7:30pm Backtrack Blues Band - The Blue Rooster, Sarasota 8:00pm Jimmy Griswold - Copper Mug, Clearwater,8:00pm Lauren Mitchell - Palladium Theater, St. Pete 8:00pm Eric Lindell CD Release Party – Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa 8:00pm Ari and the Alibis - Blur Nightclub, Dunedin 9:00pm Mike Imbasciani & his BluezRockerz - Paradise Grill, Nokomis 6:30pm

Phil Coale - Irish 31, Westchase, 11:00am ColdIron - Rhythm-n-Brews, Zephyrhills, 3:00pm The Mudds - The Club at Candler Hills, Ocala, 5:00pm

Sunday, September 16

Monday, September 3

The Mudds - Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill, Weirsdale 2:00pm

TC Carr & Bolts of Blue - Ka’Tiki 6:00pm

ColdIron - Rhythm-n-Brews, Zephyrhills 3:00pm Bryan Lee & Six String Therapy - Ella’s Americana Café, Tampa, 4:00pm

Monday, September 17

TC Carr & Bolts of Blue - Ka’Tiki, Treasure Island, 6:00pm

Wednesday, September 19

Brian Leneschmidt - Ferg’s Sports Bar, St. Pete 5:00pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues - The Hanger, St. Pete 6:00pm TC Carr & Bolts of Blue - Hideaway Café, St. Pete 7:30pm

Thursday, September 20

Blue Lightning Band - Biff Burger, Dunedin, 7:00pm Jimmy Griswold - Stirling Wine, Dunedin, 7:00pm Ghost Town Blues Band - Blue Rooster, Sarasota, 7:30pm Brian Leneschmidt - Bauser’s, Dunedin, 9:00pm Woody Woodcasters - WEDU-TV ArtsPlus show, 8:00 pm Rusty & Laurie Wright Duo - Lansdowne Street Pub Bnta Sprngs 6:00pm The Mudds - Chamber Mixer @ Seven Rivers Pres. Church, Lcnto, 5:00pm

Tuesday, September 4

Jimmy Griswold - Ka’Tiki, Treasure Island,6:00pm

Wednesday, September 5

Jimmy Griswold - Miss Vicki’s on the River, Holiday 4:00pm Brian Leneschmidt - Ferg’s Sports Bar, St Pete 5:00pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues - The Hanger, St. Pete, 6:00pm

Thursday, September 6

The Divebombers - Westfield Siesta Key, Sarasota 5:00pm Schmidt’s and Giggles – Gators, Treasure Island,5:00pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues – Rhythm & Brews, Zephyrhills, 8:00pm Rusty & Laurie Wright Duo - Lansdowne Street Pub, Bonita Springs 6:00pm

Friday, September 7

Friday, September 21

The Mudds - Whispering Oaks Winery Steak Night, Oxford 6:00pm Charlie Morris Band - Sunset Grill @ Little Harbor, Ruskin 6:00pm Laurie & Rusty Wright - Grove Roots Brewing Co, Winter Haven 7:00pm Selwyn Birchwood Band – Palladium Theatre, St. Pete 8:00pm Bobby Messano - Blue Rooster, Sarasota 8:00 pm Ari and the Alibis - Made In Italy, Venice 8:30pm Blue Lightning Band - Bauser’s, Dunedin 10:00pm Mike Imbasciani & his BluezRockerz - Tiki Hut Bar at Dolphin Key, Cpe Crl 6:30pm

Saturday, September 8

Coco Montoya, The Attic, Tampa, 9:00pm The Mudds - Whispering Oaks Winery Steak Night, Oxford 6:00pm Memphis Rub Band - Clancy’s Irish Sports Pub, Bradenton 6:00pm Brian Leneschmidt Duo - Rum River, Port Richey, 6:00pm Kat Crosby Band - Pop’s Sunset Grill, Nokomis, 6:30pm Charlie Morris– Hideaway Cafe, St Pete 8:00pm TC Carr & Bolts of Blue - Manatees on the Bay, Gulfport 7:30pm Ari and the Alibis - Caddy’s at the Pointe, Bradenton 8:00pm Laurie & Rusty Wright Duo - 7th Avenue Social, Naples 8:00pm Mike Imbasciani & his BluezRockerz - Tiki Hut Bar at Dolphin Key, Cpe Crl, 6:30pm

Saturday, September 22

Blue Lightning Band - Bauser’s, Dunedin, 10:00pm LC Williams and the Driver - Happy’s Bayou Bites, Dunedin, 1:00pm Jimmy Griswold - Sea Sea Riders, Dunedin, 6:00pm The Divebombers - Caddy’s at the Pointe, Bradenton, 6:00pm Victoria Ginty & Ladyhawke - Firehouse Cultural Center, Ruskin, 7:00pm Ari and the Alibis - Blue Rooster, Sarasota, 7:00pm Brian Leneschmidt Band – Shrimpwrecked, Tarpon Springs, 7:00pm Backtrack Blues Band - Ka’Tiki, Treasure Island, 7:00pm Phil Coale - Irish 31 Hyde Park, Tampa, 7:00pm Selwyn Birchwood Band - Palladium Side Door, St. Pete, 8:00pm Charlie Morris– Salty Shamrock, Apollo Beach, 7:00pm Mike Imbasciani & his BluezRockerz - Big Blue Brewing, Cape Coral, 9:00pm

Sunday, September 9

Gina Sicilia w/ Lauren Mitchell - Hideaway Café, St. Pete 6:00pm Ari and the Alibis - Caddy’s On The Beach, Treasure Island 6:30pm Dreamfire Band - Captain Bill’s Beach Kitchen, Trsre Islnd 6:30pm The Divebombers - JR’s Old Packinghouse Café, Sarasota 7:00pm Memphis Rub Band - Mattison’s Riverwalk, Bradenton 7:00pm Brian Leneschmidt Band - Jack Willie’s, Oldsmar 7:00pm Charlie Morris– Swordfish Grill, Bradenton 7:00pm Backtrack Blues Band - Rhythm & Brews, Zephyrhills 8:00pm Betty Fox Band - Catherine Hickman Theatre, Gulfport, 8:00pm Mike Imbasciani &his BluezRockerz - Leroy’s SouthernKitchen, Pnta Grda 8:00pm

ColdIron - Rhythm-n-Brews, Zephyrhills 3:00pm - 6:00pm Champ - Hurricane Charley’s, Punta Gorda 1:00pm-5:00pm

Monday, September 10

Laurie & Rusty Wright Duo - South Street City Oven & Grill Naples, 6:00pm TC Carr & Bolts of Blue - Ka’Tiki, Treasure Island 6:00pm

