*Chuckles* I was one of those blissfully ignorant white kids to whom the “British Invasion” brought a tangential blues awareness. I loved the “dark side” of “rock”. Herman’s Hermits didn’t grab me, but Eric Burden sure as hell did. I was never a groupie in the sense that I had to know the names of all the band members – for me the music was the thing. Imagine my surprise when, years later, I “discovered” that the guys who played the music I loved as a kid, “grew up” to become Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and so many more.
Do you get the feelin’ I love a good blues guitar? I can’t deny it. Catch me at home sometime, and you’re apt to hear Buchanan, Moore, Ellis, Bonamassa, Trout, Benoit…well you get the idea. Don’t get me wrong, I also love harp, sax, brass, keyboard, and acoustic blues, but there is something about an electric guitar playin’ those slowwww blues notes that hits the top of my charts! I try to not bias my shows in that direction, though. I know blues fans love all styles of blues and I have no trouble at all playing a good mix of styles, because if its blues, its good. My shows tend to showcase contemporary/modern electric blues-rock groups; but don’t be shy about requesting pre-war or any other style of blues…with over 16,000 blues tracks I might have what you’d like to hear.
Second Life? A friend in WoW had told me about it a couple years ago, but I was havin’ too much fun slaying the minions of evil to check it out. Then last summer my hours at work were cut, and I couldn’t justify the monthly fee to continue in WoW. I ran a search for free mmorpgs which would run on Linux, and SL popped up. I remembered my friend’s description and installed the game. When I discovered live blues musicians, and clubs where DJs played blues, I was hooked. It didn’t take long for me to want to be able to tip these folks as is the custom. The only real asset I had was my music library, so I decided to try and become a DJ myself so I could pay my way, and have fun doing it. After a few hair pulling experiences my system was configured and tweaked and I found my first regular gig at Virgil’s. It took a while to gain more experience, but by adding gigs at Midnight Blues, Swoon, and Toby’s, I was off and running, and its been fun every step of the way.
Now, I’m excited to be playing at Riverside, and my first show is this coming Sunday, June 13th, at 8:00AM SLT. I’ll let you know how it went. Even better, maybe you can tell me how it went 😉
Hope all your blues stay on the dance floor! Doug