Monday, March 19, 2012

Greg Nagy Band brings blues to the library

Greg Nagy
Singer-guitarist Greg Nagy started out as a traditional blues player, but, over the years, his music has taken on influences ranging from soul and rock to funk and jazz.
“I just think of everything I do as coming out of the blues,” said Nagy, who leads the Greg Nagy Band in concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 21) at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road.
“I was a traditional blues player in the ‘80 and ‘90s, but over the years I’ve been inspired by a lot of different stuff,” said Nagy, who had a five-year stint with the band Root Doctor. “It always comes back to the blues.
“I try to take all of my life influences and experiences (into the music), but I always try to be honest with it.”
Nagy, a Flint native who now lives in Grand Blanc, has two CDs on Big O Records, which he co-owns with organist Jim Alfredson (Organissimo). Alfredson played on both of Nagy’s CDs: 2010’s “Walk That Fine Thin Line” and 2011’s “… Fell Toward None,” which also features the Motor City Horns on three tracks.
At the library, Nagy and his band (Jim Shaneberger on bass and background vocals and Karl Schantz on drums and background vocals) will perform a variety of tunes.
“I’m going to try to work in a lot of traditional blues staples, as well as a lot of our original material,” Nagy said.
The Jazz & Blues series is sponsored by the Friends of the Southfield Public Library and the Detroit Blues Society. Admission is $3 at the door.
For information, on the Greg Nagy Band, click
If you were not fortunate enough to be in attendance at the show by Corey Harris and The Rasta Blues Experience at Callahan's Music Hall on Saturday, don't despair.
The concert was recorded for both CD and DVD by the American Music Research Foundation. I, for one, can't wait to check it out.
Harris and his excellent band, who are equally adept playing blues and reggae, were joined for segments by Phil Wiggins on harmonica and vocalist Thornetta Davis. Over a four-hour period, they played a wide variety of styles, both acoustic and electric. It was outstanding.
To see a previous post on Corey Harris, click here.
Jim McCarty
Callahan's hosts the Detroit Music Awards Blues Showcase on Thursday (March 22). Admission is only $5, with proceeds benefiting the DMAs. Scheduled performers include Jones'n, the Broken Arrow Blues Band, The Boa Constrictors, and Sweet Willie Tea.
For information, click

On Friday (March 23), Callahan's presents Jim McCarty and Friends, featuring harmonica player James Montgomery from Boston, and Detroit guitar slinger Jeff Grand, who will open the show and then join forces with McCarty and the guys. Tickets start at $15.
McCarty, well known among musicians for his tasteful and expressive guitar work with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Buddy Miles, The Rockets, Cactus, and others, released the CD "Jim McCarty and Friends Recorded Live at Callahan's" last year. It includes McCarty performing with blues greats such as Duke Robillard Jimmy Thackery (who is at Callahan's March 24), Johnny A, John Nemeth, and Jason Ricci. Check it out.

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