Edgy Blues – Americana Country – Florida Rock
Jim Crozier's Occasional Newsletter - June 2010
First, I want to thank all of you who have mentioned enjoying receiving this newsletter, and the several first time subscribers – I will do my best to make this worth the read. I am excited to try on the attitude of the student this year – not attending school, but taking great joy in the study of American Popular Music. After 40 some years of primarily being a bass player that wrote a few songs, I am now trying to write a little bit every day, play my guitar every day, sing every day, and learn songs from the Great American Songbook – quite a different thing from just playing the bass part. Don't get me wrong, I love playing the bass, and you will find me about still playing with lots of folks, but now, for the first time since I was in High School, I am “Getting Back to Plan A”! My new show features my original songs, of course, along with a lot of great songs dating from last week to last century.
For the summer, I am scheduled to bring my new show to the porch at Barnacle Bill's, “You Know Where”, on North Monroe Street in Tallahassee. My first date there is Saturday, June 26 from 7 to 10pm, and back again on Friday, July 9.
I will also be playing a solo set at Star Seas (the Caboose at Railroad Square) sometime on Saturday, June 19 as part of the Railroad Square Summer Solstice Festival which is also a benefit for FSU Radio Station V89 (that I have been listening to a whole bunch lately).
Other things coming up include:
Sentimental Journey at the Fermentation Lounge on Monday, June 7 from 9 to 11pm. Sentimental Journey plays “string band Americana” with Brian Smith on Guitar, Chip Bloyd on Harmonica, Dave Dickle on Mandolin, and Jim Crozier on Bass. The Fermentation Lounge is at 113 All Saints Street in Tallahassee and features craft beer from artisan breweries around the world.
I will be playing with Tallahassee Swing at the American Legion Hall (Lake Ella) for the Tuesday night dance on June 1, June 15, and June 29.
And what I have heard lately:
I got a chance to hear Carrie Hamby with the fabulous Walter Belmont at Verona Cafe just the other day – a treat by any other name – old blues that you are just not going to hear any other way.
I visited Cheap & Easy at the new Rusty Bucket (the sign says “Boxers”) - you can really tell that Bob and Naomi have spent some serious time playing together for a long while – worth the trip.
Mike Lanigan totally raised the quality bar at Ouzts' Too this past Sunday with his “Swingin' Harpoon Band”. I finally got to hear “Bedhead Betty” for the first time last weekend, too.
And last month I got to hear Gurf Morlix at the Frog and Hummingbird down in Sopchoppy.
Also, I recently sat in with Jimi McKenzie at Los Amigos (in Woodville), with Mary Z Cox and Yazid at the Mockingbird for the CD release party for “Drumming on the Edge of Banjo”, and with the Zach Bartholomew Trio at the Fermentation Lounge.
Well that seems to be plenty for now. I look forward to seeing you about town – and ya'll be wonderful.
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