The Count Basie Blues Band!

Updated: Apr 8


Greetings All!

As we get ready to start another great session with the Count Basie Blues Band - starting April 1st, 2020 - here is a quick look back at our history as a band together! Be sure to check out the highlights section for each group!

April 2020 Rehearse-&-Jam Sessions

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January 2020 Rehearse-&-Jam Sessions

Ameer, Bob, Francis, Mac, Mike, Tom

- Dust My Broom: C

- Let The Good Times Roll: D

- Ask Me No Questions: G

- The Thrill Is Gone: B minor

- Baby Please Don’t Go: A

- Blues Deluxe: C

- Crossroad Blues: A

- Key To The Highway: E

- Who’s Been Talkin’: A

- Boot Hill: C

- Blues Solo #1:C

- Killing Floor: A

- Reconsider Baby: G

Highlights: Mac's classic-vibe soloing style, Francis taking the lead on Blues Solo #1, Bob digging in with some very tasty chordal accompaniment, Mike's riff on Who's Been Talking, and Ameer and Tom sparking it up with some hot licks!

October 2019 Rehearse-&-Jam Sessions

Bob, Dino, Francis, Jim, Mike

- Reconsider Baby: G

- Dust My Broom: C

- Green Onions: F minor

- Red House: A

- The Thrill Is Gone: B minor

- How Long Blues: E

- Killing Floor: A

- Key To The Highway: E

- Swingin’: C

- It Hurts Me Too: G

- Born Under A Bad Sign: B

- Don’t Lie To Me: A

Highlights: Bob's intro on The Thrill is gone, Jim's classic blues vocal style, Mike's vocals on Don't Lie To Me, Francis' cutting blues style, and Dino's groovy accompaniment!

May 2019 Session

Bob, Cunav, Debbie, Greg, Mike

- Struttin’ With The Blues: E

- Evil Gal Blues Bb

- Killing Floor A

- You Can Have My Husband Bb

- Double Trouble D min

- Key To The Highway E

- Crossroad Blues A

- Every Day I Have The Blues G

- Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do Eb

- Watch Yourself E

- Going Down D

- Backwater Blues A

- Further On Up The Road D

- The Sky Is Crying: B

- Little By Little A

- The Thrill Is Gone: G min

- Statesboro Blues: C

- Murphy’s Tavern Boogie: A

Highlights: Debbie's hard work as band leader and lead vocalist - and doing a great job at it, Cunav's vocals on Every Day I Have The Blues, Bob's vocals and harp on Watch Yourself, Greg's solid riff on Going Down, and Mike's Backwater Blues riff!

February 2019 Session

Bob, Greg, Jim, John, Larry, Mike

- Sweet Home Chicago: A

- Born Under A Bad Sign: B

- Empty Arms: A

- All Along The Watchtower: A-

- Before You Accuse Me: E

- Hug You Squeeze You: F

- Early In The Morning: G

- Dust My Broom: C

- Don’t Lie To Me: G

- My Babe: F

- Blues Deluxe: C

- Tore Down: A

- Further On Up The Road: D Funky Rock

- Pride And Joy: E

- Thrill Is Gone: G minor

- Murphy’s Tavern Boogie: A

Highlights: Larry leading the band into battle with his roadhouse - juke joint - vocals and "Buddy Guy approved" leads and slide, John's fingerstyle guitar on Before You Accuse Me and SRV approved guitar riffs, Bob's vocals and harmonica on My Babe, Mike's vocals on Don't Lie To Me, Greg's solid rhythm section parts that helped to hold it all together, and Jim's classic vocals and guitar work on Born Under A Bad Sign and more!

November 2018 Session

Bob, Dante, Doug, Larry, Mike G, Michael Ra, Ryan

- Blues Before Sunrise: C#

- Further On Up The Road: D

- Key To The Highway: A or E

- Reconsider Baby: G

- Crossroad Blues: A

- I’m Tore Down: C

- Five Long Years: A

- It Hurts Me Too: C#

- If You Love Me Like You Say: A

- Driftin': E

- Hug You Squeeze You: F

- Sweet Home Chicago: A

- The Thrill Is Gone: G minor

- Statesboro Blues: C

- Groaning The Blues: A

- Murphy's Tavern Boogie: A

Highlights: Larry leading the band into battle with his roadhouse - juke joint - vocals and "Buddy Guy approved" leads and slide, Dante's groovin' bass lines and vocals, Doug's classic-vibe guitar work, Mike helping Dante to hold down the ever important bottom end, Michael R. and Ryan jumping in as first time blues players and doing a great job!

