Monday, August 21, 2006

I Saw the Real Deal at Bluebird Blues Club!

Every once in a blue moon you get the opportunity to experience moments so real and powerful that you just don't want it to end. Last night we experienced 20 such minutes when THE Ray Reed took the stage at Bluebird!

I've always known of Ray Reed and Ms Kim along with the legendary Lady Pearl, but I've never experienced the Ray Reed I saw last night! His rendition of "Mr Charlie" was nothing short of magical, all I could do was shake my head hm, hmm, hmm! Ray Reed thank you, for that gift. You left something real at the Bluebird and in the hearts of everyone in attendance.

For those reading this if, you think that what I say is hyperbole or an exaggeration.... well you don't know tha half of it!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Maple Point 8/14/06

Last nights show was off the Hizz-hook AGAIN! Thanks to some awesome talent coming out and sharing in the fun. While Jackie's been off galavantin' all over the country, Texas Slim has been setting in with the band. How dang cool is that! Thank you Slim for helping a sister out these past few weeks, it's been a real treat.

We also had a bonafide guaranteed no playin' around SINGER in the house. Just one name "SAGE" cause she don't need anything else! You see in my opinion there are singers who learn to sing and singers who try to sing and then there are Singers who are just plain gifted! If "Sage" could replicate herself all us singers would be out of business and on the street... homeless and destitute!

We also had two guests from Italy stop by. Friends of Hashbrown, all the way from Italy to hear and hang out with Hashbrown just from what they've heard on the internet and from friends who've visited Dallas. Hows that for a fan base! I thought that was all... until Danny De Stefani got up to play and knocked us all off our chair! Check out his website at

Other Jammers adding to the mix included, Hank Black on Harmonica, Jimmy Morgan on Drums, Drew "Lover" Allain on Bass, Hashbrown on Guitar, Spike on Guitar and Blue Lisa on vocals.

The special treat of the night was Texas Slim on drums! Next time you see Slim, make sure you request that he play a rumba for ya... Awesome stuff man....

See you all next week along with the band - Jackie Don Loe, Kevin Schemerhorn, Jay Dronge and Jeff Stone!


Monday, August 14, 2006

Back in the Saddle again

Well now that I'm connected back at home I can begin posting again! But don't hold your breath for any sort of regular schedule. Just wanted to let everyone know that we are still at Maple Point EVERY Stormy Monday 9m - to midnight. The show continues to gain in popularity and some of the best and brightest show up and sit in with us on a regular basis!

In addition I have several more weekly shows as well. Every Tuesday Paul Allen on keyboards, Lavelle Jones on Drums and I settle in for a cozy little show over at Mainstreet Bluesroom in Grapevine. With the owners gracious latitude, we are still in the developmental stages of defining our format. We delve into some tasty Jazz and Jazz-Funk via George Benson, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and some R&B via Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Isley Brothers and of course we stay the course with Blues with a funky-Jazzy little back beat! mmmmmmmmm good stuff! Come on out and listen in.

Every Thursday you will find me at Bills Hideaway in Dallas performing a duo gig with accompaniement. This is a gay friendly bar with some of the most ardent music supporters I have ever met in dallas. Not only do they listen intently to the musicians, but many times they can sing better than the performer! Talk about getting my $hit together! You can't go in this room half stepping!

Every Sunday I host a Jam at Bluebird Blues Room in Fort Worth, TX! Every week we have had great turn outs! We are light on Jammers but the shows there have been awesome! To keep things fresh, I invite a different featured performer each month to assist in hosting the Jam. Last month we had Texas Slim at the helm and of course he did an awesome job! This month is the Blues Jam Prince - Hashbrown Callway! Hash has been expanding his repertoire with his own weekly spotlight on the artist show and it's a real treat to have him come over each week and lay some of that good stuff on us as well!

So these are the current weekly opportunties to come out and support live music! Something for every one!

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