The Most Influential Blues Songwriters from Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California has been a hotbed of musical talent for decades, and blues music is no exception. Bobby “Blues Ray” was one of the earliest influences in the city, with his style being heavily influenced by Sam Cooke and Bobby Blue Bland. In the '60s, Sacramento had a plethora of live music venues, and one of the most popular was Keep On Truckin', a tribute to the Woodstock generation that performed Rock, Blues, Funk and R&B. Full Circle is a four-member band that covers a variety of instruments and vocal styles.

Their performances often include songs by The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allen Jackson, Tracy Byrd, Johnny Cash, and Eric Clapton. The Speakeasies are another popular band in Sacramento that specialize in soft acoustic jazz, swing from the 30s and 40s, classic soul and blues from the 50s and 50s. They have even been nominated for a Grammy!The A List Jazz is comprised of some of the best professional musicians in the Bay Area and is available for private parties, corporate events, concerts, festivals and clubs. Campbell's Jazz Soup plays a fun mix of jazz and swing from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s at events, parties, festivals and weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Greg Jacobs has been performing for more than 10 years in Sacramento with his quartet playing a selection of tasteful jazz standards and some original compositions. Parlor Tricks is an industrial ragtime band that plays a mix of swing, jazz standards and vaudeville. THE MULES is another blues band that has been based in the Bay Area for more than a decade and has been described as “contagious” and “a crossroads full of rhythms where the West Coast in the style of T-Bone Walker shuffles and the soul of Stax scorches”.Mick Martin is another influential blues songwriter from Sacramento who has been producing and presenting the Blues for more than 25 years. He started with The KZAP Blues Show in August 1989 and has since won The SAMMIES (Sacramento Area Music Awards) to the best blues band three times.

Martin believes that Blind Lemon Jefferson recorded in Texas before many people started recording, as did Texas Alexander. Sacramento has produced some of the most influential blues songwriters in history. From Bobby “Blues Ray” to Full Circle to The Speakeasies to The A List Jazz to Campbell's Jazz Soup to Greg Jacobs to Parlor Tricks to THE MULES to Mick Martin - these artists have taken blues music to unprecedented levels on the American music scene. If you're looking to add some live blues music to your celebration from these influential songwriters, you can find local vendors through The Bash. Booking and making secure online payments through The Bash is free and once your reservation is confirmed it will be covered by their guarantee.

Alberta Knapick
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