When Jimmy Alter and his band host the Detroit Blues Society Meeting and Jam on Saturday, expect a healthy dose of early Fabulous Thunderbirds music.
“It’s kind of funny,” Alter said. “Me and J-Bone (guitarist Jason Bone) have hosted a couple of things together in the past, and anytime we do, we both love doing old T-bird stuff so much that we end up going down that road.
“The more of it the better for us. We never get tired of it.”
Alter, who will also be joined by J-Bone, bassist Alex Lyon (Motor City Josh) and drummer Dave Watson (Howard Glazer, The Corrupters) on Saturday, puts a high value on blues music from that era.
“There’s something about that time period of late ‘70s blues,” he said. “It’s just raucous enough, but still more authentic, or true, than the mid- to late-‘80s stuff and from then on. The time period was still real right then.”
The Jimmy Alter Band will perform a full set at the DBS event at 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Cooley Lake Inn in Commerce. Jammers will perform the remainder of the evening.
Alter, 31, grew up in Columbus Township, north of Richmond in northern Macomb County. He started his musical career at age 15 and played in Top 40 bar bands for close to 15 years. About a year-and-a-half ago, he started on the journey of fronting his own blues band.
“Oddly enough, I moved to St. Clair Shores and stopped in at the Blue Goose a couple of years back. I met (guitarist) Johnny Rhoades and he introduced me to everybody in the blues scene around here. I had never really searched it out before.”
Alter recorded his debut EP, “Rock With Me,” at Motor City Josh’s Sound Shop Studios. The EP, which features guest appearances from Rhoades, Lyon and drummer Eric Savage, was released last August.
“He’s a nice guy and he tries to play the blues the right way,” Motor City Josh said.
Alter has another gig on Thursday at Dick O’Dows in Birmingham. He will share the stage with singer-guitarist Rusty Reid, Lyon, and drummer David A. Watson. They will perform a mix of blues, soul and funk.
“I am super appreciative of any opportunity I get,” Alter said. “I’m pretty darn happy I met Johnny (Rhoades) and this great group of musicians. It’s a great scene.”
For more on the Jimmy Alter Band, click JimmyAlterMusic.com.
More live music
On Friday, the Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase will feature music by “singing cowboy” Bob Marshall and fingerstyle blues guitarist Larry Stevens.
The show starts at 8 p.m. in the atrium of the Oakland Arts Building, 7 N. Saginaw St , next to the Blue Note Café, in Pontiac. Admission is $5.
Also on Friday, at 7 p.m. Raputa will perform at Youngers Irish Tavern in Romeo. The J. Geils tribute band features one of my favorite harmonica players, Larry Everhart.
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