FMB would like to thank George’s Music and Springing the Blues for having us out this past weekend. Three days of incredible bands, yummy food, and gorgeous weather in the heart of Jacksonville Beach. Florida life is good. Full photo gallery here. A few highlights from our favorite moments below. Check back soon for exclusive video footage.
Local R&B/Soul group Parker Urban Band (pictured above) opened the festivities Friday evening. P.U.B. will also be performing at Roosevelt Collier’s birthday bash with Ivan Neville April 24th at Underbelly.
Florida natives The Selwyn Birchwood Band livening up the crowd. (Selwyn Birchwood & Saxophonist Regi Oliver pictured above.) Selwyn Birchwood (guitar and vocals) got his start with Texas blues legend Sonny Rhodes touring throughout the U.S. and Canada at the age of 19. Most recently, the band took top honors at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. They consistently tour and show dates can be found at http://www.selwynbirchwood.com.
British Blues guitarist/singer Joanne Shaw Taylor was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16. Her fourth album Songs from the Road, a live recording, was released in 2013. She’ll be performing in the states through May, after which she returns to the UK. http://www.joanneshawtaylor.com/
DieDra Ruff has spent a majority of her life in Jacksonville, Florida. She’s opened up for Betty Wright, Bobby Brown, Candi Staton, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Bar-Kays, Glenn Jones, Denise LaSalle, Al Green, Avant, Carl Thomas, Sunshine Anderson as well as toured with Bobby Rush. DieDra was signed to Boogie Down Production in The Bronx, New York for 10 years before signing with Keith Ruff under Ruff Pro Records. Her debut album Overcoming Hurdles was eventually released in 2009.
After winning George’s Music Featured Artist Competition, The Corbitt Brothers Band achieved a lifetime goal by playing at Springing the Blues for their first time – and they made a lasting impression. The group was even asked to do a 3rd encore. Look for them on the main stage next year.
The Legendary JC’s and The Lee Boys ended the festival Sunday. The night was closed out with The JC’s on stage alongside The Lee Boys, and Issac Corbitt of the Corbitt Brothers on harmonica. A sunset super jam.