Monday, September 20, 2010

It’s the super kick ass Charlie Kendall!!

Charlie Kendall is from Charleston and was born 1/2/93. His primary instrument is guitar and vocals and his secondary instrument is the saxophone. Charlie has been playing for five years and has formal training. He has taken lessons for five years, attended UNCW Jazz camp, and has also attended Berklee’s five week program.

Charlie comes from a musical family and would love to learn the drums time permitting. The Texas Blues are favorite blues sub genre and other genres of interest are Jazz and funk. John Mayer is Charlie’s favorite blues musician and The Beatles are his favorite all time band ever! “Superstition” is a favorite tune to play at the weekly jam and songs that should be played are “I don’t need no doctor” John Mayer version and “the chicken” Jaco Pastoius.

When asked about the most satisfying musical experience in life Charlie said “I’m able to express my feelings through my guitar to the audience and we’re all into the groove.” Worst musical experience is as follows: “I hate playing with cocky musicians who think that they’re the best in the world and try to bring me down.”

Charlie has been in his fare share of garage bands but finds work mostly from pick up gigs around town and is currently starting a band with Mr. Quentin Ravenel. Quentin Ravenel is Charlie’s favorite blues club jammer, for good reason of course!! Also, Charlie and Quentin are working together on a project that everyone will be able to hear soon. We will be a waiting with bated breath!!

Charlie’s decision to play music went something like this: “My dad played violin in a bluegrass band for 30 years, my grandmother played organ at the church for 20 years, and everybody in my family really appreciates music and I am lucky enough that their good tastes and sheer love were able to influence me.” Sounds like a winner my friend!!

Ok down through the rest quickly now. Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles are some of Charlie’s influences and is currently listening to John Mayer, John Scofield (he does a great “Cissy Strut” by the way, one of my favorite versions!), Jimmy Herring, Jamie Cullum, Wilco, SRV, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Band of Horses.

Charlie’s advice is to “stick with it and don’t give up no matter what people say. Always keep your mind open to different genres and be willing to learn. Also, having a good attitude and confidence is key to being successful.”
Favorite City: Boston
Favorite Book: Catcher in the Rye (I wonder if Charlie has a middle name, like Charlie “Assassinator” Kendall?!?!)
Favorite Eatery: Papa Zuzu’s
Favorite Movie: Across the Universe

Thanks again for reading and kudos to Charlie Kendall for the blog, buy him a red bull at the jam this week!! Thanks to all of you for your support of the Lowcountry blues club, a club is only as strong as its members, and you all make us a very strong club indeed!! Please send blog feedback to We anticipate your feedback, thanks in advance!! Onto local blues news!!


Sunday, October 10, 2010 2-7 pm Freshfields Village Green Kiawah Island, SC

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...a FREE event for the entire family, brought to you by the Kiawah Island Accommodations Tax Committee, Bill & Marilyn Blizard (Kiawah's Friends of the Blues), and the Lowcountry Blues Bash.
Featured artists this year

One of the world's top harmonica players known for his recordings with The Rolling Stones, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Louisiana Red, and more...soaring, pulse-racing upper register jazz-inflected runs, great storytelling in the original material, and a space-age progressive blues band behind him. Sensational!

Keyboard genius Bill Heid, as noted for his jazz organ work as his blues piano prowess, has just returned from eight months working in a club in Shanghai, China. He reunites with superb shuffle drummer RJ Spangler and his crew from Detroit to slam-dunk some groovy swing and after-hours R&B. Cool stuff. Sax, bass, keys, drums.

One of South Carolina's paramount backroads acoustic duos - Freddie learned harmonica from legendary minstrel showman Peg Leg Sam and has just received the SC Folk Heritage Award. Brandon is a bad-ass guitar spanker who whips up a wall of sound on his six-string. Grrrrreat!

Bring your own lawn chair and/or blanket. Coolers OK but fabulous food & drink for sale also at reasonable prices. Thanks Shrimp City Slim!!

The Lowcountry Blues Challenge Finals will be held at Fiery Ron's Hometeam BBQ on Sunday,September 26 beginning around 3pm. On the bill will be Groove Therapy, Hollywood and the Willies, Wyatt Garey Band and Dan Wright. This will be a show you do not want to miss, so mark your calendar. The winners of the Solo/Duo will be announced as well as the winner of this competition at the end of the show. We are also working on an oyster roast so stay tuned.

It is also time to elect officers so if anyone is interested in helping with the Lowcountry Blues Club, let us know. The positions up are President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Our next organizational meeting will be Monday, October 4th, 7pm, at Home Team BBQ/West Ashley.

Check out some of our recordings from the Wednesday jams at featuring artists such as Jon Hager, Wyatt Garey, Dan Wright, JoJo Wall, Tim Shaw and many other local players. The recordings are also on our facebook page under the My Band tab. And thank you to JP Jones for posting these.

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Artists featured in September are B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles, Freddie King and Koko Taylor. When you come to the jam, let our jam-master know if you want to play a song by one of the featured artists. In October, we will feature Steve Miller and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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That does it for this week!! See at the jam this Wednesday!!

Your Buddy,
JP Jones Jr.

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