On Wednesday, Motor City Josh & the Big 3 host a Blues Jam Night at the The New Way Bar, 23130 Woodward, Ferndale (248-541-9870).
Josh, who plays guitar and sings, is one of the Motor City's top blues performers. He began his career in 1991 with the Curtis Sumter Project and formed Motor City Josh & the Big 3 in 1994. Over the past two decades, Josh has performed around the U.S. and Europe and has released nine recordings with over 100,000 copies sold. He has been nominated for four Detroit Music Awards and won as artist deserving wider recognition in 1998. Josh performs as a solo act -- he was a finalist in the solo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2003 -- but also rocks out with his quartet, which includes Johnny Rhoades (guitar and vocals), Alex Lyon (bass) and drummer Eric Savage. As they say, they play "Funky Blues You Can't Refuse."
Josh's latest CD is titled "It's a Good Life."
If you know someone into fishing, you may want to bite on Josh's 2007 CD "Stringer Full of Blues," which boasts 11 fishing-related tunes, including "The Skillet," "Early Worm" and "Monster Bass." Perhaps a holiday gift idea?