This year has been off to a great start with visits to many of our favorite venues, and visits from many friends of the RTB, old and new! Some of the highlights so far this year have been a return to Johnny D's, a show at Smoken' Joe's, and getting on stage at the Acton Jazz Cafe' two weeks in a row - one Saturday for the early show with The Travelin' Medicine Show, and the following week with the band.
We celebrated a triumphant return to Chan's in Woonsocket after a long dry spell and were treated to a hero's welcome! I was blown away by the enthusiasm of the audience as the band tore into the set with fervor and never let up. We also kicked off the Travelin' Medicine Show's fifth season of Sunday brunches at the British Beer Co. in Walpole and have enjoyed a great turnout each week.
We wrapped up February with a great gig at the Backpage in Lowell, and March kicked off with a fun night of Swing and Soul at Tony and Aurelie's Uptown Swing Dance.
We've got a busy schedule coming up - hop on board because this train's a rollin'! Here's a sampling of what we've got coming up:
Every Sunday - The Travelin' Medicine Show Revival Band from 1 to 4 p.m. at the British Beer Co. in Walpole
Friday, March 14 - Pitman's Freight Room, Laconia, N.H. - 8 p.m. This is a BYOB venue that's very dedicated to the New England music scene. It's got a great vibe where you can really appreciate the music and have room to get your groove on as well!
Sunday, March 23 - Glenn's, Newburyport - 6 to 9 p.m. - Travelin' Medicine Show
Saturday, March 29 - Ming Dynasty, Marshfield - 9 p.m.
Friday, April 4 - Johnny D's, Somerville - 8 to 9:30 p.m. - You'll want to get tickets early for this show for sure! And make time to enjoy their amazing food beforehand. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Saturday, April 26 - Swing City, Cambridge - 9 p.m.
About The Racky Thomas Band
The Racky Thomas Band has been a torchbearer for the blues since its formation in 1995, when Racky Thomas collaborated with bassist Todd Carson, guitarist Nick Adams, and drummer Ted Larkin to make a demo cd, and do some gigs around the Boston area. Thomas spent '96 and early '97 abroad before returning to Boston, with the intent of putting the band back together and taking another stab at cracking the blues scene.
After an invitation to enter Boston's 1997 Battle of The Blues Bands, and the addition of pianist Ron Poster, the band went on to win, and traveled to Memphis to compete on a national level. Failing to make the finals in Memphis, the band traveled home; humbled, yet with a stronger resolve.
Following the departures of Larkin and Poster; the band-- in various formations --has forged ahead; releasing four critically acclaimed, independently produced cd's, including their most recent effort, 'Hard Travelin', and making numerous club and festival appearances; opening for such luminaries as Luther 'Guitar' Jr. Johnson, Ronnie Earl, and Sue Tedeschi; highlighted by a trip to France in 2010, to perform at the Terri Thouars festival. Moving forward, Thomas plans to release a solo acoustic cd featuring his delta, and country blues influences; as well as make another trip to the studio (or club for a live recording!) in 2011 or 2012. Stay tuned...