Opening for ZZ Top Jan 17 & 18- 2015
Myself and the band used to joke about opening for ZZ Top , Turns out the joke is on me!! Got a Phone call Tuesday from The Majestic Theater in San Antonio TX wanting to know if I could do a 20 min solo opening set on Sat Jan 17 & Sun Jan 18 for The ZZ Top show , I said yes, no problem I would love to ! So this Weekend Me and My Guitar will be warming up the Audience for ZZ Top ! All I can say is Wow! I ended up having my drummer Raul G Garcia play Cajon with me , We had a great time and performed very well. Raul really kicked butt on Cajon , He sounded like a full drum set! On the 2nd night , Billy F. Gibbons heard us and liked us enough to invite us back stage after the show . He loved the 2 piece sound and said that we needed to be heard . We passed my guitar back and forth a couple times ( he wanted to show me a few finger picking notes ) I wasn't even nervous , I was having too much fun to be nervous, He invited us to have lunch the next day where we talked guitars , Mexican food , women and life. What a great weekend!
Best Blues Artist 2014
Oct 01 2014 Voted The Best Blues Artist in The San Antonio Current Music Awards ,I am very pleased that everyone voted , Thank you very much , Blues Fans are the best!!
Sept 03 2014 Freddy King’s 80th birthday,, Freddy King would have been 80 years old if he was still living today , The man who as a teenager impressed Howling Wolf as an old soul after sneaking into the club and sitting in with the band lived a lifetime of great blues in his time. I have always loved Freddy King’s music and have been fortunate to have met musicians who knew him. They all speak well of him and all said he could play the hell out of the guitar. Happy Birthday Freddy where ever you are
July and Aug 2014 Various Thursday nights at C Boys Heart & Soul in Austin TX. The Paul Oscher Thursday residency. I have been going to my new favorite club in Austin to see Paul Oscher’s show on Thursday nights, made it to several shows. I enjoy the club and Paul does Chicago blues right. An award-winning blues singer, songwriter, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist, (harmonica, guitar, piano, melodica, and bass harp), Paul first came to national attention as Muddy Waters’ harmonica player, 1967-1972 following in the footsteps of Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton, and Big Walter Horton. If you want to hear real blues in a cool place check it out! Check out Paul’s web site before you go,www.pauloscher.com He’s on tour in Europe the month of Sept, but should be back to his Thursday night show sometime in October .
July 10 2014 The band advances to the semi finals in the Heart of Texas Blues Competition at The Brass House in Austin TX. hosted by the Austin Blues Society. Judges and the crowd shower praises on us. The band is pumped
Benny Harp- Harmonica A San Antonio harmonica legend, soulful playing and singing , Benny has his own band of pros and also fronted the Pure Poison Review some years back. He has mastered the Little Walter and Junior Wells styles but still sounds like Benny Harp, A top showman, sure to be entertaining!
Roy Perez - Bass Roy’s playing is legendary, He continues to play bass for his brother Henry Perez with the Iconic River City Slim & the Rhythm Kings .The Kings are known for an aggressive playing style as well as being a virtual encyclopedia of blues and blues rock. Roy also played a few years with The Houserockers. Rock solid bass lines, in the pocket but with a tuff attitude.
Raul G Garcia –Drums Raul is a world class master of the drums. He has played and toured with The Commandos and crossed paths in Europe and Austin with Keith Ferguson and The Texas Tailgaters. Raul is an amazing blues drummer who drives the band to new heights every night.
July 24 2014 The band has a stellar performance at the semi finals at the Heart of Texas Blues Competition hosted by the Austin Blues Society but does not advance to the finals, The crowd responds warmly and with applause. But the Judges don’t agree. We leave Austin disappointed, but happy we gave it our best, good luck to the Palacios Brothers in the Memphis finals
Dec 01 2013 , As I look back on the past year I'm thankful for all the blessings, new friends and fans current and new, Getting to meet and see some of my heros, Releasing my first Album in May , my wonderful wife and family , all in all it’s been a good year!
Oct 08 2013 We were getting ready to take off from our gig at the Gunter hotel and the road manager walks up to drummer Jorge Gonzalez and says Billy would like a card (Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top) He explains Billy heard us on his way in to his show and sent him over for a card , Amazing!
Jan 2013, With the upcoming release of the CD Another Day Singing the Blues , the world will know what Texas already knows,,,,, This is one soulful deep bluesman ,New songs include the title cut , blues/rock fan favorite "Black" blues/roots "Walnut Tree" and all our fan favorite covers done with Granvil's own bluesy take ,,, stay tune for the CD release this early spring !!!
My CD release will be at Sam's Burger Joint in San Antonio TX on Thursday May 02 2013 , We will also have an art show with local artists , Come out for a great night!!
Aug 19 2012 ,We will be at the Gunter Hotel for the
B B King pre show party this sun ,come enjoy some food and cold drinks ,then cross the street to see B B King at the Majestic !!!
Sept 2012 ,I have entered my song " Black " in the Blues and Unsigned categories in The 2012 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Wish me luck!!!
June 08-09 2012 Great News ! , We will be at 41st Texas
Folklife , Come out to this great event!!! We Had a Great Time Playing at The 40th Texas forklife last year!
June 19 2012 The Band played at The Gunter Hotel Patio across the street from The Majestic Theater . Buddy Guy had a show with Johnny Lang opening at The Majestic Theater, About half way thru our first set I saw man watching us from across the street , He had on a blue shirt and tan slacks , I notice he looked a lot like Buddy Guy , but wasn’t sure , I continued with my show , Later I saw pictures of the show , Buddy Guy had on the same clothes , So it was Buddy Guy!! Cool stuff! We played at the Gunter Hotel where Robert Johnson recorded and had Buddy Guy watching!
April 2011 , SABS 2011 FIESTA BLUES HERITAGE SERIES
Sunday April 17, 2011
Lonestar Pavillion at Historic Sunset Station
Headliner Tab Benoit
with special guests
Catherine Denise * Sol Driven Train * Granvil Poynter