Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Gloria's Music
BLOG # 10 (2007)

Posting as of August 28, 2007.

About Gloria: View my complete profile . Add'l info can be found at the top of the concert page at the UU Church of Tampa website. Go to http://www.uutampa.org/ & click on concerts.

Sept 2007 Concerts & Beyond -- Plus a Quick Review of Recent Past Concerts



C. TWO TAFEE CONCERTS (At Skipper's Smokehouse)




On July 29, 2007: South Tampa House Concert/Potluck/Circle Jam featuring Dean Station w/opening act Ms. Goody. This was a very enjoyable event. Ms. Goody provided a great opening set. Dean Station was a big hit. Personable, warm, & very talented trio. The jam was a hit. At one point we had 3 spoon players jamming. Very cool! As for future house concerts, we do hope to resume them soon, but for now we're taking a little break.

On July 8 2007: Tantalus Quartet was featured at CONCERTS IN THE UU DOME. They brought the house down - as expected - We had a good turnout. Unbelieveable that a trio with this much talent & charm & personality would be performing at our rather smallish Dome - but we're not complaining. They sure lived up to this quote: "The Tantalus Quartet gave an electrifying performance..."

On Sunday Aug 12 AMY CAROL WEBB w/Rebekah Pulley were featured at CONCERTS IN THE UU DOME. Ms Amy was (same as Tantalus) ELECTRIFYING. ALSO AMAZING - DYNAMIC - OUTSTANDING & every other complimentary adjective one can come up with. Sweet Rebekah was a big hit too. She's sweet & talented & easy on the ears. ( Also - Amy was the guest speaker at the Sunday church service -- and she had everyone hanging on her every word. She's quite the dynamic speaker. One church member exclaimed that if we had her in our pulpit every Sunday, we wouldn't have room for the throngs that would be showing up to hear her)


Sunday SEPT 16, 3 p.m. $10


ABOUT WILLIE: Blind Willie James is known for his inspiring versions of blues and gospel songs. James is originally from Live Oak in north Florida. He was born blind and was orphaned at an early age. Early on, he sang gospel music in church He began playing the piano while a student at the Florida School for the Blind in St. Augustine (where one of his classmates was Ray Charles).
Over the years he has collaborated with a variety of musicians, including the late Diamond Tooth Mary McClain with whom he appeared several times at the Florida Folk Festival; and in the early 90s the two did an appearance at Carnegie Hall. For a short time he was also a member of The Blind Boys of Alabama.Willie learned to sing by oral tradition. He learned to play the piano by ear. Immersed in the traditional Black Gospel music indigenous to the backwoods of North Florida, Willie's music exemplifies the blurring of lines between gospel and blues. Willie will sing a soul-stirring "Motherless Child" and then go into a suitable-for-late-night version of Hank Ballard's "The Twist," rife with all the innuendo the writer intended.
In 1999 Blind Willie James received the prestigious Florida Folk Heritage Award from the Governor of the State of Florida.
Altho he is getting on up in years, Willie still has much to offer. He is an entertainer extraordinaire. It's important that he not be allowed to rest too much on his laurels. Now with David Lee Maxwell as his musical partner & sidekick, we can all look forward to losing our blues courtesy of Willie & David .


C. TWO TAFEE CONCERTS (At Skipper's Smokehouse) http://www.skipperssmokehouse.com/

Tuesday Oct 02. 8 pm. $10. TAFEE PRESENTS: ROB MCNURLIN & HIS COUNTRY BAND w/special guest RONNY ELLIOTT @ Skipper's Smokehouse. Do not pass Go. Go Directly to Rob's myspace & listen to "Chicken Fried Steak, Cathead Biscuits & Gravy" http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=81192721 Beautiful TWANG. I LOVE TWANG - esp. if it's a la Rob. Rob is a wonderful musician & one of the nicest folks you'll every meet. Whether Rob is doing one of his fun songs or spiritual songs or a great ole cover by the likes of Hank Williams, they are all gems. ******* Listen Up to your trusted friends - me & Ronny Elliott -- We're both letting you know that this is one concert that you don't want to miss.

Tuesday Oct 23. 8pm. $10. TAFEE PRESENTS: JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE W/TED WRAY OPENING. In comparing Justin Townes Earle to his father, Steve Earle, it's apparent that the apple hasn't fallen too far from the tree; however, with his impressive new EP, Yuma, it's also apparent that Justin has quite a bit in common with the man who gave him his middle name. Like the late Townes Van Zandt, Justin uses a base of acoustic blues and traditional folk to build his own brand of American roots music. ( Per Justin: "On Yuma, I do take a very traditional approach because it's what I've done the longest." ) Justin also shows influences from both Van Zandt and the elder Earle in his choice of a narrative style of songwriting that eschews self-expression in favor of speaking through various characters.

With a voice perfectly reinforcing searing melodies; provacative, powerful lyrics telling captivating stories; plus a finger-picking acoustic guitar style that he describes as "slight of hand," Justin shows that he is forging his own exciting path. Although his appearance at Skipper's Smokehouse will be his first ever in Florida, since the release of Yuma, Justin has played steadily in the Southeast, Midwest and on the East Coast, including having opened for Tim O'Brien and Shawn Mullins as well as having toured as a support act with Jason Isbell, formerly of the Drive-By Truckers. Before arriving in Florida, Justin will also have completed a month-long tour of clubs in Europe.

For more information on Justin and to hear his music, visit

ABOUT TED WRAY: Ted was a founder of the Tampabay Fingerstyle Guitar Guild. Between tirelessly participating in and promoting the Guild and its members, plus pursuing his own solo career, Ted stays very busy. He has, however, agreed to find time in his schedule to welcome fellow finger-style guitar player Justin Townes Earle to Tampa by particpating in Justin's Skipper's gig as his opening act.

Per the Weekly Planet (now known as Creative Loafing) in naming Ted "Best Singer-Songwriter" .... Wray is always gracious and highly entertaining... His original repertoire includes impressive fingerstyle instrumentals, poignant love songs and some of the funniest, quirkiest novelty songs you’ll ever hear. With all this in his pocket, Ted keeps his audience entertained with a performance rich in diversity. Combined with his seasoned voice and adept guitar and harmonica skills is an honesty that you can hear in his songs and feel in his presence. After catching his performance, you'll know why Ted Wray is one of Tampa Bay's busiest musicians.

For more information on Ted and to hear his music, visit


1/12/08 - CELLIST MATT HAIMOVITZ www.myspace.com/matthaimovitz (probably w/a pianist too) 2/17/08 - THE MUSES Celtic Music with a Zing http://www.themusesmusic.com/