Welcome to March! It’s going to be a busy month. Last March was so crazy, Dan and Pat had to close the joint for a night to give the staff a party for all their hard work. I’m going a little bit easier on them this March, but not much.
Tonight is the return of the Hornbuckle Brothers with Jimmy Yozell, a very popular band. Polish off the dancing shoes and come out and celebrate this beautiful weather we’ve been having. Then tomorrow night, get out of the crappy weather we’re expecting and hang with Easy Bill and the Big Beat. Also, Easy Bill happens to be a Mac expert, so if you have any questions (as I do), he’s your man.
Saturday night, Teresa Lynne comes with her new band, The Dreamboats. Can’t wait to hear them! Teresa is one of those rare combinations of a great voice and a fine harp player. We’re lucky to have her.
Tuesday is My Beloved Delta Sonics’ jam, so we all know where I’ll be. And then there’s Thursday...
TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT!!! Nick, Chris, and baby sis Danielle are returning for the first time in more than a year. There are still some tickets left, and they go up to $25 day of show, so call now and reserve yours: 303-443-3322. They have a new record out, Wrong Side of the Blues, so we’ll be hearing some new tunes from one of our all-time favorite bands. I was fortunate enough to get to spend a bit of time with the siblings in Memphis, and they are looking and sounding better than ever. I should also mention that given their meteoric rise, it’s entirely possible this will be their last time playing our humble room. Come out for this intimate show, spend time with them, congratulate Danielle on her upcoming bundle of joy (she’s due in early May), and listen to some of the finest Blues you’ll ever hear. They’re now signed with Vizztone, of which Bob Margolin is a partner, and he’s filled me in on this new release, particularly a new ballad from Danielle that apparently will have us all puddles on the floor. Bring tissue. Lot’s of it.
And then there’s Saturday night. MY JIMMY! Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers have not been here in a year and a half. I don’t know how that happened, but I won’t let it happen again. I spend a lot of phone time with My Jimmy, so it doesn’t seem like it, but they were last here in November of 2009. Can you believe it? They too have a new record out, Feel the Heat, and I can’t wait to hear all the new stuff. Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy! Sometimes I have to remind myself that I first met Jimmy more than 30 years ago when he was with the Nighthawks. I was four at the time.
I leave you with good news from Eddie Turner, and very sad news from Bob Corritore:
Well hello everyone! Now that the Oscars are over, I would like to announce that I, your humble narrator, have been nominated by the INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS in the category of Best New Blues Song ! Please take a moment to register and vote for me. The song is "MIRACLES & DEMONS PART 2" from my newest CD, MIRACLES & DEMONS. Here is the link that will take you right to the page:
Well, that's it for now...starting to pack for my European tour with the new TROUBLE TWINS ! Thanks & happy voting. ~Eddie~
Continued Next Column...
Thu 3/03 - Hornbuckle Bros.
Fri 3/04 - Easy Bill & Big Beat
Sat 3/05 - Teresa Lynne with T-Bird
& Dream Boats
Sun 3/06 - Jazz Jam w/Mark Diamond
Tue 3/08 - Blues Jam Hosted By Delta Sonics
Thu 3/10 - Trampled Under Foot ($20 Cover)
Fri 3/11 - Papa Juke
Sat 3/12 - Jimmy Thackery
& The Drivers ($15 Cover)
• RIP Eddie Kirkland - August 16, 1923 to February 27, 2011. Guitarist/singer/harmonica player Eddie Kirkland died last week in a auto accident in Tampa, Florida. He was 87 years old. Eddie Kirkland was born in Jamaica, and raised in Alabama. After military service in World War II, he relocated to Detroit and started working with John Lee Hooker, with whom he made some spectacular classic recordings. His sympathetic stylistic interaction with Hooker created some of most richly textured down home blues recordings ever recorded. While still with Hooker, he recorded a few 1950s sides under his own name for Modern, RPM, Federal and later Fortune. His version of "Done Somebody Wrong" influenced Elmore James who would record his own arrangement of the song. During the '60s he recorded singles for Lupine and Stax before making his first album with the King Curtis band which was released on the True Sound label. He would go on to make records with Trix, JSP, Deluge, Blue Suit, Telarc, Evidence, Fantastic, and other labels, as well as making recorded guest appearances on releases by Johnny Rawls, the Wentus Blues Band (from Finland) and Foghat. Eddie had an amazing work ethic and would tour constantly. His shows were pure energy, and he always played with a beautiful down-home rough edge, even while playing more contemporary blues and soul songs. He wore a scarf over his head which became his trademark but it also covered a metal plate that was in his head from an old war wound. Eddie Kirkland symbolized the beauty of down home urban blues, and his many important contributions will live on through the ages. To read Eddie's Wikipedia bio, click here. To see Eddie Kirkland on YouTube performing "I Love You", click here. For a wonderful Eddie Kirkland discography, click here.