Real Blues Festival Of Orange County Founder
In Concert@House Of Blues/Anaheim - Thur., February 23
<Hear Papa J Perform Live on KOCI 101.5 FM Sunday, Feb. 19>
(Anaheim, Calif) - Hey Orange County: It's a Real Blues Festival of Orange County "House Party" redux as festival founder/harpist-vocalist Papa J and Friends perform in concert at the House of Blues, 1530 S. Disneyland Dr. in Anaheim, Thursday, February 23 in the Voodoo Lounge. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover. Info: (714) 328-9375 or www.papajandfriends.com.
Papa J performs live and is interviewed on "Dr. Barry's Traveling Blues Show" heard on Orange County's KOCI 101.5 FM this Sunday, February 19 at 1 p.m. Listen in as he talks about this year's Real Blues Festival Of Orange County (tentatively set for Sunday, August 5 at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton and more.
In other breaking news, the longtime performer is nominated in the "Best Americana, Blues or Roots Artist" category for the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards.
Read recent reviews of Papa J and Friends latest release The Big Show by Southland Blues, Barrelhouse Blues, and BMans Blues Report below.
PAPA J & FRIENDS RELEASE "THE BIG SHOW" - "As a group we tried to run the gambit of styles and feelings that are what make up the blues," says Papa J about the band's new 10-song disc. Some of the album's tracks in his own words.
"Checkin' Up On My Baby" - "a great Sonny Boy Williamson tune that I thought would be fun to do...it kind of shows how insecure musicians are."
"Dimples" - "a truly simple John Lee Hooker song, that reminds me of all the girls on the road."
"Laundromat Blues" - "Albert King for all you guys that worry if your woman is too clean...so sad, so true."
"Slip Stumble & Fall" - "at sixty-plus years of age I still say this every day: it's so easy to forget what got you here. God Bless the Blues."
"(Papa J's) "Checking Up On My Baby" is one of the best songs I've heard in a long time....the recording is good and the lead vocal is as smooth as can be."
"Coming up on sixty years of age, Papa J still bounces on stage every night with the energy of a guy half his age. A showman by nature and musician by instinct Papa J's stage presence and energy is undeniably huge to anyone who's seen him perform. From his contagious smile to his gut wrenching blues he puts a thousand percent into making every performance mean something special to every person watching and it sure works on me." AMERICAN BLUES NEWS
Watch a live performance of the William Clarke song "Pawnshop Bound" by Papa J, Ray Goren, and Deacon Jones from last May's Real Blues Festival 2 below:
"Jeff "Papa J" Hudson was just one of the highlights of the day-long festival. Watching him and his band perform was simply witnessing musicians with a true passion for the blues. Papa J leaned into the microphone and gave raspy soulful vocals. He threw his hands out to his sides and shook his fingers to the rhythms in each song. Their band delivers the kind of music that enables you to soak up the joys of the South. It's these sounds and rhythms of the blues that make you want to close your eyes, lift your head up, and say "Mmhmm." OC MUSIC MAGAZINE