BLUES AND BARBECUE: featuring DAVID RUSSELL & THE PORT CITY BLUES w/ LEE GILDERSLEEVE & THE BAD DOGS
DAVID RUSSELL & THE PORT CITY BLUES
Simply put, this is the real thing. Hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina, David Russell and his Port City Blues band bring fiery, real-life originals and covers of the blues legends to the masses. His self-styled “Port City Blues” is deeply rooted in Chicago blues but also incorporates elements from the local jazz community and West Coast blues. When joined by his horn section, they produce a big sound that gets even the most causal blues listener shaking and moving and is sure to get the whole place jumping. It swings, it bounces and boogies, it jumps but its roots are firmly planted in the blues. “It’s Chess records, meets Blue Note meets Cobra. It’s the real blues and people get a sense of that from the very first song”, says Russell. It’s big city blues with a downhome feel, music anyone can feel from uptown to down town and way out in the country. Russell’s influences range from T-Bone Walker to BB King, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Pee Wee Crayton and beyond. They’ve shared the stage with Grammy winners Robert Cray and Johnny Lang, Grammy nominee Tab Benoit and touring acts Nick Moss Band and Samantha Fish. If you’re looking for the real blues around the Carolinas, these guys got you covered.
LEE GILDERSLEEVE & THE BAD DOGS
Lee Gildersleeve was in the first wave of young blues rock guitarists that emerged in the 1960s’ blues revival. In over four decades of performing, Lee’s guitar playing has been featured with rock and roll legends Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, rocker George Thorogood, rockabilly icon Sleepy La Beef, blues divas Koko Taylor and Marcia Ball, L.A. legend Stacy Robin, and scores of talents from coast to coast. His current band, the Bad Dogs, covers a wide range of material from Lowell Fulsom, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Muddy Waters, and Rufus Thomas, along with many of his own original numbers. Jordan Lawrence of The Independent recently wrote “If you’re looking for a lesson in how the blues first bled into rock ‘n’ roll, you’ll find a living demonstration in singer-guitarist Lee Gildersleeve.” As Bo Diddley said of Lee, “He gets it.” And you will too.