June 16th , 2021, Smitty and the JumpStarters are the first band to play the Steven Tanger Performance Arts Center in Greensboro, NC. The Center was to open March 2020 but the shutdown cancelled all shows. It is about to do a grand opening and they needed a show to practice. We got the honor along with Keith Byrd's band Fynz. We did a sound check on Tuesday and on Wednesday we did a set on the big stage. What a treat to play this State of the Art performance hall.
This rocking, swinging quartet plays music to get your feet moving. Their music is based in the blues but easily passes through Rockabilly, Jump Blues and other vintage styles. The band has logged six years together and first appeared at MerleFest on the Dance stage in 2018.
The Band has been invited back to play MerleFest 2021 on the Dance Stage, September 19th, 2021. Time will be announced soon. Check out the amazing lineup for the festival. Mavis Staples and Melissa Etheridge are on the main stage later that Sunday afternoon.
In April of 2020 (right after the Covid lockdown), they released their second CD with 12 Jumpstarters tunes and originals. The new CD “Let’s Get Jumpstarted” has gained much success on the airways. Two different songs reached #1 on the Roadhouse Blues & Boogie chart along with three songs appearing on the Beach Top 40 charts. The JumpStarters have a local, regional and global connection playing JumpStarters's music.
Check out "Rock With Me" from the 2nd CD "Let's Get Jumpstarted".
The 2nd release from "Let's Get JumpStarted.
Rock With Me*
Let's Go Jumpin'
* "Rock With Me" appeared at #23 on "The 2020 Beach Music Top 40" year end countdown.
Thank-You John "Fessa" Hook and Jukin Oldies; Rip Tide Radio with Johnny "B" Barkley, also AlanB and Mikey; SOS Radio - Sound Of the Strand with Dancing Dan Williard, DJ Grant and Barbara at Galaxy 107FM in New Zealand, Chris Roulhac at WQFS, A&T 90.1 with John Amberg and the many others playing our music.
Some call it Dancing Blues, Blues with a Beat, Jumpin' Blues, Roots Rock or Rockabilly. This music hides under many different styles and formats of American music. The common thread is it makes you move. It could be shuffling your feet at a concert or full on Swing dancing, this music makes you move. The #1 purpose of this band is to play a style of Blues that encourages this behavior. So bring your dancing shoes and join the fun.
This Triad music veteran has performed Blues in and around North Carolina since the Mid 80's. His previous band "Blues World Order" logged in 15 years of festivals and club dates throughout the state. In the mid 90's he joined Johnnie Whitlocks' Amazing Blues Caucus where he first played with Sax player Steve Blake.
Steve is one of the founding members of the the Triad's hottest Latin Band, "West End Mambo" A graduate of Berklee College of Music, his tool box includes many instruments and styles. Back in the 90's, Steve and Bryan played together in Johnnie Whitocks' Amazing Blues Caucus Band.
Doug's music career needs its own chapter in The Music History of Greensboro. He is the original Bass player in "Brice Street", which is still gigging in the area. He has been in many music projects over the years including the current "Wonder Wall".
Another Greensboro music veteran and graduate of UNCG's School of Music. Roy has anchored many bands and projects over the years. Roy founded "Dr. Brown's Code Blue Revue" where Steve Blake joined them on Sax.