The Blues Dude

Carryin' on the Blues legacy

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!!

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).

The Blues Dude Plays Solo Over BB King “Thrill is Gone”

As of this very moment I feel that this simple chord progression is the loveliest to play a solo against. There are  just four chords to this progression. I play it in the same key as BB King: B minor. The whole progression, for you guitarists and musicians out there, is B minor – E Minor then F# and G dominant 7ths. So basically it borrows a few notes that don’t belong in B minor Blues. Love the dark but surprisingly bright turnaround.

My name is Jeremiah Williams and I am The Blues Dude. Thanks for playing along!!!!

 

Blues Guitar Mayhem

In this video I play a blues guitar solo that is in a Major key. I am using a Fender Telecaster guitar which has that bluesy sound that I love. I wanted to share this Blues video with you because it uses techniques that I have learned from listening to the guitar greats; Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, and also the intricate style of Robben Ford.

 

I have always been drawn to the sultry sounds of the Blues. I have been playing blues guitar since I was a little boy and have studied some of the greatest guitar players of all time, both new and old. A few of my first favorite guitar players were Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Keepin the blues alive!!!