Brandon Santini is helping close out our 2019 membership drive – all members get in free!
There are many different opinions as to what the future of the blues harmonica will be. Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the latest surge of young blues artists leave their footprint in blues history. His name is worthy of conversations that include James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Dennis Gruenling, Charlie Musselwhite and other frontline harmonica players by combining his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield. Raised in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Brandon purchased his first harmonica in 1997 at the age of fifteen when his mother took him to the local music store upon his request. He founded the Blues Music Award nominated band Delta Highway in 2003 and relocated to Memphis where he absorbed the sounds and culture of the Delta and North Mississippi Hill Country, honing his craft night after night, sweating it out in local Beale Street clubs just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King did decades before him.
Sunday, March 24, 2019 – doors open at 6 pm, music starts at 7 pm
Barley’s in Maryville
Our annual Membership Campaign Drive will begin on Sunday, February 24 with a great concert featuring the Ghost Town Blues Band at Barley’s in Maryville. Doors open at 3pm and music will begin at 4pm, until 7pm. The cost of the show is $7 for Active Members an...Read More
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