The Emerald Isle keeps drawing Randall Big Daddy" Webster back to its shores from his home in Tallahassee, Florida - some thirty-eight times since 1991 all the while performing Blues as a solo acoustic artist, part of an acoustic duo, and with his full band Big Daddy & Red Hot Java." There's an undeniable musical connection between Webster's Blues and Ireland. Say's Big Daddy, The tradition of playing music from the Soul (Ceol Dan Anam in Irish) is much the same in Ireland as it is in America. Take the feel of a Bo Diddley beat as it's similar to that of a Jig, and the mournful notes of an Irish air are found all across Blues." For this tour (number 39 to Ireland), Webster returns to performing his solo acoustic show. Hearing Webster perform acoustically is a delicious way to taste his original Blues; performed in its purist form with just his vocal, guitar and foot tempo blending together for an engaging Blues experience. His shows feature mostly original tunes such as Another Damn Hurricane," A Thousand Shades of Blue," Ballpeen Hammer," and There's Something Beautiful About This Blues." But even when he covers Blues classics Big Daddy" finds his own distinctive and expressive way to make the music his own; he never takes the well worn route. Willie Dixon's I Just Wanna Make Love" comes with a Latin kick, Robert Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago" grinds to a soulful Urban Funk, and Gospel staple Swing Low Sweet Chariot" dances to a New Orleans Second Line. But it's all Blues... real Blues straight from the heart.
Randall Big Daddy" Webster also brings you inside the stories behind the music as distilled through his many years of presenting Blues education programs, from grade school kids to university students. He'll take you through the history of Blues and how it's intertwined with civil rights, through the Blues form and how it's the basis for most contemporary music, and he'll show you it's primal power of expressiveness.
Big Daddy" has shared the stage with and opened for Blues legends such as B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Little Milton, Clarence Gatemouth" Brown, Keb Mo, Coco Montoya, and Sam Lay. And he's also opened for numerous national Rock and Pop acts including the Allman Brothers, the Doobie Brothers, Kool & The Gang, and Huey Lewis & The News.
Randall Big Daddy" Webster has lived and breathed the Blues for over twenty-five (25) years; first soaking it in as a wild child while growing up in the shadow of the Windy City" (Chicago) during the 1960's and 70's; later swimming the undercurrent of Deep River Blues" while he jammed with Bluesmen at the confluence of the Mississippi and the Ohio waterways during the 80's (that's when I first met him); and for the last twenty-plus years he's tread barefoot through the swamp Blues of Florida's backwoods jook joints making the gators growl along the way. He's a true champion of America's great indigenous music. The influences cut sharp, the tunes run deep, and the spirit held high when Randall Big Daddy" Webster stirs up his spicy gumbo of original home cooked Blues, trusting his four-octave voice, pulsing rhythm guitar, and beating foot makes it all simmer into a fine brew!" Lincoln Chicago Beau" Beauchamp - Chicago Blues Annual
IRELAND PERFORMANCE DATES
May 25 - Blues Education Program, 3pm-4:30pm @ Technical College, Belfast N. Ireland May 26 - An Caman, 10pm-12am Cushendall N Ireland. May 27 - Central Bar, 10pm-12pm Ballycastle N. Ireland. May 28 - Blues On The Bay Festival Blues Education Program 2-3pm (Newry Hospice Benefit) @ Town Hall, Warrenpoint N. Ireland. May 28 - Blues On The Bay Festival Performance 4-6pm @ Bennett's, Warrenpoint N. Ireland. May 29 - Groucho's Cafe Bar & Music Lounge, 9pm-11pm Richill Legacorry N. Ireland May 30 -OPEN. May 31 - Shoot The Crows, 9pm-11pm Sligo Ireland June 1 - The Moving Stairs, 9pm-11pm Boyle Ireland. June 2 - Cork Blues Festival, 10pm-12am @ The Far Side, Cork Ireland. June 3 - Cork Blues Festival, 3-4pm Blues Education Program @ The Corner House, Cork Ireland. June 3 - Cork Blues Festival, 10-12am @ Sin E, Cork Ireland. June 4 - Cork Blues Festival, 9:30pm Open for Connie Lush Band @ Cruiscin Lan, Cork Ireland. June 5 - Muddy Mahers, 10pm-12am Kinsale Ireland.
Attached to this email is a Big Daddy" review and a PDF promo photo (if needed a 75MB photo is available on request). Recent live concert MP3 recordings of Big Daddy" with guest Michael Doc" Palecki are also available on request. Who knows who might be sitting in with Big Daddy" on this tour! The magic of Blues is that it truly comes from the heart. Irish Fiddler Eugene O'Donell, Irish piper Jarleth McTiernan, Irish Flutist Seamus Tansey, and Irish multi-instrumentalist Seamie O'Dowd all have jammed Blues with Big Daddy" and they found common ground in music from the Soul (remember - Ceol Dan Anam). Yes, Blues corrupts in a most beautiful and wonderful way!
We could go on and on about Randall Big Daddy" Webster because we love him and his music so much. But for a more objective view of Big Daddy's" music, please check out these search engine links: Google, Yahoo, AltaVista. He never fails to lead the audience through a remarkable musical journey of human emotion, from deep sadness to high hope to tribulation to jubilation - the Blues. Join him!
Thank you for supporting our ministry of Blues. Randall Big Daddy" Webster is always available for interviews. Please feel free to contact us to schedule your interview, or request additional information, photos, and sound clips. Again, thanks a million for your support. As Big Daddy" always says, Wishing you the very best in Blues and life!"
-Amy Trek Press & Promotion
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