(HOLLYWOOD, CALIF) – Orange County-based band Blues Gone South (BGS) won “2009 Blues Group or Artist of the Year” at the recent 5th Annual South Bay (L.A.) Music Awards, which took place at the Improv in Irvine, Calif., beating out a field of over twenty worthy competitors from throughout Southern California and around the U.S.
Blues Gone South perform at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel/Spa, 1755 N. Highland, Hollywood, Saturday, August 15. Showtime 8-9:15 p.m.; $15. Info: (323) 864-5184 or log onto www.renaissancehollywood.com.
BGS headlined the first-ever “Chicago Blues Night” at the House Of Blues/Anaheim this past May, playing to an appreciative, sizeable crowd. In April they were featured on the nationally-syndicated radio show, BLUES DELUXE. The popular group has played to rave reviews in shows from the South Bay to their home base in the OC. Fronted by harpist-vocalist Papa J (Jeffrey Hudson) and also featuring drummer Kofi Baker (son of legendary Cream drummer, Ginger Baker), BGS play a smokin’ hot mix of original blues songs as well as classic Blues numbers in a wailing, Southside-of-Chicago style. BGS are rooted in the tradition of early 20th century blues fueled by the energy of the new millennium. The excitement created by the front line, along with their unique originals tunes, makes this show far above that of a typical “blues” band.
“This is a serious fistful of the blues by an expert team of players. Blues Gone South is the authentic article,” writes Rob Swick of ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE. “It’s a fact that when you’ve got the blues, you’ve “Gotta Keep Movin’,” and Blues Gone South is a darned good band to help you on your way!,” the review concludes.
“Papa J” is a great showman who dazzles audiences with his howlin’ harmonica and trademark ‘gentlemanly howls’ directed at the female members of BGS’s audience. This front man is the real McCoy – dedicated to only the finest blues traditions. Baker is known throughout the country as one of the top timekeepers and makes Blues Gone South swing and really take off when they get charged up.
BGS has shared the stage with James Cotton, Taj Mahal, Bobby Bland, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds just to name a few. They have played B.B. Kings, The Coach House, House of Blues, and Doheny Blues Festival, to name a few. Their debut CD is entitled GOTTA KEEP MOVIN (Hound Dog Records).
Blues Gone South is something very special -- “90% Blues 100% Fun!” Also check out http://www.youtube.com/user/BluesGoneSouth.
BLUES GONE SOUTH -- UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Aug. 12 CONCERTS IN THE PARK Chino Hills
Aug. 15 RENAISANCE HOLLYWOOD HOTEL/SPA Hollywood
BLUES GONE SOUTH REVIEW CDS/INTERVIEWS/SHOW PASSES AVAILABLE.
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