Saturday, April 04, 2009

Jony James Blues Band Newsletter

Hello again Blues Buddies!

The recent spring Hard Times " Survival Tour" was a resounding success. A big thanks to all the festival promoters, club owners, and show promoters that had us as their guests. *Blue 5, Darwin's, Blues Tavern, Paradise, Green Parrot, Back Room, Bonita Springs Blues Festival, Ft. Pierce Waterside Blues Concert, The Schooner, The Hurricane, and last but not least, Dirty South TV Productions.

We had a bit of a mechanical problem with the new slightly used band van while in Pensicola Fl. Thanks to a sharp mechanic that put some of his magic on us we were on our way and didn't miss any tour dates for about 60 bucks! We did have one mishap though.Our Roadie A.K.A. our production and marketing man "Brother Bill" forgot where he was one morning while awakening in a Close Quarters Bunk bed at the Green Parrot in Key West. He quickly rose up and busted his head open on the next bunk above him. After a little clean up, some butterfly bandages, and aspirin he was on his way to recovery![Oh! don't forget the beer he drank]

We had the honor of having the entire show broadcast live over Internet T.V. @ Darwin's in Marietta Ga. You can view it by checking" and searching for the Jony James Show. We received national and world wide coverage to thousands of fans.

Our first ever appearance at The Green Parrot happy hour and evening show was well attended.

A couple of highlights of the tour were The Bonita Springs Blues Festival attended by 3500 fans and the Fort Pierce Waterside Blues concert attended by over a thousand fans! Thanks to Brother Bert Lawton from Bradenton Fl. He came out to help us take care of technical stuff and man the merchandise. booth.

The two hours of NEW SONGS! that the band was showcasing were very well received. These new songs are currently in production on the new c.d. that is scheduled to be available in the fall. Everyone is real excited and can't hardly wait for it to come out.

If the success of the tour wasn't enough you wouldn't believe what happened the first show back in Buffalo N.Y. At the famous "Four Aces Club" while playing their first set , in comes Devon Allman and his band Honeytribe. [Greg's Son] Devon and Jony got to jam together while doing a show at Eagles Nest in N.C.a while back. When Devon came to Buffalo on tour he looked up Jony and the band. Of coarse they jammed again and blew the roof!! What a treat. Thanks Devon.

We're still working on the trip out to Texas in July to do some shows for a minor league baseball team in conjunction with a motorcycle run or two. More on that as details arrive.

Check out our sch. on the web or myspace [] and don't forget Fred Fest at the Ellicottville Brewery in Fredonia N.Y. on May 1 st.


Just signed Vet Fest. (Festival to benefit war veterans) N. Tonawanda N.Y. May 24th Beat Fest, Albion N.Y. June 5th (fourth time at this festival)

Peace and Love -The Jony James Band by Vision Entertainment

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