Happy Blue Year Blues Revue, Mike Morgan and The Crawl, Shawn Pittman, Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch, Reo Casey, Hash Brown, James Hinkle, Junior Clark

Six Springs Presents

Happy Blue Year Blues Revue

Mike Morgan and The Crawl

Shawn Pittman

Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch

Reo Casey

Hash Brown

James Hinkle

Junior Clark

Mon Dec 31

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm (event ends at 12:30 am)

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is 21 and over

Happy Blue Year Blues Revue - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Happy Blue Year Blues Revue
Ring in 2019 with an All-Star Blues Revue featuring the best of the best in the Dallas Blues scene.
Mike Morgan and The Crawl - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Mike Morgan and The Crawl
Mike Morgan was born in Dallas on November 30, 1959, and grew up in nearby Hillsboro, Texas. Morgan displayed an avid interest in music as a youngster, listening intently to the impassioned soul sounds of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett on local radio stations. He received his first guitar while in the third grade, but didn't begin to take playing seriously until he discovered Stevie Ray Vaughan's album, Texas Flood, in 1985.

"When I heard Stevie's first album, that was it," Morgan recalls. "I already knew how to play the guitar, but Stevie showed me a lot of things I didn't know. After that, I dove headlong into playing the blues."

As his prowess on the guitar developed, it became clear that he was not merely a Stevie knock-off, but rather an original player with a sound and style all his own. Mike moved to Dallas in 1986 and soon hooked up with experienced vocalist Darrell Nulisch (formerly with Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets and Ronnie Earl) to form The Crawl (named after an old jukebox hit by guitar great, Lonnie Brooks. Darrell had a tremendous knowledge of blues and a deep collection of blues records, and he exposed Morgan to the music of the Chicago blues scene and many of its key players.

Mike Morgan and The Crawl quickly made a name for themselves as one of the best contemporary blues bands in Texas, writing original songs that were on a par with the classics they chose to cover. After Nulisch left the band in 1989, Morgan set out to find a vocalist who would fit his desire for a broader-based R&B sound. He found the perfect match in Kansas City native and blues veteran Lee McBee, whose smoky, seasoned vocals were reminiscent of the legendary 1960s soul singers Morgan listened to while growing up. The fact that McBee was also an accomplished and revered harmonica player added more fuel to The Crawl's fire.

As Mike and Lee's collaboration proved popular with blues aficionados, appearances at the Benson & Hedges Blues Festival, the Dallas Blues Festival, the Atlantic City Blues Festival and the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival soon followed. Shortly before a performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Morgan's old pal Anson Funderburgh took Black Top owner Hammond Scott to a gig. Scott was so stunned by the band's talent and originality that he signed them to the label immediately following the Jazz Fest appearance.

Mike Morgan and The Crawl found a national audience with the release of their debut recording, Raw & Ready, in 1990. Backed up by extensive national and international touring, Mike Morgan and The Crawl continued to amaze their fans throughout the 1990s by releasing five highly regarded albums, Mighty Fine Dancin, Full Moon Over Dallas, Ain't Worried No More, Looky Here!, The Road and I Like The Way You Work It. Morgan even kept a high profile during some down time away from the band in 1994 by recording Let The Dogs Run, a highly acclaimed record that paired him with fellow Dallas guitarist Jim Suhler.

Meanwhile praise for Morgan and the band came flooding in. Guitar World Magazine called Morgan "a genuine blues guitar hero!!"

Blues Access Magazine raved, "Mike Morgan and the Crawl crank up an irrepressible of fresh gritty blues and romping Stax/Volt-era soul."

New Years Eve 1999 saw an end to the Morgan /McBee era of Mike Morgan and the Crawl. As Lee ventured out to do his own band back in his home state of Kansas, Morgan decided it was high time he took over as front man. After years of great vocalists / front men such as Lee McBee, Darrell Nulisch, Chris Whynaught and Keith Dunn, Mike was ready to take on the new challenge.

In 2000 Texas Man, Mike’s first vocal outing was released on Severn Records. Texas Man met rave reviews and was followed up in 2004 by “ Live in Dallas.”

2007 saw the release of the most current CD, Stronger Every Day. Stronger Every Day was released by Seven Records and has guest appearances by Lee McBee and Randy McAllister.

Mike has not been touring much since 2006. He is still playing mostly local gigs and a few scattered touring appearances. Mike is currently the sales manager at a Mesquite, TX based motorcycle dealership called "Action Suzuki / Kawasaki / Arctic Cat of Mesquite.

