Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Honored by the Jus' Blues Foundation

Fred traveled to the Mississippi Delta where the Jus' Blues Foundation honored him with the James Brown Heritage Award Saturday in Tunica. He was among soulful friends old and new during the organization's 15th annual Blues Awards Week. Attendees included Millie Jackson, Vasti Jackson, Bobby Rush, and Fred's former JB compatriots Martha High and Vickie Anderson.

In other news, Fred ranked No. 9 in AL.com's survey asking readers who the Alabama Music Hall of Fame should induct next.

Enjoy the photos below, and click here for a video interview.

With Jus' Blues founder and president Charles Mitchell.
With Vasti Jackson, Bobby Rush and Mitchell.
With Millie Jackson.
In a TV interview with Memphis News Channel 3

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In Tunica, Mississippi with Jus' Blues!

Thursday is the Jus' Blues Music Foundation's Night of the Living Legends and Fred will be among the honorees. The event happens at the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. In addition to the evening activities, Fred also will sign CDs and copies of his book, "Hit Me, Fred: Recollections of a Side Man," at a meet and greet Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Home safe after a hot time in Europe

A hot night Sunday at London's "21st Century Church of the Chill," the wave-making Bussey Building, closed out the musically mighty tour that began July 5 at the Montreaux Jazz Festival for Fred and his New JBs. Thank you Tal Bright and Leah Maria Suarez for these excellent photos.

Onstage at the "South London Soul Train"
South London still getting down.
Onstage at the Montreaux Jazz Club.
New JBs guitarist Reggie Ward at Montreaux.
And these from other stops along the way.

Before the gig in Wieden, Germany.
Grooving crowd in the former bullring in Torres, Spain, at the Imagina Funk Fest.
Playing the piano at the chalet of Montreaux's late founder Claude Nobs.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Set for Aschaffenburg after a mighty Montreaux show

Syndicated radio icon Tom Joyner was in the house when Fred and his cats rocked the Montreaux Jazz Festival to launch their summer tour of Europe. Click here for more photos.

Fred with Tom Joyner and others backstage at Montreaux.
The band's enjoying a day off in Aschaffenburg, Germany, in advance of the Wednesday show at Colos-Saal. Click here for tickets.

The tour continues from Aschaffenburg:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Gearing up for Europe in July!

Fred fans can catch him in Europe with the New JBs in the following places on the following upcoming dates:

Click the links above to buy tickets now. Click here to see video from a performance earlier this year at the Conegliano Jazz & Blues, courtesy of soundchess.tv.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

At Funk Night in Napa Valley

Fred guested with Brian Culbertson and friends during the Friday Funk Night at Brian's Napa Jazz Getaway. The high-energy band had a great time with Fred and his compositions including "House Party," "No One" and the Horny Horns favorite "Four Play." It was a hot weekend in more ways than one, and gave Fred a chance to visit with friends new and old, including comedian Alonzo Bodden, and Jerry Martin, Greg Errico, Cynthia Robinson of The Family Stone, who opened the show.

Soundchecking at the Lincoln Theatre in Yountville.



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Getting away to Napa; digging "The Story of Ike Dupree"

This Friday night will find Fred at Brian Culbertson's Napa Jazz Getaway. He is a featured guest for the Funk Show with Brian and Friends, along with Eric Darius, Marqueal Jordon and Eric Marienthal. Comedian Alonzo Bodden and The Family Stone also will appear. Click here for ticket information.


In other news, Fred is celebrating the release of the fruit of his labor with Sid WhelanThe Story of Ike Dupree. Click here to get it now.