BLUES REEL REVIEW
REMEMBERING B.B. KING AND TEENIE HODGES
Cooper Walker Place Sept. 4, 2015, 8:00 pm
Redd Velvet – Redd Velvet is an American blues and soul singer, best known for her unconventional entrance into the music industry. During a visit to “Memphis in May” in 2009, Redd met songwriter Earl Randall and Hi Records producer Willie Mitchell. Mitchell and Randall heard a demo of Redd’s cover of O.V Wright’s “Searching” which had been penned by Randle. On their advice, she relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, and launched her career. Upon her arrival in Memphis she founded Big Daddy’s Baddass Band as her backing band and garnered the attention of the local blues community as the first African American woman to lead a band in the Memphis Blues Challenge. She advanced to the finals of the 2010 competition and again made local blues history as the first African-American woman to lead a band to place in the band category.
Garry Burnside Band – Garry Burnside plays with a raw power and authenticity that leaves even the most ardent Blues junkie gushing. As a songwriter, Burnside brings what the Blues scene needs the most; a new, young, and strong voice. Inspired by his father the late legendary RL Burnside, Garry is best known for his playing style which is so fast that the animated motion creates a vivacious sound.