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 ‘
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
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
One of Mike Zito’s most powerful songs, and always a concert favorite is ‘Judgement Day’. This version was performed recently at The Tampa Bay Blues Fest on a blustery April afternoon. Along with Mike is Matt Johnson on drums, Terry Dry on bass, and Louis Stevens on keyboards. For more info on Mike Zito, his band, music, and tour info go to www.mikezito.com
Anthony Gomes caught live earlier this year at The City Winery in Nashville. Peace, Love & Loud Guitars is the title track of his most recent album. This live version segues into an as of yet untitled piece which expresses his unapologetic view of those that feel there’s too much rock in the blues. Not only is Anthony one of the top guitarists in blues today, but is a scholar of the blues, having written the book, ‘The Black & White of The Blues’. B.B. King is his hero and mentor. Anthony has adopted much of B.B.’s attitude and plays what comes from the soul. Some of it is loud and straightforward, with some humor thrown in, but it can also be the sweetest sounding traditional style of blues you’ll ever hear, either way, it’s real and it’s the blues. Enjoy!