Little G Weevil started things off, performing solo. We have seen him perform many times with a band but this was our first chance to see him perform solo and it was so easy to see why he took Best Solo and Best Guitarist at the International Blues Challenge last January. He played songs from his new CD, Moving, and he had the audience enthralled the whole time.
Then Liz Melendez took the stage. I don't know if I would consider her to be blues for the most part. She is classified as blues-rock but it's a lot more rock than blues except for a few songs. Her first number, in fact, was more surf-punk than anything else. Never mind, though, she is amazing. She did a fantastic version of Hendrix' Voodoo Child. that left the audience absolutely ecstatic. Her amazing playing and stage presence reminded me of a lot of great concerts I attended in the 1970's when my young body could move the way I wish it could have last night. She transcends genre and gender and plays like a rock goddess.
Tinsley Ellis came on after Liz. I adore Tinsley and have for a long time. I first saw him in the 70's as well. What a decade that was! And last night he played a lot of new stuff and some of the old stuff, including a staggering version of Hank Ballard's "Sugaree" and a delightful Bo Diddley instrumental, "Detour." At one point, he and bass player Ted Pecchio played their instruments behind their heads, Tinsley on guitar and Pecchio on upright bass! What showmanship!
It was an absolutely delightful show. Liz Melendez and Little G Weevil play around the Atlanta area regularly so go out and see them whenever you can, and Tinsley makes appearances from time to time. He said last night that he'd been playing the Atlanta area since 1975 and this was the first time he had gotten to Marietta. Marietta certainly gave him a warm welcome and we all hope he will come back soon!
Enjoy the slideshow to get a taste of what the show was like!