From: Bottleneck Blues [john_at_bottleneckblues_dot_com]
Sent: 02 February 2007 10:06
Subject: FW: Tues 27th Feb ~ The Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges Band

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From: Bottleneck Blues [mailto:john_at_bottleneckblues_dot_com]
Sent: 02 February 2007 10:04
Subject: Tues 27th Feb ~ The Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges Band
Importance: High

Thank you all so much for making our first gig of 2007 such a success.....we were rammed....about 120 squeezed into The Roffen to hear The Harry Skinner Blues Band put on a fabulous show.  If you run a club or have a venue.....book 'em, you won't be disappointed!  A big thank you also to Roy Middleton without whose help the gig probably couldn't have happened....his supply & operation of the PA saved the day......& yet more grovelling thanks to Alan & Terry who always help with the set-up & break-down on the night.....Thanks guys, you take some of the strain off these aching bones!  Alright, you try lugging all that equipment up those stairs, it's a ball-breaker.
I'm really upping the anti again this year & have some wonderful acts lined up with our next showcase night being on Tues 27th Feb. _at_ The Roffen featuring The Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges Band. Many of you will have seen Eugene in the past, he's from Texas & rightly gets accolades for his performances.  His status has grown over the years & he now mostly plays the bigger Theatres & Festivals so I feel very privileged that he's agreed to perform at The Bottleneck once again.
It's been written that he'll take over the crown from B B King one day....that's as  may be, in reality he's a superb performer in his own right...blessed with an outstanding voice (he IS Sam Cook if you close your eyes!) & a lovely way with the guitar, he is a total entertainer.
I have little or no table space left for this gig as I write....I do have some limited seating which I'm happy to reserve but it looks like another sell-out....if you leave it until the last minute you will almost certainly have to stand.  Zimmer hire is only 5 per night...book yours now!
Coming up later this year I have an interesting duo from New York The Groanbox Boys supporting The Richard Studholme Band on Tues 27th March. The Groanbox Boys play old-time country blues, a bit of Appalachian Mountain music & early Carter Family style numbers using a range of instruments from banjos to squeeze-boxes....great stuff.  I heard Richard's new band last year & was very impressed, he really is one of our most talented musicians.  As well as being a fine guitarist (he appears on an Eric Bibb release as well as on Geoff Achison's last UK album & Ben Andrews' "Gallows Pole") he's also a hot bassist, keyboard player, drums, banjo, mandolin....you name it...& he's a qualified Porsche mechanic!!......too bloody clever by half!!
I'm having to shunt acts around at present to accommodate the Maidstone closure but I may have The Corrina Greyson Band in April (more on that later) but we definitely have the amazing Little Toby Walker + Mike Dowling on May 29th.....two totally virtuosic musicians, this will be a truly awe inspiring night.  And on the 26th June....Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers....I think this is Geoff's 11th UK tour....he also plays Blues on the Farm, nr Chichester, The North Devon Festival, Dorchester Arts Centre & a whole bunch of other fine venues dotted around the country....the full schedule will be on-site this month.  The Souldiggers this year are the classic line-up of Sam Kelly (percussion), Dave Clarke (bass) & Paul Jobson (keys). 
I have bookings already for all these gigs, right up until June, so do try to plan ahead if you want a seat.
I will have some gig guides at the next gig.....sorry to you all for the lapse this month but I've had a lot on my plate!
Doors are 8pm & we finish about 11:30pm.  Waitress Service. No Smoking in performance area.
Please support live music...clubs are dropping like flies across the country. We're very lucky in having such a good crowd but I don't ever take it for granted ~ you know you'll miss it when it's gone!  Hope to see you there.....
John.
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