Wednesday, September 12

Sunday, September 23

ColdIron - Rhythm-n-Brews, Zephyrhills 3:00pm Brian Leneschmidt - Marker 8, Dunedin 4:00pm RJ Howson - Blues Brunch At Mattison’s Riverwalk, Brdntn 11:00am Bridget Kelly Birthday Bluesapalooza w/ Betty Fox - High Dive, Ocala 7:00pm Southern Avenue & the Sugar & Spice Review – Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa 6:00pm

Brian Leneschmidt – Chattaway, St. Pete 6:00pm - 9:00pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues - The Hanger, St. Pete 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Thursday, September 13

Monday, September 24th

Brian Leneschmidt – Fins, Palm Harbor 7:00pm Phil Coale - Irish 31 Hyde Park, Tampa 7:00pm Damon Fowler Group CD Release Party - Blue Rooster, Sarasota 7:30 pm Rusty & Laurie Wright Duo - Lansdowne Street Pub, Bonita Springs 6:00pm Mike Imbasciani & his BluezRockerz - The Blue Turtle, Pnta Grda, 6:00pm

TC Carr & Bolts of Blue - Ka’Tiki, Treasure Island, 6:00pm Laurie & Rusty Wright Duo - South Street City Oven & Grill, Naples, 6:00pm

Tuesday, September 25

Friday, September 14

Backwater Blues Band – Rick’s On The River, Tampa,7:00am The Mudds - Whispering Oaks Winery Steak Night, Oxford, 6:00pm Memphis Rub Band - Mattison’s Riverwalk, Bradenton, 7:00pm Rick Hatfield - Angry Pepper Taphouse, Seminole 7:00pm Ari and the Alibis - Motorworks Brewing, Bradenton 7:30pm Charlie Morris – Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Sarasota 8:00pm Brian Leneschmidt - Stirling Wines, Dunedin 7:30pm Laurie & Rusty Wright Duo - Darwin Brewing Co, Bradenton 7:30pm Sean Chambers Band - Blue Rooster, Sarasota 8:00pm

Suitcase Full of Blues - Blue Rooster, Sarasota, 7:00pm

Wednesday, September 26

Jimmy Griswold - Miss Vicki’s on the River, Holiday 4:00pm Brian Leneschmidt - Ferg’s Sports Bar, St. Pete 5:00pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues - The Hanger, St. Pete 6:00pm Mike Kach/Howlin Bob & Friends - Mattison’s City Grille, Sarasota 7:00pm

Thursday, September 27

Brian Leneschmidt – Fins, Palm Harbor 7:00am Ari and the Alibis – Sand Bar Tiki, Englewood 6:00pm The Divebombers - Maduro Cigar and Bar, Bradenton 7:00pm

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Johnny Rawls Blues - Blue Rooster, Sarasota 7:30pm Jimmy Griswold - Bauser’s, Dunedin 9:00pm Rusty & Laurie Wright Duo - Lansdowne Street Pub, Bonita Bch 6:00pm

Saturday, October 13th

Friday, September 28

Charlie Morris – Saturday Morning Market, St. Pet, 10:00am The Divebombers - JR’s Old Packinghouse Café, Sarasota 7:00pm Backtrack Blues Band - Ka’Tiki, Treasure Island, 7:00pm Brian Leneschmidt Band- Copper Mug, Clearwater 8:00pm Victoria Ginty & Ladyhawke – Latitudes, Apollo Beach 8:00pm Ari and the Alibis - Made In Italy, Venice 8:30pm

Sunday, October 14th

The Man & Guitar World Tour - Ballyhoo Grill, Tampa 7:00pm Lauren Mitchell - Blue Rooster, Sarasota 8:00pm Rusty Wright Band - LKLD Live, Lakeland 8:00pm Victoria Ginty & Ladyhawke – Latitudes, Apollo Beach 8:30pm Ari and the Alibis - Barrel Room, Ft. Myers, 9:00pm Jimmy Griswold - 8th Avenue Pub, Oldsmar, 9:00pm Brian Leneschmidt Band - Bauser’s, Dunedin,10:00pm The Mudds - Whispering Oaks Winery Steak Night, Oxford 6:00pm Mike Imbasciani & his BluezRockerz - Bert’s Bar, Matlacha 7:30pm

Champ - Hurricane Charley’s, Punta Gorda 1:00pm ColdIron - Rhythm-n-Brews, Zephyrhills 3:00pm Patty Sanphy - Lucky Lobster Co. Dunedin 4:30pm

Wednesday, October 17th

Saturday, September 29

Brian Leneschmidt - Ferg’s Sports Bar, St. Pete 5:00pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues - The Hanger, St. Pete 6:00pm

TC Carr & Bolts of Blue - O’Maddy’s, Gulfport, 4:00pm Rusty Wright Band - Cultural Center of Charlotte County, Pt Chrlt 7:00pm Backwater Blues Band - Ukulele Brands, Land O’ Lakes 7:30pm Sugar and Spice Revue - Blue Rooster, Sarasota 8:00pm Brian Leneschmidt Band - Eagles Nest, Tarpon Springs 9:00pmThe Divebombers - Ruby’s Elixir, St. Pete 10:00pm Charlie Morris– Woody’s River Roo, Ellenton 2:00pm Shawline - Rockin Blues - Harley-Davidson Of New Port Richey 11:00am Mike Imbasciani &his BluezRockerz - Leroy’s SouthernKitchen, Pnta Grda, 8:00pm

Thursday, October 18th

Champ - Carmelo’s, Punta Gorda, 6:00pm Rusty & Laurie Wright Duo - Lansdowne Street Pub, Bnta Bch, 6:00pm

Friday, October 19th

Sunday, September 30

ColdIron - Rhythm-n-Brews, Zephyrhills, 3:00pm Steve Arvey - Ukulele Brands, Land O’ Lakes, 5:00pm The Mudds - The Club at Candler Hills, Ocala, 5:00pm

Tuesday, October 2

Camping With The Blues - Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brksvlle, 5:00pm The Mudds - Whispering Oaks Winery Steak Night, Oxford 6:00pm Patty Sanphy - Sea Sea Riders Restaurant, Dunedin 6:00pm Ari and the Alibis - Caddy’s on the Beach, Trsre Islnd 6:30pm Amanda Fish - Blue Rooster, Sarasota 8:00 pm Charlie Morris – Cortez Clam Factory, Bradenton 7:00pm Phil Coale - Irish 31 Westchase, Tampa 7:00pm Rusty Wright Band - Sarasota Sky Bar, Sarasota 8:00pm

