A Perfect Double Bill - by Bojohns
So often we see double bills that have one band open for the other where neither band has much in common with each other. We see progressive rock and traditional blues, rockabilly and blues rock, alternative and jump blues, etc. But that is not the case on May 14th when Wes Jeans and Kyle Elliott share the stage at the Trouser Mouse.
Wes Jeans is a young guitar player from the East Texas town of Marshall. He has some ties to the Kansas City blues. Before Jacque Garoutte helped to form the great band Levee Town, he was in Wes Jeans band. Wes Jeans also loves the Kansas City blues scene because Kansas City “always have great crowds and great crowd interaction. KC knows their blues”.
Wes has accomplished a lot already in his relatively young career. In 2000 he released his debut album “Hands On”. In 2003 he was voted by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine as the #3 young blues guitarist, Johnny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd were the only two finishing ahead of him in the poll. In 2006 he released “Forest of the Pine” produced by Lance Lopez. In 2009 he released “Live at Music City Texas”. All this before he reached the age of thirty.
Wes also shares something in common with Kyle Elliott. As you might recall when I wrote a couple of paragraphs about Kyle a few months ago I mentioned his finishing last year in the top fifty finalists (out of over 6,000 entries worldwide) for the Jimi Hendrix Tribute album. In 1996 Wes Jeans finished second in the International Jimi Hendrix Competition held in Austin, Tx.
A lot has been happening in the world of Kyle Elliott and Voodoo Soul since I wrote about him last time. May 14th is also the official CD Release Party for his “Northern Sky” CD which is being released on Drive Records. I've heard some of the tracks off this CD and they are killer. I can't wait to get the CD and hear him perform them live on the 14th, along with some tracks that didn't make it onto the “Northern Sky” CD.
But that's not all. Kyle has booked a short tour in Louisana and Mississippi at the end of this month. He'll be playing in Baton Rouge and New Orleans as well as a couple of dates yet to be announced. He's been registered with ASCAP as songwriter and publisher, and he also was recently nominated for Man of the Year by KC Connections. He is “very honored” to be a finalist in this award that includes tv personalities, sports figures, and other prominent personalities in the Kansas City area. This award is a benefit for charities of the finalist's choice. Kyle's charity is the Matt Elliott Memorial Scholarship fund. Matt Elliott is Kyle's older brother who passed away in 2007 from complications with Angleman Disease. Kyle helped to set up this fund with his mother, Roxy Conrad, and a wonderful organization called CHAP that works with children and adults who are handicapped by offering them a chance to spend some time on a ranch working with and riding horses.
Wes Jeans and Kyle Elliott are two of the hardest working bluesmen you will find anywhere. And the hard work pays off as they both leave the audience wanting more night after night after night. I know how I am going to get over wanting more on May 14th. I'm going to pick up a CD from both of these amazing young bluesmen.