Singer-guitarist Brett Lucas is certainly keeping busy these days. He is just finishing a two-week European tour with soul singer Bettye LaVette and has several other projects going as well.
On Friday, Lucas will perform with the Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac tribute band Rattlesnake Shake (which includes singer-guitarist Danny Methric, bassist Tony DeNardo and drummer Todd Glass of The Muggs) at the New Way Bar, 23130 Woodward, in Ferndale.
“The biggest comment we get from people is that they didn’t realize they (Fleetwood Mac) played this kind of music,” Lucas said Thursday in a phone interview from Malaga, Spain. “A lot of music they recorded didn’t get released and some of the stuff that got released was only on some compilation. People know they played blues, but they played a whole other kind of music, tunes that were released on ‘Then Play On.’ Their songwriting took on a whole new level at that point. We play some of their early blues and some of their more modern stuff.”
Lucas also just finished producing 32 tracks by former early-era Fleetwood Mac slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer. The songs, recorded at the Tempermill studio in Ferndale, also feature Glass, Rachel May and James Simonson.
“It’s a cool thing, all this coming together,” Lucas said. “Producing Jeremy’s new material and playing in a Fleetwood Mac tribute band is pretty wild. It’s a really special thing.”
The Jody Raffoul Band opens for Rattlesnake Shake at the New Way Bar Friday.
Lucas, Simonson and Glass also perform on Thursdays (but not Nov. 10) in the band St. Cecelia at Andiamo’s-Royal Oak.
Fans of acoustic blues will enjoy the Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase on Friday (Nov. 11) in the atrium of the Oakland Arts Building, next to the Blue Note Café, at 7 N. Saginaw St. in Pontiac.
This week’s showcase features the Rev. Robert Jones and Leonardo. Rev. Jones, a singer-guitarist, performs blues, spirituals, work songs, and more, often on a National steel guitar. His versions of Son House songs are superb.
Singer-guitarist Leonardo also plays acoustic, solo, Delta-style blues, citing influences including Rev. Jones, Muddy Waters, Charlie Patton and Skip James.
For information, click www.OldFrontPorch.com.
Rockin’ Blues NYE
Tickets are now on sale for Rockin’ Blues NYE 2012 at Callahan’s Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd. in Auburn Hills. The celebration of the new year will again headline Pazman’s Supersession, featuring guitarist Mark Pasman (host of The Motor City Blues Project, heard every Sunday evening from 9 p.m.-midnight on WCSX-94.7 FM).
Jimmy Thackery is at Callahan’s this Friday (11/11) and Duke Robillard returns on Nov. 18. Also, mark your calendar for upcoming performances at Callahan’s by The Millionaires on Nov. 23, Ronnie Baker Brooks on Nov. 25, and the Tommy Castro Band on Nov. 26.
For ticket info, click www.ATCALLAHANS.com.
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