Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Blind Billy Blue and Natty “O” each found their way to the blues on different roads but they sure are two Blues Kindred Spirits. When you hear them play, you’ll know there is passion and feeling behind what they do. To them, this music is a gift, for their own souls and for the people they can share it with. And they are having fun playing and singing the blues. When you see them perform, so will you!
The blues have been at the heart of Natty’s life for as long as he can remember. He started playing guitar, writing music, and singing the blues as a kid and has never looked back. Natty has played with many groups including Michael Tracey and the High Tones, Kelly Thaibeaddus and the Etoufeé band, and he’s been an important musical presence at local blues jams for a long time. Natty has been an important personality in the regional Blues scene through his work as a DJ for “Breakfast with the Blues” on KRVM for over 20 years. When you hear him play and sing, you will know that you are in the presence of a true Blues Man!
Blind Billy Blue has always had music in his blood. He’s been singing his whole life, but now that he’s found the blues, Billy is finally feeding his soul right. Billy has a background performing classical, jazz, and sacred muisc…in his own words, he spent much of his adult life only singing at “weddings, funerals, Christmas, and Easter.” A couple of years ago, Billy was going through some real tough times and a friend told him he needed to find a way to “feed your soul.” So Billy turned to his music. In 2017, Billy started singing some karaoke which led to singing at bluegrass jams locally. He started playing around with the harmonica a few months later and finally found his way to his first blues jam in the Spring of 2018. Did he finally find the Blues or did the Blues finally find Billy? It doesn’t matter because he knows he’s found his way home. And when you hear Dusky Blues lay it down, so will you!