Blues Music Awards wrap-up, in the studio, new show dates added, remembering on Memorial Day
Even though it’s been a couple of weeks since I went to the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, it still feels like yesterday! I had such a great time there, visiting with friends I don’t get to see very often, and hearing so much great music! This was about the 15th year I’ve gone to the BMA’s, and it never gets old. It’s a family reunion that I look forward to every year!
I was especially excited to go this year, for several reasons. First of all, it was the first time Lisa Biales and her husband Marc attended. I co-produced Lisa’s JUST LIKE HONEY album last year, and it has done real well. I wanted to introduce her to my friends, and let her see what a family the blues community really is.
Another exciting aspect is that three artists nominated for a BMA had one of my songs on their albums. “No Time for the Blues” was on Ann Rabson and Bob Margolin’s NOT ALONE album, and it won the award for Acoustic Album of the year. It was emotional not having Ann there, even though in a way, it felt like she was.
“Bad Girl” is on Shakura S’Aida’s TIME album, and she was nominated for Contemporary Female Artist. And “Let the Healing Begin” is on Dorothy Moore’s BLUES HEART album, which was nominated for Soul Blues Album. Dorothy was also nominated for Soul Blues Female Artist. I’m definitely in good company with these artists!!
I always arrive on Wednesday, and run into a lot of my friends in the lobby of the Marriott. Lots of hugs and kisses are exchanged, and we all get to catch up with what’s going on with each other.
And Thursday, there’s more mingling, and eating, and some jammin’ going on. An incredible vocalist, Greg Nagy and I rehearsed a song I wrote, and we were hoping the folks in the nearby rooms wouldn’t mind. Apparently they didn’t…
The BMA show started out on a wonderful note. The legendary Dorothy Moore took the stage, and performed “Let the Healing Begin.” That done my heart good! I was SO proud to see her up there, looking beautiful in her yellow outfit, singing my song, and playing harmonica on it. Then she did her famous hit “Misty Blue”. I was in tears, just so happy for her! She got a standing ovation, and set the bar for the rest of the evening’s performances. I am so honored to call Dorothy my friend! And we’re talking about doing a duet together. I’ll keep you posted!
On Friday, there was more mingling and visiting, and that night we had a big VizzTone show at the Rum Boogie on Beale Street. Rosy Rosenblatt, with VizzTone, coordinated the show, and played some harp with me. I was proud to invite Lisa Biales on stage, and the crowd really threw some lovin’ on her!
Then I did a duet with Greg Nagy, and the bluesiest guy I know, Bob Margolin joined us on guitar. I simply love the soulfulness of Greg’s voice, and we’ll definitely be looking at doing some recording, and some shows together. I’m excited about the possibilities!
Here’s a link to a video that Mark Patrick took at the Rum Boogie. Greg and I did pretty good even though we had little rehearsal. This is a work in progress. And listen to Bob Margolin pick that guitar! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9tS8UQ5dJk
It’s always sad to leave Memphis, but I had to head back to Chattanooga to write some new songs with Tom Horner and get ready to produce Lisa’s next album. We’ll be working with Paul Hornsby in the studio this week. She has such a beautiful voice. And I can’t wait to hear how the songs turn out, and get the new album out there for y’all to hear!
I’ve booked some more dates, too, so keep an eye on the calendar. The upcoming shows are below.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day. Let’s not forget what the day is all about. There are families out there having cookouts with one less family member, because they gave their life for our freedom. A heartfelt “THANKS” goes out to the soldiers and their families who allow me the freedom to travel the world making music. I am very blessed…
Till I see you again, Keep a song in your heart!
FRIDAY, JUNE 7 ~ Crossville, TN
Palace Theatre ~ 7 pm
72 Main Street / 931-484-6133 / Solo
SATURDAY, JUNE 15 ~ Eureka Springs, AR
Eureka Springs Blues Weekend ~ after 3 pm
At the Auditorium / Solo
SUNDAY, JUNE 16 ~ Eureka Springs, AR
Jam at the Father’s Day Party Concert ~ time TBA
at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
FRIDAY, JUNE 21 ~ Townsend, TN
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center / Solo / Time TBA
3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection
towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
SUNDAY, JUNE 30 ~ Montgomery, AL
Capitol Oyster Bar ~ Time TBA
617 Shady Street / 334-239-8958 / Solo
FRIDAY, JULY 12 ~ Calhoun/Resaca, GA
Coca-Cola Room at the Chuckwagon Restaurant ~ 8 pm
1446 Hwy 41 N / 706-625-9840 / Solo
SATURDAY, JULY 13 ~ Chattanooga, TN
The Tropicana Room ~ 9 pm
110 Jordan Drive / 423-499-3883 / Solo
SATURDAY, JULY 20 ~ Macon, GA
Macon Music ~ 7 pm
2389 Ingleside Avenue / 478-254-5488 / Solo
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 ~ Cincinnati, OH
Cincy Blues Summerfest ~ 10:15 pm
Women in the Blues Headliner / Band
Arches Theme Stage / 705 East Pete Rose Way
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 ~ Columbus, OH
Hey Hey Bar and Grill ~ 9 pm
361 E Whittier Street / 614-445-9512 / Solo
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 ~ Tallahassee, FL
Bradfordville Blues Club ~ 9 pm
7152 Moses Lane / 850-906-0766 / Band
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 ~ Perry, GA
Perry Music Festival ~ 8:30 pm
Downtown square / Band
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 ~ Savannah, GA
Savannah Jazz Festival ~ 8:15 pm
Band Shell in Forsyth Park in Downtown Savannah / Band
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 ~ private party
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 ~ Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Blues Festival ~ 3:30 pm
Jackie Robinson Ballpark, Downtown / 386-846-7302 / Band
OCTOBER – various dates with Blue Alley from Germany
Dates and locations TBA
OCTOBER and NOVEMBER – tentative dates – TBA
DECEMBER – tentative dates – TBA
Still have a few open dates for Christmas parties
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