The King Biscuit Blues Festival was a wonderful weekend in Helena Arkansas. This was my first time attending the biscuit festival and I must admit it was great. The festival was well organized from beginning to end. All the stages were well set up and well lit. The sound systems were great, all of the acts sounded really good. There's plenty of dance room and plenty of Blues lovers ready to dance, the best vendors, ice cold beer and even a BBQ contest.
You can tell Helena's been doing this event for a long time. 31 years. Everyone works together. The whole town comes alive for the festival. I just got home this Sunday morning and I'm already looking forward to next year. I will encourage anyone to go to that festival and be ready to enjoy.
Over the next few days I'll be posting my pictures and videos and sharing them with my friends remember to put the King Biscuit Festival on your calendar for next year. I'll see you there.
Got some email today from downtown Huntsville, the City of Huntsville AL is promoting the Entertainment District and they have asked me to come down and perform on the streets.
I always enjoy street performing downtown. Sometimes the crowds are bigger than others. This time of year is usually cool because the market is closing down and it's not as hot as it used to be.
I'm going to take some kazoos for the kids to play with and a few hula hoops it should be a fun evening. With the weather changing like it is it's hard to figure exactly what to wear usually I take a jacket just in case it gets cool at night. I'll try to Periscope some of the street show.
The Cry for Justice ring loud in Charlotte last night. I watched the tape of the protestors outside of the Vikings game in Charlotte North Carolina last night and it saddens me. Being a southern black man myself I understand the squeeze that race sometimes puts on us. I have been squeezed and pushed around at times in my life because of my skin. I've been denied opportunity and promotion because of my race. I have felt this pain or racism and I have seen its effects on my friends over the years and I don't like it. It's unfortunate that we have to grow to accept it as the normal and I'm glad to see people come together and unite against the sting of racism and Injustice.
I have a son who is 25 years old now. And my deepest concern is with him and his peers because they have no clue what racism looks like or who they are, they don't really understand what pre judgement is all about , they don't understand what Injustice is about. Most of the protesters I watch on television arel young people who feel the sting of the Injustice but they don't know what the bee looks like that stings them. it's tough to raise a child to be loving and accepting and at the same time teach that child against the sting of racism and hatred that can come at him simply because of the color of the skin.
Racial Injustice is everywhere not just Charlotte. Is not new. And I don't think it will go away anytime soon. But it is a good thing to open dialogue and let's face it head-on. I would love to see in my lifetime or maybe your lifetime true equality came in the western world. Until then. Let's sing about it. What do you think about racism?
One of the toughest things I've ever done is to open up on this computer and look at how to build relations with an avatar. I know that there are folks behind these little faces but are they really who they are claiming to be . I was raised to love mankind and to be respectful to people face to face but on the computer it seems like everyone is in a hurry to get nowhere. They are all searching thru a search engine to find some specific thing. I don't think many people are actually looking for me , so when we do meet its kind of akward and uneasy. If i'm playing music it seems they are in a hurry , they don't really want to know me , the only want to satisfy what they want at that moment.
I get on the periscope app and browse sometimes just to look into what my followers are sharing and it is eye opening to fine that most don't share anything , but they are quick to ask me to show boobsl. I have spent time looking for people on other platforms just to find that many are just not too open and easy to get to. I think that the old fashioned way to build friendships is still the best way . Slow and deliberate, Not everyone needs to be friends. I think that the real relationships will surface and grow online as well as offline , Im in no hurry to build relationship now days I just ask folks to listen to my music an my story and the friendships will surface it they are meant to be. Thanks for listening . Lets be friends .
Celebrating 3 million hearts on periscope. I started scoping in September of 2015. I didn't know what to expect. Being an old skool telecomm baby like myself it's only natural that periscope would intrigue me. The first time I heard of periscope I was riding through the countryside in Greenbrier Alabama eating a BBQ sandwich and listening to a podcast. There was a lady on explaining about a tribe call Bo Po. She was all excited about building a tribe on this new thing called the periscope. I was a new iPhone user then. I took a look at the app, downloaded it that night and looked at it for the rest of the night I didn't immediately broadcasts. It took me about two or three days to get the confidence to try. Then one night I decided what the hell. I hit the start broadcast button and started playing harmonica and a young man came in the room who knew me. His name was Danner. Danner knew me from street performing at Bridge St Towncenter he asked me when was I going back to the mall and our conversation began that night seven people came in the room it was very interesting.
I decided to try it again the next night and the next night 15 people or more came into the room I played harmonica. The next night I tried it again and it got bigger I can remember Danner asking me do you think we'll ever get 100 people or 1000 hearts I told him maybe so we kept doing it. After about two or three weeks then we met a man call Loud pipe and he began coming into the scope every day. One night I was performing downtown in the entertainment district in Huntsville Alabama and up walked five people who knew me from Periscope. It was Danner, his friends and I think his mom had come downtown to see me I was flabbergasted. I was so excited to be able to meet someone in person that only a few days ago I had met on Periscope. It was so exciting to me to meet them and touch them in person and that day I decided that periscope is real and I need to get real with it.
It's been a in-depth journey to go from my first Periscope to 3 million hearts. They have been thousands and thousands of people come through my scopes and we have reached 4000 followers who to me are the greatest people on earth we actually form a fan club VIP stands for very involved in periscope, vera involved in promotion and very involved in Patreon. Which is the primary funding source for my independent music projects.
Sometimes when I'm on periscope looking at the other people scopes. I find that is not easy to tap hearts unless you really are interested in the content. Hearts really are a type of currency to express interest and connection with what is being said and done. To have 3 million hearts means a lot to me. I love the people and apparently there's something about the blues in the blues room that they love , it’s an amazing measurement tool. I can hardly wait to turn the Hearts into dollars.
I was doing some yard work yesterday and I noticed it was so dang hot that the grass was drooping . I had to lower the blade a bit just to get a good cut . I cut for about an hour and I started to get light headed and so I went to the truck and turned on the AC . I looked at the thermostat and it said 104. Hell , i was sitting in the shade. Its hot in N Al. I still haven't finished trimming. Too hot to play with it .
Ever wonder where to start ? There is so much going on everywhere that its tricky to zoom in on any one thing to be about. I dont think its unusual I do think think that its cool to be in an evolving world of change. I have been especilally concerned about my 25 year old son . He is right in that age where he has lots of energy and sometimes anger. I was watching those families struggling with loosing their kids to the police and it makes me nervous to think about . Sometime it seems the police have already made up their minds about a young man before they ever approach , its something I have dealt with all my life and I know just how easy it can be to make it go either way. I pray for all my young blues brothers to choose the high road and not let anyone pull you down into their pre judgements . Be a greater person than them and make them come up to your expectations.
Let the celebration begin . It seems like just a few days ago we were celebrating 2000 now its party time again. I want to thank you all for your follow. I know what a follow can mean . There is so much stuff out there wanting attention . You all are really special folks to want to connect with my brand of down home blues action . I can tell many of you are wanting to grab a root to your own toot and hold on to the last of the old skool survivors. Thank you for your time and attention . There is lots of work still to be done. The most important thing that we can all do is spread the word that the Blues is still alive and well in the music world. Now with technology we can share like we just don't care.
I was wondering just what to do with these tracks. Some of the stuff that the scopers put on the screen when doing the scope make absolutely no sense at all . I just thought it would be cool to offer a replay in Mp3. It was so crazy to listen to and I figured the only people that would appreciate this track are the insane folds that join me in the Blues Room at night. Lets see what happens next .