Ric Patton

Blues Festival coming to Swancott Al.

 

  There is not a lot going on in Swancott community. Its just kinda sleepy most of the time . I make more noise there than anyone else just practicing my music. I have been thinking about doing a venu there for a House Concert  I just call it a festival . I havnt decided on how many seats to arrange but so far I got 36 chairs . If i get all I car round up it might get to be 50 seats . Thats a long way from a festival but its a start to me . 

  Doing a house concert is different from a  party . I have performed at several house concerts but this time I am the host and I want to give a good show so that some of the invites want to have a House concert of their own. 

  Im also doing renovations on the old building so that it can be used as a recording studio . I will be using s fan funding platform to help get support and funding on these projects . So hang tight it wont be long before Swancott Al has its own Blues Festival. Or maybe i should say Private Festival. 

  House Concerts are catching on all over the country . What do you think about having a concert in your living room?

House Concerts to the rescue

 

 

  I got several friends that are great shows  , Like Starr Adkins and Lump and others . I dont think the local music scene is really giving these folks all that they deserve as far as a place to be appreciated. After experiencing a house concert or two I am a believer in the HC setting. It is so different from a party but i think the folks have got to learn how to put them on . I think once folks get the hang of how to do a House Concert we'll see more of them and Im willing to help get the ball rolling . So this fall ill be opening up my own venue for a show or two . What do you think about House Concerts ?

Lil Cain Sings the Blues at SUDS

 

  Things are winding down at SUDS in Madison . I did 76 straight weeks there in Madison Al. I got to really know lots of friends there and drank lots of beer. I even met some historic people there like this man . Some folks call him little Cain , He is a second generation promoter and Southern Soul Show maker .

  He is also extremely ambitious and inspiring to hang with. Every place you go has its players but this man is definately holding SUDS together and also keeping several other businesses he owns. I got this pic on him one day while we were having fun . It was pouring down rain outside but it didn't dampen our spirits . Some cats are just cool to know . Lil Cain got the Blues.

Girl got all over me about Facebook!

 

 

 I was chilling sitting in the back at SUDS lastnight and a pretty thang came by my table to sit and talk to me . She said she had sent me a friend request or like me on Facebook but hadn't heard from me and was dissapointed . I was  stunned . I thought , How can a person be dissappointed about a hearing from me . I had lost sight of the fact that some folks want to know . Facebook to me seems so wide open to put shit at. I have never opened up that much of my life as to want to let lots of folks know what im thinking. She was really hurt because I was not posting every day or two. Dang i was blown away by how important she made it seem . 

  She went on to tell me how she was following another band or two and how they were using it to get messages to her and she wanted to hear from me . She actually made a comment on the last post that I made and I dont even remember it myself. 

  The world has changed a lot . It has given credability to a text message as a viable communication medium . I was still stuck on face to face but she open my eyes to just how important the cyber world has become to many . I made her a promice to open up more and let folks hear from me more . beginning Today . Thank you Ms Tracy Thats what being a fan is all about. Im your fan too. Is social media a big part of your life. HOw many times a day do you update your facebook page?

Doing it Delta Style Again !

 

  Its always a blast to have fans come up on stage and play with me on the Delta Show. I love seeing the look on their faces when they play tub for the first time or discover just how  easy it is to play the washboard and fun too. I love to watch folks share that joy . I cant imagine anything else I could share that runs deeper than Blues experience . I am forever in their dept for the joy it brings me to see someone else have fun . Thank you all for having fun . What do you think about the Delta Style Blues Experience ?

What do you think about that punk ?

 

  I had to go over t the CopperTop and pick up my power strip I left there Friday after the show. It was so cool to see them and so I stayed and ate me some wings and drank a cold beer . Well they had another band coming in so I stayed to see it . I didnt even catch their name but I caught that punk groove . They were screaming and bumping into  one another like raising all kinds of hell. The music was super loud and banging. It was really cool to see. It was a whole diffferent trip compared to my blues shows but it was cool as hell. One thing about the Coppertop grill , they like all kinds of music . What do you think about that Punk Music?

Dependability and Persistance is the blues magic

 

  Some folks were asking me to offer advice to a person just starting out in the music biz. I immediately said" Dependability". Its a trait that means much more that a musical skill. I know very talented artist that just are flawed with bad personality traits like lack of confidence and not be dependable. If there was any one skill I would try to teach an new person just starting out in music it would be that . I really think it matters 85% and musical skill 15% . After all musical skills can be taught on the spot and coached through repetition of a part and practice but a personality trait can have deeper causes. And I am not a trained psychiatrist so I can't help anyone to focus or follow through . I can and do try to lead be example. 

  So if a new band is starting out or you are putting together a band from scratch . I think you should look for people who are already playing with other bands or run an ad looking for interested people. Let them come to you and once you have some in a group that you hope will stick , try to find out their plans and ideas for the future and talk openly about dependability before you start executing BPA's or legal Band partnership agreements . The absolute  worst thing  you could do is have a legal partnership with a person that is not dependable or not accountable . Its better to take your time and get know your band mates before drawing legal paperwork and sharing obligations. 

 

 

REUNION #20

 

Its getting hot in Al . Folks are starting to get the fever for live music . Its one show after another everywhere you go. The folks at the CopperTop are really looking forward to this show. We like playing there too. Its gonna be a fun weekend .

Bridge Street Construction is a mess..!

 

 

  Some of my friends came out to eat lunch with me at B St . They were talking about how pretty it use to be . But now with all the construction going on its kinda messy. I hope it all works out for the better . At one time it was really a pretty place to hang out in the city of Hsv. I told them to come back around and hear my band perform on Sunday evening out in the Piazza like back in the day. I think Bridge St. has great intentions and hopefullly a pretty future

Triana Al..Boston Blues SHow !!

 

 I love playing in my hometown of Triana. Its such a blast to think about all the folks that I grew up with that are stil around to play with. The club BB&o is not far from the community cemetery and the blues we play the sound waves are going all up across the hills and out to the river . Triana is such a beautiful place . I do think its one of the best kept secrets in the State of AL. 

 Mr Butch Harris and John Smith are working together on putting some life int the old city. I want to do what i can to help get the ball rolling. My band likes the place so we decided to give it a try. The place is small but its just right for a blues club atmosphere. I invited some friends last time and they say they had a ball. I plan to do several shows there this summer . I hope to see you all there.

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