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Bourbon & Blues: Red's Blues with special guest John Cocuzzi

Momo Sacramento Presents

Bourbon & Blues: Red's Blues with special guest John Cocuzzi

John Cocuzzi

Wed, February 14, 2018

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

$8 show - $30 dinner and show

Tickets at the Door

Red's Blues
Red's Blues
"Tired of "blues albums" that sound like heavy rock disguised (poorly) as blues? You'll have no such problem with Red's Blues' sophomore effort, You Knock Me Out. It's gritty and refreshing, striking a balance that will bring a smile to longtime blues enthusiasts. Beth "Red" Grigsby's understated vocal on Memphis Slim's "Mother Earth" is refreshing and real. Likewise, the delicacy of Jimmy Reed's "Ain't That Loving You, Baby" remains intact while sustaining a subtle driving rhythm. With RW Grigsby's bass keeping it real throughout, the CD is graced by the participation of a number of blues stalwarts. No one overplays, but everyone gives their best on this obvious labor of love. "
-Mick Martin, "Mick Martin's Blues Party"/Capital Public Radio/KXJZ, Sacramento www.capradio.org

With this second release, You Knock Me Out, Red’s Blues has stepped up another notch into blues big league with the exemplary songwriting team of singer Beth Reid-Grigsby and her Blues Music Award-winning stand up (bass-playing and singing) husband RW Grigsby. Couple that with all their music friends joining in on the fun, and this new CD makes a very strong case for Northern California being the new torch-bearing center of the classic Chicago and Texas blues sound. Six stellar originals tell the couple’s individual and combined personal histories in an honest and cosmic way. Beth & RW’s love of the classic blues vibe pays off and yet, these songs could easily be covered by well-known singers in many roots music idioms.

Nestled alongside their originals are songs by their mid-20th century heroes Jimmy Reed (lead track, “There’ll Be a Day”, “Ain’t That Loving You Baby”), Memphis Minnie (“Lookin’ the World Over”), Big Bill Broonzy (“Lonesome Road Blues”), jump blues brother-sister act, Buddy & Ella Johnson (“Why Don’t You Stop It”) and Memphis Slim (“Mother Earth.”)

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 with R.W and band. They all know the secret of groove.
John Cocuzzi
John Cocuzzi
John Cocuzzi has New Orleans flavor and East Coast class, playing with passion
and intensity on piano, vibes and drums, entertaining crowds nationwide and in Europe. Dynamic style. Diverse rhythms. Swingin' & burnin' jazz.
Jumpin' blues & boogie-woogie.Lush & sultry balladss."Versatility, virtuosity and passion. This is what you need to know about the music of John Cocuzzi."
Venue Information:
Momo Sacramento
2708 J Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816