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Free First Friday feat. Jay White and the Blues Commanders, John Krajicek, and Joey McGee
June 7 @ 7:30 pm
JAY WHITE AND THE BLUES COMMANDERS
Jay White grew up in Belton and began playing professionally and writing songs at the age of 14. While in high school, Jay formed The Twilighters and released a number 1 local single on the Mark VII label, “I Need You”. Jay has recorded for American International Pictures and Filmways and has toured the United States including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada and mainland China. Jay has played with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Jerry Martini of Sly and the Family Stone, Gene Clark of The Byrds and Goldie McJohn of Steppenwolfe. Jay recently moved back to Belton, Texas where he makes his home with his wife Cynthia and sons Jay Alan and Lee Abram White. After the move home, Jay recorded Jaywalkin’ 11 original blues songs and formed The Blues Commanders and has had great local and regional response for the live show. The album has been getting airplay from stations and syndicated shows around the world. Jay White and the Blues Commanders are talented, seasoned, credentialed performers who believe in playing with all their heart and soul. Their live performances and recordings reflect the same attitude.
Local artist John Krajicek has made a name for himself in the Bryan-College Station area through many facets. One such being his personally anchored, history driven, Americana tunes. Pulling songs from his multiple projects John commands an audience with his nostalgic delivery making even the newest of fans feel like they’re right at home.
When singer-songwriter Joey McGee categorizes his work as roots music, he’s not just referring to the blend of soul, country, blues and rock commonly called Americana. He’s talking about his own roots, cultivated in his native New Orleans, nurtured by a sojourn in San Antonio and a much longer one in Pittsburgh, and planted deeply in his current home of Bryan, Texas. On his latest album, El Camino Real (Feb. 22, 2019) McGee draws on those roots for sustenance as he navigates the complex terrain of human emotions and experiences in nine original tracks and one cover (Guy Clark’s “The Cape”). In songs such as “Sunday Blues” and “The Likes of You,” McGee’s warm baritone delivers lyrics that are incredibly personal and revealing. But in others, such as “Hurricane/Forty-Two Hundred and Cigarettes,” he inhabits the role of storyteller, weaving Springsteen-worthy narratives for characters who sound so real, they have to exist somewhere. Regardless of whether he’s laying bare his own psyche or examining others’, his lyrics always come across as honest. Genuine. Maybe the word we want here is true. As in, they feel true. And speak truths.