Saturday, October 20th

Camping With The Blues - Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brksvlle 12:00pm Rusty Wright Band - Bok Tower Gardens, Mt. Dora 3:30pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues - Jazz Up Dunnellon, Dunnellon 4:00pm Patty Sanphy - Sages West Bay Bistro, Largo 5:30pm Memphis Rub Band - Mattison’s Riverwalk, Bradenton 7:00pm Brian Leneschmidt Band - Shrimp Wrecked, Tarpon Springs 7:00pm Phil Coale - Irish 31 Wiregrass, Wesley Chapel, 7:00pm Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones - Blue Rooster, Sarasota, 8:00pm

Lauren Mitchell - Blue Rooster, Sarasota, 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 3

Brian Leneschmidt - Ferg’s Sports Bar, St. Pete, 5:00pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues - The Hanger, St. Pete, 6:00pm

Thursday, October 4

Sunday, October 21th

The Divebombers - Westfield Siesta Key, Sarasota 5:00pm Charlie Morris – Ka-Tiki, Treasure Island 6:30pm Brian Leneschmidt – Fins, Palm Harbor 7:00pm Champ - Carmelo’s, Punta Gorda 6:00pm Rusty Wright Band - The Blue Rooster, Sarasota 7:30pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues – Rhythm & Brews, Zephyrhills 8:00pm

Friday, October 5

Camping With The Blues - Sertoma Youth Ranch, Brksvlle 11:00am Brian Leneschmidt - Bar Fly, Safety Harbor 2:00pm ColdIron - Rhythm-n-Brews, Zephyrhills 3:00pm The Mudds - Ella’s Americana Café, Tampa 4:00pm Patty Sanphy - Lucky Lobster Co. Dunedin 4:30pm

Monday, October 22th

Albert Castiglia Band - House of Blues, Orlando 10:30pm The Mudds - Whispering Oaks Winery Steak Night, Oxford 6:00pm Charlie Morris – Little Harbor, Ruskin,6:00pm Phil Coale - Irish 31 – Westshore, Tampa, 6:30pm Ari and the Alibis - Manatees On The Bay, Gulfport 7:30pm Brian Leneschmidt Band - Thirsty Marlin, Palm Harbor 8:00pm Beautiful Bobby Blackmon - Blue Rooster, Sarasota 8:00pm Rusty Wright Band - Buckingham Blues Bar, Ft. Myers 8:00pm Memphis Rub Band - Peggy’s Corral, Palmetto 9:00pm Backwater Blues Band - Ricks On The River, Tampa 7pm

Schmidts and Giggles - Sand Bar, Englewood 1:00pm

Tuesday, October 23rd

Lauren Mitchell - Blue Rooster, Sarasota 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 24th

Brian Leneschmidt - Ferg’s Sports Bar, St. Pete 5:00pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues - The Hanger, St. Pete 6:00pm

Thursday, October 25th

Saturday, October 6th

Rusty & Laurie Wright - Duo Lansdowne Street Pub, Bnta Spngs 6:00pm Champ - Carmelo’s, Punta Gorda 6:00pm Brian Leneschmidt – Fins, Palm Harbor 7:00pm Tas Cru and His Band Of Tortured Souls - Blue Rooster, Sarasota 7:30 pm

Friday, October 26

The Mudds - Chinsegut Hill Museum, Brooksville 11:00am Backtrack Blues Band - The Shed, Homosassa 4:00pm Brian Leneschmidt Band - Bumpa’s Fish Shack, Tarpon Springs 7:00pm Victoria Ginty & Ladyhawke - Motorworks Brewing, Brdntn 7:00pm Laurie & Rusty Wright - Swan Brewing, Lakeland 7:00pm LC Williams & the Driver – Snappers, Palm Harbor 8:30pm Big Al & The Heavyweights - Blue Rooster, Sarasota 8:00 pm Backwater Blues Band - Caddy’s On Central, St. Pete 6pm

Sunday, October 7th

Laurie & Rusty Wright Duo - Darwin Brewing Co, Bradenton 7:30pm The Man & Guitar World Tour - Ballyhoo Grill, Tampa 7:00pm Ari and the Alibis - Blue Rooster, Sarasota 8:00pm Brian Leneschmidt Band- Bauser’s, Dunedin 10:00pm

Saturday, October 27

The Divebombers - Snook Haven, Venice 12:00pm LC Williams & the Driver - 3 Daughters Brewing, St. Pete 2:00pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues - M-N-M BBQ, St. Pete 6:00pm Ari and the Alibis - Caddy’s at the Pointe, Bradenton 6:00pm Man & Guitar World Tour - Seafood Exchange, Tampa 7:00pm Brian Leneschmidt - Finley’s Irish Pub, Largo 8:00pm Rusty Wright Band - South Street City Oven & Grill, Naples, 9:00pm

ColdIron - Rhythm-n-Brews, Zephyrhills 3:00pm Patty Sanphy - Lucky Lobster Co. Dunedin 4:30pm Brian Leneschmidt Duo - Bumpa’s Fish Shack, Tarpon Springs 5:00pm

Tuesday, October 9th

Suitcase Full of Blues - Blue Rooster, Sarasota 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 10th

Brian Leneschmidt - Ferg’s Sports Bar, St. Pete, 5:00pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues - The Hanger, St. Pete, 6:00pm

Sunday, October 28th

Thursday, October 11th

Steve Arvey - Blues Brunch At Mattison’s, Bradenton,11:00am ColdIron - Rhythm-n-Brews, Zephyrhills, 3:00pm Brian Leneschmidt - Marker 8, Dunedin, 4:00pmm Patty Sanphy - Lucky Lobster Co. Dunedin, Sun Oct 28th 4:30pm

Schmidt’s and Giggles – Gators, Treasure Island 5:00pm Champ - Carmelo’s, Punta Gorda 6:00pm Rusty & Laurie Wright Duo - Lansdowne Street Pub, Bnta Spngs 6:00pm

Friday, October 12th

Tuesday, October 30th

Suitcase Full of Blues - Blue Rooster, Sarasota, 7:00pm Memphis Rub Band - Island Time Bar & Grill, Brdntn Bch 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 31th

The Mudds - Whispering Oaks Winery Steak Night, Oxford 6:00pm Rick Hatfield - Angry Pepper Taphouse, Seminole, 7:00pm Brian Leneschmidt - Stirling Wine, Dunedin, 7:30pm Bruce Katz Band - Blue Rooster, Sarasota, 8:00 pm

Brian Leneschmidt - Ferg’s Sports Bar, St. Pete, 5:00pm Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues - The Hanger, St. Pete, 6:00pm

