Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Performing across the Southeast since 2006, Katie Martin's unique blend of blues, folk, and soul mesmerizes audiences in a way that has to be seen to understand. Her agelessly soulful vocals soar effortlessly above a rich propulsion of acoustic blues guitar reminiscent of Muddy Waters combined with the beautiful folk guitar of James Taylor, all performed with the honest intensity of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Seeing Katie Martin perform is an experience like no other, and her refreshing individuality is one that leaves a lasting impression long after the stage has grown silent. Her debut album "Memories" is currently underway at Haney Records, and is set for release in the Spring of 2012. "Working with Katie Martin is an absolute pleasure. Her natural instincts and honest delivery make for some of the most heartfelt tracks I've had the privilege of recording. The most amazing part to me is that she sings so well that she needs no pitch correction or editing. And, as many singers and producers alike know fully well, this is a very rare trait these days. Needless to say, she is an absolute force of nature both on the stage and in the studio, and I'm honored to be a part of her journey." Chris Haney, Haney Records

Katie at DARWIN's for Grand Opening 10/29/2011 and
Halloween Party
Katie is the TRASH Zombie - ( Notice duct tape )

A film by MIKEL ESTES on
Katie Martin filmed in Little 5 Points Atlanta, GA

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Georgia - Jack Teagarden

Jack Teagarden - Vocals  Trombone

Ray Leatherwood - Bassist

This Bass, played by my friend Tamara Nikolai, is the same Bass played by
Ray Leatherwood in this recording of " Georgia" by Jack Teagarden in 1951.

Ray Leatherwood was also the Bassist for  THIS IS JULIE LONDON -
1955 Liberty Records.
Leatherwood also played for many years in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
This bass dates back to the 1920s.

Tamara can be seen at Darwin's Burgers and Blues as well as other Blues Venues.

A piece of history !!

Here is Jack Teagarden with Ray Leatherwood om Bass.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Darwin's Fri 9/9/2011

 Truett Lollis Trio

Truett Lollis -  Vocals Guitar
Jonathan Norwood - Bass
Theron Peterson - Drums

Sitting in two sets - Cody Matlock - Guitar

Cody Matlock is an amazing little ball of talent. At 15, this young man is already jamming with the best players in town and soaking up advice and pointers from Truett, Little G, Danny Vinson and anyone else who happens to be in the room. Seeing Cody and Truett play together was history in the making!

 Jonathan Norwood  =- Bass

Theron Peterson - Drums

Monday, September 5, 2011

Darwin's Burgers and Blues

Full Review:

I have said it before, people, and I will say it again and again: We are so blessed to have the kind of talent we have in Georgia, and to have the local venues where we can see them.

I was very mindful of that last night when we went to the newly reopened Darwin's Burgers and Blues in Marietta to hear the Truett Lollis Trio. My friend Elizabeth Tull, who is not only one of the best drummers I know but has excellent taste in music, has been after me for weeks to go hear Truett Lollis perform. Elizabeth has never steered me wrong, and I've been anxious to visit Darwin's, because when I was first getting into the blues scene I kept hearing about the place but I never got to go before it closed. So last night Ken and I happily took ourselves off to accomplish both goals at once. And I am so glad we did!

First of all, Darwin's is a small club, but last night it had a very enthusiastic, packed crowd. The club is a labor of love for its blues-loving owner, Ernie Lodato, and it shows. Before the show started we ordered burgers and my designated driver had a diet Coke, but I had a Long Island Iced Tea. (We all know I did that just so I could tell you all what the drinks were like, right?) Ok, so the Long Island Iced Tea was perfect, and so were our burgers. You choose your own condiments and toppings and  we got the ones with wing sauce and Ken got every available topping on his. They were definitely worth the $8 (including fries or tator tots) we paid.

Website for Darwin's is:

Darwin's 9/1/2011

Darwin's Burgers and Blues
Marietta GA

Thursday Night BLUES JAM

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Lola Gully - Keyboard Vocals
Truett Lollis - Guitar
Jake Holliday - Bass
Cody Matlock - Guitar
Theron Peterson - Skins


Little G Weevil  and Reese Navarro in th very famous " Darwin's Basement "