It as an amazing day of music such as blues lovers dream of. It started with the mot fitting ttribute imaginable for a blues enthusiast like Larry Stotts was at “Blues Stotts’ at Blind Willie’s. For many people there, the day had special poignancy because they knew and loved Stotts, who died in November 2014. Even those who did not know Larry personally, though, could feel the love among the Blues Society members , the musicians, and everyone present.
The afternoon started out as perfectly as it could have with Eddie TIgner and Bob Page on keyboards and trading vocals. They make a great pairing as Page is an excellent keyboardist and can keep up with Eddie, who i as good as it gets at playing sophisticated soulful blues. At 89, TIgner has not lost a thing.
The Electromatics were next, with Jon Liebman, one of Atlanta’s best harmonica players and a marvelous vocalist to boot, playing from the heart, and soul. The Electromatics are a top-notch group who play not only blues but other roots genres, as do The Hollidays, quite possibly the most talented brothers performing in Atlanta. Their set ranged from a great version of “Things We Said Today” by The Beatles to Merle Haggards’ “Mama Tried,” to one of the best versions I have ever heard of “Just Dropped In (To See what Condition My Condition Was in,”) which most people probably don’t remember was Kenny Rogers and The 5th Dimension’s hit in the psyshedelic 60’s.
This reporter had to leave at that point to cover Jeff Jensen at Darwin’s, but Kelli Stripling, who was there, told me that The Cazanovas were amazing, and here’s what Barb Hilke, Co-President of the Atlanta Blues Society, had to say about the rest of it:
“It was a great event and with the help of some cups of coffee I was there til the end and it was all amazing. The Breeze Kings were fantastic and introduced me to someone I did not know about, guitarist/singer Lee Griffin who was amazing. He was taking the place of Jim Ransome who was on vacation. Bob Page also played with them and Sandra Hall got up and sang a couple as well. JP Soars just keeps getting better and better and his band is awesome, the second shift crowd really got a great show and during the 2nd set Reese and then Danny from the Cazanovas got up to play. The whole day was awesome and I had so much fun.”
Preliminary figures show that the event raised $769 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation from door sales and the raffle and The Blues Society has made it an even $1000 so a lot of good was done for the foundation as well as for all the people who got to share love and good music!
What a great way to honor one of The Atlanta Blues Society’s founding members. Let’s hope that this does become an annual event, as the plan currently is. It will be a great gift for Atlanta blues fans and a wonderful legacy for Larry Stotts..
For photosof the whole show, check out the Facebook page of the Atlanta s Society..