Mike is normally doing a three piece band with the rhythm support of Kevin Schermerhorn on drums and Drew Allain on bass.
Shawn Pittman - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Shawn Pittman
Although he’s often closely associated with the Lone Star State since originally taking up residence in Dallas, Texas in the early ‘90s, vocalist/guitarist Shawn Pittman is actually an Oklahoma native. Pittman was born in the small town of Talihina and raised in Norman, a city located in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. At eight years old he began taking piano lessons under the encouragement of his mother, but later began sneaking into his older brother’s room to play on his drum kit. By the age of fourteen he had switched to guitar and was soon introduced to the mysterious sounds of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Muddy Waters by Bracken Hale, a good friend and member of his seventh grade football team. Their friendship would prove significant as Hale would later collaborate with Shawn on writing material for many of his albums.

Pittman moved to Dallas, Texas when he was seventeen years old where he attended the Booker T Washington High School of the Performing Arts. He later dropped out, but picked up his music education courtesy of his uncle who would take him over to the Schooner’s jam in Dallas where he first met Sam Myers. According to Pittman, “Sam Myers was one of the best musicians I’ve ever played with!” Additional guidance and inspiration came by way of local area musicians Mike Morgan and Hash Brown. His first album, “Blues From Dallas,” was recorded in 1996 and later picked up and retooled for his national debut in ’97 as “Burnin’ Up” on the short-lived Cannonball Records label. His second album, “Something’s Gotta Give,” was produced by Jim Gaines and followed in ’98. Pittman toured as rhythm guitarist for Susan Tedeschi briefly in ’99, just long enough to make a television appearance with her on the Conan O’Brian Show. The following year he relocated to Austin and recorded his third album “Full Circle,” backed by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section Double Trouble. In 2004, a more experimental and adventurous album titled “Stay” was released. After a much needed break from the music business, as well as some serious soul-searching from 2005-2008, Pittman returned to performing and made a plan to record one album per year. By mid-2010 he already had five independently released recordings under his belt! This flurry of activity eventually led to a new record contract with Delta Groove and plans were immediately set in motion to record yet another album.

“Edge Of The World” marks Shawn Pittman’s tenth release and contains an inspired program of original material by an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, recalling all the vintage tones and ambiance of the great blues recordings of the 1950’s and ’60’s. Even more astonishing is the fact that Shawn plays virtually every instrument on the CD, handling everything from vocals and guitar, to bass, drums and piano, on top of doubling as the album’s producer and engineer! Special guest Jonathan Doyle (Mighty Blue Kings, Jimmy Sutton’s Four Charms, White Ghost Shivers) represents the album’s only other personnel by contributing tenor & baritone saxophone on four songs. When asked to comment about the inspiration behind his latest and most ambitious project Pittman simply states “I’m just playing the music I want to hear!”
Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch
Based out of Dallas, TX, "Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch" is an original high-energy trio that blends jump blues, hard-hitting rock, vintage soul/r&b, and traces of 60’s country into a unique-but-familiar sound that always maintains the essence of the blues while simultaneously offering a fresh take on the genre. Jason Elmore is uncommonly seamless in his ability to tailor his performance to suit the venue and demographic, without compromising the integrity of the band’s mission, which is to give 110% with every single performance, regardless of whether it’s 2 people or 2,000.   
 
Having grown up with an obsession for all genres of American roots music,  Elmore is remarkable in his ability to appeal to fans of all genres of music with his virtuoso-level guitar playing, soulful and powerful old-school vocals, and keen sense of songwriting. It is common to see an artist excel at one of those three things, but Jason is uncanny in his ability to express himself with an original and unique voice as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter.   All one needs to do is watch him play live one time in order to have a good understanding of how all of these different genres of music have a common thread when it comes to eliciting an emotional response from the listener and taking them to that special place where only the music exists and the troubles of the world are temporarily put on hold.
 
The band recently released their 3rd full album, titled ‘Champagne Velvet’ in September 2016 on the Underworld Records label.  The album debuted at #13 on the Billboard Blues Charts, #3 on the Roots Music Report blues charts, and held the #1 chart position on the Texas music chart for 6 consecutive weeks! It is currently receiving international acclaim and airplay.  This record  is a slight change of direction from the band’s 2010 album “Upside Your Head” and 2013’s “Tell You What”, both of which featured a heavy emphasis on Texas rock and blues. ‘Champagne Velvet’ sees the band exploring their soul, blues, and country roots more in-depth than before with a sense of excitement and fire that is uncommon in the contemporary blues scene.  It is a throwback to 1950’s jump blues, rockabilly, and Memphis soul. The guitar tones are cleaner, the bass and drums interplay with more dynamics and the grooves jump like a kangaroo on a hot sidewalk. All 13 original songs flow with an abundance of melody, harmony, and clever lyrics. At the same time, there is just enough variety to quench the thirst of fans of the more rock-oriented material of past albums. ‘Champagne Velvet’ is like a road trip from Dallas to Memphis, TN with a quick stop by the West Coast on the way. It perfectly captures the essence of the band doing what they do best, which is bringing unrestrained boogie to the party. So get ready to groove with Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch, baby!!  These boys can flat GET it!
Reo Casey - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Reo Casey
Reo Casey is a musician in his early twenties - an up-and-coming singer and instrumentalist who is defining his own sound and bringing it to venues around the metroplex, accompanied by a tight, soulful band.

