Beach and Blues

I’m just now seeing that I have not done a blog post since September. I’m hanging my head in shame. I’m really only doing it now because I borrowed a speaker from James Parker, manager of the band I started out with waaaay back, and he told me that he actually reads these! So, I figure he can’t be the only one. I thank him and you for taking time out to read my posts. I would promise that I will do better but…..

Anyway, I’ve made a couple of staff changes since I last posted. I have a new keyboard player who is absolutely amazing. His name is Brian Pitt and he was actually playing for another local band, who shall remain nameless, when we met. I think I caused a pretty nasty split with him and that band BUT it worked out to my advantage because he’s now mine full-time! Everybody say hi to Brian…
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I also lucked up and got his buddy Brandon Farmer who is one of the best drummers I have ever come across. This is his first secular experience playing music. He has only played in the church before he joined us. So I’m scratching my head like they do this in church? Everybody say hi to Brandon….
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If you want to meet the rest of the band, here ya go Pressure Point

Now, the way that we all came together is so strange and magical that if I still believed in coincidence, I wouldn’t anymore. There is definitely some universal workings going on here. This has been shown to me again with a recent situation that happened which resulted in us getting two big gigs this weekend. Grab a drink and let me tell you this story!

I saw a flyer months ago about a Beach Music and Blues show featuring  Pat Cooley, Theodis Ealey, Jim Quick and Coastline and Clarence Carter. I immediately said to myself “I would love to be on that show.” I made a small attempt to see if I could squeeze in there but when it failed, I wasn’t too phased because I wasn’t even sure if my band and I were ready to share a stage with Clarence Carter. My only interest in the show was Jim Quick and Coastline. He told me a little while ago that he would like to put us in the studio but he wanted to hear us play first. Now, if you know anything about Jim Quick you know he stays on the road. Seeing us live would be next to impossible with the schedule that he has. I figured if I could get on a ticket with him, that problem would be solved. But, we couldn’t get on the show so I let it go.

Fast forward to the week before that show. I get a call early Saturday morning from DJ Heavy, who is hosting that show and he says “You ain’t gon believe this.” Now, you know a story is good when they start off like that. I’m not going to type the whole conversation verbatim but here’s the gist of it. Turns out that Clarence Carter refused to do the show if Pat Cooley was also on the ticket. Apparently there was some situation that went down between the two of them a long time ago and he is still sore about how it turned out. Being that Clarence Carter is the headliner, they couldn’t allow him to just back out. So…..Bingo, Bango, Pat Cooley is out and I’M IN!!! Now, if that’s not divine intervention, I don’t know what is. I now have the perfect band for the job, Jim gets to see us perform and I get to share a stage with the legendary Clarence Carter….It doesn’t get much better than this folks. Oh, and as an added bonus, there is also a show in Yanceyville the following day that I picked up too. Here are the flyers.

I’ve been trying not to let myself get too carried away because I may strip naked and run down the street from sheer happiness but I do understand what this means for me. It appears that I am actually getting what I asked for. I wanted my band and I to get so busy that we no longer needed regular jobs to make ends meet. This could very well be the start of that. All of the sacrifices are starting to pay off. Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe what I’m feeling right now. Next year is gonna be a BEAST!!!

With that, I bid you farewell until my lazy behind decides to do another post! MMPPCP

 

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S.O.S Fall Migration

Well I decided to head down to North Myrtle Beach for a couple of days to enjoy the S.O.S. activities and see some old friends.  My trips to NMB are always go, go, go….. I get exhausted every time because there is so much to do and I don’t want to miss anything! I spent most of my time hanging with Jim Quick and Coastline. I did three guest spots with them; Deckerz, Fat Harold’s and The Shoe Center. Here’s a little sample from The Shoe Center. Thanks for recording this Mandee Thompson! It was just too darned hot to wear my hat!

