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Sunshine, Sweet Sunshine 

Hello, music people. I hope this finds you happy and healthy. What a crazy Spring this has been, ya? It’s interesting to see so many fave dining and music spots closed. Downtown ‘Ville is like a ghost town. Eerie.... I did see some activity this past weekend, however, as businesses begin opening again for patrons. I look forward to hearing the sweet sounds of music in the air again. Won’t be long. 

Thanks to so many of you who’ve purchased my music during the shut down. Every dollar helps keep me going. My shows have all been cancelled until next Fall, so the CD purchases and downloads are a blessing. 

It’s been interesting observing the status quo during this time. The behaviors of people have been amusing. And watching the State’s handling of all things Covid adds to the folly. I caught myself watching a few “bug out” videos lately, thinking about an escape plan. Ha! I shake my head when I think about what’s ahead for us as a society. I’m staying positive but aware. I hope you are too. 

In spite of my aluminum-foil-hat status, I had a wonderful exchange last week. I was busking downtown (as you know I love to do) and packing up to head home. A gentleman approached me and asked if I could help him move a mirror at a beauty salon across the street. I happily obliged and walked over. Well, “a mirror” turned out to be four massive, wood-framed mirrors, each weighing about 200 pounds. I don’t think the gentleman realized how large the mirrors were when he came to fetch them. 

We muscled the giants in to his van and the lady who was with him said thank you about fifty times. I went to grab my guitar and leave when the gentleman told me to wait a moment, his partner wanted to give me something for my help. I said I was fine, just glad I could help. Two seconds later, I had this humble lady handing me $100 and made me take it. I sincerely tried to give it back, but no go. I gave her a hug (sorry, social-distancing patrol) and thanked them both. I left for home having some restored faith in mankind. What a blessing. I hope the universe blesses them both with whatever venture the mirrors were purchased for. Glad my tired ol’ body could still do the work. Ha!

Stay strong people, we WILL get through this craziness. To my fellow musicians, keep the faith. Your art will help get the world back on track and even better. 

Until next time, my friends, peace! 

 

 

Music, Music, I Hear Music.... 

Howdy, music-lovin’ people. I hope this post finds you healthy. This past month has been unreal for all of us, I’m sure, and learning to adapt has been priority number one. Like many of my music peers, the cancelation of performances has been a blow to the spirit and the soul. As a musician, performing for people is a cornerstone of what I do. Not having an opportunity to do that for a while is tough. BUT... Every thorn has its rose. Ha ha! (Take THAT, Mr. Michaels!) 

I have been writing and recording new music like crazy. The forced time off has been somewhat of a blessing in that regard, as my focus has shifted to present activity instead of worrying about the future. It’s not the most natural thing for me to do, but I’m learning. 

I want to encourage all music people, whatever side of the stage you find yourself on. We WILL get back to rockin’ very soon. I truly believe that with this hiatus will come a renewed appreciation for Arts and Entertainment. I think we will experience a gratitude for our music like we haven’t had in a while. So get that song finished, mix that track, add that extra guitar part, and drop that last ten pounds. Be ready. In the wake of this pandemic is something wonderful for our music community.

Peace! 

Tornadoes and Typhoid 

Howdy, my music friends all over the world. It’s been a minute for me here, so apologies. We are in some crazy times right now, aren’t we? 

Most of you know that Nashville was hit with an F3 tornado this month. My place was spared (thank GOODNESS!) but many friends suffered damage to their homes and businesses. There were several benefit concerts scheduled to help with relief efforts, but then....

Pandemic. That word still seems unreal to me, but reading it fosters its reality. I believe we will get through this crazy time but WHEN is just up in the air. My thoughts and prayers go out to any of you who have contracted the virus. PLEASE take care of yourselves, people. 

Like most of my peers in the music biz, my shows for the Spring have been cancelled or rescheduled. Again, the WHEN is still in question. I will be working a day gig to keep income so that will be interesting. But I’m grateful to have an earning opportunity. Many of my friends are not sure what to do. Count our blessings, people. 

I will keep you updated as to my shows being rescheduled. THANK YOU so much for checking in on me. Your emails and YouTube comments are such wonderful things for me. 

Stay safe, people, and take the precautions. Keep a positive spirit and go update your music collection. Check out some online concerts. Do what you can to support independent artists. Buy a copy of my CD. It will be shipped Coronavirus free. Thanks, people, and PEACE!

Whew! That Went By Quickly! 

Hello, blues fans! What a year 2019 has been, huh? It makes my head spin when I realize that this year is about over. Pondering all that’s happened with me seems like a lifetime of events all crammed in to one 12-month period. But I made it! WE made it! And the Blues? Stronger than ever, people. Stronger than ever. 

2020 will prove to be a spectacular year for our beloved blues. Many new recordings are in the works to be released. And the Summer concert season will be amazing! Check out these two ladies who are on the move: larkinpoe.com. They are amazing stewards of the blues and will impress even the most judgmental audience. 

