Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hi Blues Club People!

Here's an important notice: Our dancer friends (from the Weds night jams) are looking for some musicians to help them throw a blues jam/dance party on a Saturday afternoon soon: Saturday, Nov 13, 1-5 pm, at Bowens Island. So far some of the interested jammers are: Dan Wright, Quentin Ravenel, Charlie Kendall, Jon Hager, and Brooks Davis. Who else wants to be a part of this?? You can contact dancer Alex Byham by facebook or at -- thanks!

And here's some info from Shrimp City Slim about this weekend: Coming up in Florence, SC is the 3rd annual PEE DEE BLUES BASH, Fri-Sat, November 5-6 with 2 outdoor stages and 3 intimate indoor venues, FREE!! Great blues musicians including Miss Wanda Johnson, Reverend Marv Ward, the Shane Pruitt Band, and many more. Go to (you can print your own brochure)

PS: Also this weekend: DRINK SMALL & The Ass Shakers at Home Team BBQ, Sullivans Island, SC on Saturday November 6, 10 pm, cover,
And Sunday, November 7, 6-9 pm: SHRIMP CITY SLIM & CHUCK "THE CAT" MORRIS (piano/harmonica duo) at Lucy's Red Sky Grill, at the entrance to Seabrook Island, SC. No cover, reservations 843 768 8118

And from our friend Tyler Boone: I am putting on a benefit concert at The Music Farm on Dec 18th. The event is going to be for a local man named James Smyly who was just diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the pancreas, one of the most aggressive cancers there is. If we were to do this benefit, he would want the proceed...s to go to cancer research. We need to raise $1,000 to rent the Music Farm . The link to donate is:

And now, some info from J.R.: Here in the south, we blues lovers have many home grown heroes. And one of those southern blues giants is Howard Duane Allman born November 20, 1946. As well as the blues he created on his own, he was a sought after session musician who performed with such established stars as King Curtis, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Herbie Mann. And, of course, he contributed heavily to one of my favorite records of all time - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek and the Dominos.

In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Allman at #2 in their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, second only to Jimi Hendrix.

Appropriately, Duane Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee. When he was three years old his father, Willis Allman, a career United States Army sergeant, was murdered by a hitchhiker he picked up a day after returning from a long tour of duty.

Around 1960, Duane and his brother Greg (another fairly well-known blues musician) were in Nashville visiting relatives. They got tickets to a concert at which blues legend B. B. King performed. Both brothers promptly fell under the spell of his music. After the show, Duane, immediately started stringing together his own blues riffs and by the end of the night rolled his own solos, and discovered his full potential as a blues guitarist.

After that, Duane's love for the guitar grew even more and he was hardly ever seen out of his room not jamming on the guitar. "His improvisational skills were through the dam" Gregg stated in an interview "He was never not in his room, soloing for hours on end". Duane first learned the acoustic blues, and over the years crafted his guitar style to create his own custom sound that he is still known for today.

While back in Macon, Georgia on October 29, 1971 during a break from touring and recording, Allman was riding his motorcycle toward an oncoming truck that suddenly stopped in mid-intersection. Allman lost control of his Harley-Davidson and was thrown from his motorcycle. Although he was rushed to the hospital he died several hours later, just weeks before his 25th birthday.

After Duane's death, Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd dedicated the song "Free Bird", to his memory. This month. as we jam and pursue our love of blues, let’s remember Duane Allman and give thanks for his many contributions to the music we crave.

J.R Getches


Featured artists with birthdays in November are Dr. John, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, and Susan Tedeschi.

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And of course, we hope to see you at the blues jam next Wednesday night at Home Team BBQ West Ashley!!

LMW, November 4, 2010

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