St. Jude's Benefit

St. Jude's Benefit

St. Jude's Benefit

Sat Aug 4

Doors: 11:30 am / Show: 1:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)

$15.00 - $25.00

Shawn Pittman - (Set time: 10:30 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!”
Holland K. Smith Band - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Holland K. Smith Band
*Smith's original song, "Rock Party" (BMI-Eagle EG Publishing) was recorded by George Thorogood and The Destroyers for his 2006 "Hard Stuff" album released Eagle Rock Records.
*Holland K Smith has 2 Cds out on the TopCat Records label out of Dallas, both produced by 9-time WC Handy award recipient Anson Funderburgh. Smith's third Cd that was self released is being marketed and distributed by Pacific Blues Records in Burbank California.
*Although Smith does in fact play some of the more obscure blues standards, and is often classified as a "blues" artist, he has written many diverse original songs that can lean toward rock, be-bop jazz and late-40's jump blues. His guitar work is extremely versatile and could be stylistically compared to the earlier recordings of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Freddie King, but there are tinges of influence heard in his style from other guitarists such as jazz legend Wes Montgomery, mellow country flavored Chet Atkins, Scotty Moore and even gypsy swing genius, Django Rienhardt. His multi- range vocal style is in the genre of John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles and even 40's blues shouters such as Wynonie Harris and Big Joe Turner. Live shows are tailored to the particular venue or festival and can contain many different types of music, including vintage rockabilly and early 60's surf.
Smith has the distinction of placing high on radio charts where he has consistently placed in the top 20, 10, 5 and even # 1 on the Living Blues charts during all three of his Cd releases and builds strong followings wherever he performs. Complete merchandise sell-out is almost always guaranteed at festivals.
Willow James - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Willow James
We are Willow James, a band based out of Dallas, Texas! Our music is hard to pinpoint but includes elements of Americana, Blues, Country, Rock, Folk, and everything in-between. Willow James is led by guitarist/vocalist Dan O’Connell, the primary songwriter, and also includes Joel Armstrong on bass and Nick Odom on drums.
We’ve recently released our first single, Depths, on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and many more! Check it out and tell us what you think with the form below or find us on Facebook!
We also have a four-song live EP created with the help of Rattle Music Mag. You can find our Rattle Studio Series EP on all of your favorite music platforms.
We’re always booking for events and shows, so keep checking our Shows page for the date, time and place of our next one!
CT Davis - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
CT Davis
CT grew up singing in a little back woods church of "L.A." which in his case stands for "Lower Alabama". The small town of Brewton, AL to be exact. Being inspired by the blues of B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughn, he's been singing live music around the DFW area since September of 2016. Some of his accomplishments thus far have been to play the Stevie Ray Vaughn Festival in Austin, TX this past year. He's also played with local Dallas' "Godfather of the Blues" Lou Hampton and awesome guitarist Jackie Don Loe at the KNON Blues Fest this past January. We look forward to hearing more from CT in 2018.
Jackie Don Loe - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
Jackie Don Loe
A guitarist with live performance and studio credentials to showcase a variety of styles. Played with the Al "TNT" Braggs show band from 1990 to 1998, and backed up R&B singer Lou Hampton before fronting his own bands "Zzajj Tu" in 1997 with saxophonist Leroy Locke, and the perpetual acoustic side project "Hippie Stew" with Kelly O'Shea. Toured with "The Smoking Blue Jays" from 2000 to 2002. Hosted the Blues Jam at the legendary Hole in the Wall 2005 to 2009. Currently performing in Dallas at Nate's Seafood every week hosting the "Sunday Blues Happening" - Recording guitarist at January Sound Studios. Also, author of the "Guitar Workshop" every month in Southwest Blues magazine. Endorsed by Category 5 Amplification,Member of the brand new D/FW Blues Society. Released All Instrumental CD, "TRACKS" Sept 2009, now available! ..
Rocky Lott Band - (Set time: 5:00 PM)
Rocky Lott Band
Raised on the Outlaws of Country music, Rocky was a professional musician by the age of 18. He wanted to lead a band that focused on original music, and Texas Country. That band came about shortly after moving to Weatherford where he met Marc Holtsclaw. The rest of the gang including Tim and Mike soon followed. Their different musical backgrounds, and years of professional music making create a unique blend of old and new school country, mixed with southern rock. They now write and play their original music in their rocking country show. They can be best described as a Red Dirt band with that distinctive hard rocking edge. Their live show is always a hit and they currently play mostly in the West o'Plex, Cleburne, Stephenville, Granbury area.
Those Guys TX - (Set time: 4:00 PM)
Those Guys TX
Those Guys TX is a DFW based Blues and Vintage Rock Band. Performing original tunes mixed with old blues and old school rock covers. The band performs as a 3 and 4 piece, depending on the venue size and needs. Led by local front man Pete Hames on guitar and lead vocals, a local performer with 40+ years live performing experience and studio work. Joined by James Taylor Duty on Sax, Jason Weisenborn on Drums, along with John Hogue on bass and back up vocals. 
The Mason Adams Project - (Set time: 3:00 PM)
The Mason Adams Project
Taking the listener on a musical journey of life experiences through story telling and a dynamic musical approach. Everyone likes a party, I guess we're all one in the same.
Hula Haze - (Set time: 2:00 PM)
Hula Haze
Hula Haze continues to perform and please audiences of all ages with blues, folk, americana, country, originals and covers.

His soulful voice and prolific songwriting combined with unique melodies create the perfect choice and perfect

setting for some awesome memories.
Ryan Berg & The Velvet Ears - (Set time: 1:00 PM)
Ryan Berg & The Velvet Ears
Ryan Berg & The Velvet Ears are an acoustic driven Blues/Jazz band from Dallas Texas. The project began when singer-songwriter Ryan Berg moved back to his hometown from San Marcos, Texas. Shortly after, Ryan began playing duos around the metroplex with lead guitarist, Glen Fleischman throughout 2014 when they met drummer, Charles Alexander. Since then, The Velvet Ears expanded it's perimeters by collaborating with local artists like Nick Snyder, Patrick Smith, Matt McClellan, Kirk Hampton, as well as Austin, Texas band, The Mammoths. In 2016 The Velvet Ears began working with Ken Welker of 13th Floor Music, DFW booking agency. In the Summer of 2017 Ryan Berg & The Velvet Ears were pleased to announce the release of their debut full-length album titled "The Velvet Ears". After the release of the album, "Molly Miss My" was featured on Dallas local radio station, 91.7 KTX. In 2018, Berg was announced runner up in KXT's listeners favorite vote. Since then, The Velvet Ears play weekly around the DFW metroplex at venues like; The Rustic, The Free Man, Granada Theater, ect...
Venue Information:
Six Springs Tavern
147 N Plano Rd
Richardson, TX, 75081