If you like the Blues, and you missed Blues week in St Louis -- and especially the performances over the weekend near Soldiers' Memorial- SHAME on you. You missed a good time and good music.
I arrived late yesterday. But I came in time to see the Scottie Miller band. I was treated to some upbeat Blues (oxymoron? I thnk not) from a band form the headwaters of the Mississippi in MN. They specialized in more ragtime, boogie woogie, and even funk - led by Scottie's piano with a Dr John , or dare I say Screamin' Jay hawkins overtones. Scottie also had a midwestern friendly banter going with the audience which I think was endearing to them.
Highlights for me were songs like East St. Louis - kind of a whimsical journey through the perceived dangers of the town at night. It also had tones reminiscent of Cab Calloway's famous Minnie the Moocher.
Another tune I remember was Cry Me a River, written with inspiration of his 12 year old niece. It is "about all those whiners in your life that you could do without sometimes". See nice. Can't even fully commit to dissing whiners. Again a song with amusing lyrics and with embedded fun factor.
Finally, he also played Circle of Faith which he said was inpsired by fishing boats in a small town at the Mississippi headwaters on Lake Superior. for this he abandonned his piano and picked up the Mandolin. "I'm standing up", he told the audience. This had real Cajun flair. It reminded me of New Orleans sound -- anytime -- but certainly around Mardi gras.
It was a good set and to top it off. He and his band headed down to BBs Soups to headline there for the night.
Posted by Bruce Lehr May 27th 2013