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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THINKING ABOUT THE BLUES LATELY

I’m an aspiring musician here in Memphis.  I play on Beale ST, see the other bands, do the IBC, BMAs, see the old ones still around and and listen to their stories.  Heres my take about all this.  The blues is an awesome feeling of expression.  Anyone who plays it can tell you that their is a human quality to the genre like no other.  It is born out of life experiences in sad times and good times.  THeres nothing like it in my opinion.  However, I have been thinking about this lately.  What separates the Blues from any other musical genre in this day of age? THe exceptional talent that performs it.  Otherwise, I feel there has not been anything new in the genre that has not been done, over and over.  The songs are different, tempos are different, content about the same across the board..but nothing fresh and exciting to say “wow” where did this come from?  I get excited about Gary Clark Jr and perhaps where John Mayer was going.  Joe Bonamassa is another standing tall.  But there still has not been that “sound” that new excitement in the blues since SRV in my opinion.  Turn on Bluesville and listen to song after song. You could probably interchange the lyrics or tempos to many of them.  All the great Blues artists (Muddy, Bobby Blue Bland, Willie Dixon etc etc have already done that).  Nowadays the talent and soul of the performer is what separates the songs  but I think we are all still waiting for that new breakthorugh that will get us all excited and rejuvenate the genre.  Love the blues to the grave! See you in Memphis.

WHATS THAT GEAR!!?

Have you hear our new CD “Drink My Wine” yet?  Have you wondered what gear what used to record the guitars?  Well this should explain some of that…

Recording Gear

BLACKFOOT CUSTOM AMPS ENDORSES DARREN JAY

Blackfoot Custom Amps from Henderson, TN has built Darren Jay and custom amp of his own named “Mr Tone” DJF 50/1.  Whats inside?  Well you are going to have to visit Darren Jay at a local show not only to hear it but to see it for yourself!

Blackfoot Custom Amps

EPIPHONE ENDORSES LAURA CUPIT

Walk down Beale Street in Memphis Tennessee on any given night…

Epiphone Laura add