Sunset Cove Amphitheater (West End of Glades Road)
in Palm Beach County
Music Jam Productions presented Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2018 on Saturday January 27th, 2018 at Sunset Cove (west end of Glades Road), featuring the up close and personal performances of the best in Jazz and Blue.
Gov’t Mule headlines Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2018 with a full 90-mionute set. The set is sure to include Mule classics as well as the latest album entitled The Tel-Star Sessions, the band’s very first, and never-before- released, demos made in June 1994 at Tel-Star Studios in Bradenton, Florida. The Mule started as an adventurous side project, formed during a year when Warren Haynes and Allen Woody had some down time from their work with the Allman Brothers Band. Becoming one of the most enduring, respected and active bands in the world was the furthest thing from the band’s imagination; the plan was to record a low-budget album and play a few shows. It’s now clear that they had stumbled upon something special, but at that point Mule was an experimental rock trio: Haynes, Woody and drummer Matt Abts, who Haynes brought in after playing with him in the Dickey Betts Band. Fans will love the chance to hear their early improvisational interplay, an impressive skill that has since become a signature of Gov’t Mule’s albums and live shows.
The band recorded three increasingly ambitious studio albums and performed countless shows before Woody died in August, 2000. After briefly pausing to ponder their next move, Haynes and Abts began recording The Deep End, two CDs featuring guest bassists, ranging from the Who’s John Entwistle to the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh. “Everything we’ve done collectively has led up to where we are now,” says Haynes. “But those Deep End sessions, and the experience of playing with so many bassists and adapting to different sounds and approaches had a profound effect on Gov’t Mule and what we’ve done since. “Danny Louis, a longtime collaborator, became a full-time member of Gov’t Mule in 2001, and the group has been a four-piece ever since. Bassist Jorgen Carlsson has been with the group since 2008, solidifying the lineup. “I think a lot of the music we’re doing now is very similar to the music we were making in the earliest years with the obvious exception that we are no longer a trio,” says Haynes. “In some ways we’ve come full circle and in other ways it only makes sense if you step back and connect the dots. And that seems right to me. You want to keep growing and you never want to be static, or done changing.” Warren Haynes’ unparalleled ability to bring together different musicians into a cohesive whole or to pull off epic musical happenings is one of the many reasons why Haynes stands apart from the many great front men and guitarists who have graced the musical landscape. Combined with his guitar and vocal mastery, these skills have made him an in-demand presence and indispensable musical ally for many.Gov’t Mule has showcased its virtuosity, intelligence, and breadth for more than two decades, which have encompassed 15 studio and live albums, millions of album and track sales and thousands of performances. The band has become a human encyclopedia of timeless American music.
The Devon Allman Project with Special Guest Duane Betts & Peter Levin.
Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2018 also proudly presents the exclusive Central and South Florida Appearance of The Devon Allman Project with Special Guest Duane Betts and former Gregg Allman and Allman Brothers Keyboardist Peter Levin. The Devon Allman Project will bring you Devon Allman’s original songs as well as a special set of Allman Brothers songs in tribute to his late great father, Gregg Allman. This is a performance you do not want to miss. Leading up to Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2018, Devon Allman has been quite busy. On September 7 Devon participated in an event at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles with multiple Grammy-winning producers, Don Was, Scott Sharrard (Gregg’s Musical Director) and Gregg’slongtimee manager, Michael Lehman. On September 9 Devon accepted the key to the city of Macon at the historic Big House Museum on his father’s behalf. We proclaim January 27, 2018, to be a very special day for Florida Jazz and Blues Jam.
Blues Legend Walter Trout is hotter than ever. And this legend will also grace the Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2018 Stage. Walter Trout, a former Canned Heat and John Mayall and the Blues Breakers guitarist, has achieved stellar stature in his own right as a blues legend. Walter Trout just released his new album We’re All In This Together on August 25th, 2017. With an all-star cast of blues legends performing with Trout on this Album, it is a smash hit. In fact, within just a few weeks, We’re All In This Together has reached the #1 Billboard spot for Blues Album
For the few of you who do not know, Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock
scene. He is respected by the old guard, revered by the young guns and adored by the fans who shake his hand after his shows. After five decades in the game, Trout is a talismanic figure and the glue that bonds the blues community together, at a time when the wider world has never been so divided. He’s also the only artist with the vision, talent and star-studded address book to pull off a project on the scale of We’re All In This Together. “It was quite a piece of work to get this record together,” he admits. “But I guess I have a lot of friends, y’know?” Before you even hear a note, We’re All In This Together has your attention. Drafting fourteen A-list stars – including Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Mayall and Randy Bachman – and writing an original song for each, Trout has made the most tantalizing album of the year, and found solace after a run of solo albums that chronicled his near-fatal liver disease of 2014. “Now was the right time for this record,” he says. “Battle Scars  was such an intense piece of work, written with tears coming down my face. I needed a break from that, to do something fun and light-hearted. This album was joyous for me.” Trout also welcomes a fistful of compadres from recent all-star project The Supersonic Blues Machine, in the form of Warren Haynes, Robben Ford and Eric Gales. Then there’s John Mayall: the ageless British blues-boom godfather who hired a troubled Trout for the Bluesbreakers in 1985 and now blows harp on Blues For Jimmy T. “Am I proud to call myself a former Bluesbreaker?” Trout reflects. “Yeah, of course. What a credential. That is a very exclusive club, and I know that when I’m gone, that’s gonna be one of the big things that they’ll remember me for: that I was a Bluesbreaker for five years.”
