Ric Patton

Good Morning Social Media


Good morning,The sky's still blue. Guess Poppa been up all night, seems like it anyway. he's got more energy than I do although he is 90 years old. Dry cheerios all over the table. Gonna be one of those days I see,


I woke up this morning with Periscope on my mind. It's unusual for me to wake up thinking about scoping. But last night was so amazing. It really moved me. Over the last month we’ve added 500 new followers to the group. I wonder where they are. I don't get to see them often but last night I asked lots of questions and I could see some new people chiming in. Periscope has lots of possibilities with it. The most important thing it seems is to build relationships. Guess I'm kind of old school in my ways. I can make a friend at the store, or at church, or the club, but making a friend over the internet can be challenging.


I asked lots of questions last night. Questions like, how old are you, what type of work do you do, questions that give me a look into the new person. then I asked questions about the type of music that they like, and who their most important blues artists are. I want to get a look at what they like to hear from me or what they like to hear from the music. Times have definitely changed and people's taste in music has changed but it seems that there's a common denominator in blues music. I think Blues is the common denominator. I asked them what themes and song titles would they like to hear in new music and the answers came back all kinds of ways. I asked them about their emotional states, where they happy, and the answers came back in all sorts of ways. I guess blues music is the common denominator, it can be happy, sad and in between. That's a wonderful thing.


I'm working today to put together this email response thing so that I can build closer relationships with these people. I've been struggling with email systems for months now. it's different than my old school method of communication. Like I said, I'm used to talking to them face-to-face but now I’m in a bigger school, a worldwide school and I have to learn to socialize in new ways. Maybe that's why they call it social media. They provide the media, but I still have to provide the social. Do you struggle with social media if so, leave a comment below



Iretta & Johnnie B Sanders Gone Deep


Morgan Freemans place , “Ground Zero” was kinda slow that evening ,after all it was still early for the Juke Joint Festival 2017. Msbiscuithead decided to show  me to another place called Reds Place. Leo Bud Welch was playing there tonight . Leo was on fire. It was a friggin great Blues show. From there she took me to another small juke , I don't remember the name of the place. I told her I was hungry so I walked next door for some BBq and a cold beer and I heard the music inside the building next to it .

 When I looked inside the door I saw this couple Iretta and Johnny B . Miss Iretta was sanging her azz off and strutting across the floor while Johnnie B was spanking that old guitar and grinning , He has his hat cock to the side and for real enjoying himself.  I told Miss Biscuithead lets go over there for a while and check them out. Man they really did a good job of entertaining, everybody there was laughing and having a great time.

They put on a very real Blues show. Johnny B. reminded me of the man who play guitar with the Consolers who played guitar flat in front of him while grinning the whole time. He play a while with it flat then he would hold it against his body again never missing a beat. All i could say was Hell Yeah. These people sang the Blues for real.

 I didn’t realize what I had experienced until after we left . It took several days to realize what I had just witnessed. The best of the best in blues. These people are straight up, uncut, and in your face juke joint style mambo jambo . I love watching them do what they do and  I think you will to. Check them out when you can , If you know what im talking about ,  leave a comment below.


New Podcast coming soon " Blues Gone Deep "


  I’ve been thinking lately about doing another podcast. This time I’d like to do a podcast around the Blues Room. The most interesting thing that I find about being involved in the Blues Room are all the people who come in and out. Over the last year or so  I’ve met some real characters. People that I think are the real stars of the Blues Room, even more so than the music. I know that is unusual to focus on the fans but I believe that by doing so the real beauty of the music will come out.


What is interesting about Periscope is that we see the comments on the screen but we don’t know the person behind the comment. I don’t know a better way to know these fans other than to and give them an opportunity to let us know them. So I’ll be asking some people from the Blues Room to come and be a guest on my new podcast called “Blues Gone Deep”


 I called Dennis Ruley this morning to ask if he would be willing to be a guest on the show. I chose Dennis because he has been the most active promoter that I have found in my group. Dennis also wrote a song for us during the Christmas holidays that was pretty catchy. He seems like a real interesting character..I also called Tastee Shay. Shay, The two headed woman from Houston. Shay has always been a beautiful character in the Blues Room. Her comments are so colorful and her personality seem so bubbly, I’d like to try to capture it in an interview so I’ll called her today. She told me she would be willing to do the interview. I’m  so looking forward to doing these I hope you’re looking for to listening to what they have to say on “Blues Gone Deeper”. If you have any ideas for the podcast or suggestions leave it in the comments below.



Thanks MsBiscuithead for a great Christmas Show


I’d like to thank Miss Carla Robinson a.k.a. Ms Biscuit  for coming in to Huntsville to sit in with me on bass guitar at the Amendment XXI Club this holiday season. We played a show together on December 23 in beautiful downtown Huntsville Alabama. It was a classic blues show if i must say so myself. Ms Robinson is always a treat for everyone to play with. She was so different than playing with Mac Barnes , my regular bass player.


 Carla has a very clear and deliberate blues bass style, straight ahead blues, straight out of the delta region of Arkansas. She uses classic tones flat wound strings and even has perfect pitch .

 She was all dressed up for our Christmas show in her flashy Santa Claus sweater. When we did the Periscope show live stream some of the viewers ,VIPs asking her to show the sweater . We had already played overtime and didn’t get to show it off .So I asked her to send me a pic of  that fancy blues sweater because we don’t want to wait till next Christmas to see it . And she finally did send us a clip . Check out MsBiscuitheads fancy Blues Sweater . What do you all think about it ?










