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Bourbon & Blues: Red's Blues with Rockin' Johnny Burgin

Momo Sacramento Presents

Bourbon & Blues: Red's Blues with Rockin' Johnny Burgin

Wed, November 22, 2017

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

$5 general admission

This event is 21 and over

Red's Blues with Rockin' Johnny Burgin
Red's Blues with Rockin' Johnny Burgin
Red’s Blues has great feel and all the musicians are excellent. I liked everything I heard,
“Girlish Days,“ “Detroit Blues,” “Why Don’t You Do Right” and “Sally Lou” especially stand
out. “ ---- Grammy-winning blues legend Charlie Musselwhite
Blues singer Memphis Minnie and her husband Kansas City Joe McCoy have been sort of spirit guides for
Beth Reid-Grigsby and Richard (R.W.) Grigsby, the wife-husband team of Red’s Blues. “Songwriters,
performers and partners in life!” smiles Beth, the red-headed, alto-voiced leader of the band, to Richard,
co-writer, nationally known blues bass player and husband.
Charlie Musselwhite has joined numerous other blues music fans supporting this debut recording effort
of the couple. In point of fact, their new CD, Red’s Blues, boasts an all-star group joining Beth on lead
vocals and R.W. on doghouse and electric bass, vocals. Guitarist Robert Sidwell (Earl Thomas, Rusty
Zinn, Mark Hummel, The Hucklebucks) and Larry Carr (Rowdy Kate, Keri Carr Band, Twilight Drifters, Earl
Thomas) on drums make up the core foursome. Special guests include two major harmonica greats Rick
Estrin and Mark Hummel each on three songs. Elegant swingman John Cocuzzi is on piano and organ and
NorCal’s Telecaster genius Steve Randall joins in on one track too.
Red’s Blues has a finger-poppin’ attitude—straight outta the golden years when blues, R&B and swing all
meshed together and dance floors every night were filled with snake hips and slow drags. Beth, with her
sensual, southern voice and classy behind-the-beat phrasing finds perfect rhythmic support in both Carr
and R.W. They all know the secret of groove.
The upbeat “Sally Lou” opens, one of five stellar originals. It’s a swingin’ ditty about being a working girlher
name is Sally Lou at night, but Betty Lee during the day. “We want to catch listeners by
surprise—the attitude of the song. So many songs by and about women are “victim” songs, and that’s
not me” says Beth. In fact, when she sings “let’s play it cool, let’s live by the golden rule--- just don’t be
no fool, use what you learned in school” and follows with Memphis Minnie’s womanwise “In My Girlish
Days” , Beth and band are doing what so many attempt and few succeed—engage the head and the feet.
“Sherry & Ray” is a sassy, second line original winner about getting out of the South “cause the birds
stopped singin’ and phone stopped ringin’, bought a sixty dollar ticket on an old Greyhound.” And on
“Why Don’t You Do Right,” Sidwell, Cocuzzi and Reid-Grigsby would make Wes Montgomery, Charles
Brown and Peggy Lee jealous. The phrasing and the late night world-weary elegance is perfect.
That Beth & R.W.’s original songs hold their own nestled in between gems by New Orleans’ Dave
Barthomew (The Golden Rule”), Memphis’ Roscoe Gordon(“No More Doggin’”) and Memphis Slim(“The
Blues is Everywhere”), and the aforementioned Kansas Joe McCoy(“Why Don’t You Do Right”) and
Memphis Minnie (My Girlish Days”) makes for a great live show—part juke joint, part nightclub. Their
combined personal history and harmonies, and love of the classic blues vibe pays off.
Beth, thanks to her older brother, grew up listening to Huddie Ledbetter, Muddy Waters and Mississippi
John Hurt records and as a kid, learned from and sang songs at home with her Mom-- “ Summertime,”
“God Bless the Child,” and "St. Louis Blues.” Across the street in her hometown of south Santa Barbara
though, the shy 7 year old redhead was bold enough to go perch on the neighbor’s porch listening to a
Cuban salsa band rehearse, and from that learned to love the rhythms, the bass and percussion in
particular. She and R.W. met through the local Santa Barbara blues scene years later in 1977, and have
lived in his home state of Georgia and then Texas before heading back to sunny Sacramento, California
in 2006.
2014 Grammy-nominated and Blues Music Award (BMA) winner bassist R.W. Grigsby has been playing
since he was 14 years old, and began his professional career when still a teenager. He's toured the U.S.,
Canada and Europe since the '80s, and currently juggles playing with Red's Blues, Mark Hummel and the
Blues Survivors and The Golden State/Lone Star Blues Revue. He played and recorded with Texas blues
stars Gary Primich and Mike Morgan and the Crawl in the '90s. R.W. is the bassist on the 2014 Grammynominated
and BMA-winning CD, Remembering Little Walter. With solid sender drummer Larry Carr
(who KNOWS how to shuffle), they provide the tastiest groove this side of the Windy City.
Guitarist Robert Sidwell, an astute lover of blues, country and jazz, has limitless ideas within his acoustic
and electric purview, from Mississippi country blues to Texas shuffles, and his internationally-known
peers recognize his talent—Rusty Zinn says “"Robert has become one of the great guitar players out
there today! I'm here to tell you. He's got it all .... taste, tone, fire, soul and technique! Hard to find a
better player than El Sid"!”
Beth Reid-Grigsby and Red’s Blues draw their audiences into a grown up music world—southern music
with downhome simmer, dance floor fun and stellar, sophisticated players who know they have no need
to blast at earsplitting volumes to make the biggest impact. –
Venue Information:
Momo Lounge
2708 J Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816