Sunday, June 7, 2009

Happy Birthday to the Suncoast Blues Society...and what a party it was... Hubert Sumlin and more!

776 members and growing with members in 33 States, Canada, the UK, Germany and Northern Ireland!

Support your local music scene - musicians, organizations, and venues. (waiters and waitresses too!) Don't overpay for live music. Don't be a slave to ticketmaster. Ok, I'm off the soapbox now.

To celebrate the 12th birthday, SBS booked Hubert Sumlin. Click to read a bio of Hubert Sumlin:

From Wikipedia:
Hubert Sumlin (born November 16, 1931) is an American blues guitarist and singer, best known for his celebrated work, from 1955, as guitarist in Howlin' Wolf's band. His singular playing is characterized by "wrenched, shattering bursts of notes, sudden cliff-hanger silences and daring rhythmic suspensions.

Born in Greenwood, Mississippi, Sumlin was raised in Hughes, Arkansas. When he was eight years old, he got his first guitar. As a boy, Sumlin first met Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett) by sneaking into a performance. Upon his arrival in Chicago, Wolf first hired Chicago guitarist Jody Williams, and in 1954 Wolf invited Sumlin to relocate to Chicago to play second guitar in his Chicago-based band. Williams left the band in 1955, leaving Sumlin as the primary guitarist in Wolf's band, a position he held almost continuously (except for a brief spell playing with Muddy Waters c. 1956) for the remainder of Wolf's career. Upon Wolf's death in 1976, Sumlin continued on with several other members of the late Burnett's band under the name "The Wolf Pack" until c. 1980. Sumlin has also recorded under his own name, beginning with a session recorded while touring Europe with Burnett in 1964. His latest effort is About Them Shoes, released in 2005 by Tone Cool Records.
He underwent lung removal surgery in 2004 but is still going strong as of 2008.

It is has been said that Sumlin's playing was a vital catalyst for the British blues boom providing a link from the acoustic blues of the Mississippi delta that was more accessible to electric guitarists such as Clapton, Page, Richards and Beck. Indeed, throughout the careers of these artists, many Howlin' Wolf songs have been covered and Sumlin's guitar lines imitated. Examples are Clapton's covers of "Goin' Down Slow", The Rolling Stones' version of "Little Red Rooster", The Yardbirds' version of "Smokestack Lightnin'" and "The Lemon Song" by Led Zeppelin (which is a rework of "Killing Floor")

My summary: I hope I am that happy and agile at 77. He played over an hour and then took a 15 minute break. He then returned to the stage and played another hour.

I put a few videos on You Tube if interested. I like the first one the best. Hubert enjoyed himself all night but this song I think he had lots of fun with. 300 Pounds of Joy (Willie Dixon) - Little Red Rooster (Willie Dixon) - Dust My Broom (Robert Johnson) - Smoke Stack Lightning (Howlin' Wolf)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Shawn Kellerman at Ringside Cafe, Thursday 6/2/09

No pics but I just want anyone who may be interested in seeing an incredible guitar player/slider/channeler to know about Shawn Kellerman.
He is amazing and interesting to watch.
Check his schedule and go see him when he arrives in your town.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

What a treat! Eddie Wright, Damon Fowler, Chuck Riley, Shawn Kellerman, Tom, and Blaze all together on one stage

Yep, that's right... all those incredibly talented men together on one stage last night at the Proud Pony. Shawn was in town for a show at Skipper's last Friday night. He opened for Damon. I didn't get to that show and was so happy to see him walk thru the door of the Proud Pony carrying his guitar and amp.
Watching Ed and Tom perform is always a good time. Then there's Damon and Chuck... I knew they were in town and hoped they would jam. But adding Shawn and Blaze - wow - it was a lot of fun watching the dynamics and dueling six strings.
The smoke is so thick in this bar - all of my pics have a grey haze. It was Smokin' in more ways than one.
I posted a few videos on You Tube and here's a link to one of them

Ed Zeppelin: fun jam of a lot of the famous Zep guitar riffs.

My guys are good :)