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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 12:33 PM
Apologies if somebody already posted something from this string of three shows.

Made it to the Sunday edition in St. Pete, FL (1/20/13) and lucked out on the weather. A great day right on the water with some great music.

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Can't understand why some are down on this band (unless you haven't seen them live in which case you shouldn't comment anyway). I simply can't get over that an 11 piece band has the dynamics that they possess. A great show that included a new tune written with Eric Krasno and a new cover I couldn't place (I think The Cowboy Junkies did it a while back as well).

Dr. John - He had absolutely the worst background singer I've ever heard, and that even includes some of the musings of Donna Jean Godchaux. Although the set improved over time, the mix was off, their guitarist was ill-placed, and the pomp surrounding his arrival and departure was laughable. Loved his more solo moments on the piano, though.

Walter Trout - Never liked this high-octane brand of "blues." His tone was painful at times, and the notes were unintelligible during most of his set.

Sonny Landreth - Really forged his own path with the slide. Great tone and very melodic. Some songs didn't grab me but overall, a great set. His is fun to watch as a guitarist as some of his slide technique seems unorthodox.

Joe Louis Walker - I enjoyed it from afar as this was when I got a bite to eat. Wasn't listening that intently, so I reserve judgement for another time.

Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band - One of the highlights of the day. I am so happy Jaimoe has found himself in a band where he isn't overpowered. Must break out some Sea Level today. Great songs and a nice mix of genres, great arrangements of covers, and great singing and playing. Can't wait to see them again at Wanee.

Matt Schofield - Good lord, what a tone. Plenty of chops but without the gunslinger attitude of Walter Trout. That Strat through his Two Rock amp just sounded glorious.

The Wood Brothers - Oddly, I can't imagine seeing this band in a theater or bar. I have caught them 3-4 times now, and they are the perfect sun-on-your-shoulders/beer-in-hand outdoor venue band. Very pleasant listen.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation - They were the odd folks out on this bill. I can't say I cared for them at all.

Sean Chambers - Local blues guy. At times, too over the top, but still not the ear-splitting experience of Walter Trout. I ran into him on the grounds and asked him what amp was giving him his nice overdriven tones, and I was shocked when he said it was a Crate.

Bobby Lee Rodgers - BLR is also an odd addition to a blues fest, but his all-too-brief set was a nice outdoor experience. Funny story, I saw him once playing in the parking lot of a restaurant. The stage was a pontoon boat on a tall trailer (How he got his Leslie up there I'll never know). Anyway, I asked if he might play a certain song when I ran into him before the show. He said, "Oh man, I can't believe you know that tune." I said something like, "I'm a fan...not a fanatic but a fan... By the way, I'll give you $200 for your underwear." He excused himself shortly thereafter.

There were several references to this being the "Inaugural" or "First Annual Sunshine Blues Fest," so who knows what the future will bring?

Peace.

Blooby



[Edited on 1/23/2013 by Blooby]

 
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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 01:43 PM
we went to the ft. myers show on fri.i was thinking of the vinoy park date ,to see dr. john. but won a pair on the radio for friday.most were good ttb were great. see post titled last night.
 

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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 04:19 PM
Was at St Pete. Agree fully with your assessments on the other acts - just caught the last tune of Sonny's. Exacty what I thought on Dr Johns act - esp the Trombone player that thought she could sing.

Liked the new TTB tunes. 'heavy' had a Hercules quality to it.
Isn't it a Pity as the first encore was well placed. Had an anthem quality to it like Harlem.
Bound and Nobody's Free have some space for jams. Do wish the horns would do more grrove jamming than "watch all the notes i can play that aren't on this horn" soloing - but still pretty cool.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 05:58 PM
Glad that you enjoyed Matt Schofield, Blooby!

Unless he has changed his habits and took his Strat on the road, it was probably his SVL (built by his tech, Simon Law).


 

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  posted on 1/21/2013 at 07:26 PM
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Glad that you enjoyed Matt Schofield, Blooby!

Unless he has changed his habits and took his Strat on the road, it was probably his SVL (built by his tech, Simon Law).



Good call. I checked out the gear section of his site, and it was indeed that guitar.

I didn't even want to hear my amp today after listening to that tone last night.

Blooby

[Edited on 1/23/2013 by Blooby]

 

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  posted on 1/22/2013 at 09:31 AM
grate
 
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  posted on 1/22/2013 at 10:30 AM
Nice review Bruce. Thank you.
 

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  posted on 1/22/2013 at 11:39 AM
Sorry if this has been posted elsewhere, but:

Who replaced Oteil on bass?

 

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  posted on 1/22/2013 at 11:51 AM
George Reiff played bass for these blues fest shows.
 
 


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