 I first saw Leo Bud Welch in Clarkdale Mississippi one night playing in a juke joint called RED’s Place. The music met me at the door. It was a happy throbbing music, raw and earthy but easy for him to do and it was loud . I was shocked and excited at the sound of it .I asked the door man who in the hell is that ? He said thats Leo gimme five dollar cover charge.It was worth every cent. I had a great time listening to Mr.Welch.

  At the King Biscuit festival that year this year my band, The ChickenBone Reunion band was scheduled to play the Lockwood Stackhouse stage that Saturday night. But earlier that day one of the festival organizers Miss Carla Robinson, asked me would  I  be willing to play in Mr.Leo Bud Welch place if he didn’t feel like playing that evening he was having some health issues . I was surprised that she would ask me that. She didn’t know how much respect I had for the man and style of work. So I told her sure I will if he don’t feel like it.  She introduced me to his manager who took me to an RV.  

  Inside that RV there he was Mr. Leo he looked the same as he had looked in that club that night except this time we had on an oxygen mask he was talking about his guitar won't tune right he just could not get the sound from his guitar that he wanted. He wanted to play, but his guitar wouldn’t tune right,  His manager handed him two different guitars and Mr Leo fiddle with them fiddling with the tuners finally I told him that I would be willing to do it for him, I told him I’ll go out there and play for you if you don’t feel like it or if the Guitar won’t tune right. He said. “ Well go ahead because its not gone tune right.  I said but I want to play your guitar the one with your name on it.. He said, It won’t tune right . I told him I was from Alabama I know how to make it do , I’ll make it do what you do.  He smiled and said go ahead.

  When I got on stage and plug the guitar in understood what he was talking about. It  had a different feel about it. Maybe it was the strings that made it feel odd or the intonation .It had a wicked feel to it. I tried to get comfortable with it during sound checkl wasn’t able to. Carla Robinson ( MsBiscuithead) offered me a kick drum and a high hat to make up my one-man show. So that’s what I did.  I took Leo’s hot pink guitar with his name on it  went out on that stage and the whole time I could feel the Blues coming from those instruments. I was honored to meet and play for Mr. Welch. Whatever it is that he brought to the music came out in his instrument, you could feel it in his guitar.  God bless Mr. Welch family and many fans. I appreciate anything he stood for and represented. Thank GOD for his recordings , Leo’s kind of Blues will never die.



2017 King Biscuit Festival in Helena Arkansas was a great festival



 Playing the King Biscuit Blues Festival was a real joy for us. For years we've heard about this festival and place; but getting to experience it was an honor. The people who put this event are the best . From the time we got there till we left, they took good care of us.  This was my second year playing the Biscuit, this time I played on the Lockwood Stackhouse Stage.  It is named after two delta buesmen:  Robert Jr. Lockwood and Houston Stackhouse, Sr.

Last year I played for the Delta Cultural Center 2016 Front Porch Blues Bash on the Front Porch Stage.  The FPBB is also the recipient of the "Arkansas Delta Byways 2016 Cultural Heritage Award".  The 2016 FPBB DVD was released in July 2017 and can be purchased from DCC via email:  info@deltaculturalcenter.com or by phone at (870) 338-4350 during their business hours of 8:30-5:00p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.  I recommend to any Blues lover to check out this festival in the mouth of the Delta right on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Helena, AR. 


More Blues Resurrection


I feel really hopeful today. I woke up feeling refreshed thinking clearer. I don't know what happened, but I do know it's been awhile since I thought this clearly and felt so refreshed.  I took some time to think and to visualize and maybe that did me good. I'll call it healing time. That time away from my computer was healing to me. My vision seems to be renewed.


I’ve got a new image for my music and have renewed my commitment to serve my fans. I'm willing to give away more of myself. I want to read more tracks in the snow. I feel like I'd like to record all types of songs whatever type of music that comes through me. Maybe someone will be able to use some of it


My patrons are beginning to grow and I am wanting to give them more. I want to offer the music to fit the many different situations they have in their lives. You know everyone has different moods and is nothing wrong with having music to fit and listen to whatever mood we might be in. Something I haven't done much is capture all of the moods that come through my life and set them into short stories and songs. I feel pretty good .And I look forward to getting back in the recording studio, the blues room and get busy.  I'm starting now.



ChickenBone Reunion Clucking Again


  The heavy rain forecast had everyone scared to move tonight but the folks we had seemed to enjoy the show. We had some tough moments working thru the new material where we stumbled a bit but we made it thru. I always feel ok when folks get on the dance  floor , its a good indication that things are OK.










  Lexx started this whole thing coming into the Blues room calling me the daddy of her Blues Baby. She claims to have gotten pregnant from tapping hearts on the periscope screen . I was like Oh OK !! I told her I hope she is pregnant by me because we gone be rich after we sue Periscope and Twitter . It is really helarious to think about getting pregnant from streaming . 

  One morning I got a text message from Ms Biscuithead of this funny ass baby laughing and eating a bowl of cereal and the message said Not Da Mama, I said aww hell. Thats a lil biscuit head baby dont tell me yo ass got pregnant too. She said it was Lexx and my baby and I should let the VIP see it to see who is the Parents  of this lil funny ass child. Who do you think the  parents are.?  Looks like Chip Tacas and Mia to me .