They say you can judge a man by the company he keeps. If that’s the case, then We’re All In This Together is further proof of Walter Trout’s position at the hub of the blues scene. This is the sound of an artist not just getting by with a little help from his friends, but positively thriving, on an album that is sure to light another rocket under his blooming late career. “I’m 66 years old,” considers Trout, “but I feel like I’m in the best years of my life right now. I feel better than I have in years physically. I have more energy. I have a whole different appreciation of being alive, of the world, of my family, of my career.”
Guitar virtuoso Robben Ford’s latest album, Into The Sun, debuted at #2 on The Blues Charts and shines a bright light on his artful, contemporary songwriting and stunning playing. The five time Grammy nominee describes the 11 song set as “one of the top recordings I’ve ever done” and Guitar Player Magazine claims it “explores the breadth of Ford’s sophisticated, visionary writing and playing, creating a new chapter in his brilliant musical history.” Robben has recorded more than 35 albums under his own name and with various bands. There’s also his session and sideman work, which included hundreds of concert appearances and albums by Miles Davis, George Harrison, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Streisand, Charlie Musselwhite, KISS, Ruthie Foster, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Witherspoon, Larry Carlton, Brad Paisley, Gregg Allman, Phil Lesh and Rickie Lee Jones. Robben continues to tour heavily and teach master classes in the US and worldwide.
An important and essential component of Robben’s career is his commitment to teaching and passing on what he’s learned over the past 40 years to current and future musicians. His instructional videos and clinics over this this time have culminated in a collaboration with TrueFire and the birth of the Robben Ford Guitar Dojo. Robben also hosts his annual Traveling Dojo Guitar Camp in upstate NY every August. For more information, please go to www.robbenford.com.
Adding yet additional sizzle to the Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2018 stage is one of the strongest modern proponents of Baton Rouge swamp blues, Kenny Neal. Kenny Neal is a second-generation southern Louisiana bluesman who is cognizant of the region’s venerable blues tradition and imaginative enough
to steer it in fresh directions.
Neal was born on October 14, 1957 in New Orleans. His dad, harpist Raful Neal, was a Baton Rouge blues mainstay whose pals included Buddy Guy and Slim Harpo (the latter gave three-year- old Kenny his first harmonica). At age 13, Neal was playing in his father’s band, and at 17, landed a job playing bass for Buddy Guy. He then recruited some of his talented siblings to form the Neal Brothers Blues Band. In 1987, Kenny Neal cut his debut LP for Florida producer Bob Greenlee, an updated swamp feast initially released by Kingsnake Records as Bio on the Bayou. The following year, Alligator Records signed Neal and reissued the debut under the title Big News from Baton Rouge!! Young Neal was on his way. Neal’s sizzling guitar work, sturdy harp, and gravelly, aged-beyond- his-years vocals served him well, and he cut four albums for Alligator Records between 1989 and 1994.
In the last few years, Kenny has relocated back to Baton Rouge and has spent much of his time around home with Family, writing songs, riding horses and working on his collection of vintage cars, but has come to realize that life on the road is his life. And on January 27, 2018, that road leads Kenny Neal to Florida Jazz and Blues Jam!
Kicking off Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2018 is Marcia Ball. The fact that Marcia Ball headlines many other blues festivals evidences the high level of talent Music Jam Productions is presenting at Florida Jazz and Blues Jam. Marcia’s full– scale roadhouse rhythm and blues groove-¬- laden New Orleans boogie and rollicking Gulf Coast blues is a sure fire way to kick off this star-filled lineup at Florida Jazz and Blues Jam. The Texas-born, Louisiana– raised musical storyteller has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. In 2010, she was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall Of Fame and in 2012 into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. She’s received a total of six Living Blues Awards and nine Blues Music Awards (and has a whopping 42 nominations). She’s received five Grammy Award nominations, including five of her six previous Alligator albums. Always a songwriter of renown, Ball delved deeper into songwriting than she ever had in her career with her Grammy– nominated 2010 Alligator release, Roadside Attractions, creating one of her best and most personal albums.
After a solo LP for Capitol and a successful series of releases on Rounder, Ball joined the Alligator Records family in 2001 with the release of the critically acclaimed Presumed Innocent. The CD took home the 2002 Blues Music Award for Blues Album Of The Year. 2004’s So Many Rivers, 2005’s Live! Down The Road, 2008’s Peace, Love & BBQ and 2010’s Roadside Attractions all received Grammy Award nominations as well as critical and popular acclaim. The New York Times says, “Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” Living Blues declares, “Her originals sound like timeless classics and southern soul masterpieces that else can imitate.” Of the new album, Ball says, “I don’t make a record until I no one have to have something to say, stories to tell, messages to impart. I try to make records that are true to me,” she continues, “and this one couldn’t be truer.” Arrive early at Sunset Cove Amphitheater on January 27, 2018 because you definitely do not want to miss Marcia Ball kick off this memorable event!