Tuesday, November 19, 2019

What Did You Miss This Week? (Week 589 #635)

We had a great time welcoming Dave Przewlocki to B1 last night. Visiting from Arizona, Dave connected with RickEy at a jam in town who encouraged him to bring his singing and powerful traditional harp playing to class. Influenced a lot by Little Walter, Dave says, "I want to catch his fire, not the notes."

Thanks for coming by Dave and stop in anytime you're in town!

Class Notes

  • Joe's back! And now's the time to re-register for your private lessons. 

Grant Dermody Launches Album Campaign
Grant is kicking off a new album, My Dony, and you can help him with it:

"I am so excited to tell you that I am finished with the work on my fourth album, My Dony. It’s the best recording I’ve done. Powerful, deep, and joyful, it tells the truth. I am launching this IndieGoGo campaign so that you can help me get My Dony out into the world despite the post production costs for manufacturing, promotion, and distribution.

You can stream it here.

My Dony is an electric blues album, though it didn’t start out that way. We set out to make a record and figured it would span a wide range of styles, much like my other projects. Part way through the first day of recording it became obvious, in listening back to what we had done, that the electric blues tunes were just too strong, and the acoustic instruments and tunes wouldn’t fit the vibe that was pushing its way in. The most powerful tune was “My Dony,” a way deep down electric blues tune that Dirk wrote, so off we went, chasing that feel. The recording told us what it wanted to be; we listened.

It’s old school blues, not by stated intent, but because that’s how we hear the music. It’s who we are as musicians. I wrote three of the tunes, Dirk wrote three, and two we wrote together along with help from the band. I play harmonica and sing lead. Dirk plays guitar, piano and sings harmony. Jason Sypher on bass, and Jamie Dick on drums round out the core band, and special guest Rhiannon Giddens."

Support Grant and get your own advance copy here!

- Grant Kessler, B1 Blues Crew