Solomon King Bringing “Hollywood” Blues to Bisbee/AZ, Burbank & then Echo Park’s Club Los Globos
This month sees the release of two albums connected by the blues.
First, Buddy Guy, a leading exponent of Chicago blues, launches his aptly named “The Blues Is Alive and Well.” In the 1960, Guy played with Muddy Waters as a house guitarist at Chess Records, and over the decades he’s influenced brilliant guitarists including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and John Mayer.
Solomon King, who has been influenced by the Chicago and other schools of blues, is releasing his new record, “Against The Current,” in limited CD edition — an eclectic mix of blues, rock, R&B, Americana, and classical. Born in Detroit, but raised in Hollywood, King is a former Grammy entrant nominee n the blues.
He’s taking his expanded brand of the blues to The Stock Exchange in Bisbee, AZ (June 15–16), where he’ll also be opening each evening with an acoustic set with guest musician, Robert “Bobby” Carradine. King will also be performing at Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank (June 24).
But another gig later in August at Club Los Globos, is at this happening Echo Park venue that bristles with a wide rage of genres. King has been invited by music impresario Sire Dhone Johnson to create a unique night of blues, the “Hollywood” blues at the Club.
King, who previously had a deal with a major label with his Hollywood Underground rock project, now enthuses:
“A lot of musicians from all over America come to LA, and many guitarists have played some form of the blues — Memphis, New Orleans, Chicago blues, then others with Rhythm & Blues etc. But the Hollywood blues genre is still evolving as we have a melting pot of influences. We want to let the musicians define the term. So we want to bring together the blues community here and encourage all sorts of artists like jazz and rock artists who love the blues. Los Globos is an awesome venue and we aim to make this a hang, so come on down and be part of the new edgy Hollywood blues scene.”