Ric Patton

Tub Player to the rescue



We had a blast at SUDS last night . It started off as a slow show, its always fun trying to get into the groove with folks. The blues music has a way of telling a story knowing that someone in here will connect with it. I was doing my standards when all of a sudden my home boy walked in the room, I called out ,”Tub Love , Is in the house ladies and gentlemen”. He came up and played some tub and it just  woke the room up. Some white lady and her fella started dancing and another man grabbed the washboard and from then on it was all buck wild Delta style boogy.



New Ebony Club Triana AL


  I've been doing some deep thinking about this Valentine Show thats coming up . The place is really a historic place in Southern Soul Black music history. Its a huge club out in the county, just outside Huntsville Al called the EBONY CLUB.

  When I first got old enough to slip out of the house we teenagers would go up there and see all the folks hanging out there. It was the first Night club I ever went into. I can remember when it was first opened up it didnt have a roof on it, they ran out of money building it and had to open it before the top was put on.

  Chuck Moore ,the owner was an amazingly ambitious and determined man to build that huge night club and run it the 40 years that he did. 

  Johnnie Taylor , Little Milton Campbell , Bennie Latimore , Marvin Sease and  many other Blues and Southern Soul artist have been on the EBONY CLUB stages over the years.   I am honored to be able to go back into this old club where I  first heard the Blues and be able to give back some of the soul that the place gave to me.

  The club is still going and so am I , and so are the folks in the community of TRIANA AL. going on with their brand of southern soul hospitality, 

  I'm gonna ask all my fans and friends to help on this event. I really would like to light a spark in the community again. Triana is a nice little sleepy town and it is really pretty when it comes alive . Im going to ask folks to help me sell tickets and get the crowd built up like it used to be. In Triana the EBONY was the place to go, and still is . What do you think about the EBONY Club ?


Vanessa Hill, Starr Adkins, and ChickenBone Reunion New Yrs Eve 2014

Happy happy happy happy New Year everyone . Well all I can tell you is if you weren't there ,you missed it ... I got in about 4:00 AM this morning after playing a KILLER show at Suds Bar & Grill in Madison last night .. The show opened up with the lovely and very talented Vanessa Hill playing some really excellent folk tunes for us on her acoustic guitar to really set a nice melancholy mood for the start of the evening . I was able to shoot a little bit of video of Vanessa on my Android and they turned out pretty decent so I will have them posted on the ChickenBone Reunion Blues Band Facebook page a little later .After Vanessa Hill ,ChickenBone took the stage with the lovely Starr Adkins ..She did five songs with us and I have to say ,there was a lot of magic moments in a lot of what we did .."Straighten it out" ,one of the songs we did was just PURE MAGICAL BLISS and gave me chills to hear her sing it and to see how she was able to interact with the crowd and the band ,she is one class act that we will be looking forward to working with more here in the future ..Anyhow we ended her set With "Love Train " which turned into a pretty long improv jam with Ms. Starr continuing working her magic which made it so much fun for us ..Love Train is a fun song anyhow but when we did it last night ,it was the best we have done it yet .. After Starr Adkins ,We came on as The ChickenBone Reunion Trio and we did what we do which is doin it ChickenBone style and played two very good sets that just really seemed to gel very nicely dynamically and impovosationally.. Anyhow there was someone else at the show shooting video so be looking for that to be up on our Facebook page hopefully soon,ill be looking for it myself .. Things are really coming along very well and I see a lot of new doors and opportunities opening for 2014 .... I really think with a lot of hard work and perseverance , This is really going to take off this year as well as the opportunities opening up to get to work with some other really super talented artists and building something even more special than even we anticipated ... .. Anyhow we really appreciate all who came out last night ,we also appreciate Suds for having us out and appreciate Vanessa Hill and Starr Adkins participation in this event
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Starr Adkins is Shooting Again



When I invited Starr Adkins to do this New Year show with me I knew she  would just blow my band away. Starr has been trying to put together a band of her own for a while now, but it is not too often she gets to play with guys like my crew. when she walked it the room I could see it  on everyones face . We all start giving the eye to each other. So after we found a few tunes we could do she grabbed the mic. and it was ON! 

  She is as close as you can get to a Blues diva as I ever worked with and it seems she is getting better the older she gets. 

  We found a few tunes we could do but there is so much more to get at with this woman . I would love to do a project with her in Southern Soul and Old School Blues originals. 

  I invited her to do a valentine show with me at the New Ebony Club ina Triana Al . I will be willing to give her a show of her own like a complet set or two for that show . I think it  is always a treat to have a lady like Starr to work with . Stay tuned ..If you know Starr tell me what you think about her show in the Comments below.



Merry Christmas !


  This is really an odd Christmas for me . My kids are finally all grown up and so far I dont have any little folks to play Santa Clause for . It a different feeling not to have to perpertrate and slip around and play games with them or myself. Im going out to the bar and sit around with all the other folks that got no real need to run home anymore. 

  I had a good friend and fan stop by the club from Rome Ga. He is a preacher and a good piano player too , we all gathered around the piano and sang some old hemns and Christmas songs . It was so healing for all of us. I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and remind everyone what the day is really all about. I don't think iv'e heard anything about my brotha JESUS during the whole season. But when Rev Dodson came in to visit it was like putting everything back in perspective .Its been a cold day and tonight its warming up with friendship and chilling with old friends at SUDS.

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Lowe Mill Concert on the Docks !


  we had a blast out at the mill last friday night. It was my first time going to a show at the docks , usually im performing somewhere else and dont get a chance to make it . The folks there really do a great job with set up and accomidatons and everything. I was impressed with how well the handle things . Evan was the head guy in charge and he was so easy to deal with . We even had a chance to eat before the show at on of the little cafe places there , I think it was called the Happy  Belly or something like that . The food was good. 

  I am always so critical of sound and stage set u and stuff like that since i have to do my own road mgr for now. the Mill folks just jumped right into it . You can tell that they do it every week. The fans that come there actually come prepared to see a good show . They bring all their lawn chairs and their beer coolers  and cameras and blankets . Its really a lot more organiced than i thought . I would love to play there again and would recommend it to anyone looking for a night out. Check our Lowe Mill.


Huntsville Entertainment Districts has been super this summer .



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