What an amazing time I had in Memphis for the events of the International Blues Challenge! I go every year to soak in the talent from all over the world, spend time with old friends and make new ones. This year was exceptionally busy to say the least. Not only did I go down to support Colin John as he advanced to the semifinals in the solo/duo category, but we both had the honor of performing as part of the VizzTone Blues Party On Beale hosted by the venerable Bob Margolin. This Rum Boogie event has, over the years, become one of the highlights of IBC Week.
This year’s two night party at the Rum Boogie, anchored by Bob with Tad Walters on bass and George Cotton on drums, featured VizzTone artists and friends including Candye Kane, Laura Chavez, Jeff Simon, Rosy Rosenblatt, Bob Corritore, Eric Schenkman, Janiva Magness, Gracie Curran, Dennis Gruenling, Lionel Young, Jerome Godboo, Gina Sicilia, Mark Telesca plus so many more capped with a finale performance with Jarekus Singleton that reduced the Rum Boogie to ashes!
Quote of the week for me was delivered right after we performed “Traveling Riverside”. Highly renowned sweetheart and former Sirius/XM “Bluesville” Program Director Bill Wax came to me and said, “I am sure Robert Johnson had a female vocalist in mind when he wrote that song.” Just as incredible as the jams were the after hours meals and snacking with our good friends. Simply put: Friends, family, and good music make life that much sweeter. I am proud to be a part of the VizzTone family! Special Thanks to Amy Brat, Rosy Rosenblatt, Bob Margolin and Ricky Stevens as well as the Blues Foundation for making these events possible. See you all at the Blues Music Awards in May!
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