Remember: The Lowcountry Blues Challenge is coming! Every other Sunday, starting Sept 25th, we will be conducting our annual Blues Battle of the Bands - the Challenge. If your band would like to be considered, please email RobLoweSC@gmail.com for information. We need 3 songs, a bio, a hi-res jpg and an entry fee of $25. Your entry fee is due by Sept 5!! The winner will have the opportunity to go to Memphis (in late January 2012) to represent the Lowcountry at the International Blues Challenge - an amazing event! Bands will be judged by the same standards as those used at the IBC, and you can find out lots of details about the IBC and judging standards at their website at blues.org.
On January 20th, I (Scott Bucholtz) featured a BIO of Jonathan Robinson in this blog. If you read it, you may remember that I reported that Jonathan had been commuting back and forth to Nashville pursuing opportunities to sell and publish his original material. On one of those trips to a "pitch to publisher" night, the Vice President of Major Bob Music invited him to attend the Michael Doyle Workshop. The "workshop" is a program in which the publisher picks 10 writers a year to develop. Some of them get hired as staff writers. Jonathan has been picked as one of the select few. This is a four month gig that could very possibly lead to something big! Major Bob music is one of the largest independent publishers in Nashville. They discovered Garth Brooks and currently represent The Band Perry (Grammy nominated and ACM Award winners). They pitch songs (and have had them recorded) to major country, rock, r&b, and pop artists. So, everyone should send Jonathan their congratulations!
Having played in the Jonathan Robinson Trio for the past eight months, I’ve certainly become very familiar with Jonathan’s songwriting and it is awesome. On a personal note, I’d like to add that the experience has been not only the most musically rewarding that I have had, it has also resulted in performances that are easily those that I am most proud of. Whatever he ends up doing after the workshop, I sincerely hope I get to be the guy sitting behind him – hitting $#!+.
The Jonathan Robinson Trio will have their Farewell (for now) performance next Wednesday August 24th at KC Mulligan’s. Please stop by!!
In the meantime, come out to the West Ashley Dog & Duck this Saturday @ 9 to see 3 X Lucky, featuring Austin Bucholtz, Mark Yampolsky, Jojo Wall and me (Scott Bucholtz).
First, start your weekend off with Old You on the Vendue Rooftop Friday @ 6. Later Friday catch Shaniqua Brown at The Pour House or the all-star lineup of Highway 17 at Two Keys Tavern, recording a live cd. Friday and Saturday you can catch Johnny Mac & The Booty Ranch at the Sand Dollar. Saturday: Old You is at The Brick and Captain Kirk and Starling hit The Bottom. Sunday see Old You at High Thymes on Sullivan’s Island. Finally, Monday The Pour House features Fowler’s Mustache.
Weekly, don’t forget Mondays feature Sarah Cole & The Hawkes at Drop In Gourmet Deli & Bar and Thursday’s have The Louie D Project at Bambu.
Every Thursday, there's the "Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise", aboard "Carolina Belle" - Boards 6:30 pm at the Charleston (SC) Maritime Center, Sails 7-9 pm, Live blues from Shrimp City Slim band, BBQ buffet from Home Team BBQ, cash bar, and dazzling harbor cruise featuring sunset, dolphins, awe-inspiring cargo vessels, sea birds, dancing people (like you!) and so much more. Info: www.charlestonharbortours.com. Or to speak with someone and book directly: 843-722-1112
Also, Momma & the Redemption Band sent us their upcoming schedule: Check them out on Aug 27 at the Village Tavern in Mt. Pleasant.
If you want to see your band's gigs in this newsletter, send all the details to firstname.lastname@example.org. We usually send out the newsletter on Thursday or Friday, so get the info in before Wednesday, please. Or just post to facebook directly!
August's featured artists are John Lee Hooker and Robert Cray (born in August).
Check out some of our recordings from the Wednesday jams at http://www.reverbnation.com/lowcountrybluesclub
It's time to pay your dues for 2011 if you haven't already done so. Just come out to a jam, and give us $10 for an individual, $25 for a band or family, or $100 for a corporate membership.
See you at the jam!
LMW, August 19, 2011