Del Rey started playing classical guitar when she was four. As a teenager, she met bluesman Sam Chatmon who inspired her to become a blues queen. Her guitar playing combines country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie through the sensibility of an autodidact trailor-park esthete. Her live show is full of complex guitar grooves and sly humor.
‘Lil Brian & the Zydeco Travelers, zydeco from Texas
The undisputed capitol of Lil’ Brian’s world, is the hamlet of Barrett Station, Texas—B.S.T. to those in the know. This unprepossessing, well kept, Texas crossroads, just outside Baytown and not far from H-Town (Houston), is smack dab in the middle of East Texas Zydeco country. The Creole people of this part of the country, most with strong Louisiana roots, are at least as ardent about Zydeco as their neighbors across the border in Louisiana. The clubs, festivals and radio pulse with Zydeco rhythms both traditional and new, enjoyed by young and old.
Omara “Bombino” Moctar, a young Tuareg guitarist and songwriter, was raised during an era of armed struggles for independence and violent suppression by government forces. His electrifying jams capture the spirit of resistance and rebellion while echoing with guitar riffs reminiscent of fellow Africans Tinariwen and Ali Farka Touré not to mention rock and blues icons such as Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Page.
Amy Black Band, Americana songwriter plus Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers (Folk Blues)s
Amy Black may live in Boston, but she’s holds a piece of the south in her soul. She seamlessly blends a sound that is the best of both sides of the Mason Dixon Line. A little bit of Nashville, a little bit of Cambridge makes for a unique singer/ songwriter comfortable in many circles. In record time, she’s become one of the most sought after acts in New England.
Unfulfilled Desires, Jazz & T-Bone Daddy Trio, Jazz/blues
Unfulfilled Desires (UD), international jazz collective based in the Berkshires and Paris, released their fourth CD, Plugged,in 2011. Beyond their regular shows at western MA venues (where the band is based), Boston, NYC, and the northeast, UD has a collective of musicians on both sides of the Atlantic and has also been performing in Europe and the Middle East for over ten years.
The Boston area has been a haven for blues enthusiasts for as long as anyone can remember. And, for over a quarter-century, the longest running area Blues Jam takes place right here at Johnny D’s. Young and old, veteran or just starting out, there is a spot for all on our Sunday afternoon jams. And because the Blues is a wide spread idiom, we make a point of welcoming both electric and acoustic, Delta, Chicago, Piedmont, rural or citified, all are invited. There is always a host to help coordinate the activities and take a few laps.