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This weekend: Start the new year right with the blues around Atlanta


It’s a whole new year! Happy New Year to you all. I hope it’s bright and full of blues music! You can get the year off to a great start with any of the great shows listed below.


Blind Willie’s will be closed today. The George Price Band is at Darwin’s in Marietta and Pony Bradshaw is at Fat Matt’s Stephen “Blues Dude” Duncan is at The Greater Good BBQ in Tucker and Bill Sheffield is at Northside Tavern. Brandon Reeves is at Parma in Buford and Roger “Hurricnae” Wilson has the early evening show at Subourbon Social Club in Kennesaw.


Delbert McClinton etnertains at Variety Playhouse. Beverly “Guitar” Watkins is at Blind Willie’s and Too Slim and The Taildraggers are at Darwin’s. Moo Davis is at Fat Matt’s. Stephen “Blues DUde’ Duncan is at 45 South Cafe in Norcross. Delta Moon comes to Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. Brnadon Reeves is at Johnnie MacCracken’s in Marietta and Ralph Roddenbery is at MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker. The Mike Veal Band is at Napoleon’s Grill in Decatur. Debbie Bond & The Trudats are at Northside Tavern. Atomic Boogie is at Subourbon Social Club. Marty Manous is aThat’e Wing Cafe in Marietta.


The Billy George Duo host the blues brunch at Cypress Street Pint & Plate. Fat Back Deluxe is at Fat Matt’s. Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern.

That’s i for his weekend! Have fun and keep on bluesin’ in  2016!


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Cody Matlock

Cody Matlcok is one of the three musicians or groups that I chose to represent the future of Georgia blues in my new book  “Southern Crossroads: Georgia Blues.”

Last night, Cody was celebrating his 20th birthday at Darwin’s so we went out for a little bit. My, how he is maturing as a performer. He has been a guitar prodigy for a very long time but has sometimes seemed nervous and ill at ease on stage. Last night he seemed relaxed and at ease. He said that Darwin’s Burgers and Blues was he first club he played, 5 years ago at 15, and he said it wsa awful, but “you guys didn’t tell me to stop, so I went on.” Now he is going to be taking Truitt Lollis’s place a Darwin’s every Monday night as Truitt goes off on tour and to make a record.


Last night he proved he is ready, playing and  singing  a variety of musical styles, from Albert King to The Rolling Stones, with his stellar band consisting of Jon Swenke on bass and David Green on drums.

It’s going to be fun watching Cody become even stronger as a performer as he gains his invaluable experience. Congrats, Cody, on turning 20 and on your new career experiences.



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The week ahead: Blues around Atlanta Dec. 21-27

Merry Christmas to all my readers who celebrate the day! Many of the clubs are closed on Friday and Blind Willie’s and Fat Matt’s are closed on Thursday as well. Pleasea double check with all the clubs Thursday-Saturday. This information is aurate a s far as I know.


Midnight Revival is at Blind Willie’s and Truett Lollis is at Darwin’s in Marietta. Dry White Toast entertains  at Fat Matt’s and Cody Matlock is at Two Urban  Licks. Lola hots the jam at Northside  Tavern and Make Watson hosts the jam at Loco’s in Alpharetta.


Michael Preston is at Darwin’s and The Hollidays are  at Blind Willie’s. Burnin’ Time comes to Fat Matt’s and The Larry Griffith Band is at Hook Line & Schooner in Smyrna. Nathan Nelson & Entertainment Crackers. are at Northside Tavern  and Atlanta Boogie is at Two Urban Licks. Nik’s Place has an acoustic open mic with Bones.


The Elecctromatics are at Blind Willie’s and Darwin’s has McKnight’s Pro Jam. The Georgia Flood is at Fat Matt’s and Brandon Reeves is at Johnnie MacCracken’s. Mudcat is at Northside Tavern.  Little G Weevil is at Two Urban Licks. Joy Montcalm and Loco D host an open mic at MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker and Zaib Kahn hosts the open blues jam at Nik’s Place.


