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From Gary Erwin-2008 Lowcountry Blues Bash

Posted in Music Stories by darielb on February 11, 2008


Blues fans:

The 10 day extravaganza known as the
18th annual SOUTHERN COMFORT LOWCOUNTRY BLUES BASH February 8-17, 2008
Historic metro Charleston, South Carolina
10 days, 23 venues, 48 acts, 90+ shows
continues this week through Sunday. We just had three epic days with mind-blowing performances from the likes of
STUDEBAKER JOHN & THE HAWKS
One of the best slide guitarists in the blues…doubles on fiery harp as well.
CREOLE ZYDECO FARMERS
Strictly ‘real deal’ traditional zydeco…joyous!
RICKEY GODFREY BLUES BAND with ANGEL RISSOFF
A revelation … Rickey is the best blues guitarist you’ve never heard of and Angel sings his ass off
DRINK SMALL
The Blues Doctor shows everyone how it’s done
SHARRIE WILLIAMS & THE WISE GUYS
Ultimate blues/gospel show-woman with incredible band…remarkable James Owens on guitar
ROBERT PAIGE & THE HOLY CITY SINNERS
Local band makes for a booty-shakin’ blues party
MATT WALSH
With partner Matt Hill, surprised a packed house at the Isle of Palms with heartfelt gutbucket blues
ROBERT LIGHTHOUSE
Great harp-in-the-rack and droning guitar…the ghost of Dr. Ross
lives through him and so many more. THIS WAS A GREAT START. But the BASH CONTINUES
THIS WEEK ALL OVER CHARLESTON.
Please come down.

(Photos: Top right, Blues guitarist Rickey Godfrey; middle left, Gary Erwin a.k.a. Shrimp City Slim sits in with the Rickey Godfrey Blues Band at J.B. Pivots on Feb. 8, 2008; bottom right, Angel Rissoff “sings his ass off.”)

The weather toward weekend should be 66-70 degrees F. and partly
sunny. Print your own brochure & check your choices at
http://www.bluesbash.com
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WANDA JOHNSON & SHRIMP CITY SLIM this week
at the SOUTHERN COMFORT LOWCOUNTRY BLUES BASH

New CD from Wanda: “Hold What You Got”
http://www.wandaj.com
http://www.shrimpcityslim.com
Listen & securely purchase: http://www.cdbaby.com/wandaj3

The first overseas review of the new CD is in (Blues & Rhythm,
UK)…Norman Darwen writes:
“The material is all original…all worthy of note, but most particularly the multi-layered lyrics of the different and broodingly intense blues “Riding Out This Love”. Wanda’s straight ahead blues singing is something of a rarity these days, as too is the band’s generally piano-led sound. This is another winner from this distinctive and individual singer!”

CASHBOX MAGAZINE REVIEW
Ben Franklin has also posted a nice review at
http://www.cashboxmagazine.com

SEE WANDA & SCS at these BLUES BASH gigs:

Tues Feb 12, 6-9 pm:
SHRIMP CITY SLIM solo at Mimi’s Creekside
(1241 Harborview Rd., Charleston, SC 29412)

Wed Feb 13, 6-9 pm:
WANDA JOHNSON & SCS duo at Mimi’s Creekside

Thurs Feb 14, noon-1 pm:
WANDA JOHNSON & SCS at the Public Library
(68 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401) (with JEROME GRIFFIN,
bass/vocals; LAMONT GARNER, drums/vocals)

Thurs Feb 14, 4:45-5:15 pm:
WANDA on The Bridge 105.5 FM interview/music

Fri Feb 15, 10-11 am:
WANDA & SCS duo on “Lowcountry Live” TV
ABC News 4, Charleston

Fri Feb 15, 1-4 pm and 5-7 pm:
WANDA & SCS at the Mills House Hotel
(115 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401)
(with JEROME GRIFFIN, bass/vocals, LAMONT GARNER, drums/vocals, MIKE
“MR. BIG” KINCAID, sax)

Sat Feb 16, 1-5 pm:
WANDA & SCS at the Mills House Hotel
(same as above PLUS SILENT EDDIE PHILLIPS joins on guitar/vocals)

See you at the BLUES BASH!

Gary Erwin Organizer, SoCo LOWCOUNTRY BLUES BASH Founder, Lowcountry Blues Society (est. 1986) Charleston, South Carolina USA

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Nashville Blues Guitarist Rickey Godfrey at Lowcountry Blues Bash in Charleston

Posted in Live Performance Previews/Reviews by darielb on February 4, 2008


The Rickey Godfrey Blues Band will be bringing its brand of hot rockin’ blues and hip-shakin’ soul to the 2008 Southern Comfort Lowcountry Blues Bash at J.B. Pivots on Friday, February 8, at Budiroe’s on Saturday, February 9 and again at J.B. Pivots on Sunday, February 10.

The band features Nashville-based Rickey Godfrey on lead vocals, guitar and keyboard. Godfrey, who has been blind since birth, is considered to be one of Nashville’s premier blues guitarists. He began studying at the age of seven, while attending the South Carolina School for the Blind. He studied classical piano and voice, and later added guitar to his long list of musical accomplishments. At 16, he joined his first band, the Fresh Licks, a rock band that won the 1972 South Carolina Battle of the Bands. In 1974, Godfrey and his brother Ronnie Godfrey, formed their own band, Garfeel Ruff, along with Frank Wilkie, Buddy Strong and the late Allen Pearson on drums, and were signed to Capitol Records in 1978. While with Capitol, Garfeel Ruff scored and performed most of the soundtrack for the movie, “The Hitter.” In 2006 Godfrey received the CBMA Award for Blues Album of the Year for his “Once In a Lifetime Love” CD.

Since moving to Nashville in 1993, Godfrey has worked with artists such as Toy Caldwell, Donna Fargo, Rufus Thomas, Junior Walker, Lloyd Price, Warren Haynes, Billy Preston, E. G. Kight, Don Wise and Clifford Curry. He has toured the U.S., Nova Scotia and Europe, including a stint in Paris, playing the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club with Sam Moore.

From New York, Angel Rissoff – known principally as a blues and soul singer/songwriter, but who is also a powerful bass guitarist – will be performing all three nights with Rickey Godfrey Blues Band during the Blues Bash. He was Little Leopold and sang the lead on “Harlem Hit Parade” for Little Isadore and the Inquisitors and later on “Jitterbop.” His “Where Have You Been?” CD was selected as one of Soul Patrol.com’s Best of 2006.

Clifford Curry will also join the group on Sunday night. He is known for his national hit, “She Shot a Hole in My Soul” and is one of the Southeast’s best-loved singers of R&B, blues, gospel and shag music.

The Rickey Godfrey Blues Band includes Ed Schneider on drums and Joe Harris on guitar. Nashville artist Schneider has played with Rufus Thomas; Marion James, Nashville’s own “Queen of the Blues;” Wig Walker; Tommy Womack and Johnny Jones, known as a big influence on Jim Hendrix’s guitar playing. Harris was a regular member of Nashville recording artist Hal Newman’s band and currently plays guitar with Nashville blues artists, Johnny Jones and Marion James.

Pivots is located at 1662 Savannah Hwy in West Ashley. Show times for both Friday, Feb. 8th and Sunday, Feb. 10th are 9 p.m. For more information, call 843-571-3668. Budiroe’s is in Isle of Palms. Show time is 9 p.m. For more information, call 843-886-8288. Contact Rickey Godfrey via email at rickeygodfrey@comcast.net .