Welcome back Bluesheads for our 19th Annual Julian Blues 2017 !!
We here in America have witnessed and have experienced many changes and challenges over the past year and will continue to do so into the near future…but… there is one constant in our collective lives… our love for… The Blues !! What a long strange trip it’s been and I can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling faces again !!
For this year’s show I have pulled out all the stops !! We will be welcoming back some fantastic ‘old friends’ to our stage !! I am very pleased to present to you … Mr. Philip Sayce, who blew us all away with his kindness and incredible talent over in rainy Yuma this past February !! All I can say is… watch out Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Joe Bonamassa, Jonny Lang and a few others …’cause Philip is here to stay !! You will be amazed !!
Also… speaking of old friends and guitar wizardry…we welcome back once again… Mr. Dennis Jones and his smoking band !! Dennis is one of the hardest working musicians I know. This past year, he has broken out, touring large parts of our nation and getting audiences pumped up wherever he performs and setting the stage on fire !!
Back in 2007 we showcased a very talented 17 year old guitarist, that tore it up and made a lasting impression on me and a whole lot of you… now living in Charlotte N.C. playing with his new band Preacher Stone, Mr. Ben Robinson will be returning to our stage, to show us all just how far he has musically come !! You asked for his return …and we got him !!
Many years ago, when we first moved from Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach to Julian, we had a performer that was like no other Bluesman we’d ever experienced. The mold had been broken. He exploded on stage! We have pictures of him performing in a bright tie dyed shirt…and in front of him was nothing but a big cloud of dust… That cloud was made by everyone attending…getting up on their feet and dancing their a**es off ! Simply amazing! This year we proudly welcome back the Prodigal Son…Mr. Earl Thomas. Lately Earl and his hot new band have been blowing audiences away in Scandinavia and world wide, rightly so !! So don’t forget your dancin’ shoes folks… you’re gonna need them !!
Once again my guys and I will open the show, The McCoy Brothers have been having fun and refining our craft, as you will soon see !!
One of the great things about our show is our … ‘ Back Porch ‘ stage. Those performers that man that stage keep the show and all of us moving !! Never a dull moment !! This year we will feature The Chris Fast Band. They showed us all at our Yuma after party that they could and would command that stage with some really fine swinging Blues !!…and the Menghini’s expressed their approval !!
There also may be a few ‘guest’ appearances as well during the day…that I am not at liberty to say at this time !! Y’all will just have to wait and see ! I am so very proud and super stoked to bring all these incredibly talented artists to you in Julian this year ! They will probably never, ever be on one stage together again…anywhere !!
*** Not to mention…our Allstar Jam at shows end…one session you’ll not want to miss !! So make your plans now, tell your family, friends and neighbors…get out of town for a day, or the weekend and enjoy some Julian hospitality, apple pie, fresh air and Blues comradery !! More like a… “Family Reunion” !! Till then Bluesheads … be well, take care of each other, and tell someone you love them today !! Cheers !!