2012 BLEWZZY AWARD

It’s such an honor to be recognized as a runner-up, among the CD’s that were reviewed, for the 2012 Blewzzy Award! http://www.mary4music.com/Intro.html

GREAT WEEK AHEAD

Great week ahead.  Looking forward to the Pre-BMA jam hosted by the Memphis Blues Society on Wednesday night at Blues Hall.  Nick Moss will be next door at Rum Boogie tearing it up.  Thursday our band will play an event from 12-1pm at Court Square for an event for the Blues Foundation.  Thursday night I’m back with the awesome Blues Music Awards crew at the Cook Convention Center.  Finally on Friday, we play at Blues Hall from 8-12!  Next Door Brandon Santini is hosting the Beale Street Mess Around and then the Vizztone Showcase all at Rum Boogie! Nice!

BLUES HALL ON BEALE STREET TONIGHT

Blues HallTonight we are performing at Mr. Handy’s Blues Hall on Beale Street from 8-12.  Special guests Robert “Nighthawk” Tooms on Keys and James Cunningham on drums.  Be there!

BACK AT RUM BOOGIE APRIL 10, 2013 – 8pm-12

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We are back at Rum Boogie this Wednesday!  We will have Presten McEwen, drummer for Ghost Town Blues Band, sitting in on drums.  Come on by and expect a great show!!

MARY V BENEFIT AT NEIL’s MEMPHIS

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What an awesome event put together by Memphian and bluesman Brad Webb and The Memphis Blues Society this past weekend (March 24. 2013).  We all came together to honor and raise some money for Mary V Setser who is battling cancer.  She has supported the blues community here in Memphis and wanted to support back.  I go the pleasure of playing twice that night.  Once with the 901 band with Jason Foree and Dave Bennett.  Then got up and did my own show with Dave Bennett on bass and Brian Wells on drums.  Wow, did we kill it or what!  It was an honor for sure.

 

TOOLS OF THE TRADE: PEDALBOARD

Darren Jay's Pedalboard

(2) Pedal Power Voodoo Lab, MXR Carbon Copy, Option 5 Destination Rotation, Keeley Compressor, Boss TU-2 Tuner, Bob Burt Case w/Octavia, Way Huge Porkloin, JH Fuzz Face, Keeley Mod TS-9, Keeley Mod BD-2, and Dunlop Wah.

Darren Jay's Pedalboard

Darren Jay’s Pedalboard

THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Guitar, pedals, and amps are mere vessels for the messsage you are trying to relay in my opinion. Like an artists who uses different colors or brushes to paint a picture. Or a writer who has more than one word to express and emotion to a story. Many who are purists do not think the same way, which is fine. Whatever it takes to express yourself and your message. I use different shades of grey but that’s just me…
 
Darren Jay Gear

Darren Jay Gear

LIL’ ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS

Got a chance to meet the band the other night.  Great group of guys.  Check them out when you can. http://www.alligator.com/artists/lil-ed-and-the-blues-imperials/

Lil-Ed

 

LOVE THE TONE ON THIS

Just love the way this sounds.  Great tone and the keys set the mood for an already beautiful classic song.

BLUES HALL 1-2 MARCH 2013

This weekend you get a chance to catch us down on Beale Street.   We will be playing at Mr Handys Blues Hall one of my favorite places to play.  Catch us on Friday, Saturday or both!  We hit at 7pm.

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