The Blues Dude

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The Blues Dude – Video & Audio Production

Hey all you fans out there! We just put this video together for your Blues listening pleasure. I’m just doing a little traditional style blues improvisation at Pinetop Recording Studio in the Poconos. My buddy Carlo and I combined forces to create this video with stunning audio and video. Together we probably used a total of $10,000 worth of pro equipment to make it sound and look as good as it does. Hope you enjoy listening to The Blues Dude, Jeremiah Williams, play some Blues improvisation for you.

Thanks everyone for watching and we both hope you enjoyed it!

Bushstock 2015 rained applause from above!

Bushstock 2015 was held at Petrizzo’s restaurant in Bushkill, Pennsylvania during the weekend of the 11th, 12th, and 13th of September. Its always the first weekend after labor day BTW. This year the line-up was better than ever. All local musicians who have been entertaining the Pocono area for many years, some for over 30 years. The line-up was as follows.

BushStock 2015, benefitting The Monroe County Diabetes Society, this weekend 9/11-9/13. At Petrizzo’s Restaurant in Bushkill PA.

Friday at 6 , Cush Read is hosting an open jam. Bring your instruments and come out and play. Drums and bass will be on hand!
Saturday’s Line Up:

Katlyn Lucia-2:00 , Bill Horton & Friends-2:30 , Jeff Gibbons-3:15 , Inconceivable-3:45 , Blue Jay-4:30 , Gary Curtis Allstars-5:00 , Professor Michael Kessler-5:45 , The Blues Dude-6:15 , Tc Carpenter- 7:00 , Bobby White & The Bushmasters-7:30
Sunday’s Line Up:

2:00 The Rock Monsters, 3:00 Harry And Co, 3:30 South Of The Peak, 4:00 Diane And Willy, 4:30 The Goods , 5:00 Mondogs, 5:30 Non Stop Denny, 6:30 Peter Holland


A sincere thanks to Chris London and John Petrizzo for making this possible. The proceeds were sent to the Monroe County Diabetes Association. Here is a video from #thebluesdude. If you couldn’t make it, there is always next year.


Gary Curtis 2015 Was A Blast!

The Blues Dude - Jeremiah Wiliams

The Blues Dude – Jeremiah Williams

From all of us, we just wanted to say thanks to all who attended and screamed, danced and hollered holy hell!! We all had such a good time performing for you! What an amazing audience you all were. We were told that we would be asked to play again next year.  We will see you again soon.

Gary Curtis left us with a ton of wonderful music which has been an inspiration to me and my band. From the first album we heard by No Money Down until now Gary Curtis has been revitalizing blues music in the Pocono Mountains through our music and many others.

Thanks again and keep checking the site for updates on dates and upcoming events that we will be performing at. We will be updating the site with some photos from the gig as well.

Stay tuned folks.

Annual Bushstock 2014 – Sep 5th, 6th, and 7th – Live Music – Your all invited!!

Your all invited to Bushstock 2014, a 3 day 2 night festival right in your own backyard Poconos. The weekend will be filled with the cream of the crop of the local talent which reside in the Pocono Mountains. There will be some guests from out of town but John Petrizzo owner of Petrizzo’s restaurant on 209 in downtown Bushkill, Pennsylvania, and founder of the annual Bushstock festival wanted to keep the locals fed by boosting the local economy, community and Monroe County Diabetes Society.

The Blues Dude(Jeremiah Williams) and friends, Tony Dellaria – Drums, Rick Madigan – Bass, Dwight Spencer – Keys, will be closing out Saturday night with some soulful Blues of old and new. The band will be combining many styles of Blues like Texas Blues, Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, and much more. With a blend of cover songs that blues fans will recognize to some more obscure blues, everyone is sure to have  a great time. We encourage singing and dancing the night away.

BushStock 2014, will be a benefit for the Monroe County Diabetes Society. The dates are September 5th 6th and 7th, and its located at Petrizzo’s, 6171 Milford Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302. There will be over 20 great acts, 2 stages, and a laid back atmosphere. There’s a $10 donation for each day, or all 3 for $25.

Tickets can be purchased on Main St., Stroudsburg, at Scarpelli’s Italian Specialties, The Gamer’s Edge, and Main St. Jukebox and also at the door. Since this events proceeds will go to benefit the Monroe County Diabetes Society, you can feel good about the donation going to a good local cause. The Monroe county diabetes foundation is in need of donations and they will continue to help the local population of Monroe and surrounding counties as much as possible.