I will have a follow-up recording out this Spring, so stay tuned for that. And thank you to all of you who purchased my EP Hard Times. If you haven’t bought a copy yet, get on it! I have a few left and will gladly send one your way. 

Not to be cliché, but let’s make 2020 an amazing year. Let’s come together, people. We can use our Blues as a cornerstone to build on. Life is good, so share some love and support your local musicians. 

 

Peace!

Merry Blues To You! 

Howdy, Blues fans! It’s been a few, so apologies for not keeping y’all in the loop. The holidays are upon us and I trust you are filling this wonderful time with some Mississippi Delta Blues! Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like the intro riff to Terraplane Blues or the hustle riff of Bukka White’s Fixin’ To Die. I also hope you’ve added some of my EP, Hard Times, to your holiday mix. If not, you can still purchase a CD and download on my MUSIC page. 

Keep your loved ones close, people. My life as a blues musician is a lonely one, so for those of you who have family around this year, cherish them regardless. Share some blues music with your younger kin and keep the precious torch burning. Hug your brother-in-law and make nicey. Don’t forget the blues came from a place of hurt. Do what you can to make the blues come from a place of peace and joy. 

Until next time, my friends, take care and go see a local blues artist. Buy a CD. Put some money in the tip jar. LIKE a post. Support independent blues music. 

Peace! 

-J

Limited Edition EP is Available 

If you’re a fan of Mississippi Delta Blues like I am, you’ll dig my new EP Hard Times. I pay tribute to three of the original blues masters: Son House, Skip James, and Robert Johnson. My version of Skip James’ Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues turned out wonderfully and I think Skip would be proud of it. 

I have a few limited-edition CDs available from the initial run. Click here to get your copy. Help support independent blues music. Enjoy some traditional pickin’. Buy a copy for your friends and loved ones. 

And as always, thank you for visiting my site and peace!

-Jerry

My Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues Arrangment 

Howdy, music folks. Thanks for all the kind words regarding my new EP Hard Times. Many of you have asked where I learned my arrangement of the Skip James song Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues. That is my arrangement and it developed over a few years of playing. A fellow picker, Wes Weems, and I were attending Tennessee State University and would often pick between classes. The SJ song was one of our favorites and it was played often. Like a good stew, a little bit of this and a little bit of that was added until viola! 

I’m proud of the arrangement and hope Skip would be as well. Take a listen for yourself and let me know what you think. Buy a CD and support independent blues music. And as always, thanks so much for stopping by. 

Peace!

Great Show and CDs Are Here 

Good Sunday, lovers of the blues! Gorgeous day here in Music City. I hope the sun is shining where you are as well. 

I had a fun time playing at Twin Kegs in Nashville last night. The club has that roadhouse feel, the sound was on, and the food was excellent. I’ll definitely play there again. 

The new EP Hard Times arrived yesterday. They look and sound great. Thanks to Disc Makers for getting this finished out shipped on time. Get a copy here and enjoy my version of 4 Delta Blues classics. 

See you next time, people. 

Peace!

CDs On The Way 

Howdy, my music people. I hope y’all had a delta bluesy kinda day. I sure as hell did! Big rain here in the South. 

The good news is I received notice that the Hard Times CDs have shipped. They are scheduled to arrive tomorrow, November 8th. I will have a link set up to purchase when they arrive, and thanks to those of you who have asked about pre ordering. I was hesitant to pre order since this is my first go with this manufacturer. So far, so good...

I’m very proud of this EP and hope you will enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed creating it. I so love that Mississippi Delta sound. It is my life blood. 

Thanks again for all of your support, my friends and fans. Get a copy and help keep me going. Y’all know the life of a bluesman is a tough and lonely one.

Peace! 

Nashville 

Hey, my music friends across the globe. I hope y’all are doing well. Hello to my new friends in Germany and thank you for the kinds words. I DO hope to get over there and play asap!

So some big changes. Again. I feel like a true gypsy sometimes, but this music biz has no mercy. I have decided to set up shop in Nashville, TN once again. I came to visit a couple of old music friends and was blown away by how much growth has happened even in the last year. So I’ve decided to stay. I’m excited to see how things will grow being back in my second home. I’ve had a heart for Nashvegas and it feels good to be back. 

I will be booking shows as soon as possible, so please continue to check here for updates. a big THANK YOU to my friends who have been so encouraging this last year. Your support and patience with my journey will not be forgotten. 

To my friends in Nashville whom I’ve been visiting the last few days, it’s been so nice to see y’all. There are some I wish were still here, but this business brings folks in and out of my life regularly. It will be exciting to continue running in to old music friends. 

See you soon, my friends, and check here for updates and shows. The CD should be shipping this week, so thanks to those of you who’ve asked about it. 

Until next time, PEACE!

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