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Saturday Blues

Saturdays, noon - 3 p.m.

Every week on Saturday Blues you will hear blues songs from the 1930s to yesterday! The show always starts with “Good Times” by Aretha Franklin followed by church music or Gospel songs. All the original blues singers came from the church in one way or another, good or bad. 

As Muddy Waters once said, "You get a heck of a sound from the church. Can't you hear it in my voice?"  Although it's not blues, the show always finishes with Van Morrison because he loves the blues; and hosts Brother Frank and Father Jay enjoy listening to him. In between, there will be some Robert Johnson, delta and acoustic blues, electric blues, and horns.  The whole gamut including a few surprises!

 

If you're in Clarksdale, Miss., home of the Delta blues, everybody says you have to go to Red's juke joint. The hole-in-the-wall club is the real deal. It's just a small room, a few tables and a fridge full of beer. Red lights are strung around a low ceiling. On the night we visit, octogenarian Leo "Bud" Welch plays in the center of the room, hunched over a sparkly, hot pink, electric guitar. Red Paden, the owner, sits out front, surveying from behind the bar.

This event showcases 2-days of world class blues music and the best BBQers in Florida and the southeast competing for over $9000 in cash prizes and the coolest trophies you will find anywhere! Pro Circuit & Auxiliary competitions which include People’s Choice, Best Sauce and Best Dessert. This weekend equals fun for everyone with a Friday night bash, Friday night Pub Crawl through the Village, BBQ vendors, merchandise vendors, a kids zone, People’s Choice Competition and, of course, 2-days of the Blues!

Damon Fowler
damonfowler.com

Fiery soul-blues guitarist Damon Fowler was born and raised in Brandon, Florida, just outside of Tampa. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 12, and after being shown a few chords, quickly developed an affinity for the instrument. He also fell in love with the blues, and he was soon gigging regularly in small clubs in the Tampa Bay Area.

Selwyn Birchwood Band
Selwyn Birchwood Band

Selwyn Birchwood, Florida’s rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals. Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion.

Steev Inglish is a singer, guitarist and harmonica player who was born in South London in 1950. He came to Cleveland Ohio in 1985 and has been a fixture on the U.S. blues scene for more that two decades.  His latest album is called Live n’ Kickin’.  It was great to have this bluesman in the perform in the studio with Brother Frank and Father Jay on Saturday Blues.

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