Florida DOES get cold in the winter, especially when you’re playing outside gigs & the temp is below 40! Our fans were truly loyal as they bundled up & braved the chill for some blues! April & May have been unusually cool too, which is great- windows open & no A/C yet. Spring has found us playing a number of beach gigs, such at the KATIKI (Sunset Beach) every Sunday and SUNSET BAR & GRILL (St. Pete Beach) on many Saturdays. Great sunsets!
The DIAMOND TEETH MARY play is progressing nicely, and the New York playwright LEVY LEE SIMON is in town this weekend for a first public reading of the play. The reading is scheduled for Monday, May 16th, and we’ll be providing the music behind the singers. As the play takes form for the stage, it’s an exciting trip down “memory lane” for Liz and me after twelve years of performing with Mary. The play is scheduled for opening in either the fall or winter.
We’re also excited about a new CD release from ANDRA FAYE, one of the members of SAFFIRE: THE UPPITY BLUES WOMEN. Andra has recorded one of Liz’s songs, “TAKE IT SLOW,” on this new release, which is the first time one of Liz’s songs has been recorded by a national artist. For more information or to order this CD, check out ANDRA FAYE’S website on our LINKS page (www.andrafaye.com).
Liz & I will be traveling to Tallahassee on Saturday, July 2nd to perform at the FLORIDA BLUES CELEBRATION for the Florida Museum of History. Other blues notables who will be playing at the festival include SARASOTA SLIM and blues harpist T.C. CARR. This promises to be a memorable event.
Well, our supply of motel soap is dwindling, so it must be time to tour again. The Summer tour will begin the last week of July and will run through August 25th. Our DATES page lists the gigs booked so far, but check it for updates to see when we’ll be in your area. Come on out to a show or two- we’d love to see ya!
As always, much thanks to those of you who come out to the shows and buy CDs- you keep us going and inspired!