910 Skipper Road
Tampa, FL 33613
8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013
SAT JUL 20
Beth McKee (BAYOU SOUL) Imagine the female love child of Dusty Springfield and Doug Sahm with Dr. John acting as the midwife and you'll have an idea of the southern roots music with elements of rock, blues, soul, gospel and country that defines Beth McKee. This songbird-and-more is a Southern singer/songwriter (and pianist/accordionist) backed by seasoned musicians from outfits like Hall & Oates, Bellamy Brothers, George Porter, Lester Chambers, etc. A former member of the popular New Orleans country-cajun group Evangeline (MCA Records) McKee toured extensively behind two critically acclaimed albums. Long before her career took off nationally, the Mississippi native played piano in church. She played blues on the chitlin' circuit from steamy juke joints to muddy hog farms, and emerged as a respected player on the New Orleans, Austin and Nashville music scenes. In 2010, the self-released I'm That Way displayed all those southern roots fusing to formulate her swampy and soulful musical identity. With the 2012 release of Next To Nowhere, the wisdom of McKee’s producer’s advice to follow her own path shines, with songs that reflect every step of the journey, and she performs a true act of alchemy: applying the fire of artistry to the base materials of pain, hard work, and regrets to create eleven tracks of new gold. Next To Nowhere speaks a universal message of triumph over difficult times. That’s a message that — no matter who we are or where we come from – we need to hear.
McKee is also at the helm of a group of over 2,000 women who answer to the moniker “Swamp Sistas” and host gatherings called La Las all over the south. The Swamp Sista La Las are celebrations of regional music, food and culture and raise awareness and money for community issues and organizations that are important to the group. bethmckee.com
w/Colin Lake (BLUES/ROCK) Colin Lake's career began a few years ago in Portland, Oregon. Long captivated by blues and roots music but raised without any formal musical training, Lake was out of high school before he began spending rainy days and nights alone with a guitar. Very quickly though, Lake developed a strong individual style marked by innovative lap-slide guitar playing and soulful, pleading vocals. In 2007, Colin began recording and touring and in September of that year, he won the Telluride Blues Competition. Influenced heavily by the late Chris Whitley, Lake has also become known for mature songwriting and honest, dynamic delivery. In early 2009, Lake left Portland, embarking on a one-way tour that would end in New Orleans, Louisiana. Colin arrived late one evening with no place to live and few prospects. It wasn't long, however, before his powerful voice could be heard regularly at venues throughout the city and over the airwaves of WWOZ. Heavily informed by the blues, Lake's music incorporates elements of soul, rock and folk to create a sound and feel that is strongly original and disarmingly familiar. As his reputation for authentic, down-home presentation continues to grow, Lake has recently completed a new album, The Ones I Love, that will bring his strongest material yet to new audiences in New Orleans and across the country. colinlake.com