"BACK TO THE BLUES" FUNDRAISER AND LISTENING PARTY FOR
STEVIE J, MISSISSIPPI'S BEST-KEPT SECRET@UNDERGROUND 119 THURSDAY, APRIL 2
(JACKSON, MS) - Stevie J, "Mississippi's Best-Kept Secret", holds a Fundraiser and Listening Party for his upcoming album "Back To The Blues" at Underground 119, 119 S. President St., Jackson, Thursday, April 2. Showtime: 7 p.m. Info: (601) 352-2322 or http://www.underground119.com/.
A Platinum Rewards package (sponsorship of $1,000 or more) receive Executive Producer credits on the album; personalized EP plaque; Stevie J Blues custom varsity jacket; special thank- you on the album's inner jacket sleeve; and four (4) VIP tickets to the Album Release Party. Sponsorships of $500. receive a personalized EP plaque; two (2) VIP tickets to the Album Release Party; and two (2) Stevie J Blues t-shirts. Sponsorships of $250. receive four (4) Stevie J Blues t-shirts and two (2) VIP Tickets to the Album Release Party. $100. Sponsorship = two t-shirts and four CD Release Party tickets. $50. Sponsorship = 1 t-shirt and two CD Release Party tickets. View the link here: https://www.fundme.com/en/projects/16145-help-us-keep-the-blues-alive.
"We are compiling a crossover album with radio format-friendly music capable of breaking boundaries of airplay for the blues," explains Stevie J. "Back To The Blues" is a celebration of music to expose the blues in every musical genre we touch. Face it - you can't play any modern music without playing the Blues. We as blues lovers, especially those who are in the industry, must try to do a better job of properly exposing this music to the masses," he concludes.
The goal of the fundraiser is $2,000.00 to fund the recording of Back To The Blues, which will consist of four new songs and two tracks from Stevie J's Unstoppable LP. "This money will guarantee the album's awareness through allowing us to hire both a radio (and) public relations team," he says.
The tracks on Back to The Blues (with Stevie J comments on each one): Come See Me ("swamp-stomp blues with a pop beat"); Another Jody Song ("urban blues that speaks of the old familiar character made famous by the late blues-man Johnnie Taylor, with an R&B feel and soulful Albert King-style guitar"); Son Of A Saintified Preacher ("story of a conversation I had with my father. Cross of ZZ Top's 'La Grange' and John Lee Hooker's 'Boom Boom'"). Miss Apple Cheeks ("authentic New Orleans Second Line that captures the essence of that era); Down Hom People ("Soul, gospel, and blues at it's best. A song about Southern culture...from fish frys to backyard barbecues, horse rides to hog maul").
STEVIE J BLUES - SOME BACKGROUND
Already hailed as the new face of the Delta Blues, Stevie J is well on his way to capturing the crown of Southern Soul as well. He is a supremely confident vocalist and skilled guitarist capable of wringing every nuance from any lyric in any genre. Yet Stevie J remains humble and true to his first love: The Blues. The son of pastor and native of Jackson, MS, Stevie J started his career in the gospel field playing for artists such as the Williams Brothers, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Jackson Southernaires and the great Shirley Caesar, among others. Stevie J found his true calling when he teamed up with legends such as Bobby Rush, Pat Brown, Denise LaSalle and Shirley Brown. He recorded with Bobby Rush on the Folk Funk album and is also featured in the Martin Scorsese blues series, Live at Ground Zero. Stevie J has toured throughout Switzerland and France, performing at the Cognac Blues Festival. His talents have also taken him to Spain, Italy, Norway and Belgium. His album 2 Sides OF a Man featured the single “Because Of Me”, which reached #1 on the Southern Soul chart. Stevie J is also a yearly participant on the popular BB King All-Star Cruises, where he is the band's guitarist.