It was a great day for Markey Blue as Eric Dahl of Fox 17 interviewed the blues duo promoting their new album, The Blues are Knockin.
The last few months have been incredible for the band with their new release climbing to #6 on the Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Album Chart, having one track from the album played on Season 2 of Fox Network’s Wayward Pines, and getting their own Pandora Radio channel.
When Markey and Ric Latina think it can’t get any better, it gets better and better once again.
Check out the band’s website for the latest up to date info, news, and calendar.
It was a great Sunday at AT&T Field in Chattanooga as onlookers in attendance watched the finale of the Hucks For Heroes fund raiser, organized by Derek Murray to cover medical costs for the victims of the July shootings. The event featured Lee University students as they broke the Guinness World Record time for the longest non-stop Frisbee throwing (90 hours). The evening was topped off with Smith & Wesley, and American Idol finalist Clark Beckham in performance. Sgt. Dennis Pedigo, one of the shooting victims, was in attendance to support the Hucks For Heroes event.
Saw an amazing new country artist at Puckett‘s in Franklin. This little lady has got the pipes. Her name is Camille Rae and she recently released her debut album, I Need Me. With her band having the night off, Camille’s solo act was very entertaining. But the big surprise was at the end of the evening, Camille threw the audience a curve ball covering Alicia Key’s “Fallin.” The only word I can come up with is, incredible. I have the feeling we will be hearing more from Camille in the near future.
A great night at the Nashville City Winery with Tinsley Ellis giving the audience what they wanted, an amazing show. He and his band performed for over 90 minutes playing many songs from his new album, Tough Love. Tough Love received the 2015 Blues Blast Award for best rock/blues category. For playdates in your area, go to TinsleyEllis.com
With Peter Cooper in attendance, Webb Wilder gave his audience a sensational show promoting his new album, “Mississippi Moderne.” Playing many songs from “If It Ain’t Broke (Don’t Fix It),” “Rough And Tumble Guy” to “Who Will The Next Fool Be,” Webb and his band gave his fans a solid performance with the stage presence that only Webb knows how to make it happen. With his audience giving a final round of applause, Webb and the band stepped back on stage again to give everyone a great ending to a great evening.
From Australia to America, Ruby Boots gave Jim Lauderdale and a packed audience a great performance at Music City Roots. The special night for Aussies, paying tribute to one of Nashville’s best, Jeff Walker, founder of AristoMedia Group. Jeff was an Australia native who died August 24, 2015 at the age of 65.
Other acts performing were Oh Pep!, Raised by Eagles, and Rick Price. The night finished with St. James Infirmary ft. Mark Moffatt as they brought the audience to their feet with an astounding performance.
An added treat backstage with brothers, Scott and Todd Smith, I was able to meet with Bonnie Bramlett of the famed Delaney & Bonnie. Also in the crowd the famous Blue man, Blue Miller. It would be easier to list the artists Blue has not worked with in the music industry. Blue shared with me an artist he recently co- wrote and produced, India Arie’s “Acoustic Soul” albumnominated for seven Grammys. Greg Shirley was also part of the Smith & Wesley posse with his Garage Door Records debut release, RaisedOn The Run.And can’t leave out new artist, Brittany Bexton with her newly released single, “Free Fall.” After spending time chatting with Brittany, I realized this little lady has all the “smarts” with great talent to go along with it. It’s clear, she has her heart, mind, and soul in her music.
The joint was jumping at The Nashville City Winery where Smith & Wesley gave their audience a show to remember. Brothers Scott and Todd Smith showcased their debut album, Choices & Chances before a packed house of fans, friends, and family. A great show as the band sang several songs from their album including “Thirty Pieces” and “Need Somebody Bad.” Smith & Wesley is a country band to keep your eye on. They are a class act as they perform like veterans on stage. I love the way they play music for the young and old alike. Ladies and gentlemen…Smith & Wesley.