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Archive for January, 2013

Proud of MY GUYS!!!

Suavo J. ft Mr. 88 and the Bones at Havana Mix Cigar Lounge

I have been playing personal assistant and unofficial manager to a couple of bands for a few years now. I never had that official title until Jeremy and Suavo formed Suavo J. ft Mr. 88 and the Bones. I know…i know…it’s a long name…but it’s fitting…it’s unique…and you can always just call them the Bones if you can’t remember it all. LOL.

In November, the guys started playing their first gigs at Havana Mix Cigar Lounge. It is a small, cozy atmosphere with a nice crowd. I have been trying to get them booked at other places, and the Gorilla Battle of the Bands at the New Daisy was available for the guys to compete in. In the semifinals, the band played their hearts out. The only fans who were there were myself, a fellow musician, and our 3 year old nephew, Buddy. They went about half way through the rest of the bands, and ended up passing through in 2nd place. They won the entire crowd over, from the young crowd to the parents. Everyone seemed impressed with them. It made me proud.

The finals came around December 29, 2012. Once again, unfortunately, not many of our fans were able to make it to the show. The New Daisy was packed, however, Jeremy’s mom and aunt made it to see his first performance ever. They were so proud, The guys got a huge applause after their performance, even though they didn’t win. The goal of this, though, was to make some connections and get some exposure for these guys. I also wanted to show them that they could appeal to all ages and cultures with their instrumental music. This is an instrumental band with no main vocalist. The trombone and keys are the main vocalists of this group, and that is what makes them special.

Their effort and dedication is what makes me so proud to be able to have the title of their manager. They have entrusted me with helping them to get to where they want to be in their music careers together as a band. They trust me to get their name out there and get them out of here.

I truly think this group of young musicians should be getting paid the big bucks for the type of talent they have. Imagine Booker T. and the M.G.s of this day, with a trombone instead of a bass. That is what I think when I hear them play.

I said all that to say this: I AM PROUD OF ALL MY GUYS! YOU HAVE PUT A LOT OF HARD WORK AND EFFORT INTO THIS BAND, and I THINK THAT YOU GUYS WILL GO FAR IF YOU KEEP IT UP!

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International Blues Challenge Memphis, TN

GTBB at Newby's

The last week of January/ first week of February every year in Memphis, Downtown Memphis is transformed into a Blues lovers’ paradise. There are somewhere around 200 blues artists and bands from all the world who make the trek to Memphis every year for the International Blues Challenge. It has evolved into probably the largest culmination of Blues musicians in the world, and I have had the honor of having a husband who was in it for the past two years.

This year, the competition to see who would represent the hometown Memphis Blues Society at the IBC this year saw a few different faces. At the last minute, Suavo Jones (trombonist) and my husband, Jeremy, were asked to play in the competition with the Ghost Town Blues Band. This was the band that came in second to the band Jeremy and Suavo played with the past two years in the competition. They were most definitely a crowd favorite, but they ended up losing by a fraction of a point. Sadly, we thought we would not participating in the 2013 IBC.

A week or so later, Matt Isbell, lead singer for GTBB, texted us to let us know that GTBB would, in fact, be representing Rosedale, MS in the 2013 IBC. The decision was made to turn the 3 piece Ghost Town Blues Band into a 6 piece (two horns and a keyboard added to the trio), and the guys have been the Ghost Town Explosion ever since.

So, the 2013 IBC is around the corner now, and I am getting very excited about seeing this band perform in the competition. I think they have a great energy and spirit. They are true musicians in their bones. They were born with music pumping through their bones. I feel truly blessed to be able to spend so much time and be so involved with all of these guys. They make my night every time I hear them play.

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Ghost Town Blues Band at Newby’s on Highland in Memphis, TN

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