Now Tuesday night the International bands were in the Beale Street clubs. Warning, I saw some but jumping in and out of clubs meant I didn’t get a lot of names. Did get a lot of good Blues and enough to whet the ears for the upcoming days and nights.
I first went off to Club 152, where I shared a table with DJ James “The Blues Hound” Nagel. In the small world category, he has been playing cuts from the Mighty Soul Drivers, the band from the Connecticut Blues Society.
The emcee was Gregg Johnson a 2016 KBA winner.
This band I was there early enough to get the name LazyEye from Australia. Evan Whetter vocals and keyboard.
The guitar work was handled by Erica Graf.
Mario Marino on drums.
Next stop was Rum Boogie where Tas Cru was running a jam for Generation Blues.
Tas Cru getting the Jam ready.
Some young players open up.
It was a big crowd and I thought I would move around.
My ride awaits.
Then I saw Ricky Stevens and we headed to Dyers for the famously cooked burger and some conversation.
Once outside more conversation, a pretty frequent happening as people meet up each year.
Meanwhile back at Rum Boogie
The place is still packed, so I tried the upstairs view.
Now off to Wet Willie’s
Another Australian band
After the International Bands were done, Eric Hughes lead an acoustic jam.
Along with playing Eric gave some Memphis history. Seeing as he was born only 4 blocks away, he does know the city.
Eric brought up BlindDog
Together they got into the harp.
The last player I heard before it was time to call it a night.