The Hollywood Blue Flames played the San Francisco Blues Festival in late August, along with Ruth Brown and Little Richard. The set was too short, over before we even began to sweat. My good friend Junior Watson was also on the bill and we shared a guitar and had a big time. If anyone has photos send 'em on over and we'll post 'em. But wait, there's more...
Upcoming Tour Dates
04/08/18Long Beach Malarkey's (w/Ben Hernandez)
04/09/18Tarzana, CA Sugar Mill (w/Ben Hernandez)
04/12/18Los Angeles, CA Cinema Bar (RHB)
BOOTAY! That's right...Al Blake, Larry Taylor, Fred Kaplan and Richard Innes are back as the Hollywood Blue Flames (with me as the chump playing guitar while the ghost of Fats darts around the stage yelling "WRONG!"). But hey, it's exciting to play with this group. Back to the roots, underneath the superficial, taking our shoes off and ridin' on the low side of the road.
We had ourselves a ball, even without the aid of spirits, riot police or helicopters last week at the Santa Monica Pier show with Mavis Staples! We played our set, and despite the fact that we were in the dreaded opening slot, we managed to get an enthusiastic reception from the thousands of cool breeze seeking LA folks. Then it got interesting...
Rick Holmstrom Band will be opening for Mavis Staples Thursday July 20th on the Santa Monica Pier. Rick's set starts at 7:30 pm and lasts about an hour. You don't want to miss this FREE all ages show.
From Rolling Stone to Playboy, music critics are cheering Hydraulic Groove. Here's what they had to say:
Hydraulic Groove (Tone Cool, 2002)
"This is blues for the avant mind."