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Northwest Blues Music Spotlight: Sammy Eubanks

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I have grown up on music. Starting out with mom & dad’s 45s listening to Paul & Paula, Lee Dorsey, Bobby Day and the like out of the late 1950’s & early 1960’s. I cut my teeth on pop music, loved the rock music of the 1980s but as I progress on this musical journey I find that I am liking different music and then I got struck by lightening. Blues lightening.

Stevie Ray Vaughan did it for me first. Loved that Texas blues style guitar. Saw SRV at the Gorge in 1988 along with Robert Cray & John Hiatt. Best show I ever saw.

Then the Untapped Blues Festival came to Tri-Cities and Oh man the gloves were off. Look at all these cool artists that love what they do and they are having a blast on stage and I can relate to the music. Now I am having some fun.

So one night Mama Bear and I ended up at a B.B. King concert at Toyota Center. I thought now there is a legend. Gotta see B.B. King. As we were settling in for the show and the lights went down out came the opening act. Sammy Eubanks. I thought oh boy this guy has his hands full opening for a legend this people are real blues fans. How are they going to react to this guy?

Sammy Eubanks comes out on stage says “Hey Everybody Let’s Go” and by the end of the first song Sammy had the entore audience eating out of his hand. Sammy his drummer Michael Hays and bass player Dale Lewis tore that stage up!

I had the pleasure of meeting Sammy after the show as it turns out he is great friends with local sound man Gary Ford which is how he got the gig for B.B. King. Sammy said he wanted to play in Tri Cities more than he has been. Being so close and living in Post Falls Idaho this is an easy trip for the band and we have lots of great places to play.

If you have not seen Sammy Eubanks live you will have a chance coming up September 21st & 22nd. Sammy Eubanks will be appearing at Tagaris Winery in Richland for two nights! You have been warned once you go Sammy you’ll never go back.

Check out Sammy Eubanks website and his Facebook page and watch this great performance from the Bluz AT The Bend in 2010.

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