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CD Reviews Buddy Guy the band for a full sound. The Blues is Alive and
CD Reviews
Buddy Guy
the band for a full sound.
The Blues is
Alive and Well
RCA Records
He’s 81 years old, has a
tour schedule that would
burn out a man half his age,
has appeared on close to 50
“Downtown” is a cover from Tom Waits and is dark,
bluesy song with some nice guitar effects. It’s a bit on
the jazzy side of Blues, with Waits’ lyrics. I love the line
“drinking Chevas Regal in a $4 room”. (Is it me or does
Jeff cover Tom Waits better than Tom Waits?) He kills it on
other Tom Waits songs from previous CDs, as well as live.
albums, including 18 solo
albums, has won just about every major blues award in
the world, and he still ain’t ready to hang up that ‘Big
Blonde Stratocaster.’ In fact, on this album, Buddy Guy
probably sounds as good as he ever did, even when he
was paired with that other blues giant, Junior Wells. And
to add icing to the cake, on this one, Buddy shares guitar
riffs with Jeff Beck, James Bay, and Keith Richards. Plus
adding Mick Jagger on a soul-slicing mouth harp, right? So
what else could you possibly want on a hot new release
like this one?
“Luck Is Gonna’ Change” is a lively gospel-influenced feel
good “positive vibe” song complete with the gospel vocal
quartet. Gerald Stephens provides a lively piano break.
Lots of hand clapping and foot stompin’ too. Amen!
“Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” is a cover of the
old Dylan song, and a well done one. It’s actually a happy
song about being with someone special. Nice use of horns!
“Something In The Water” is the only instrumental and
blends into the final track, “The Water Jam/ Something In
The Water Revised”. It’s a smooth, jazzy jam.
Be sure to check the Jeff Jensen Band out next time they
are in the area. It’s always a treat!
Too bad we can give only brief glimpses of just a few
of the 15 top-notch cuts on this one-hour-plus bonanza.
“Guilty As Charged” is an upbeat hell-raiser about the
devil, when he’s got you in his sights. “Cognac” tells about
that liquid-silk nectar that ‘might kill the living,’ Guy says,
‘but it’ll damn sure raise the dead.’ “The Blues is Alive
and Well” is one of a couple cuts that brings in the Muscle
Shoals Horns of Charles Rose, Steve Herrman, Doug
Moffet, and Jim Hoke.
-“Southside Paul” Weigand
Rory Block
A Woman’s Soul
Stoney Plain Records
“Bad Day” describes one of those heavy, head-pounding
days that gets even worse when the Old Lady starts
running her mouth. “Blue No More” is a slow, moody
piece about that final curtain call when those blue days
reach that final, permanent termination point. “You Did
The Crime” is a 7-minute, slow-walking grinder about a
woman who lies and cheats but it’s the man who endures
the empty-arms, parole-less life that follows.
After her success in
interpreting the works of
country blues artists such as
Robert Johnson, Skip James,
The Reverend Gary Davis
and many others, guitarist/
vocalist Rory Block continues
embracing that tradition with the release of “A Woman’s
Soul” which celebrates the legacy of singer Bessie Smith.
Bottom line: this is definitely a 5-star set that was
produced by Tom Hambridge and features one of the all-
time blues greats, Buddy Guy—and he’s still going strong.
Smith, at her best, was a jazz singer but the essence
of the blues underlied the songs she sang. And it’s no
surprise Block can inject a strong dose of her back-porch
Delta spirit into the material.
-Russ Heitz
Jeff Jensen
Wisdom and Decay
http://jeffjensenband.com
The latest release from Jeff
Jensen and his band is a
hodgepodge of soul, blues and
rock! For starters in addition
to his 3-piece band he has a
string section on 3 tracks and
vocal quartet on 3 others. And just for an extra layer of
sound, he has a horn section, too. As per the usual, he
has several guests you will recognize, including Victor
Wainwright and Reba Russell.
There’s no shortage of the rustic snaky slide licks
Block can unfurl that have become a mainstay of her
repertoire. They’re all over these ten cuts and only add to
the sexiness and sensuality that Smith sang in the music.
For many blues listeners who are more familiar with the
old masters such as Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Son
House and others who appealed to the hard-core guitar
geeks, these songs are an introduction and a window to
the world of Bessie Smith. Block added and played all the
percussion instruments herself, but nothing is sacrificed
for commercialism. The gospel jubilee in “On Revival Day”
reflects Blocks’ church influences and another feather
in her chapeau. The laid back “Empty Bed Blues” is
medicinal enough to lull into lullaby similar to the effect of
floating on a cloud.
Jeff’s band consists of veteran Bill Rufino on bass and
David Green behind the drums. The majority of the songs
are written by Jeff, as usual.
The first track, “I’m Living Off The Love You Give”, is an
upbeat song about being happy in a relationship. It’s starts
off with a lively, catchy riff and has lots of horns backing
But Smith was not about being complacent. Rory’s takes
on “Do Your Duty” and “Kitchen Man” illustrate how
Bessie was trying to push the envelope on where women
stand in the world. And Blocks’ vocals can resonate with
enough sexiness that they bolster testosterone levels to
a breaking point as evidenced in “Need A Little Sugar In
My Bowl”. That is a combination of sex and giddiness
with which Rory can blur the lines quite well. And if “I’m
Down In the Dumps” is a tune about hitting rock bottom, it
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CD Reviews makes no mind because Rory, like Smith, is pulling herself up by the
CD Reviews
makes no mind because Rory, like Smith, is pulling herself
up by the bootstraps to declare a fierce independence.
JP Soars
Southbound I-95
The Delta musical landscape is the soundtrack Rory uses
to bring the material of Bessie Smith to light. There are
traces of afterhours jazz clubs, but Block can’t shake the
ghosts of the levee camps of Mississippi and they make an
appearance in “Weeping Willow Blues.” The jazzy context
of the tune is still in place, though, and Block keeps to the
song’s blueprint.
Music listeners can be grateful Rory Block acknowledges
artists who were giants in their own right. The legacies of
these individuals is almost forgotten and Rory, with her
love of country blues, reminds us where the best lessons
have been learned in life. -Gary Weeks
“Southbound I-95” is the latest
release from JP Soars. I believe
it’s his 5th…but first in 4
years. He has a different lineup
since the “Full Moon Night in
Memphis” CD but still has the
venerable Chris Peet on drums
and playing Bass on most of
the tracks. The list of guests is a plethora of names you’ll
recognize. Lots of guitar and horn players.
Victoria Ginty
“Ain’t No Dania Beach” kicks off the CD. It’s a
biographical song about living in So FL and the life style
that goes with it. Good start to the CD, if a bit on the
mellow side. It features a nice slide solo, though.
Unfinished Business
Self-released
“Southbound I-95” is psychobilly, with a vibrant surf
guitar sound. Not sure where JP got the idea from but I
love it! It’s not the Blues, but good music is good music no
matter what genre it you call it.
After a live recording with
her band, Ladyhawke, vocalist
Victoria Ginty has released
a
studio effort that captures
her stirring vocals backed by
There’s a completely new version of JP’s song “Born In
California”, from his first CD. It is an interesting take on
the tune. This time the Cigar Box guitar is featured, and JP
plays Bass as well.
a
bevy of veteran musicians.
The band includes Jerry Livingston, who backed funk
legend Rick James on five recordings, on bass, Grace
Lougen on guitar, Richie English on piano, Bruce Decker
on Hammond organ, Josh English on drums, G. Castillo on
percussion, and Joe Diggs on backing vocals.
JP doesn’t record many covers, but “When You Walk Out
That Door”, a Classic Albert King slow Blues, is a choice
one! It’s possibly the best Blues track on the CD…and a
damn fine cover. The legendary Jimmy Thackery plays
the second guitar. They play well together, and they’ve
recorded live on the Blues Cruise too. Good stuff!
The title track gets things off to a rousing start as Ginty