The Monroe County Diabetes Society was established in 1987 as a non-profit charitable organization. All funds received go directly to assisting diabetics in Monroe County. Each year the MCDS sends children to special diabetic camps, to learn to manage their diabetes and interact with others who share their condition, In addition, MCDS, will provide temporary diabetic supplies and assistance to residents diabetics. The officers and staff are volunteers and their office space and supplies are donated by other local non-profit organizations.

The local schedule is as follows and we wanted to give a sincere thanks to Chris London of Friars Point and John Petrizzo for putting forth all the effort for such a great cause; to bring good music to the good people of the Poconos, while also benefitting the Monroe County Diabetes Association.

 BushStock 2014

Friday 9/5/2014
Starting at 6PM on Stage 2
Spencer Reed
Prof. Kessler
Chris London Band
Alex Maxwell
…..and more
Saturday 9/6/2014
GC All Stars Stage 1 2:00 PM
Katyln Lucio Stage 2 2:55 PM
Juggernaut String Band Stage 1 3:50 PM
Rob Carlton Stage 2 4:45 PM
Blind Men Driving Stage 1 5:35 PM
Pieter Holland Stage 2 6:30 PM
The Fangs Stage 1 7:25 PM
Don Hoffman Stage 2 8:20 PM

The Blues Dude Stage 1 9:00 PM on Saturday night!!

Sunday 9/7/2014
The Duo Woodrow Stage 2 2:00 PM
Dennis Grove & Friends Stage 1 2:50 PM
SheilaMark Stage 2 3:40 PM
South Of Peak Stage 1 4:30 PM
Cush Read Stage 2 5:20 PM
Friar’s Point Stage 1 6:10 PM
The Griz Band Stage 2 7:00 PM


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Your Invited to the 6th Annual Gary Curtis Memorial Blues Picnic

On July 12th of this weekend, the 6th annual Gary Curtis Memorial Picnic benefitting the Monroe County Diabetes Association, will take place at the American Legion in East Stroudsburg at :201 E 5th St East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. The live musical entertainment will begin at 2pm and go util about 7pm at night. The line-up this year will be even more fantastic than last year, if that is even possible. There will be tons of homemade food and drinks available for purchase. The suggested donation is only ever $10 dollars which will pay for itself by the time you leave the venue.

Gary Curtis 6th Memorial Picnic

The line-up will include the following

  • Harpoon Johnny Petrizzo, owner of the popular destination restaurant and Tiki bar located  in downtown Bushkill,  will be playing and singing some popular classic rock tunes.
  • The Blues Dude and Friends, this will include yours truly, myself The Blues Dude on lead guitar and vocals, Tony Dellaria on drums, Rick “longhair” Madigan on bass, and an actual member of Gary Curtis’s band, Dwight Spencer on keys.
  • The ShielaMark Band playing an authentic hammond B3 organ and singing some familiar tunes.
  • Professor Kessler singing and performing short comedy routines.
  • A new mystery group called “The Fangs”
  • Friars Point playing some bluesy classics along with their own unique blend of tasty originals.
  • Finally to close it out The Gary Curtis All-Stars will be covering numerous Gary Curtis originals. Members are John O’Carrol on Vocals and guitar, The Blues Dude on lead and rhythm guitar, Tony Dellaria on Drums, Rick Madigan on Bass, & Dwight Spencer on keys and organ.

There will be tons of food to eat, beverages to drink; both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, a great blend of old and new local talent and of course there may be some raffles and door prizes this year as well. Come early and stay late!! See you there.

Here is one of the last videos taken of Gary Curtis playing the amazing song Sally’s Playing Bingo with Dwight Spencer and others. We all miss you and are grateful for the wonderful music you have bestowed upon us.

The Blues Dude & Friends Played the Farda’s Landscaping Backyard Birthday Bash

On Saturday June 7th, at around 2:00, The Blues Dude and his friends played the backyard birthday bash right in the Pocono Mountains. It was a beautiful day. The weather was perfect and the crowd was even better. By the end of the show, everyone at the was pouring out praise for the band. The band played some familiar songs with a mix-in of a few newer blues songs. There was some Delta Blues; namely Muddy Waters. The band also played some newer Blues by artist like Mose Alison and BB. King. They played well today. The band made a lot of people really happy today. People were dancing and singing. Some even mentioned that they recognized a few of the songs.