He has spent time learning the craft of soul music, jazz, and blues from some of the most respected musicians in Dallas and beyond. He's currently working to push the envelope by creating his own sound from the building blocks of music that inspires him, playing gigs around Dallas, and writing songs.

Growing up on Stax, Chess, nineteen fifties B.B. King, the Beatles, and other old school pop and R&B, he also has an ear for contemporary styles and likes to pull from it all. Performing in public since high school, he has been absorbing as much as possible along the way. Initially playing the drums, he picked up a guitar a few years later and has done all kinds of gigs since then, from orchestral music to folk, from big band jazz to solo acoustic blues.

As he performs more and more around Dallas-Fort Worth, Reo Casey aspires to keep writing music and to continue to build a fanbase.
Hash Brown - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Hash Brown
Hash Brown has been playing the Blues since 1973.
he plays guitar, harmonica, and sings.
He moved to Dallas, TX in 1983, and cut his eye teeth playing with an assortment of Dallas Blues royalty including ZuZu Bollin, Henry Qualls, Sam Myers, Big Al Dupree, Robert Ealey, Willie Willis, Ray Sharpe,U.P. Wilson, Little Joe Blue, Ernie Johnson, and many, many more.
He has 3 CDs under his own name, a number of compilations and also appears as a side man on no less than 30 recordings; including ZuZu Bollin, Henry Qualls, Barbara Lynn, Robert Ealey, Hosea Hargrove, and many, many others.
He continues to make Dallas, TX his home and plays continually around the metroplex, and a short tour every now and then.
James Hinkle - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
James Hinkle
A native of Fort Worth,Texas, James Hinkle began his musical career playing Country and Blues in local Texas juke joints.
He spent years under the guidance of many well known bluesmen in Fort Worth- a period he refers to as the Bluebird School of Music. Officially taking a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas in Austin in 1984, James took to the road for what would turn into a twenty five year and counting journey of musical self discovery. During this time , James has performed as guitarist for Marcia Ball, which took him to some of the worlds most notable venues like The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Lincoln Center NYC, Austin City Limits to name but a few. During this time he recorded an album and toured the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe with the group.
Over the years , James has played along side ,recorded with, and or produced some of Texas' finest musical talents such as , Ponty Bone , Ted Roddy, Marcia Ball,Tommy Alverson, Buddy Miles, Johnny Reno, Mike Buck, Rocky Morales, Nick Connolly, Jim Colegrove, Sumter and Stephen Bruton, Albert Collins, Doyle Bramhall sr., Jessie Taylor, Robert Ealey, U.P. Wilson, John Lee Hooker , Billy Gayles, Tommy Allsup and many more.
James has been honored numerous times for his musical endevours :
1995 Best Blues act , Fort Worth Star Telegram
1998 Artist of the Year FWWeekly Music Awards.
1999 Best Jazz and Blues group Fort Worth Star Telegram.
2005 Best Blues Artist FWWeekly Music Awards.
2006 Best Blues Artist FWWeekly Music Awards.
2007 Best Blues / Funk ? Whatever FWWeekly Music Awards.
2007 Blues Now Jazz later made it on critics lists across the world as one of their top CD's for the year. The International Blues Challenge and The Blues Foundation elected it into their top 5 best self prduced Cd's for 2007.
2008 is not starting off to bad either with interviews in Gibson.com online magazine and Guitar World Magazine also doing a write up in the March issue. The June 2008 issue of Buddy Magazine had a cover photo and feature article on James and his new CD Some Day.
2009 just kept rolling on with several tunes being used in Radio , TV,compilation cd's and sound track.
2011 selected as FWWeeklys Guitarist of the year. This year was also the debut of Daddies Ju Ju a side project with Chad Pope featuring new material. The duo toured Europe and recorded a CD while abroad.
2012 finds another collaboration this time with Belgian Harp meastro Eddie de Smul. This project will tour Europe in August and September in support of their upcoming CD currently in production. Look for James Hinkle and "The Transatlantics" First Crossing in early fall.
Through the years James has served on many
non-profit boards and helped with fundraising for groups in the North Texas area , Southwest Blues Heritage Foundation, Arts on Tap, The North Texas Blues Society, Arts Fifth Avenue, The Hip Pocket Theatre, Womens Haven, KNON Radio 89.3 fm, North Texas food bank , Lonestar Film Society and the Austin group HAMM which provides for the medical needs of musicians.
Junior Clark - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Junior Clark
I am a 58 year old guitar player and singer/ song writer that has returned to playing music for a living.
Awards
Texas Tornado, Buddy Magazine 1983. Best Rock Band, Dallas Observer, 1982, Best Blues Band, Dallas Observer 1984.
Venue Information:
Six Springs Tavern
147 N Plano Rd
Richardson, TX, 75081