This photo of Robert Johnson is one of my favorites and truly captures the spirit of the early, “Deep South” Blues, and is probably one of the most recognized images representing this era.
Robert Johnson’s guitar, songwriting and vocal skills have gone down in history as a major influence of many musicians throughout the years, including Muddy Waters, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and many more.
Our country has such a rich heritage immersed in the Blues genre, and there are many forms and styles – too many to detail in this short (ish) blog post. I wanted to touch on a few of these styles by showcasing some of our upcoming Blues acts playing at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis over the next several months. We hope you’ll share in our enthusiasm!
Tuesday, May 14 | 8pm | $22.50
Hard-rocking blues-soaked guitarist/vocalist/song-writer Tinsley Ellis sings and plays with the energy and soul of all of the great Southern musicians who have come before him. Ellis attacks his music with rock power and blues feeling, following in the tradition of Deep South musical heroes B.B. King, Freddie King, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. Atlanta Magazine declared Ellis “the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell.”
Arum Rae’s rock and blues influenced melodies lure the audience into a trance. As she plays, the room falls silent except for her sultry voice and electric guitar. Musically infused by Patsy Cline and Leonard Cohen, as much as by Bach and Hank Williams, she’s able to concoct a soul & dance revival, which delicately plays all over the full sonic spectrum.
Thursday, May 16 | 8pm | $35
While not specifically falling into the category of “Blues”, if you have a listen, you’ll most definitely hear the Blues influence. SCOTS’ music is a quintessentially Southern-fried amalgam of rockabilly, boogie, country, blues, swamp pop, and chitlin circuit R&B, plus a liberal dose of California surf guitar and a hint of punk attitude.
If you come to this show (as you should), be prepared to be in the presence of fried chicken:
It has become became a crucial part of their live performances, whether it’s used in eating contests or tossed into the audience – if this has peaked your curiosity, then you must come see them.
“As a blues guitar player, I am stunned and in awe of Toby Walker’s pickin’! Add to that his fine songs and singing and friendly presentation, and it’s obvious that Toby Walker is one of the most enjoyable artists in today’s Blues World.”
Friday July 19 | 8pm | $22.50
On Friday, July 19 we welcome back British guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Matt Schofield. He is widely regarded as one of the most distinctive and innovative guitarists to have emerged on the world scene for several generations. He is rated in the top ten British blues guitarists of all time (Guitar & Bass Magazine), putting him in the company of such iconic names as Eric Clapton and Peter Green.