sends a clear message to the man she is interested in.
“You Don’t Love Me No More” is a sturdy shuffle written
by Ginty & Ladyhawke bass player Mike Ivey. It finds the
singer dealing with a man who pays her little attention.
Eric Wozniak on tenor sax lays down a biting solo,
with Joe Cheslak on trombone and another Ladyhawke
member, Chuck Weirich on trumpet. Ginty’s gospel
influences are highlighted on “Take Me Down” as she
sings over a moaning chorus before sliding into a more
contemporary take on redemption. Another original,
“Water,” is a moving ballad that continues the redemption
theme. Ginty & Ivey co-wrote “The Blues Found Me,” a
slow blues that features Lougen’s fine guitar work.
“Deep Down In Florida” is a cover of the Muddy Waters’
classic…with a funky mariachi intro. It features a nice JP
solo, and special guest Albert Castiglia lends his vocal
talent as well as second lead. Well done!
“Across The Desert” is an instrumental with a nice
rhythm and some Django influence. Lee Oskar takes a turn
on harp on this one and plays well with JP on lead.
“Go With The Flow” feels like Chris Peet is channeling his
“Inner Gene Krupa”! Great swing beat and it’s just 4 guys
jamming, with the 4th being Scott Ankrom who plays all 4
horns, including a clarinet solo.
Other highlights include “Hard To Move On,” a touching
examination of the aftermath of a broken relationship
built around some Allman-esque slide guitar, and a Jimmy
McCracklin tune, “Every Night, Every Day,” with Ginty
delivering a smoldering performance that shows listeners
why she was selected to represent SBS at next year’s
As usual with any JP Soars CD there’s no filler, every
song has merit and belongs. I could have reviewed any of
14 Songs. -“Southside Paul” Weigand
Billy F. Gibbons
The Big Bad Blues
International Blues Challenge. Livingston’s solid bass line
and Castillo’s percussion add a touch of the Caribbean to
Concord Records
a
cover of Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Sign Your Name”. The
band rocks hard on “Do Me Right,” but the song never
quite connects.
Clocking in at over fifty-six minutes, this project
leaves no doubt that we have another exciting female
vocalist in our area. Victoria Ginty has the vocal chops
and songwriting skills that will undoubtedly make an
impression on plenty of listeners. -Mark Thompson
“In the beginning was the
Boogie, and the Boogie was with
Hooker, and the Boogie was
Hooker. And Billy F. Gibbons
heard the Boogie and sayest
unto himself ‘Dayum!’.”
I first became aware of ZZ Top, and thus Billy F. Gibbons,
when the Hooker-like opening riff of “La Grange” dragged
me from the other end of the house. If you’ll pardon the
expression, I was “Hooked”! Wore out my first vinyl copy
of “Fandango”… hooked. (Cont’d next page)
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CD Reviews When I saw that Gibbons was releasing a Blues CD I never even
CD Reviews
When I saw that Gibbons was releasing a Blues CD I
never even offered it for public consumption, it was mine!
And speakin’ of boogie…The first number on the disc
is one! “Missin’ Yo’ Kissin’” is a patented foot stomper
penned by Gibbon’s wife, photographer Gilligan Stillwater-
Gibbons. This one is propelled by Gibbons’ guitar and the
“fearless funkiness” of Joe Hardy’s bass.
In addition to alto, soprano and tenor sax, Vanessa also
plays both acoustic and resonator guitars. She sings, too,
of course. And—no surprise—she also wrote all the cuts
on this set save one, the last one, “Love Me Like a Man,”
which was written by Chris Smithers, and rumbles on
sweetly for over seven minutes.
“I
love connecting with an audience and feeling their
“My Baby She Rocks” is a Billy F. composition, a
propulsive mid-tempo Blues which features “Icepick
James” Harman on harmonica…Good-rockin’ stuff!
energy,” Vanessa says; a philosophy very evident even in
this studio album which runs about forty-five minutes that
seem like 10—everything runs so smoothly.
A
brief taste: “Honey Up” says some dude wants her to
The first of the unusual cover-tunes on the record is
Muddy Waters’ “Standing Around Crying”. This version
pays homage to the master without ever being imitative.
It’s a strong version of a classic Chicago Blues song, plain
and simple.
Gibbons lend his personal touch to two Bo Diddley
tunes “Bring It To Jerome” (penned by Bo’s maraca player
Jerome Greene) and “Crackin’ Up”.
kiss his behind and she sure as hell ain’t a-gonna do it.
“Icarus” tells us to ‘keep dreaming and fly high.’ “Fault
Line” is a broad-shouldered thumper that demonstrates
the power and the force of this performer. “You Get What
You Get” tells us Life can be a bitch sometimes, but you
have two choices: accept it or change it.
In Gibbons’ own words “We dusted off an old Gretsch
Needless to add, this is a first-class production, with
first-class arrangements, first-class backup musicians, and
a first-class center-stager: Vanessa Collier. Russ Heitz
Duo-Jet guitar which put us in squarely with that infamous
Bo Diddly sound.”
gotta love it!
“…Jerome” is nasty, gritty, funky…
Boz Scaggs
Out Of The Blues
“That’s What She Said” could easily have fit into either
of the first couple of ZZ Top records, which is no bad
thing. This one features a slide guitar playing off against
harmonica, all forcefully pushed along by Greg Morrow’s
heavy backbeat.
Concord Records
At first listen “Hollywood 151” sounds like a reworked
Elmore James number! The lyrics sure ain’t Mr. James, but
the guitar? Oh yeah! Another load of bad-ass fun!
“Rollin’ and Tumblin’” meets “Heard It On The X”?
Well, kinda…It’s a bit of a generic foot-stomper with the
traditional Mississippi lyrics on top, but it does stomp,
and I admit to liking that!
All-in-all, I really enjoyed this one. You could hear some
of these tracks cold and know who it is. Billy F. Gibbons is
a student of the Blues, but at this point in his fabled career
he doesn’t need to imitate anyone! -George Willett
Another artist with a five-
decade career and still doing
40 gigs in four months, Boz
Scaggs has brought out
another hot-off-the-press “July
27th Production”. Scaggs,
who has won his share of accolades and #1 Billboard
slots, calls this set his “musical renaissance,” a collection
of eclectic and personal recordings that showcase his
multitude of musical genres. This one was assembled
with the help of a first-class group of studio musicians,
including a very full-throated horn section. Four of the
songs were written by long-time Scaggs collaborator, Jack
Walroth, plus one cover of a Neil Young piece, and another
cover written by the Jimmy/Manny Reed duo.
Vanessa Collier
Honey Up
Self-released
If anybody is still worried
about the “future of the blues”
in the U.S. of A, put your
mind at rest. Vanessa Collier
has got you covered. As a
matter of fact, she got all of us
blues lovers covered and this
album makes that clear from note one. Talent? She’s got
more than her share. Background? Graduate of the very
prestigious Berklee College of Music. Accomplishments?
She’s got more music and blues awards than most
performers twice her age. And she’s still growing, still
developing, still expanding her vocal and instrumental
chops every time she steps onstage. This album
highlights every one of those abilities, and does it with a
first class production and a full-throated, horn-enriched,
backup band that provides a topnotch setting for a stellar
performer.
The set starts off with a nice, big, round sound that
includes Walroth’s blues harp. Written by Walroth, “Rock
and Stick” is about a love affair that is so bad he’d rather
be in the jungle with nothing but—you guessed it—a
rock and a stick. “I’ve Just Got to Forget You” highlights
the distinctive vocal stylings that could only be the Boz.
“I’ve Just Got to Know” is a slow stroller with a nice horn
section back up. It’s about a love affair that is fading fast
but hope keeps butting up against reality.
“Radiator 110” is another Walroth creation. This time
it’s about the kind of lady we’re all familiar with-tthe one
who sends the internal temperature to 110 every time she
walks by. It also features Walroth on harp with a very
nice rhythm section providing the foundation. “Little Miss
Night and Day” is about a dark angel, a blue-eyed girl who
got her name because she can keep on rocking no matter
what the hour, or the day. “On the Beach” is an eight-
minute slow, aching and melancholy rendition of the Neil
