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Thursday, October 15, 2009
If there was one blues/roots musician who can get the most out of the best players of a genre it has to be Kim Wilson. When not fronting the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Wilson executes a true-to-form time honored jump blues project that is without peer. Already we've seen Kim record (My Blues, pictured) with guitarists Junior Watson, Kid Ramos, and Rusty Zinn, along with pianist Fred Kaplan, and the dream team rhythm section of bassist Larry Taylor and drummer Richard Innes (both formerly with Canned Heat). When last in the area the Blues Revue employed as back up Doug Deming and the Jeweltones plus regional lead guitar legend Steve "The Snake" Nardella. Kim continues the fine tradition of featuring stellar musicianship when he appears next at the Livery in Benton Harbor on Sunday Oct. 25. For this gig Kim will be playing with some of Chicagoland's finest players, including guitarist Little Frank (Hubert Sumlin), guitarist Billy Flynn (Mississippi Heat), pianist Barrelhouse Chuck (Nick Moss & the Fliptops), bassist Bob Stroger (Pinetop Perkins, Lester Davenport), and pocket timekeeper Kenny "Beady Eyes" Smith (Ken Saydak, Rockin' Johnny Band) who is the son of blues drum royalty Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (Muddy Waters). Both Stroger and Smith won Living Blues magazine's 2009 Living Blues award for Most Outstanding Musician on their respective instruments. Check http://liverybrew.com for more details.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
TMGR has learned that two members of Lansing-based Root Doctor will be leaving the band in November. Guitarist Greg Nagy leaves to pursue solo projects with his trio The Greg Nagy Band and organist Jim Alfredson departs to focus attention on his jazz funk outfit Organissimo.According to sources the split is amicable and understandable. Look for the Root Doctor at Billy's in Grand Rapids on Sat. Oct. 10 while Nagy and company appear at the club on Oct. 30.