The Blues Dude and Friends Playing Blues in the Poconos

The Blues Dude and Friends – left to right – Rick Madigan – Bass, Dwight Spencer – Keys, Jeremiah Williams – The Blues Dude – Tony Dellaria – Drums. Photo Credit- Roger Dellaria.

To mix things up a bit the band threw in a couple of laid back jazz songs such as Blue Bossa, and their own sweetened version of Miles Davis’ All Blues. The Blues Dude doesn’t try and recycle the same old song the same old way everyone plays it. The Blues Dude adds a twist to make it his own, while still keeping the song together and recognizable.

The Blues Dude & Friends consisted of the following members, Tony Dellaria on drums, Rick Madigan on Bass, Dwight Spencer on keys and Jeremiah Williams on Lead Vocals and Guitar.

The Blues Dude Goes to Music City – Nashville, Tennessee

Last week I decided to go visit Music City: Nashville, Tennessee. I got to do a lot of things. I visited The Frist, the famous art Museum. I also got to see the best musical group I have ever seen. I went to 3rd and Lindsley to see Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers. They were amazing.
After coming home on the Bluegrass Highway I was inspired by that smooth “Western Swing” I heard down south. I put together this short little improvisational tune. I am playing through my Fender Telecaster and using my iPhone 5S for the video capture. I am using logic for the actual sound processing and mixing. For the video editing with the photos I used Premiere pro.

I hope you love it!!

Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers – Live at 3rd and Lindsley – Nashville Tennessee

Last night everything I thought I knew about country music was shattered by Vince Gill & the Time Jumpers, on a Monday night at 3rd and Lindsley, in Nashville, Tennessee. I showed up at 3rd and Lindsley early that evening, after reading some info about the venue because people were saying that if you got there too late you were not guaranteed a seat. So, I arrived two hours before the show. On the bare naked floor of the stage sat a lonely kick drum with the letters Time Jumpers inscribed in a thin black letterform on the crowd facing side of the white, circular, bass drum head. I knew I was in the right place, but it felt like I arrived at the wrong time. It was too early.It was so early that the three girls beside me actually brought a deck of cards and were playing spades.

Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers

The band was not to begin for at least another two hours. It was almost impossible for me to sit still and chill, after that near lethal dose of caffeine that came from an Ethiopian drip, hand poured coffee, made by a germanic looking young barista at a gourmet coffee shop called Crema. I was not used to that type of coffee and I knew was going to be a long jittery, couple hours. So, I decided to order food and a drink to give myself something to do, even though I just ate the most wonderful Jambalaya served very honestly from Merchants restaurant at 401 Broadway, in the heart of all the St. Patty’s day madness.

Enough time wasted. Getting back to 3rd and Lindsley. My curiosity was soon quenched when the musical phalanx began advancing onto the elevated stage. This group was big. 11 members was larger than any musical group I had ever seen perform live. Being a musician myself, I knew the challenge was greater to play with more musicians than less. The members that approached the stage were, in no particular order, Illinois native “Ranger Doug” Green chunking on his vintage Stromberg guitar, also born in Illinois, on upright Bass, Brad Albin. To the far left, Jeff Taylor, New York Native, played at least three instruments; accordion, electric keyboards, and piccolo for the occasion of St. Patty’s day for a special guest performance. Next to ascend the stairs was the drummer Billy Thomas, a pro from Los Angeles who has mastered swinging with his brushes.

Joe Spivey and Kenny SearsUp on stage next was, the fiddle players; Kenny Sears and Joe Spivy. These guys played together like they came from the same mother. Perfect harmonies and flawless counterpoint. They approached the brightest lit area of the stage, and seemed to enjoy the spotlight regardless of its heat of the high powered, bright bulbs.

Vince Gill, Paul Franklin, Andy RiceNext to appear was a trio that filled in the rest of stage right, who all sat while they played, Paul Franklin on the pedal steel, Andy Rice offering the jazzier guitar licks, and the man of the hour, Oklahoma born, Vince Gill, who’s sultry vocals added a smooth and soulful flavor to the musical goulash. Finally, I noticed a woman approach the front and sit herself right next to Vince Gill. The woman, Dawn Sears, offered the most emotional content the bad had to give and hit me right in between the heart with her perfectly pitched vibrato during the angelic classic ballads. After all, Every 10 man band needs a strong female to balance out the male libido that size.