I want to send a BIG thank you to Jim Quick, Glen Tippet, Hugh Blanton, Camron Dudley, Casey Meyer and Albert Rogers. I had an absolute ball with you guys. Congratulations on 25 years of being Coastline! At each performance, I made sure to let everyone know that Miss Mini and Pressure Point will be performing at Deckerz on November 18th! I saw people putting the date in their phones so they wouldn’t forget!

I also met my new Agent. (That really makes it sound like I’m somebody!) His name is Matt Carswell and he is an agent for Grand Strand Entertainment. I look forward to a long and successful relationship with him.

I also ran into Shelby Jean Gibson and her husband. We laughed and talked and me and the guys will probably be going to perform at Shelby Jean’s in Carolina Beach soon. Overall, the trip went very well. Every time I go, I never want to leave. I’m pretty sure that one day, I just wont!

Oh, we have a new logo! My very smart and talented trumpet player, Drew Walton, and I put our heads together and came up with this!

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I will be getting new cards and everything printed up with this on it! You’ll be seeing this on t-shirts, hats, pens, etc…

Well, I’m just kinda sitting in front of the computer screen now with nothing else to share so I guess, I’ll wrap it up! Thanks for taking the time to read this and keep listening!

Dog With A Bone

Hello all! I know it’s been a very long time since I’ve made a blog post but I’m feeling like I need to vent a little today so here ya go! I’ve been thinking that I have  been much too passive in my efforts to get myself out there in this music thing. In typical woman fashion, I have chosen to tread lightly and be nice instead of asking for what I want directly. This has to stop. It has gotten me nowhere. Now, I’m not saying that I will all of a sudden become a pit bull but maybe a bit of German Shepherd won’t hurt!

That being said, at least now I’m in a position where I finally have the band that I have always dreamed of. These guys are talented beyond measure and everybody actually gets along great. That’s hard to do sometimes especially when there is eight of you. They are dedicated and really believe in Miss Mini and Pressure Point. In case you haven’t read about them already, click here to read all about them.  So, I’m set up just like I need to be to start getting some serious work done.

I do have a bit of good news though. I ran into Jim Quick a few times in the last couple of weeks and we had some very productive conversations. Turns out that he is looking to take it a little easier on his voice and introduce some more diverse styles to his audience. That being said, he wants a band to start opening for them next year. Guess who he wants that to be???? MISS MINI AND PRESSURE POINT!!! He also played a song for me that he would like me to record. I will get on that ASAP. I know he is an extremely busy man so if I can’t get into his studio quick enough, I may just do it on my own and send it to him.

Well, I’ve got a gig tomorrow, Saturday September 2nd 2017 at Raging Bull Harley Davidson.
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I’m really looking forward to that. New places, new faces, new opportunities. I have to thank John Wilson of Big Time Party Band for this one. I really appreciate it when he gives me gigs that they can’t make it to! Keep it up John!

Well, there’s not much else to report so I’m just gonna leave it here. Thank you for taking time to read this and keep listening!

The Carolina Beach Music Awards 2016

Well, I literally just stepped in the house from North Myrtle Beach. I couldn’t wait to make this blog entry. One, because once I lie down, I will be a complete vegetable. Two, I’m excited about all the new people I have met and the new connections I have made.  I went down on Saturday November 12th. I started by doing my song Ole School Style with Big Time Party Band. Here is the video of that. Those guys are always super cool! Thanks for hanging out with Me John, Todd and Tracy! And thanks for the dance Johnny! 😉

Later, it was on the the Industry Awards. This is where I met soooo many people. First, I met Gary Lowder, lead singer in Smokin’ Hot. I have wanted to meet this dude for a long time because I love his voice and would really like to work with him. So, we talked about that and I think we will be in touch about it. High five to me!! Here we are.

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Then it was on to Rhonda McDaniel!!! THE female vocalist on the beach music scene. She has won best female vocalist for 9 years in a row! This year she shared the award with Allie Privette, another very talented young lady. I introduced myself and told her I was a huge fan. I gave here a card and a CD and took this pic.

