Master of Ceremonies: Cleve Baker
Blues is the name given to both a musical form and a music genre that originated in communities of primarily the "Deep South" of the United States at the end of the 1800’s from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and narrative ballads. Blues Music is responsible for and ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll. Blues Music is truly the Backbone of American Music.
My introduction to the Blues came at an early age in my Grandfather’s tobacco fields. Granddad’s help would sing work songs and field hollers as they primed tobacco walking bent over in the long, long rows of those tobacco fields. That’s where my fascination and my appreciation of Blues music began. Come Saturday night, the farm workers would meet with their guitars, harps, dobros and drum sticks at D.E. Baker’s Country Store. They’d buy some wine and gather round back to sit, drink and play the blues. Those drum sticks bouncing on a steel barrel and wooden Pepsi crate set the back beat to my introduction to renditions of my first Muddy Waters, Lightening Hopkins, Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williams and Howlin’ Wolf among others. I just couldn’t wait for Saturday night’s at Granddaddy’s store. I ease out the back door of the store with wine and an occasional jar of Granddad’s Moonshine so those men would continue to play. Those days and that music has never left me.
Bruce Katz Band
Bruce Katz is a four-time (2008, 2009, 2010, 2015) Nominee for the Blues Music Award (W.C. Handy Award) for "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year", selected by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN.
He’s a legendary keyboard player and has recorded on over 70 albums, including eight of his own as leader of The Bruce Katz Band.
Bruce has long history of playing The Allman Brothers’ music, he toured and played keyboards with Gregg Allman from 2007-2013. He played in The Jaimoe's Jasssz Band for three years. He played in both Butch Trucks’ bands, in Les Brers with a line-up of Allman Brothers members. He played keys and was the musical director for Butch Trucks and The Freight Train. Butch always introduced him as “The Master”.
Bruce taught for 14 years at The Berklee School of music, he continues to teach private lessons in his studio in Woodstock NY. Bruce is a Hammond Artist at Hammond USA.
In 1992, Katz debuted his first solo album, "Crescent Crawl", on the AudioQuest label. This release as well as his subsequent five CDs feature his original compositions almost exclusively. During his nearly five-year stint with Ronnie Earl, Bruce toured the world and performed on six albums, writing and co-writing many of the tunes, such as "The Colour of Love," "Ice Cream Man," and "Hippology."
Recently he has added his name to co-written material for a debut CD for Dana Robins, saxophonist for Delbert McClinton.
Performing with such well-known musicians such as singer-songwriter Boz Skaggs (who also happens to hail from Plano), saxophonist David Sanborn, blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan and popular blues harmonica player Sam Myers, the Plano native tours internationally, but still calls Plano his roots.
In addition to music, the Plano native, who performed at Dallas’s Poor David’s Pub for some ten years, also has another claim to fame. Former Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets bassist Mike Judge left the band after a few years and became the animator and creator of the animated television series “Beavis and Butt-head” and “King of the Hill.” Anson said Judge modeled the “King of the Hill” character, Boomhauer, after him, and there is some speculation that Beavis’ pompadour is modeled after Anson’s own rockabilly hairstyle.
Anson, who has recorded at least a dozen albums in his years in the music business, spends much of his time on the road, touring not only across the country, but also in Europe. Anson and his band completed a European tour in March of this year, concentrating on his fan base in Switzerland. In early 2016, he and his bandmates were invited to perform aboard the Delbert McClinton and Friends Sandy Beaches Cruise. The Golden State-Lone Star Revue, an annual event melding blues talents from California and Texas, also showcases Anson and his talents.
James, Pace and Preslar
That dynamic trio, JAMES, PACE & PRESLAR, always travel with their uniquely and intensely delivered mixture of originals and cover arrangements ranging from (but not limited to): Kings Albert, B.B. & Freddie, Hookers John Lee & Earl, Hound Dog Taylor, Peter Green, Grover Washington Jr, The Meters, with some unpredictable surprises.
For those who may not know, the band consists of guitarist/vocalist T.A. JAMES (bassist for Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos and Josh Preslar Band, and second guitarist with Good Rocking Sam); bassist JOSH PRESLAR (guitarist/bandleader for Josh Preslar Band, and guitarist with The Swinging Wigmores); and drummer KELLY PACE (Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, Josh Preslar Band, and Sonic Prophets).
With their kind of dynamics and drive, they will be a feast for the ears and the feet. JAMES, PACE & PRESLAR can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JamesPaceandPreslar, as well as on ReverbNation at www.reverbnation.com/jamespacepreslar
Jon Spear Band
The Jon Spear Band (JSB) has been impressing blues lovers ever since they first started out as a Central Virginia Blues Society jam band back in 2012. With the release of their first CD “Old Soul” – featuring several award-winning originals – these four talented musicians took their music to a whole new level earning critical acclaim, extensive radio airplay and new fans from all around the U.S. and from as far away as Africa, Asia and Australia.
The band's 2nd CD entitled "Live Music is Better” was recorded before a live audience at the Southern Café & Music Hall in Charlottesville, VA on November 27, 2015. On that night, the band not only reprised some of their original songs from their first CD and also covered several red-hot blues songs in the imaginative style that has made them a favorite among a growing numbers of blues lovers. The band’s repertoire includes not just blues favorites but also original songs reflecting a wide range of genres including blues, funk, rock, R&B, swing, and even a little salsa.
Parker & Gray featuring Ken Farmer of the Antiques Roadshow
Parker & Gray are a music duo that stems from two diverse musical backgrounds intersecting at acoustic blues, folk, and soul. Based out of Staunton, Virginia, this duo pushes the boundaries of not only the different instruments they play, but the genres themselves. Their goal is to educate as well as entertain by keeping the passion in their music. (Daniel "Mojo" Parker – Vocals, Guitar, Percussion; Scott "Hambone" Gray – Harmonica & Guitar).
Ken Farmer has been a lifelong player and student of American roots music. Most people know home from his 21 years of appearances on the popular PBS series, Antiques Roadshow. On the show he appraises vintage musical instruments in addition to folk art, furniture and decorative arts.
In his other life Ken has been a musician and singer since his teenage years, starting out in 1960s rock music as a bass player. He played bluegrass music professionally from the mid to late 70s and appeared on an album with Upland Express. Since that time Ken has developed his own style in blues and Americana music, playing both electric and acoustic guitar with flat picking, fingerpicking and slide. He describes his present music as "hillbilly bluesgrazz"--a mixture of diverse covers along with originals that blend all of his influences into an eclectic and entertaining musical experience.
Interested in performing for BBIBB?
We are planning several different events this year! Please send any material you think would be a good representation of your work to the following address.. We find a CD in hand to be a much better reminder than an email link!
581 Henrico Rd
Buffalo Junction, Va 24529
Thanks again for your interest!