Paris Blues Society Presents Blues on the Red
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The biggest musical event in North East Texas brought a cool breeze of the blues to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds! On October 6th, 2012 Blues on the Red brought people from all over the area to celebrate the genre that spawned rock, country, and R&B. The Paris Blues Society presented five talented bands to perform throughout the day.
The music kicked off at 1pm with local blues legend Rosevelt Twitty, Bert Hussey, George Johnson, Michael Huggins, and Chris Lancaster. Well-seasoned and eager to blast out the blues, Mr. Twitty & Company played familiar tunes like “Stormy Monday”, “Hoochie Coochie Man”, and even an original number called “Hey Baby”.
Next up was the suave and debonair five piece group known as the “Billion Dollar Blues Band”. When it comes to the blues, this band will take you to school in style. Front man Paul Ray Spencer is a beast on the harmonica and with a guy like Tony Boss on keys, you can bet you will get your blues fix. Calvin Hickerson is possibly the best all-around drummer in Texas and it seems that he uses magic wands as drum sticks. The recent loss of their guitar player Kent Gooding set the band back a bit, but filling in for Kent was Mr. Flame fingers himself Chad Altenbaumer. The collaboration of talented musicians lit the blues fuse as they played “Built for Comfort”, “If You Love Me like You Say”, as well as their original current hit on Paris Live Open Mic entitled “Thicker Than Water”. The BDBB fired up the crowd and primed them for the next on –stage explosion.
Switching it up a bit and rocking out under the Texas was a 3 member ensemble labeled “The Triptones”. Chad Altenbaumer, Chris Lancaster, and Jason Jones put a personal twist on the blues. With a rocked-out swinging sound like no other, The Triptones gave the crowd exactly what they came for. Original songs like “Grave Diggin’ Woman”, “9 O’ Clock in the Morning”, and “Aint No Fault” display their unmatchable writing ability and solidity as one of the best bands in North East Texas.
Hailing from Clarksville, Texas the Porterfield Blues Band stepped into the light with powerful guitar driven melody. Gary Porterfield is one of the most well-known blues musicians in our area and with his daughter Heather Porterfield on vocals you can bet that everyone was in for a tasty blues treat! With the Vibro King cranked up, The Porterfield Blues Band injected the audience with a dose of blues remedy. Swapping out on Vocals, Gary & Heather sang songs including “After the Rain Fell” by ZZ-Top, “Sweet Home Chicago” by Eric Clapton, “Sugar Coated Love” by Freddy Fender, and “It Hurts So Bad” by Susan Tedeschi. The Porterfield Blues Band was just right for the supporting slot, as they pumped up the crowd for the headlining band.
It was a full day of magic as Blues on the Red proved to be the ultimate blues festival in North East Texas. We have got to hand it to Cody from Bell Electronics in Paris, Texas for running the sound flawlessly. Electric Steel Body Jewelry, Have a Blast, Flower Mart, and Appearances were along for the blues ride with booths set up for shoppers. With amazing food from Callahan’s Steak & Que, and refreshments from Buffalo Joes Pub everyone was fueled up for a set from Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King!
“Although he was born in Pennsylvania, Kubek grew up in Texas and is associated with the Texas blues style. He played with Freddie King while still a teenager, and put together his own band to tour in the Dallas area. He met the Louisiana-born singer, Bnois King, in the 1980s, and together they put together the first incarnation of Kubek’s band. Kubek signed to Bullseye Blues in 1991 and released his debut record; he has steadily released albums since then, which often featured the two frontmen’s songs.” – Wikipedia
As the emcee throughout the day I had the privilege to introduce this mind-blowing crowd pleasing combo! The guys provoked a musical avalanche as they melted faces with their unique arrangement of American Electric blues. Old favorites like “Still a Fool” by Muddy Waters, & “Little Girl” by T-Bone Walker had the crowd on their feet and cameras flashing! When it comes to original tracks, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King keep the cards up their sleeve. Our favorite song from the set was an original entitled “My Hearts in Texas”.
What an exciting day filled with good times, great friends, and live music! Blues on the Red will continue to grow as it will become an annual event introducing the blues to the masses and keeping the spirit of the genre alive.
Blues on the Red was presented by the Paris Blues Society and sponsored by:
- Tree House Records
- James Hodge Motors
- Rick’s Gun Shop
- Spencer’s Camper Sales
- Office Equipment Center
- First Federal Bank
- Paris Live Open Mic
- Toyota of Paris
- 96.5 KMMY
- Paris Baby
- Paris Smiles
- Rockin L Music
- Denney Architects
- Bud Light
- Heart Clinic of Paris
- Paris Harley-Davidson
- Coca Cola
- Robert Self Fencing
- Lion Club of Paris
Paris Live Open Mic & InParisTexas.com were proud to be a part of another live music festival in the heart of North East Texas. With our rich history and fun loving atmosphere, Paris, Texas is the perfect family entertainment destination!
For more information on The Paris Blues Society visit their Facebook Page
Photos by Robbie Gunn and Autumn Hill