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THEN, in walks Lomax!!! I recognized him as soon as I saw him. So I went and spoke to him for a little while. I let him know how much I loved his music and that I’ve been a fan for a long time. Apparently, he was expecting to see me. His manager told him that I wanted to meet him. He seems kind of quiet in person. Not at all what I expected because of his stage personality. Anyway, at least he let me get a pic.

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Of course Hardway Connection was down for the awards. So, I went to catch them but I was late because I took a long nap that day. BUT I did get to hang out with them the next day. I wasn’t going to stay for the awards show on Sunday but Robert offered me a free ticket. Who could refuse that. So, I ended up staying and this time, I got a pic with my girl Toni, who is still cooler than a fan! Had a GREAT time with you girl. See you soon!

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So, I went to see the Tams later and this happened!!! Hey Little Red! I finally got to meet him! That man has energy to burn! I don’t know how he does it. On that same show was also Jim Quick and Coastline. They are always a good time. So, I snapped a couple more pics! (See this time, I made sure I took pictures. I did good! It’s probably starting to annoy you now but. Bare with me! There’s only a few more!

Fast forward to Sunday. I had to get up early to go to the artist showcase and set up my table. I didn’t know who else was going to be there but I ran into THIS!!!

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On the left is Robert from Hardaway Connection. On the right is Sir Jonathan Burton…OK this is exciting enough but who is that fellow in the middle you might ask…That my dears is Eddie Floyd!!! That’s right! Mr. “Knock on Wood” himself! He is a real and true legend and I was soooo honored.

The awards show started soon after so I changed my clothes and Toni and I went over to the Alabama Theater together. We sat out front for a while and then went backstage. There were photographers taking pictures of all the artists. I have always hated taking posed pictures but I am starting to get more comfortable with it. So, I posed for mine and went back out front to watch. Long story short, the Male Vocalist of the year category came up towards the end of the night and a young man by the name of Kendrix Singletary won the category! He is the lead singer for Black Water Rhythm and Blues band and he is amazing! I’ve been listening to him for a while. It was his first time winning and the whole room shared his excitement, including me! I was lucky enough to meet him and he is a great person and yeah, he’s a cutie too. Take a look.

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Needless to say, this trip was fantastic. So much happened that I’m sure I forgot something. Like I said, I am exhausted. One thing about this weekend, there was always something going on and not much of an opportunity for rest. Thanks to Neal Furr for being my champion and tour guide this trip. It was truly great to see Linda Wengerd-Liskey and her new hubby again. They also won an award this year for greatest fans. I also saw Tammy Velozo-Brown or as she says, Tammy from Boston. These are two great gals indeed.  Anyway, I’m out! Until next time, keep listening.

 

 

Lake Country

Hey folks! So, I had a bit of an epiphany today. I live in Rocky Mount. DUH Right? But I am realizing that I am very close to Lake Gaston….And there is a large market for live music there. Why I’m just realizing this, I don’t know but yeah…So, today I’m going to contact some folks and let them know I’m available.

So, last week I went to Downtown Live here and saw Jim Quick and Coastline. I didn’t let them know I was there. After the show, I went and said hi to the guys and Jim says “Why didn’t you tell me you were here. You could have sang Chain of Fools. It brought the house down last time” He was so right! I gotta kick this whole modesty thing. Getting on that stage with him would have given me a bit more credibility with this beach music thing. Oh well, at least I got this selfie!

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I have also got managed to get a sponsor!!! YAY!!! It is Remember Then Radio

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They are giving me a whole hour per week of just playing my music! It is already in daily rotation. I like to listen when I surf the net or clean the house. You should give it a try! It’s commercial free and always on! My favorite shows are Gary’s Beach Shack and Soul Dog’s Beach Boogie and Blues. Let me be ghetto for a minute…Shout out to Neal Furr and Gary King, my DJs are in the house Baby baby!  OK I’m back! They don’t JUST play beach music. They also play Doo Wop and oldies. Anyway, check them out at the link above for the schedule and give them a listen. Once my show gets produced, I will let you know what time you can tune in to hear me! That’s all for now. Thanks for listening and join the fan club!