Nine o’clock finally came and the band began to play a genre of music almost completely foreign to me. The locals call it “Western Swing”. With all my misconceptions about what country music is, I would not have called it that. From a musical standpoint I would have called it “Big Band, Bebop, Bluegrass”, even though that might not make much sense to anyone. I didn’t have any thing else to call it so “Western Swing” it is and always will be to me and many others.

This was the very first time I had ever been introduced to this type of music. This perfectly tuned blend of musicians, all considered to be at the top of their careers, was like a dream come true for me. Many of the songs played were originals written and arranged by various members of the band. They also took a couple requests from the crowd. I had never heard music this complex that retained it’s warmth and sweetness.

The Time Jumpers most intriguing aspect is they each come from different musical backgrounds yet blend together as if they all played the same kind of music. Some of them have a country background, others a jazz background, and others a bluegrass background. What a show this turned out to be for this blogger from up North. Where I come from, unfortunately musicians don’t really blend as much. If you play Jazz that’s what you do. If you play country, that’s just what you do and so on and so forth. It’s very non-inclusive due to people just wanting to play what they want regardless of who they’re playing with in a band setting. This blending of different styles might possibly be called fusion where I am from.

Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers
As they were playing I could hear myself thinking over and over again. This is the reason I came to Nashville. I never ever would have got the opportunity to hear this type of music performed live if I never came to Nashville, and took my buddy’s advice who insisted I go to this show. Hey David, thanks so much!!

The Blues Dude shares some Blues-Jazz guitar improvisation with you

Hi all you Blues fans out there in cyberspace!! I, the Blues Dude, have thrown together a fun video of myself to keep you guys interested in The Blues Dude. If I don’t keep uploading new stuff as much as possible I am not doing my fans justice. I have just been so busy with school and all that playing has turned into mostly practicing these days. But it’s cool with me, becuase I just keep getting better for the next time you see me play live.

A little about my style
I have been doing a lot more songs lately without a pick or a plectrum. I have found the thump of the thumb for the bass strings is more pleasing and rythmic. This particular style is a hybrid between a rockabilly style and a Joe Pass style. It is a lot of fun to play and it works well with no backup musicians. I like to be able to play solo like Robert Johnson and the forerunners of blues like Reverend Gary Davis. For my next video I will put up some vocals along with some finger style picking. The piece I like so much about jazz is the rhythms. I can really get in front of the beat with jazz and also stay far behind with lots of anticipation. I enjoy listening to Miles Davis as well for that reason. It sounds to me like Miles is playing so in front of the beat or behind that it almost sounds like a completely different song.


Best Harmonica Amp The Blues Dude Ever Heard!!

Kendrick Amp

Taken at Bushstock, Bushkill PA, Sep 9th, by Jeremiah Williams.

As many of you may already know, Bushstock ended yesterday and there were many fantastic bands that played. Most of the bands that played, I would consider to be Blues Bands. Many Blues bands, since Muddy Waters in the 40’s, use a harmonica to get that authentic blues sound. There was one band that played that call themselves The Kelchner Brothers, that had one of the best Blues Harp players I have ever heard. His name is Jansen Kelchner and he is only thirteen years old.
Jansen’s Blues Harp playing was phenomenal due to a combination of many factors. The first factor being his unbridled talent. His licks and tasteful blues accompaniments sounded like the real thing. According to their website he has been getting lessons from many of the great sounding blues bands in the Lehigh Valley. The James Supra Blues band and the Eddie Bluestone Trio has takes these young brothers under their wings. Clearly these kids are heading for a life of fame and music if they stick with it.
The other contributing factor to the amazingly accurate sound of the blues was his gear. Jenses plays out of a Kendrick Harp amplifier. The amp is from the Texas Crude series and it looks like their best model for harps. The sound that this amp made was perfect. It laid beautifully in the mix and just complemented everything that was going on soundwise. The dirty and gritty amp had a gain that was so clear and perfect, it would be suitable for any harp player. Usually, when I hear harp players, their sound almost overloads your ear so nothing else can be heard. But this amp was perfect for the harp, not too distorted and not too clean either. It seems that is just what you get when you buy a hand wired amplifier from Kendrick Amplifiers.
I just couldn’t believe this kid was only thirteen. It was the highlight of the Bushstock festival for me. You can find more of the Kendrick amps at their