The Cazanovas host the jam at Darwin’s and Nathan Nelson is acoustic at Nik’s Place. Mudcat is at Northside Tavern and Billy George is at Two Urban Licks. Wavetree hosts a jam at Highlands East Cobb and The Sminole ackson Trio hosts the jam at Cafe 1711  in Snellville. Lady D has a Musician’s Jam at  Lavish Bisrto in Decatur.


The Hollidays are at Nik’s  Place and Mudcat is solo at Northside Tavern.


George Hughley is at Blind Willie’s and Darwin’s hosts an All Star Jam for Autism featuring the Landon Jordan Band. The Mike Veal Band is at Napoleon’s in Decatur and Marty Manous is at Nik’s Place. Mudcat & The Atlanta Horns are at Northside Tavern and Brandon Reeves is at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead at 5:30 pm. Glenn Phillips is at Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs and Sa Na and Fiends are at Two Urban Licks.


The Billy George Duo hosts the blues brunch at Cypress Street Pint & Plate. Snake Legs is at  Fat Matt’s and Uncle Sugar is at Northide Tavern. Chapman & Roper are at Two Urban Licks.

Peace and joy to  you all! Have fun and keep on bluesin’!

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My new book

I have a new book called Southern Crossroads: Georgia Blues. It  is all about the rich historyof the blues in Georgia and the vibrant scene today. It is currently available on Amazon and for Kindle but will soon be available elsewhere as well. Check it out!

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This weekend: The blues all around Atlanta


This report usually appears on, but doe to technical difficulties, it will be appearing here this week and indefinitely.

it’s a busy holiday season weekend as usual, with lots of great shows going on. Darwin’s provides a double dose of strong females with Markey doing lead vocals with Markey Blue on Friday and the amazing Lola, just back from Europe, on Saturday. Randall Bramblett is at Steve’s and loads of other greatness abounds all around.

Some of the people playing this week, like Lola, The Georgia Flood, and Cody Matlock, are in my new book, Southern Crossroads:Georgia Blues which has just been released and is presently available on Amazon and Kindle, with many more locations available soon.

Randall Brmablett is at Steve’s Live Music, with Hannah Thomas opening. Sandra Hall is at Blind Willie’s and Markey Blue returns to Darwin’s in Marietta. The Blue Devils are at Fat Matt’s and The Electromatics are at Martinis and IMAX at Fernbank Museum. The Rockaholics are at Hottie Hawgs and ani Mac ^ Company are at MoonShadow Tavern in tucker. Mike Veal is at Napoleon’s Grill in Decatur and the Bretheren are at Nik’s Place in Marietta. Cody Matlock brings his band to Northside Tavern. The Georgia Flood is at Tin Kizzy’s in Duluth. The Kerry Hill Band is at Two Urban Licks.


Lola is at Darwin’s and Big Bill Morganfield is at Blind Willie’s. SaNa Blues is at Fat Matt’s and Sole Tarvelers is at East of Austin in Vila Rica. Brandon Reeves is participating in the Shootout at Eddie’s Attic and The arry Richman Band is at MoonShadow Tavern. The Rainmen are at napoleon’s and The Funky Kings are at Nik’s Place in Marietta. Beverly “Guitar” Watkins is iat Northside Tavern with Mudcat  and The Sweet and Salty Blues Band is at Stix in Villa Rica. The Kerry Hill Band continues at Two Urban Licks. Swami Gone bananas is at Avondale  Town Cinemain Avaondale Estates. Stax recording legend WIlliam Bell is at The Earl. Vintage Boogie Band plays at Paddy’s Irish Pub in Kennesaw.


The Billy George Duo hosts the blues brunch at Cypress Street Pint & Plate. Snake Legs is at Fat Matt’s and Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern.     Chapman and Roper are at Two Urban Licks.

That’s it for this week. Have fun and keep on bluesin!