Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Birthday & Album Release Party For Mick Kolassa

Mick Kolassa celebrated the "44 Anniversary Of His 18th Birthday" on February 20, 2014.

On the same day Michissippi Mick was released. Mick's first album, filled with originals and covers that span the history of the blues.

The album was produced by Jeff Jensen and was recorded at both Ardent Studios and Soul Sway Studios in Memphis, TN

Dawn Hopkins was the mixing engineer and it was mastered at Euphoic Masters in Memphis.

Mick is on vocals & acoustic guitar.

Along withhim are some of the top musicians in the Memphis area:
Jeff Jensen - Electric & acoustic guitars & vocals
Bill Ruffino - Bass & backing vocals
Doug McMinn - Drums
Chris Stephenson - Organ

Special Guest Were:
Brandon Santini - Harmonica
Victor Wainwright - Piano
Eric Hughes - Harmonica
Reba Russell - Vocals
Redd Velvet - Vocals
Dedrick Davis - Trumpet
Danny Banks - Backing vocals
James Cunningham - Percussion
Ted Todd - Backing vocals
Preston McEwan - Backing vocals

Besides the spectacular music, this album need to be purchased because of what that means.

Every penny made on the sale of the album (Gross NOT Net) will be donated to either The HART Fund and Generation Blues, two programs that The Blues Foundation administers.

The HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) aids musicians and their families in times of need, paying for medical and dental expense and even funeral costs.

Generation Blues affords kids with talent the means to attend music camps authorized by the Blues Foundation.

On Friday, February 21, an album release party was held at The Bluesberry Cafe in Clarksdale, MS.

Owned by Arthur & Carol Crivano and ably assisted by their daughter, Amanda, the Bluesberry is a must-do if you are anywhere near Clarksdale.

Along with your entry fee (1/2 of which went to help The HART Fund and Generation Blues), you received a delicious Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner (Arthur is famous for his meatballs).

Jeff, Bill & Doug were the band for the evening and they began with an acoustic set to get the crowd ready for Mick's performance.

Also there were Redd Velvet, who joined Mick for a song and then dominated the stage for a few numbers as only this talent can do.

And, of course, local resident and world-wide star, Watermelon Slim was in the house and added his special brand of humor during the night, even leading the crowd in a rousing performance of Happy Birthday and then, he also took to the stage to sing, play some harp and entertain as only he can.

Carson Diersing was also in attendance and he joined Mick and the band to blow some harp and even sang one song and then Deak Harp and Carson did some great harp runs together.

Here are some pictures from the event:
Bill & Arthur

Jeff & Slim

Penny Lane & Krista Hughes came in from
Indianapolis just for the show.  
As did Mick's aunt (Sorry, forgot her name) 
who came in from Carolina (I believe!)

Cathy & Mark Caldwell Enjoyed the evening

Slim & Jeff solve world problems 
Or took a nap, I can not remember!

Krista & Bill

Donna Criswell - Album Photographer

 Jeff -Love the acoustic set

Bill holds down the bottom like
no one else

Waiting to take the stage

Play on Big Guy

Redd Velvet - A Talent

With attitude


GREAT Rhythm Section

Watermelon Slim - Dancin it up!

 Carson Diersing - A Rising Star

Deak Harp - One Man Show!

And, just some other shots
Including some I had fun composing

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