Artist: Little Boys Blue
Year Of Release: 2016
Format: FLAC (tracks)
02. Lights On
03. Pack It Up Baby
04. If Id’a Known
05. 35 Years
06. Chitlins Con Carne
07. Do You No Wrong
08. Smoke Rings
09. Health Insurance Blues
10. Wanna Be Your Loving Man
11. Big Pimpin Sugar Daddy Romeo
Twenty years and many gigs ago, singer/harp player JD Taylor and guitarist Steve Patterson started the Jackson,Tennessee based band Little Boys Blue. Enlisting an array of veteran players, who toured with Nashville country and Sun Records Rockabilly artists, they mixed all their influences from Tennessee and Mississippi Delta Blues styles with flavors of Rockabilly, Rock and Country to create the Little Boys Blue sound.
Sometimes working as a duo, Taylor and Patteson became friendly with Rockabilly legend Carl Perkins, and often backed him up during book signings and events. The group played blues clubs, festivals and competitions throughout the southeast. In 1997 they won third place in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Competition.
In 2002 Taylor started traveling to Nashville, where he became part of Nashville’s Music Mafia, playing shows with John Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Hank Williams, Jr, and Kid Rock, and recording with Warner Bros. artists including Blake Shelton. After about five years, JD was drawn back to Jackson, Memphis, and his first love – the Blues.
Little Boys Blue has three previous albums, most recently 2014’s BAD LOVE. Their newest, TENNISSIPPI, was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL and Webb Studios in Memphis, TN. The album features a mixture of electric and acoustic blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and Americana roots music, citing influences from Sleepy John Estes and R.L. Burnside to Muddy Waters and The Allman Brothers.
The current band includes JD Taylor, Dave Mallard, Mark Brooks, Alex Taylor (JD’s son) and Dave Thomas. They tour the country, playing major clubs and festivals, and still make a home in the Beale Street clubs.