So it’s been a long time for me to be off the road from playing.. That is all changing with a fall journey to Ogden Utah where I will be joined by long time friend harmonica great Billy Watson. A all new cast of characters will be present. The band will perform three shows being Friday 9/19 and Saturday Night 9/20 at Brewski’s, and a afternoon set Saturday for the Ogden Harvest Festival. Been trying to put this one together for a bit and its gonna be Rockin!
GOOD TIME PARTY BLUES Dam Straight!
by Michalis Limnios/Blues.GR
B.B. King once said that playing the Blues was like having to be black twice. “Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed,” he concluded. The same can be said of Mike Reilly, who’s played with both B.B. King and Stevie Ray. Mike may not be black, but he knows the Blues, and he’s been playing them for a long time. Like Muddy Waters–another legend Mike’s shared the stage with–he’s still delivering ’cause he’s got a long memory.
Mike remembers growing up in Fullerton, California during the sixties and seventies. He remembers the night his father, Robert (guitarist who used to jam with Django Reinhardt), accidentally busting up his drum kit. To replace the drums, his dad bought his nine year-old son a trombone. Mike remembers his first Rock album–The Allman Brothers Band. And he remembers when, the following year, he bought an album that totally changed his life–Freddy King’s Getting Ready. Full Article.
Well, welcome 2014! Starting now, me, Mikey Reilly, is going to be the writer of this website…I did not want the job as the MRB has 5 social networks which I keep up. I can say I’m gonna be busy trying to manage my duties, ha, ha. Please be patient with me as I learn this stuff.
This year is year 30 of the band! We’ve done 5 Albums, had 3 record labels, 39 band mates, 8 roadies and many managers that tried their best to keep the band rolling down the road. I can’t tell you what an honor it’s been to have the gigs we have performed over the years.
You, the audience absolutely have been what keep me out there. Wide in age, culture and demographics, you all ROCK!
So the first part of my year is going to be spent in a couple different recording studios. I’m doing a “Blues” album. Yes, you heard me right, I’m going to try to make peace with my purist brothers and sisters. I’m getting some very cool folk to do this one and it will also be my debut of a couple of back porch acoustic tunes. A long time coming.
Then onto completing what is going to be the MRB’s last studio album. I’ll be doing session work as special guest on a couple of CD’s from artists I know you’re going to hear about.
Gig/Shows – Aw yeah! A few clubs, a couple of fairs and festivals and my favorite, theaters where we put on the event! I have a lot of folks I’m trying to encompass as special guests with us as well. So hang in, hold on tight and everything is gonna be alright! See you soon! Mikey
Mike will be performing with some of San Diego’s finest blues musicians at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, for the 5th Annual Blues day. Chubb’s Bro’s Big Daddy Les Taylor will be joining in as well.
Come Join the fun as it supports The Blues In The Schools Program!