The Blues Dude

Carryin' on the Blues legacy

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 Jam-Along Free Blues Backing Tracks

FREE BLUES BACKING TRACK HERE!

Hey everyone, after a long battle with time, I finally had a moment to record this heavily requested free jam-track or play along Blues song for all you aspiring musicians out there. You can jam along with a guitar or a bass or even a keyboard. I laid out the rhythm guitar track and the drums just to keep the groove going. I didn’t want to play too much so you can get the most out of the practice as possible.

The reason I have put this together is because I have been so busy I just haven’t been able to find the time to jam with all my friends I know and friends I haven’t met yet. SO here you are a blues play along track in the key of E, recorded at 82 beats per minute. You can really go nuts on this one. I kept it nice a simple for you so you can take it where you want to go. Have fun jamming along with this blues track I made for you.

This Blues play along track was recorded in right here in the Poconos, in my hometown of Stroudsburg, PA. We have a up and coming Blues scene here and we are proud of how far we have come. If you in the Poconos and you get a chance, come see me, The Blues Dude, play a Blues show. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

I hope you love this jam track and if you would like to request anything special please send me a message, I personally check all my messages when time allows. Thanks for all your support.

 

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 http://www.kelchnerbrothers.com 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 website.www.Kendrick-Amplifiers.com

Live Blues Music in the Water Gap, By The Blues Dude, and the Tony Dellaria Quartet

Yesterday, Sunday August 5th at 6:00, The Blues Dude and the Tony Dellaria Quartet fired up the Delaware Water Gap with their thrilling, high energy, blues band. People came rushing off the streets to hear the roaring sounds of The Blues Dude and The Tony Dellaria Quartet. The quiet streets began to fill up with the seasoned sounds of Blues music, played only with the greatest respect to the artists that have gone before them. People were drawing in from everywhere to hear the cool, clean, authentic tones and lyrics that only Blues can offer.

Photo of Tony Dellaria

Delaware Water Gap, 2013, Pennsylvania, Our front of the Church on the Mountain. 

The thunderous thumping coming from Tony Dellaria himself, was life a clock the size of a mountain, ticking away while keeping everything moving at a pace. Tony’s approach to drums is like a pace more than a race, therefore keeping the music groovin and flowing like the Mississippi river. Tony plays with many other musicians in Pocono Mountains and surrounding areas, such as Brian O’Malley, Bobby Kyle, and Pieter Holland.

 

Photo of Dennis Grove

Dennis Grove, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. 6:00PM Playing Bass

Dennis Grove playing the bass, out of his Hartke Cabinet. Dennis has many decades of experience behind him, in and around the Pocono Mountain area, which helps to lend a bottom end to the groove Grove creates. Dennis also performed a classic Allman Brothers song called one way out. Dennis’s applause was great to hear due to the original Bass player Rick Madigan not being able to perform that day due to being asked to perform at the Deerhead Inn at the very same time.

Photo of Dwight Spencer

Dwight Spencer, 2013, Delaware Water Gap, PA, 6:00pm, Photo by Paul Smeltz

The organs start to rumble the earth with Dwight Spencer, The Blues Dispenser, and people start looming around to see what’s going on in front of the Church. Dwight uses a realtime leslie simulator to capture the authentic sounds of the greatest organ and keyboard players of our time, while adding his own unique ingredients to the mix. Dwight had just finished up a gig at Musicfest with Friars Point, at Levitt stage. I asked him how it went and he said, “It was unbelievable, our whole band was piped in through enormous speaker arrays, all throughout the Bethlehem Steel Stacks.”

Photo of The Blues Dude (Jeremiah Williams)

The Blues Dude (Jeremiah Williams), 2013, Delaware Water Gap, PA, Out front of the Shawnee Church of the Mountain, Performing for the Concert Series.

Then the sun came through the clouds right as The Blues Dude grabbed his Fender Telecaster and turned all the knobs clockwise, while relentlessly stretching the strings across the fretboard. The combined sound was awesome. Everyone stopped and stared as these musicians began playing true soulful blues. The Blues Dude kicked it of with a couple classic blues riffs and began singing his heart out.

