The Rockin’ Jake Band – “Waves of Sadness” – 2018-09-15

The Rockin’ Jake Band from Florida’s east coast turned it up a notch at The Bank & Blues in Daytona Beach on September 15th. Their set features many originals and covers of Blues classics. This original – ‘Waves of Sadness’ is one of my favorites. The band is Rockin Jake on vocals and harmonica, Rich Conklin on drums, Charles Gasper on bass, and Steve Laudicina on guitar. These guys are constantly on the road so it shouldn’t be hard to catch them. For tour and band info – www.rockinjake.com

Mitch Woods & TBone Hamilton – “Let the Good Times Roll” – New Orleans – 20190503

We caught up with Blues & Boogie Woogie piano legend Mitch Woods during the second week of Jazzfest in New Orleans. Mitch was playing upright piano at The Bywater Bakery, and was joined by my Blues Odyssey 2019 partner, TBone Hamilton from St. Pete, FL. on bass. Mitch & T-Bone played a nice set for the Friday morning patrons and staff. Starting things off, the classic ‘Let the Good Times Roll ‘

Mike Zito – “Make Blues Not War – Fortunate Son” – Tampa Bay Blues Fest – 2019-04-14

Sometimes a certain performance will just jump out and grab you. That’s how I felt at this year’s Tampa Bay Blues Fest during the finale of Mike Zito’s set. It was a blustery Sunday, Mike and his band, Terry Dry, Matthew Johnson, and Lewis Stephens, had put more miles behind them recently than they probably cared to remember, but you’d never know by watching. This two song set to finish things up was emotional and energy filled. See if you don’t agree. Make a point to catch these guys live, for their current schedule check Mike Zito’s social media pages or www.mikezito.com

Ronnie Earl & Chris (Kid) Royal – ‘Inn Between’ Goodwill Blues Show(pt1) – 2019-06-14

Part 1 of the 6 part video series from Salt Lake City, Utah during the Utah Blues Festival: Ronnie Earl & The Utah Blues Society arranged a community outreach show at The Inn Between, a hospice for the homeless. Initially, Ronnie Earl was to play 30 minutes for the residents & staff. Instead, we enjoyed (almost) an hour-long performance by: Ronnie Earl, Sue Foley, Chris K Royal, & Dave Clark along with Utah Blues Society board member, Tripp Hopkins. These talented musicians provided an afternoon of friendship & entertainment for a very grateful audience. This heartfelt event shows just one example of how The Blues has healing power, the kindness of its community & the generosity of its musicians. For more information on the services provided by this much-needed facility, visit them at www.tibhospice.org