The Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation Presents
Shakin’ and Bakin’ for Steve Ferguson
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Phoenix Hill Tavern
Saloon and Roof Garden
6 p.m. – Midnight
$10 Day of Show
Scheduled to Perform
Rufus Huff featuring Greg Martin (Kentucky Headhunters)
Lamont Gillispie and 100 Proof Blues
Stray Cats Blues Band Reunion
Spanky Lee Reunion
Mad Tea Party
ABOUT THE SHOW
Iconic Louisville guitarist and band leader Steve Ferguson has been diagnosed with a very serious illness and is in need of support for his medical expenses. The Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation (MERF), a 501(c) 3 organization, is devoting its Community Show, normally held in November, to Steve, in honor and recognition of his longtime contributions to both the Louisville music scene and to MERF.
All proceeds from this event will go directly to Steve for his medical and personal expenses at this time of great need. All of the performers appearing on this show are donating their time and normal fees as well.
The show will feature ten bands or more on two stages, beginning at 6 p.m. The final hour will feature Rufus Huff plus however many of the other players wind up on the stage. At last year’s Community Show at Jim Porter’s, the ‘final’ hour ran well into the very early morning and generated a great deal of buzz after the show. These are performances not to be missed.
For over twenty years *MERF* has granted financial and resource assistance to Kentuckiana music industry professionals in times of need and emergency crisis. The heart and soul of a caring music community, *MERF* receives applications for aid and then allocates assistance based upon a juried process by the board of directors and advisory board. By participating in our events and benefits, you join us in extending a humanitarian hand to those that create the cultural soundtrack of our lives.
More information about MERF can be found at _www.merfbenefit.org. Donations will be accepted at the show and on the website via PayPal.
See Musician Bios below…
Although he’ll probably forever be known as the guy who changed the name of the New Rhythm and Blues Quintet to the New Rhythm and Blues Quartet when he left NRBQ after two albums, Steve Ferguson has had a healthy solo career in the decades since.
Born in Louisville, KY, Ferguson first hooked up with pianist Terry Adams in high school, where the pair formed a group called the Merseybeats (no relation to the Liverpool group who did “I Stand Accused”). When that group broke up, Ferguson and Adams moved to Miami, where they met the remnants of a band called the Story of Us and formed NRBQ in 1967. Ferguson played on the group’s self-titled debut and its collaboration with Carl Perkins, Boppin’ the Blues. He left the group in 1970, replaced by Big Al Anderson.
Ferguson kept to himself for the next two decades, playing occasional local gigs and sometimes collaborating with his former NRBQ bandmates. In 1991, he had his first high-profile project in over two decades, co-producing and writing much of Johnnie B. Bad, the debut solo album by Chuck Berry’s piano player, Johnnie Johnson. Emboldened by the success of that project, Ferguson released his first solo record, Jack Salmon and Derby Sauce. That New Orleans-flavored album (which, amusingly, features a cover of the Liverpool Merseybeats’ “I Stand Accused”) featured Ferguson backed by his aptly named new group, the Midwest Creole Ensemble: guitarist Pat Lentz, keyboardist Keith Hubbard, bassist Robert Monk Mackey, and drummer Max Maxwell.
After touring behind Jack Salmon and Derby Sauce, Ferguson and the Midwest Creole Ensemble made the even-better Mama-U-Seapa, a good-timey country-voodoo-jazz record with guest appearances by Adams and fellow NRBQers Joey Spampinato and Tom Ardolino. In 1999, Ferguson and the Midwest Creole Ensemble released a smoking live album, Moho Criollo: Live at Air Devils Inn.
Rufus Huff Featuring Greg Martin
Rufus Huff, featuring Grammy Award winning Kentucky HeadHunters lead guitarist Greg Martin, ex-Supafuzz rhythm section Dean Smith & Chris Hardesty and Jarrod England on vocals, is a four piece band, named after two obscure bluesmen, Whistlin’ Rufus and Luther Huff. They play an eclectic mix of rock, funk, blues, boogie and “Dixie” through a stack of Marshall amps. Greg Martin, of course, made his name and fame playing guitar for The Kentucky Headhunters, the band that was at the beginning of the rock ‘n’ country trend in Nashville music with “Dumas Walker” from /Pickin on Nashville./ Martin grew up in Louisville and has played many MERF benefits, including shows that featured extended jams with Steve Ferguson and Tim Krekel. In addition to his taste for rock, he is a fan of gospel music and hosts a radio show on WDNS in Bowling Green, Ky.
Louisville native Tim Krekel has had songs recorded by such artists as Rick Nelson, Lonnie Mack, Dr. Feelgood, Shakin Stevens, Canned Heat, Jason & the Scorchers, Vern Gosdin, BJ Thomas, Delbert McClinton Aaron Tippin, Deana Carter and Kim Ritchey. He”s had two number one hits, “Turning Away” in 1984, sung by Crystal Gayle, and “You can Feel Bad,” co-written by Matraca Berg, sung by Patty Loveless in 1997. “Cry On The Shoulder,” also co-written by Berg, was a single for Martina McBride. Kim Richeys version of “Come Around,” a song she co-wrote with Tim, was used in the 1999 Kevin Costner film “For Love of the Game.”
Tim has played with Jimmy Buffett, Billy Swan, Bo Diddley, Delbert McClinton, Skeeter Davis, Steve Forbert, Tracy Nelson, Pam Tillis, Marshall Chapman, Lonnie Mack and Sam Bush. He appeared with Mark Germino on “Late Night with David Letterman. “He has also performed on NPR”s “Mountain Stage” with Matraca Berg. He was named among WFPK Louisville”s Essential Artists A-Z in 2000 and four of his songs were voted among the 2001 greatest songs of all time by WFPK listeners. He toured with Jimmy Buffett throughout the 70″s and 80″s, playing on The Album ” /Son of a Son of a Sailor/” , appearing on Saturday Night Live, and in the 1978 film FM as well.
Lamont Gillispie and 100 Proof Blues
Lamont grew up in Greasy Creek, Kentucky listening to a Nashville radio station, WLAC. Although his family’s roots were in bluegrass, his heart was rooted in blues. After high school, Lamont played around Louisville in a couple of local blues bands. Eventually, he moved to Chicago where he became the harmonica player for Lefty Dizz and the Chicago Blues Hounds. Upon his return to Louisville, he helped form the Stray Cat Band which played together for 9 years. Enter 100 Proof; now the band is regularly gigging in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville Blues & BBQ Fest, J-Town Blues Fest, The Kentucky State Fair, Thunder Over Louisville, Slippery Noodle Inn, and opening for such blues greats as Lurrie Bell, B.B. King, Etta James, Koko Taylor, George Thorogood and more. Lamont and the band have plans to go to the recording studio very soon and release their debut CD.
Another Mule is an iconic Louisville that held sway in the Kentuckiana area in the Eighties and early Nineties and featured many of the performers who will appear at this benefit.
Most Wanted is a five piece rock band based in the Louisville area. The band has four women playing lead guitar, bass, keyboard and singing lead and one man on drums. The band cover songs by Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Sheryl Crow, Matchbox 20, Free, Jefferson Airplane, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sublime, Natalie Merchant and others.
Spanky Lee is a four-piece glam rock band, led by brothers Mark Maxwell, vocals and guitar, and Max Maxwell, drums. Spanky Lee has been performing in the Louisville area since the 1980s.
Stray Cats Blues Band Reunion
The Stray Cats Blues Band, featuring Lamont Gillispie, played around the Louisville area for nine years before breaking up. They have been playing reunion shows of late.