Thursday, June 16, 2011

Big Boy Little Band at the Silver Spring Blues Festival in Downtown Silver Spring

Big Boy Little may be the nom de blues of veteran harp player/singer Bret Littlehales, but then again it may not. If it is, then we can trace him back to the Northside Blues Band in 1968- 69, with a young Bobby Radcliff on guitar. If not, then he might have been the mysterious harp player on Son House's extended recording of Death Letter Blues in Mississippi circa 1942. Then again, that might have been someone else.

This we know for sure: he's led the BBL Blues Band in DC for the last nine and a half years, eight in residence at the Zoo Bar, and that, much like the Duke of Earl, nothing can stop him. Loved by some, including himself, reviled by some, also including himself, BBL keeps those blues keepin' on, whatever that means. So check it out- the enigmatic, quixotic, mysterious, always entertaining Big Boy Little Band.

Bassist Wolf Crescenze plays in several other bands including Hot Rods and Old Gas and Lisa Lim and Over the Limit (get it?). He is also regarded as one of the top Carousel animal restorers in the world. A former middle school teacher, he plays music full-time when not working on his carousel projects. He lives in Welcome MD with his beautiful fiance Constance Warner.

Matt Kelley, only 26, recently won the Albert King Award at the International Blues Competition in Memphis TN. His guitar playing prowess has become legendary in the Baltimore- DC area and he gets regular and favorable comparisons to such DC blues legends as Bobby Radcliff, Pete Kanaras, and Rusty Bogart. He can also be heard fronting his roots- music project, the Idle Americans (get it?) where he gets to sing way more than he does in the Big Boy Little Band.

Robby Leebrick plays the red Rogers drums.

See the Big Boy Little Band at the Silver Spring Blues Festival at Downtown Silver Spring, June 18, 2011

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