The response from the audience was so impressive people were wandering over from the neighborhood to see if someone was playing a loud radio, yet were surprised to find out that even though it sounded as good as any song on the radio today, it was old fashioned live music. The crowd filled in the empty spaces left on the lawn and began to enjoy the Free Concert that was being presented by the Shawnee Church on the Mountain, and the Poconos Arts Council.

We wanted to give a special thanks to Paul Smeltz for taking these great pictures of our band and invite you to visit his website, which attempts to promote art in and around the Pocono Mountains. His website address is http://theforwardianartssociety.com thanks again Paul.

Playing some Blues at The Dellaria’s

On June 16th, 2012, the Blues Dude was jamming it up with many great musicians. The Blues Dude ( Jeremiah Williams) was caught live in the act of blasting his blues tone out of his Fender Blues Deluxe at the Dellaria’s annual picnic. This year He was joined by many amazingly talented musicians such as, John O’Carroll (guitar and vox), Dwight Spencer (tickling the ivories), John Aglemeyer (lead vocals & Bass Synth), Tony Dellaria (Drums), Jay Rodriguez ( Latin Percussion), and many, many more. Fun was had by all who attended!! Thanks again to the Dellaria Family, Beatrice, Alison, Angela, and Tony, for putting this all together.

The Blues Dude - Jeremiah Williams

Photo By Elisa True – From left to right – The Blues Dude – Tony Dellaria (drums) – John O’Carrol ( Guitar and Vocals) – Jay Rodriguez ( percussion).

Who is Dwight Spencer?

Dwight Spencer Poconos Blues Keyboard Player

Dwight Spencer at the Annual Chris London (Friars Point) Blues Jam

Dwight Spencer is one of the Poconos’ hidden musical gems. He has been playing keyboard with local musicians, for over 40 years. Dwight may have actually played with every single blues musician, in the Poconos, at least once. The list of people he has played with, and met, is so enormous that the list would fill volumes of books. From what I have gathered so far, Dwight Spencer has played with the late Gary Curtis in No Money Down; The Blues Brethren – featuring Chris Barnes; and currently is playing keys in the most popular local blues band, in the Poconos, called Friars Point. I have had the distinct honor and privilege of being part of his recent ascension to local fame, by being a guitarist, in the Blues Brethren, with Dwight himself. “Dwight is a fantastic traditional player of the blues” states The Blues Dude. Dwight really captures a good deal of history in his playing, due to his immense laundry list of experienced blues players he has played with. If you are looking for that authentic blues keyboard sound check out Dwight Spencer in Friars Point.

 

Below you will find a link of a video provided by Chris London (Friars Point), a Poconos Blues Guitar Legend, this was taken a long time ago.

Story of the Big Photo On the Website!!

Hello everyone,

So a short story about how the website got its main photo.

So a few days ago a couple friends of mine were just walking down Main Street in Downtown Stroudsburg, when they started to wonder how I have been doing. Jessica and Melissa, avid hikers, were actually just getting with their morning hike up Mt. Tamany, and thought to themselves how a healthy shake from Quench would perfect to restore their body’s with nutrients and minerals after the intense mountain climb. All the sudden as they were wondering why I was not on the hike with them, they looked over, and to their surprise, they saw me playing across the street from Quench. Because this was the first time they had seen me play live when Jess got to talk to me during our break she said,  “What a coincidence, we were just thinking about you. We looked over there and there you were.” I thought it was an awesome coincidence myself. So Jessica Keller, who is also one of the top realtors at Remax in the Poconos, began to take a few photos with her iPhone. I was so happy to see them because this gig was a last minute favor, and opportunity to “get out of the basement” for all of us who have been practicing for days like that. After all the whole point of music is that it should be shared, and people were dancing and singing and having a great time to our music. So glad for this day.

Thanks,

TheBluesDude