Celebrate Summer With Blues


Performing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, July 13 in Green Valley Park will be the blues band Big Daddy D & the Dynamites. The band incorporates a lot of soul and swing into their concerts and keeps things lively and entertaining.

Performing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, July 13 in Green Valley Park will be the blues band Big Daddy D & the Dynamites. The band incorporates a lot of soul and swing into their concerts and keeps things lively and entertaining.

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The summer is certainly flying by, isn’t it? Our nation’s Independence Day celebration has already come and gone and we are already finished with two-thirds of 2013’s summer concerts in Green Valley Park. There are only three more to go. Where does the time go?

This Saturday, July 13, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Big Daddy D & the Dynamites will be the featured band. This five-member blues band hails from Prescott and returns to Payson for its fourth year. As leader Darryl Porras told me, “We are primarily a blues band, but we incorporate a lot of soul and swing into the concerts for which we perform. We like to keep things lively and entertaining and hope to fill up the dance floor.”

Big Daddy D & the Dynamites will also be performing tonight(Friday, July 12), at Sidewinders in Pine.

Because of my own music schedule, this week’s blues concert will be the first Saturday concert that I’ll be able to make. And I know I’m really going to like it. The blues are one of my favorite music genres — although it hasn’t always been.

At the onset of my DJ-ing days in the early 1990s, I had a very limited knowledge base for music other than good ol’ rock ’n’ roll, and even a disdain for country music, especially that really old country twang. But as I’ve aged and mellowed and time has gone by, I have acquired new appreciations and genuine likes for music outside of my younger years’ comfort zones.

By the mid-1990s, my radio was tuned in to our local country station and I was out two-stepping and country line dancing. In the early 2000s, my focus turned to the big band era and the Andrews Sisters became one of my favorite groups. In the latter part of the decade, I added appreciations for doo-wop, jazz and rockabilly.

Then about two years ago, I really began getting into the blues. And now I just love it — especially classic blues. Give me an afternoon with B.B. King, Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Johnny Lee Hooker, and I’m in heaven.

This week’s question

Can you match the following classic blues artists (all from Mississippi) with their famous hits?

A) B.B. King, B) Muddy Waters, C) Johnny Lee Hooker

1) “Big Legs Tight Skirt,” 2) “Mannish Boy,” 3) “The Thrill is Gone”

B.B. King had a lengthy and very successful career, charting 47 singles onto Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, from 1957-1989.

Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield, was a highly influential and legendary blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, from the 1940s through the 1980s.

John Lee Hooker, who was featured in the movie “The Blues Brothers,” recorded from the 1940s through the 1990s.

This week, if you are caller number five and have the right matches, you’ll win a CD of 20 top classic blues hits. Good luck!

Last week’s question

In 1986, legendary rock-blues artist Eric Clapton released his 13th album “August” on which the seventh track was the song “Take a Chance.”

Last week’s question was — early in Clapton’s singing career and before he went solo, with which of the following groups did he regularly sing: A) Dion and the Belmonts, B) Derek and the Dominos, C) Freddy and the Dreamers or D) Nicky and the Nobles?

The correct answer was Derek and the Dominos.

The group was formed by Clapton (born Eric Patrick Clapp in Ripley, Surrey, England) with other former members of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends in the spring of 1970. The rest of the lineup was Bobby Whitlock (keyboards, vocals), Carl Radle (bass), and Jim Gordon (drums).

The group debuted at the Lyceum Ballroom in London on June 14 and undertook a summer tour of England. From late August to early October, they recorded the celebrated double album “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.”

The single “Layla” would go on to earn both Grammy and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame status.

Following the completion of their album, the group toured both England and the United States, playing their final date on Dec. 6. The group reconvened to record a second album in May 1971, but split up without completing it. Clapton then left the music industry for several years, nursing a heroin addiction. He returned in 1974, taking on a solo career and finding instant success with his song, “I Shot the Sheriff,” which rose to No. 1 on the U.S. charts.

Dion and the Belmonts (“Runaround Sue”) was a popular doo-wop group in the late 1950s-early 1960s, Freddie and the Dreamers (“I’m Telling You Now”) was a mid-1960s British Invasion pop-rock group and Nicky and the Nobles (“School Bells”) was a one-hit-wonder in the early 1960s.

Have a great Rim Country week! And I hope to see you at Saturday night’s concert.

DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482

Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com

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