Winter Park / Live Music: Blues with too much soul to control
The Dynatones brought musicians Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson together, and their love of the blues has sustained their friendship and for almost a decade. Tonight, audiences in Grand County have a chance to see the two talents and their band doing what they do best, singing and playing the music that started it all.It has been some time since Payne and Edmonson have performed anywhere in Colorado, and both said they are really looking forward to the performance, adding that they have heard so many good things about Winter Park.Payne, who writes most of the lyrics for the group, has been called the man with too much soul to control. His singing career began more than 40 years ago when he sang in his fathers gospel choir while growing up in Georgia. Early on, he also gained great inspiration from an uncle, bluesman Neal Pattman, who played harmonica while Payne sat on his lap and sang along.At the beginning of his teen years, he started singing professionally with the Allen Swing Band, later joining the R&B group The Serenaders. Since then, the lead vocalist has been nominated in both 2007 and 2008 for the Blues Music Award for Best Male Soul Blues Artist.His style is most compared to BB King, Jimmie Vaughan and Ronnie Earl. Hes something else, thats for sure, said John Catt, founding member of the Grand County Blues Society, which is helping to bring the show to Grand County.Payne doesnt just sing but is a great entertainer. His show is said to easily match the fervor and intensity of a fire and brimstone gospel revival. When listening to Payne, Edmonson said one can hear echoes of James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Muddy Waters in his voice not because he has imitated them, but because he is one of them. Once you have seen him perform, its easy to understand that Jackie Payne is the real deal, he said.Although Edmonson wasnt born with a guitar in his hands, a guitar couldnt have been too far away. The son of folk musician Travis Edmonson, Steves early days were spent on the road with his dad and the Bud and Travis band.Since then he has performed with a diverse variety of musicians including James Cotton and Johnny Rawls. He spent four years touring with the Dynatones, where he met Payne. He also writes most of the melodies for the band.Between Jackie Paynes super soulful, gospely blues vocals and Steve Edmonsons six-string sting, youve got an unbeatable combination not to be missed, said Alligator Recording artist Rusty Zinn.Other talented musicians set to take the stage tonight include the bands rhythm and horn sections. The rhythm section consists of bassist Col. Bill Singletary and drummer Nick Otis. Singletary has been a professional musician since 1958 and Otis is the son of R&B legend Johnny Otis and has performed as part of his fathers orchestra for more than two decades. On horns is tenor saxophonist Carl The Maestro Green who leads the horn section and writes the bands horn arrangements. Trumpet player Lech Wierzynski rounds out the horn section.If you like authentic blues, old-school R&B, and 60s-style Southern soul, Edmonson said you need to come out on Friday to Smokin Moes to see Jackie perform. He really is one of the very last of the great blues and soul singers.
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