Detroit Blues Throwdown!! Jeff Grand & the Grandmasters / Dale Robertson Blues Band / All Seeing Eye
Fri, Mar 3, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00am
Friday, March 3 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $7
Jeff Grand & the Grandmasters
Dale Robertson Blues Band
All Seeing Eye
Jeff Grand is one of best unknown and under-recognized bluesman in Detroit. He started playing in Bootsey X and the Lovemasters in 1980 and wrote several notable songs with Bootsey. For all that success, Jeff wasn’t getting the blues fix that he craved and started going to area blues jam sessions. He met the Butler Twins at the very first Jam session at the Soup Kitchen. He got a job offer then and there in 1987. Jeff also joined Uncle Jessie White and the 29th St. Blues Band. Both the Twins and Jessie were approximately 15 year stints. Jeff was also one of original Howling Diablos and played with them as guitarist for 13 years. He joined Uncle Kracker’s band and toured with him primarily on Kenny Chesney tours for 3 years. Jeff also played on multiple albums for John Sinclair and live shows from all around country and Amsterdam.
Dale Robertson is an experienced musician, having played harmonica for about forty years now. At age fourteen, Dale was forced out of his home by his stepfather and left to live on the streets. He was given a harmonica by a fellow street person as a tool for earning spare change. Since then, Dale has played every day. In the early days it was a way to earn money for sustenance and his way of making friends.
Dale learned some of his chops from Peter “Madcat” Ruth. Dale used to practice on the “Diag”, in the campus of the University of Michigan. Madcat would bicycle by, pull out a harp, and play a riff for him to practice.
When he was 16, Dale met James Cotton at a club in Ann Arbor. They hung out together when James was in town and from him Dale learned a great deal.
The harmonica has been like a good friend, says Dale. He has traveled back and forth across the United States playing his harp. It has taken him around the world, to Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, and the Philippines.
All Seeing Eye is the new project from Johnny Walker.