Young classic.
Scaggs says this set was “a complete joy from beginning
to end” and it’s definitely a good refresher course in the
Art of the Boz.
-Russ Heitz
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CD Reviews The Blues Doctors Same Old Blues Again I must say I’m an unabashed
CD Reviews
The Blues Doctors
Same Old Blues Again
I must say I’m an unabashed fan of the Blues Doctors!
Acoustic Blues is not everyone’s cup of tea, I know, but
give this one a listen. Much of it’s structure and rhythm is
more akin to electric Blues than anything from the ‘30s or
Thebluesdoctors.net
‘40s.
“The Blues Doctors” consist
of Adam Gussow on harmonica
and “DIY Percussion”, and
guitarist Alan Gross, who
built and plays his own cigar-
box instrument. They both
provide vocals. This reviewer wrote on their prior CD,
“Rooster’s Happy Hour”, which I did enjoy. I first heard of
them because of my interest in Gussow. He was formerly
the harp man in the “Satan & Adam” duo of New York City
street performers, along with Suncoast resident Sterling
Magee. Currently, he performs in The Blues Doctors,
maintains the “Modern Blues Harmonica” website, and,
oh yeah, he’s also a professor of English and Southern
Studies at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.
Give it a listen, I think you’ll get a kick out of it!
-George Willett
Tribute
Delmark’s 65th
Anniversary
Delmark Records
Not only is this album a
tribute to the iconic blues and
jazz label Delmark, but also
it’s also a tribute to the variety
of blues artists who recorded
there over the years.
Alan Gross is most well-known for his decade-long
association with Mississippi bluesman Terry “Harmonica”
Bean. Before joining with up Gussow he also worked with
Hill Country performers Kenny Kimbrough, Lightning
Malcolm, and Eric Deaton.
His guitar influences include Muddy, Duke Robillard, and
Jimmie Vaughan.
The disc is an eclectic collection of tunes, both originals
and some unexpected covers, speaking of which…the set
opens with a track I’m quite fond of, an acoustic shot of
“Tequila”! Yes, it’s the old “Champs” chestnut, but not like
you ever heard it! Gussow plays some monster harp, with
high-register licks at the bridge that will floor ya’! Tah-
KEE-Lah!
Founded in St Louis in 1953 by Bob Koester, this label has
been turning out the music we all love for 65 years now.
The liner notes tell the story of Big Joe Williams walking
in the then-St. Louis record store and convincing Koester
that he was indeed the legendary bluesman by showing
him old flyers of himself from the early days. Big Joe was
Delmark’s second blues artist recorded, after Speckled
Red.
Not long after this Koester moved to Chicago with his
retail Jazz Record Mart and was right in the middle of
all the Blues activity. Bob was known for frequenting the
black night clubs in parts of the West and South sides,
where whites did not go, to hear the music that he would
later record. Among those who would later be on the
The good Doctor’s version of “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” is
serious Mississippi roots music! Gross does the vocal and
contributes some seriously tone-heavy cigar-box while
Gussow wails out on the harp and thumps the foot-drums.
I love this one!
Delmark label were Magic Sam, J.B.Hutto, Otis Rush, Carey
Bell, Luther Alison
just
for starters! Even though Buddy
Guy was thought to be under contract at Chess, Koester
recorded him at Delmark under the name of Friendly
Chap.
The first of two originals on the disc is the title track,
“Same Old Blues Again “. It’s chugging Blues, featuring
guitar and harp with bass support from Bryan W. Ward.
This one has Gussow on vocals. He has a clear, light tenor
voice and to his credit he doesn’t throw in a lot of pseudo-
Blues grunts and growls. I took a little time to get used to,
but his vocals are really quite good!
Bob Koester focused more on the retail business, at
times, than he did the recording side, but continued to
have hits when he did record. And this brings us to the
album under review.
“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”, penned by Cannonball
Adderley’s pianist Joe Zawinul’s, is another really
interesting instrumental cover! It works as a harmonica
vehicle just as well as “The Work Song” did for Paul
Butterfield. (It is another Jazz tune made famous by the
Adderleys).
The final three tracks were recorded live at the “2015
North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic” by radio station
WWOZ. I enjoy these track a lot, I love live recordings!
Track nine is the Blues Doctor’s take on Jimmy Reid’s “You
Don’t have Go”, and a foot stomper it is! Gross’ guitar
is pretty cool with Jazz changes and all, but Gussow’s
harp really carries the show on this one. The set closes
with another live one, the duo’s take on Robert Johnson’s
“Crossroads Blues. The acoustic guitar on the signature
riff is based more on the familiar Clapton version than
on Johnson’s original, but it works well. Again, this is
primarily a harp-driven version, and a good one at that!
The 11 sides here are all remakes of songs recorded
at Delmark and serve as tributes to the original artists.
The CD starts with a soulful version of Junior Wells’
“Train I Ride” done by Omar Coleman. This is followed
with a Tribute to Carey Bell with the song “One Day
You’re Gonna’ Get Lucky” performed by Lurie Bell. Next
is Lindsey Alexander and Billy Flynn with their tribute
to Jimmy Dawkins on the song “All For Business”. So, by
now you are getting the drift here. Solid blues artists
performing tributes to earlier blues greats who recorded
at Delmark. My two favorites may be Mike Wheeler
performing the Otis Rush song, “So Many Roads” and
Shirley Johnson covering the Bonnie Lee song “Need Your
Love So Bad”.
The album is produced by Steve Wagner and Dick
Shurman with a talented group of musicians which include
some of the artists that perform the vocals for these
tribute songs. Steve Wagner wrote the liner notes for this
work. He states that Bob Koester at age 85 is still running
the “Bob’s Blues And Jazz Mart” in the Windy City on W.
Irving Park Road. We all owe Bob a big thanks for the 65
years he had dedicated to our music! -Tim Graham
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CD Reviews Waydown Wailers Backland Blues Woodstock Records R & R standard, “Dizzy Miss Lizzie,”
CD Reviews
Waydown Wailers
Backland Blues
Woodstock Records
R & R standard, “Dizzy Miss Lizzie,” still has the same
happy, rollicking beat it had back in ’58 when it first came
out. “Somewhere in the Middle” explores that deeper
territory of finding the ‘just right place’ that everyone
looks for, that personal comfort zone.
The Waydown Wailers may
hail from the back country
along the New York/Canadian
border but their music has
a much wider audience
and covers a full range of
emotions. For creds, the
Wailers have opened for the likes of Charlie Daniels, the
Spin Doctors, Donna the Buffalo and Lady Antebellum.
Another original, “I’m on the Hunt” is an edgy bluesy
cut that says, ‘You can run, but you can’t hide.’ It also
has some vocal and instrumental arrangements that are
reminiscent of another oldie, Jesus Christ, Superstar. The
Elmore James chestnut, “Done Somebody Wrong” covers
those painful times when life starts sliding backwards and
you wonder what went wrong. Roger McGuinn’s “Lover of
the Bayou” brings the set to a close with a fine old Byrds
song.
Most of the cuts on this album are originals penned by
the Parker brothers, David and Christian, with the capable
help of Mike “Scruffy” Scriminger who also handles
percussion. The Wailers call their music “Outlaw Jam” but
their genre covers everything from blues to swamp rock
to 50s R & R, all done in their own unique style.
Nice set. Interesting group. -Russ Heitz
Opener “Backdoor Woman Blues” is a nice, easy rocker
that features some mighty nice guitar work along with
some funky-honky-tonk piano by “Professor Louie”
Hurwitz who also had a hand in the production and
engineering of the set. “I Want Your Soul” is a hard driving
swamp rocker about a guy who won’t be satisfied with a
little bit of love, he wants your whole damn soul. “Another
Bump in the Road” is a bouncy, jaunty kind of shuffler
about Life’s one-damn-thing-after-another routine.
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Bigger, Badder, Dunedin Wines The Blues

The Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association presents the 28th annual Dunedin Wines the Blues on Saturday, Nov. 10, 12:00 Noon to 11:00pm. It takes place on three stages along Main Street in downtown Dunedin.

This signature event for Dunedin is a festival which brings top Blues music artists from around the country. Three stages with non-stop performances starting at 1:00PM.

which brings top Blues music artists from around the country. Three stages with non-stop performances starting

More information and VIP Tickets: https://www. liveeventsaccess.com/

 

Produced by AMG Group Music Events

West Stage 3:30pm - Erica DiCeglie 5:30pm -Joey Gilmore 7:30pm - Duffy Bishop

West Stage

3:30pm - Erica DiCeglie

5:30pm -Joey Gilmore

7:30pm - Duffy Bishop

West Stage 3:30pm - Erica DiCeglie 5:30pm -Joey Gilmore 7:30pm - Duffy Bishop

Main Stage

East Stage

2:00pm - Big Kettle Drum

1:00pm - Cottondale Swamp

3:30pm - Rockin Jake

3:00pm - TC Carr

5:30pm - Bridget Kelly Band

5:00pm - Trey Wanvig Band

7:30pm - Shaw Davis and The Black Ties

7:00pm - Andy T Band w/ Alabama Mike

Performers and show times are subject to change without notice

9:00pm - Ally Venable Band

 

Blues Jams

Wednesdays

Johnny Dreamwell’s Jam - Brady’s Back Yard, 340 Main St, Safety Harbor, 7 pm Josh Lamkin Blues Jam - Ruby Elixir, 15 3 St. N, St. Pete, 9 pm

Ed Wagner & Home Cookin’ Jam - Shark’s Bar & Grill,

1479

Belcher Rd, 8:30 pm-12:00 am

Al Fuller’s Famous Blues Jam - Blue Rooster,

Sundays

Wendy Rich’s “Supa’ Sunday At The Shack”,

Old Dixie Hwy, Hudson, 4-8 pm

3rd Sunday - “Buzz Jam” - Ukulele Brands,

4805

14519

LOL Blvd, Land O’ Lakes, 4-7pm

1525

4th St, Sarasota 7:30-10:30 p

Mondays

 

House of Trouble Jam, Green Iguana -

4029

Ed Wright Jam, Keith’s Oaks Bar, 108 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Brandon 7-11 pm

Clarion Inn Ballroom 8m-12am

S. Westshore Blvd, Tampa 10 pm

First Wed. Of The Month - Chitlin’ Circuit Preservation Society meeting - Rhythm & Brews

4711

Blues Jam from 8-11pm.

