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May 2022
Memphis, Riffin' & Tours  
Singing My Memphis Song

So wonderful to finally get back to the Delta!  What a week!  

It started off on Beale with a return to the Rum Boogie stage. 
So many friends – early arrivals for the Blues Foundation’s combined Blues Music Awards and International Blues Challenge were in the house.  
Thanks to the band, Memphis Deep (Bob Kelsey, David Dunn and Leroy Clay) for backing me up and to the musicians who came to sit in (Barbara Blue, Chris “Bad News” Barnes, Mick Kolassa, Matt Lomeo and Stratcat Willie Hayes).
I was honored to take part in several jams including John del Toro Richardson’s Annual Pro Jam and with my old friend (yes, old as I have known him since he was 13) Gabe Stillman at the Bratgirl Media/Vizztone Blues Party. 
It was wonderful to reconnect with Amanda Gresham and the United By Music North America band for two showcases. 
Next up in this extraordinary week of music and friendship, I took part in the Annual Pinetop Perkins Boogie at the Clarksdale, MS infamous Ground Zero Blues Club where I go to play as a sideman for two of my favorite blueswomen – EG Kight (the Georgia Songbird) and the intrepid powerhouse singer, Diuna Greenleaf.  
The capstone event followed on Sunday morning at Clarksdale’s Bluesberry Café where I did a solo acoustic set that also included a couple of tunes with my old friend, Watermelon Slim who is always a hoot and a half.   I left  town smiling and feeling so uplifted by reconnecting with so many I have missed these past couple of years.
New Album – Riffin’ the Blue
Bookending my trip to the Delta were recording sessions for the new album.  
We laid down 14 songs at Subcat Studios (Syracuse, NY) on Thursday, April 28th – Sunday, May 1st
I returned this past Thursday, May 12th to record lead vocal tracks and we will begin mixing soon. 
Kudos to Andy Hearn (drums), Bruce Katz (keys), Bob Purdy (bass) and Ron Keck/ Mary Ann Casale (production) for making this start off right!  
I look forward to working on the next phase of this project.    Riffin’ the Blue is tentatively scheduled for release in early Fall.
 
Back On The Road
Getting ready to be on the move again at the end of this month!   After a quick run up to Rockland ME to play Paul Benjamin’s Monday Night Blues Series on May 23rd, it’s off to the Midwest for four shows. 
Included in this run are two new Ohio venues.  May 26th it’s Natalie’s in Worthington (Columbus) and the Hidden Gem in Centerville (Dayton).  
I am really looking forward to jamming with special guests at each show – Colin John and Doug Hart respectively.  
In between these stops are two shows in Rockford, IL hosted by the Crossroads Blues Society.   Friday, Mat 27th the band returns to Mary’s Place and on Saturday, the band headlines the Blues in the Schools in the Park festival at Rockford’s Lyran Park.
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