GOING TO MEMPHIS FUNDRAISER - ELECTRIC SWAMP POETS (WINNERS OF THE NORTHERN ARIZONA BLUES SOCIETY CONTEST)

GOING TO MEMPHIS FUNDRAISER - ELECTRIC SWAMP POETS (WINNERS OF THE NORTHERN ARIZONA BLUES SOCIETY CONTEST)

BIG DADDY D, RD OLSON, SIR HARRISON, & MORE!

Thu, January 19, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$8.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

ELECTRIC SWAMP POETS
ELECTRIC SWAMP POETS
RD OLSON
"I was raised in a little farm town called Zumbrota about 50 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota," R.D. says. "It all started when I was about 16 years old. As a young boy working in the fields and at night in the barn he would hear the sounds of Nashville. Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Elvis...It was the style of Elvis that led R.D. to the Blues. "Then I heard Muddy Waters on this late-night show that used to come out of Little Rock (Ark.)," R.D. recalls. "That stuff really affected me and I had this friend who had a fabulous Blues record collection. He turned me on to all of the great Blues players and I was hooked for life.
"I moved up to Rochester (Minn.) when I was 17 and was playing in a Blues band," he says. During that time I met Mojo Buford, who was Muddy's harp player. "He started giving me harp lessons," R.D. recalls. "It was no big deal but I wanted to learn how to play and he was willing to teach me. I also got to meet Muddy which was a thrill.
Sometime later, I heard Stevie Ray and learned about the scene in Austin, Texas and spent some time there. I loved everything about the scene where one could listen to The (Fabulous) Thunderbirds and go to places like Sixth St. and Antoine's jam.

Next stop on the R.D. Olson odyssey was the Valley of the Sun and the Chico Chism experience. "I met Chico when I got to Phoenix and started playing with him and Bobby Dixon, Willie's son," R.D. says. "Everybody knew Chico used to be Howlin' Wolf's drummer. I played harp for a while and then switched to drums which let Chico get out front and do his thing. "Some nights I played both harp and drums.
After all the powerful influences in his Blues playing life, Kim Wilson is still his favorite harp player. R.D. Olson has been dubbed the "REAL DEAL" not by himself, but by those that that he's touched.
SIR HARRISON
Harrison Begay was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is full blooded Navajo (Dine'). His passion for blues music and the guitar have been the driving force in his quest for artistry. He started playing music at the age of eight. The clarinet being his first instrument. It would not be until the early years of high school that Harrison would pick up his first guitar.
Harrison first took the stage in 1999 at a blues jam in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Every week he returned and the audience wanted more. This was the time for him to learn, grow and work with other musicians. His first band would take on the name, "Colorblind", a power trio that was complimented by the tasteful bass-lines of producer and recording engineer, Leo Okeke.
In the summer of 2000 Colorblind was called to fill a major time slot that opened up at the Tulsa Blues Festival at the historic Cain's Ballroom . Wanting the exposure, his the band played for free. That night they brought the house down.
Sir Harrison's music and stage performance has attracted a broad audience. His guitar playing is straight from the soul. He's been compared to Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, but Sir Harrison's guitar playing has his own unique sound.
His current band, "Sir Harrison and the Blues Kings," was formed in 2004 in Flagstaff, Arizona. The members are veteran musicians. Singer song-writer and bassist, Richard Neville who has toured with Poco, Vince Gill, Mickey Gilley, Tanya Tucker and guitar virtuoso Phil Brown. Drummer, Eddy Barattini has toured with Richie Havens, Stanley Jordon and is also an accomplished recording engineer and composer. Together their music is a combination of rhythmic patterns, all in a motion created by Sir Harrison's body language and soulful guitar riffs. It's smooth, funky, rock-in and whole lot of blues power.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/