Monday, May 25, 2009

Rain, Rain Go Away

Rain played a big factor in the Lowertown Art and Music Festival as hard rains on Sunday really hurt attendance. In fact, we, along with several other bands were told we didn't have to play if we chose. Some bands packed it in and left town. Not me. I played on! I had driven up from Fulton and to be honest, wouldn't have felt right cashing the check if I had not held up my end of the contract. Also, we had two small groups who had driven up from Tennessee to Paducah, just to hear us play, so I didn't want to let them down.

Right before our set, I had a conversation with Nathan Blake Lynn, a very talented songwriter/singer who plays solo, and with the popular band "Bawn in the Mash." They had already taken down the stage on which he was to perform, so he asked if he could do a few tunes while we set up. I thought it was a great idea, plus I wanted to hear him play some of his songs, so it worked out great.

It's always tough with the weather this time of year. Kinda weird in that the culprit this time is a pesky low pressure center to our west which has been moving at a snail's pace and keeping us in relatively the same pattern for several days. Hopefully, it'll be out of the way by Friday, when we play at the Viceroy Amphitheater in Oak Grove, Kentucky for the Spring into Summer Festival.

Found out today, I'll be back at the Lion's Club Telethon of Stars in November. My 20th year there. Where does the time go!?! It's a super good time and a super cause. One of the beneficiaries of the Telethon is Easter Seals Western Kentucky, which we at PATS work with. They're fantastic folks and perform a fantastic service and I couldn't be happier than to play my heart out to help them.

Nice article on the 20th anniversary of Hot August Blues!

I keep getting hit up with the question of when I'm going to put out another CD. The answer is, as soon as I can. I just about have enough material to do it, however, the economy is pretty tight right if I have to tell you that! I'm planning and hoping though. I still have some stories to tell.

I wish "Current" would ask me what's on MY Ipod! It might be surprising!

God Bless you all!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

When I Need To Recharge, I Head To The Delta

I'm from West Tennessee. I remember the cotton fields from my childhood. When I need rejuvenation, that's where I go back to.

I seek out Junior:

I seek out R.L.:

I seek out Paul "Wine" Jones:

I seek out Big Jack Johnson:

And of course, my mentor in the blues, the late, great Snooky Pryor. God Bless you Snooky, I miss you so much.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Looking for My Fav Girl Rockers

There are some who think being a rocker is a guy thing. I'm not one of them...I have plenty of favorite girl rockers and bluzers!

I saw Lisa Loeb several years ago, and I think she's a great songwriter.

I really like Sarah McLachlan, even though she's Canadian!

Speaking of Canadians, I guess my favorite is Joni Mitchell. Here's a great clip of her with Pat Metheny and the late Jaco Pastorius. I've never seen her live, but would love to.

One of my favorites over the years is Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. "Brass in Pocket" is my favorite Pretenders song.

Another of my favorites is Bonnie Raitt. Her concert is one of the best I've ever seen. When I saw her sing this song, you could have heard a pin drop in the place. She's also one of my favorite slide players.

One of my favorite Blues Gals is Candye Kane. I had the fortune to meet her several years sharing a bill with Marcia Ball and Kim Wilson. She's great, and this is a great clip with Steve Wilcox on guitar and the great Sue Palmer on the piano.

I also like Susan Tedeschi and would enjoy seeing her live sometime.

And there are many, many more where these gals came from.