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Bubba Jackson's Long Beach Blues Cruise ©Judy Edmonson

Bubba Jackson's Long Beach Blues Cruise ©Judy Edmonson

THE JACKIE PAYNE STEVE EDMONSON BAND

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Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson have a history together that goes back more than ten years. They first met when they were members of the popular show band, The Dynatones. While touring together they developed a friendship and camaraderie that is clearly evident when you see them perform together. You can hear the blues in every note that Jackie & Steve sing and play.  In addition to being gifted musicians, Jackie and Steve understand the art of performance in a way that few of today’s artists do. Jackie doesn’t just sing; he entertains. Jackie’s show can easily match the fervor and intensity of a fire and brimstone gospel revival.

Jackie & Steve have assembled an incredible band that is made up of some of the best and most experienced Blues/Soul/R&B musicians in the world.  Jackie and Steve and the fellas have been in great demand since the release of their “Partner’s In The Blues” CD.  Since that release, they have performed at The International Maximum Blues Festival, Carleton, Quebec, The Bitterroot Smokin’ Blues Festival, Stevensville, Montana, Blues By The Bay, Eureka, California, The Spring Blues Festival/ Ecaussines, Belgium, The Pinedale Blues Festival, Pinedale, WY, The Monterey Blues Festival, Monterey, CA, Åmål’s Blues Fest , Åmål, Sweden, The Poconos Blues Festival, Big Boulder Lake, PA, The Kalama Blues Festival, Kalama, WA, The Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival, Hardin, KY, The San Francisco Blues Festival, San Francisco, CA. The Cityfolk Festival, Dayton, Ohio, The Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan, The Dodgeville Blues Festival / Dodgeville, Wisconsin, The Mount Baker Blues Festival, Deming, Washington, The Homegrown Blues Festival / Oakland , CA, The Koh Samui Blues and World Music Festival, Koh Samui, Thailand, The Bayfront Blues Festival  Duluth, Minnesota, Le Passage Blues Festival, Lot-et-Garonne, France, The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Davenport , IA, The Cognac Blues Passions, Cognac, France, The Dark Season Blues Festival, Svalbard, Norway, The Colorline Blues Cruise, Oslo, Norway, as well as appearances at countless other blues venues around the world. After the release of “Partners in The Blues,” on Burnside Records, the band was signed by Delta Groove Productions Label in Los Angeles, CA.  The band has released two critically acclaimed CD’s on Delta Groove, the first being, “Master of the Game,” in 2006, and “Overnight Sensation” in late 2008.

Jackie Payne began his singing career at age 13 with the Allen Swing Band in Atlanta, Georgia.  At 17 he moved to Houston where he worked with many Blues and R&B legends including: T-Bone Walker, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Clarence Hollimon, Albert Collins, Pee Wee Crayton, Wayne Bennett, Otis Redding, Gatemouth Brown, Lowell Fulson, Buddy Ace, Freddy King, Gladys Knight, Etta James and more.  Jackie had his first regional hit, Go Go Train b/w I’ll Be Home, on the Jetstream label in 1965.  The success of that single led to a 45 city tour with the Stax revue featuring Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Rufus & Carla Thomas.  In addition, Jackie was the lead singer for the Johnny Otis Show for 15 years.  Jackie has headlined shows in Sweden, Belgium, France, Thailand, and Japan, as well as the 1989, 2000, 2003 and 2006 San Francisco Blues Festivals, the 1992 Sacramento Blues Festival, and the 1993, 1994 and 2003 Monterey Blues Festivals.

Guitarist, Steve Edmonson, was almost literally born with a guitar in his hands. The son of folk musician Travis Edmonson (of Bud and Travis fame), Steve spent the first several years of his life criss-crossing the country on the road while his father toured with the likes of Josh White, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and Ligntnin’ Hopkins.  Steve himself has worked with musicians of such diverse styles as James Cotton, Luther Tucker, Syl Johnson, Sir Mack Rice, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Terry Hanck, Sugar Pie De Santo, Frankie Lee, Trudy Lynn, Johnny Rawls, RJ Mischo, John Nemeth, Rusty Zinn, and more.

Tenor Saxophonist, Carl Green has been performing Blues, Jazz and R&B since the late 50’s!  Carl has performed and recorded with such stars as: Buddy Ace, Luther Ingram, Fontella Bass, Jimmy McCracklin, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rufus Thomas, Big Mama Thornton, ZZ Hill, Sonny Rhodes, Ike Turner, B. B. King, Etta James, Clarence Carter, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and more.  Carl is the leader/arranger of the band’s tight two-piece horn section, which also features Geechi Taylor on Trumpet.

Bassist, “Col.” Bill Singletary, and Drummer, Nick Otis, son of R&B Legend, Johnny Otis, have performed with a list that comprises a virtual who’s who of Blues and R&B.  Nick has performed as part of his father’s Johnny Otis Orchestra for more than 20 years.  As a member of that prestigious aggregation, Nick has performed at many of the greatest musical venues in the world including Carnegie Hall, and with many musical legends, including:  Big Joe Turner, Hank Ballard, Etta James, Lowell Fulson, Pee Wee Crayton, Little Milton, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins to name a few.  Nick recently performed with his brother, Shuggie Otis, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Col. Bill has performed with: Gladys Knight, Snooky Pryor, Jimmy Rogers, James Cotton, Syl Johnson, Luther Tucker, Steve Freund, The Dynatones, Rusty Zinn, Sir Mack Rice, Paris Slim and Tommy Castro among others.  Together, these guys form what many have called the best Blues & Soul band in the world.

IF YOU CAN’T DIG THESE GUYS, YOU’VE GOT A HOLE IN YOUR SOUL!