Thursdays

Marty Stokes Jam, Space 39,

Gall Blvd. Zephyrhills, 7-8pm - followed by an open

Tuesdays

Patio De Leon, Fort Myers, 8-11 pm Strictly Blues w/Jason Haram, Swordfish Grille, 4628 119th St, Cortez, 7-10 pm Lazy Boy Jam, Mermaid Lounge, 11024 SR-52, Hudson, 8-11 pm Phil Stokes Jam - Red Tiki, 7361 46th Ave N St Pete, 8-11pm

Al Razz Blues Jam - Gil & Rick’s Sports Bar,

1250

Seminole Blvd, Largo, 8-11pm

Clam Jam, Cortez Clam Factory,

10104

Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, 7 pm

Ed Wright Open Jam, Ybor Live - Lakeland -

5263

S Florida Ave, Lakeland, 8 pm-12 am

If a jam needs to be added, deleted, or revised, please send details to events@suncoastblues.org

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SBS Band Directory

 

Send any updates to george@suncoastblues.org

Al “Coffee” McDaniel

Donni Fury & Holy Smoke

Phil the Hat

 

828-206-1592

718-386-1537 www.donnifury.com donnifury@gmail.com

941-321-1370

14allhat@comcast.net

Richy Kicklighter

alcoffeemcdaniel@gmail.com

Al Fuller

941-918-8230

www.alfuller.com

alfuller1@verizon.net

Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones

doug@dougdeming.com

Dukes of Juke

941-957-3516

www.midnightpassmusic.com

Rick Hatfield

813-417-3126

rogcasey@verizon.net

727 392 0094

www.rickhatfield.com

Alex Lopez

www.alexlopezmusic.com

Alex@alexlopezmusic.com

Backtrack Blues Band

727-502-5000

www.backtrackbluesband.com

Harty@Bluespros.com

Backwater Blues Band

813-695-7187

www.backwaterblues.com

Rance@backwaterblues.com

Dreamfire Band

dn_mchls@yahoo.com

www.dreamfireband.com

Easy Street Band

Charlie Coffman 727-687-4518

Ed Wright

813-758-9741 edryte@msn.com

Ellie Lee Band

614-302-1495

ellieleeband.com bluesfury@gmail.com

zoom@sonic.net

RJ Howson Band

773-915-3886

www.reverbnation.com/rjhowson

Rockin’ Randall & His Honkabilly Blues Band

727-466-8988

Roy Book Binder

www.roybookbinder.com

Sandy Atkinson

Bear & Robert

George Worthmore

727-743-0775

bearandrobert@gmail.com

www.georgeworthmore.com

www.sandyatkinson.net

bearandrobert.com

727-255-4870

 

Howlin’ Bob

booking@sandyatkinson.net

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon

941-926-7192

Sarasota Slim

352-874-1126

B3Comm@aol.com

Howlin’ Buzz Blues Band

727-421-9045

Betty Fox Band

813-455-5981

 

352-588-4711

www.sarasotaslim.com

slim@sarasotaslim.com

BettyFoxBand@Gmail.com

Big D & the Dirty Deal

727-686-6699

vdoonerm@hotmail.com

Bill Wharton-Sauce Boss

Jamie N’ Royce

813-520-5005

royceathome@gmail.com

Jeff DeCoix Blues Band

941-346-1778

Honeyboy’s House Party

Selwyn Birchwood Band

407-461-1624

www.selwynbirchwood.com

Shawn Paige Blues Band

727-243-4881

wharton@sauceboss.com

https://www.facebook.com/spaige1?fref=ts

www.sauceboss.com

Billy Seward Band

941-779-8225

wfseward@yahoo.com

Blue Dice

727-791-3848 www.rickhoneyboyhart.com rick@bitcommun.com

Jason Haram

jason@jasonharamgroup.com

Joel Tatangelo

jtatangelo@hotmail.com

Southern Legacy Band

813 841-6285 southernlegacyfla@yahoo.com

St. Pete Blues AllStars

727-321-0332

lizpennock@yahoo.com

bluedice@tampabay.rr.com

Blue Lightning Band

727-644-5221 www.lightningblues.com

Blues Pig

941-954-5173

bluespigband@gmail.com

Blues Bayeux

941-993-0997

bluesbayeux@gmail.com

Bluestar Band

Josh Lamkin & Automatic Heat

813-731-1827

The Kat Crosby Band

575-491-7168

www.facebook.com/The-Kat-Crosby-

Band-100603003389040/

Keith Caton & the Accelerators

352-804-3697

bluzboy721@comcast.net

Steve Arvey

773-406-3292

www.stevearvey.com stevearvey@aol.com

Sugar & Spice Revue

813-957-1130

sugarandspicerevue.com

Larrysaxman53@yahoo.com

Swamp Katz

941-928-1912

www.bluestarband.com

Lara & the Blues Dogs

727-942-7329

Bob Petrocelli

727-787-4597

info@bobpetrocelli.com

Bodie Valdez

941-518-0402

Bridget Kelly Band

352-870-7656

Bridgetkellyband@gmail.com

Bryan Lee

bjbluesbaby@yahoo.com

Champ

941-875-8518 kevingruca1955@gmail.com

Charlie Morris Band

615-948-6594 greggbass19@hothail.com

Lauren Mitchell Band

941-237-0142

Booking@LaurenMitchellband.com

Lazy Boy

727-858-5284

727-686-8854

lazyboyblues@verizon.net

Lee Pons

myspace.com/leethal66

leepons@yahoo.com

Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues

727-321-0332

www.lizpennock.com

lizpennock@yahoo.com

https://www.reverbnation.com/swampkatz4

gtrpro6@gmail.com

TC Carr & Bolts of Blue

727-522-8903

www.tccarr.com

tccarr@tampabay.rr.com

Thunderbolt Brown

813-323-2594

www.thunderboltbrown.com

robbiegray@verizon.net

TomKats Jazz Orchestra

727-347-0296

https://www.facebook.com/

727-365-7549 www.charliemorris.com

Memphis Rub Band

TomkatsJazzOrchestra

Damon Fowler Group

941-879-7788

memphisrubband.com

Tommy Keys

Contact: Hugh@bmatours.com Or: facebook.com/pages/Damon-Fowler

garydrouin@yahoo.com

The Man & Guitar World Tour

516-909-2743

www.tommykeys.com

mrtomkeys@yahoo.com

David Julia Band

352-874-8834

303-913-8727

www.manandguitar.com

Tucci

Bryandmiller1@gmail.com

941-228-8713

smtucci@comcast.net

davidjuliamusic@gmail.com

 

The Mudds

Velvet Hammer Blues Band

352-586-6131

941-928-1912

David Smash Band

info@davidsmash.net

davidsmashband@gmail.com

Doctor Bob & the Blue Pills

941-795-1135

bluesinjector@yahoo.com

Doc Shaker’s Blues Remedy

themuddsband.wordpress.com

betsya.mudd@gmail.com

Nat Langston

natguitarlangston@gmail.com

Patty Sanphy

727-587-0630

www.pattysanphy.com

pattysanphy@usa.com

Phil Coale

www.thevelvethammerband.com

Victoria Ginty & Ladyhawke

vginty111@gmail.com

Vintage Hearts

863-899-8745

www.vintagehearts.biz

Wendy Rich

Wendyrich@mac.com

www.bigfootbandfla.com docshaker.rv@gmail.com 352-263-0063

941-258-4918 philcoalemusic@gmail.com

 

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