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!
April 19th at The Ale & The Witch in St. Pete, FL was a special night for The Albert Castiglia Band. This show debuts the talents of Albert’s new bassist, Justine Tompkins, and is the premier of two of the new tracks from Albert’s forthcoming album, ‘Masterpiece’. This particular song, ‘Bring On The Rain’ was the last song recorded for the album, and takes Albert’s talent as a songwriter and musician to another level. It’s fitting that it was a blustery outdoor spring night that saw the debut of this intense track. Along with Albert on guitar and vocals, Brian Menendez is on drums, and Justine Tompkins on bass. For more info on Albert’s music and tour schedule go to www.albertcastiglia.net
Here’s Mitch Woods supported by T-Bone Hamilton & The Blues All Stars, doing the Fats Domino classic ‘Blue Monday’. This was from a great night of boogie & blues at The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin, FL. Joining Mitch is T-Bone Hamilton on bass, Jon Puhl on guitar, Eric Elsner on drums, and very special guest Valerie Gillespie on saxophone. The entire show was top shelf, and the crowd was great. This is a cool little venue for live blues and jazz. www.mitchwoods.com
Blues legend, Bryan Lee, with his band Six String Therapy at the 2019 New Orleans JazzFest. With Bryan is Bob Menzies on drums, Ted Fordney on bass & vocals, and Detroit Mike Hepner on keys. This performance was the 29th JazzFest Bryan has performed at in its 50 year career. Bryan’s set featured several cuts from his most recent release, ‘Sanctuary’ as well as blues standards done the Bryan Lee way. Here’s the classic – ‘The Things I Used To Do. This performance shows why Jazzfest continues to bring Bryan Lee back
Part 2 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. Ronnie Earl, Sue Foley, Chris K Royal, & Dave Clark along with Utah Blues Society board member, Tripp Hopkins. Provided close to an hour of entertainment to the residents and staff of the hospice.These talented musicians provided an afternoon of friendship & entertainment for a very grateful audience.