We hope you’ll join us this week (6/13/15) for a very special edition of Time for the Blues. I know that sounds like an advertisement for just about every cheesy 80’s sitcom, but in our case it’s absolutely true. Except for the cheesy part, we’re going to leave that out in the lobby.
Yes, it's getting to be that time of year again. You know, when the daylight likes to stick around for just a tad longer and the warmth (or in some cases, extreme humidity), makes it ok to stay out late into the night. It's times like these that make me think about live music--not that I don't like to think about it during the Fall or Winter, but it's this pre-Summer time time that makes me think of going out, under in the dusk, to hear some live music.
Here's the thing about friends, sometimes they do pretty cool things, like when they travel to faraway places, like Ecuador, and bring back music for your show. Or when they partner up with you on a reggae duet (yes, I'm talking about the lead pictuare featuring Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh, not me). On this week's World Music Show (6/6), we'll delight in some of that friendliness. And with these two examples, you could say that I am vicariously living through friends, in one form or another.
In the inaugural episode of The Electric Croude series Notes from America, I spoke with Brownsville, Texas musician Patrick Lee. Self-taught in true Lone Star fashion, Lee is a gifted singer/songwriter/guitarist, though his primary instrument is the electric 3 string bass (yes, you read that correctly), played in upright fashion due to a back injury.
Every year in preparation for the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, local blues societies hold their own challenge qualifying the best groups, solo or duo acts, and even young people to represent the society at the big showdown. Winning in Memphis can change a performer’s life by opening doors to the best clubs and even a chance to record for a major label.