September 2018 Session

Bob, Cliff, Cunav, Frank, Jim, Larry, Mick

- Crossroad Blues: A

- Dust My Broom: C

- Five Long Years: A

- Baby What You Want: E

- Key To The Highway: A

- The Thrill Is Gone: G minor

- Every Day I Have The Blues: A

- Born Under A Bad Sign: B

- How Long Blues: E

- Red House: A

- Reconsider Baby: G

- Who’s Been Talkin’: A minor

- If You Love Me Like You Say: A

- Statesboro Blues: C

- Have You Ever Loved A Woman: C

- Hoochie Coochie Man: A

- Murphy's Tavern Boogie: A

Highlights: Larry leading the band into battle with his roadhouse - juke joint - vocals and "Buddy Guy approved" leads and slide, Mick stealing the show with his classic-vibe guitar soloing, Cunav's vocals on Every Day I Have The Blues, Frank's vocals on The Thrill Is Gone, Jim's classic vibe guitar style and vocals, and Bob's solid guitar and harp work throughout!

Foodtown Fundraiser – Sept 30th

Bob, Cliff, Cunav, Jim, Larry

- Dust My Broom: Shuffle in C

- Born Under A Bad Sign: Funky in B

- Baby What You Want Me To Do: Shuffle in E

- Thrill Is Gone: Funky in G minor

- Statesboro Blues: Fast Shuffle in C

- Who’s Been Talking: Bossa in A minor

- Reconsider Baby: Kansas City Shuffle in G

- If You Love Me Like You Say: Funky in A

- Every Day I Have The Blues: Shuffle in G

- Crossroad Blues: Funky A

Highlights: Larry leading the band into battle with his roadhouse - juke joint - vocals and "Buddy Guy approved" leads and slide, Cliff laying down the SRV approved riff on Pride And Joy, Cunav's vocals on Everyday I Have The Blues, Jim's classic-vibe guitar and vocal style, and Bob's blues harp and solid guitar style throughout!

April 2018 Session

Bob, Debbie, Elly, Eric, Jim, Larry

- Shake Your Money Maker: A

- Texas Flood: G

- Dust My Broom: C

- The Thrill Is Gone: G minor

- Every Day I Have The Blues: A

- Born Under A Bad Sign: B

- Reconsider Baby: G

- Crossroad Blues: A

- How Long Blues: E

- Who’s Been Talkin’: A minor

- Baby What You Want: E

- It Hurts Me Too: G

- If You Love Me Like You Say: A

- Statesboro Blues: C

- The Sky Is Crying: B

- Murphy's Tavern Boogie: A

Highlights: Debbie, Larry and Jim leading the band into battle on the vocal front, Bob's solid guitar and harp work throughout, Eric's feel-good approach to grooves and solos, Elly coming in as a first time blues player and doing a great job, Larry's "Buddy Guy approved" leads and slide, Debbie's solid guitar playing throughout, and Jim's classic-vibe guitar approach!

First Session - February 2018!

Bob, Danny, Debbie, Eric, Jim, Larry, Raj, Rich, Tom

- Every Day I Have The Blues: A (0:05)

- Born Under A Bad Sign: B (2:53)

- Reconsider Baby: G (5:42)

- Crossroad Blues: A (8:30)

- Baby What You Want Me To Do: E (11:15)

- Dust My Broom: C (14:01)

- If You Love Me Like You Say: A (16:29)

- Statesboro Blues: C (19:15)

- The Sky Is Crying: B (21:53)

- Murphy's Tavern Boogie: A (25:13)

Highlights: Debbie, Larry and Jim leading the band into battle on the vocal front, Raj's solid lead and rhythm guitar-work throughout, Eric's feel-good approach to grooves and solos, Rich's sense of humor - having fun - and playing better than he realized, Larry's "Buddy Guy approved" leads and slide, Debbie's solid guitar playing throughout, Jim's classic-vibe guitar approach, and Danny and Tom coming in relatively new to blues playing and doing a great job!


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