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MP3 Big Blind - Comin' Across the River

All-original rootsy roadhouse rock

12 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Roots Rock, BLUES: Rockin'' Blues

Big Blind is a Portland, Oregon, band that plays a mix of original and traditional, old and new roadhouse rock, blues and roots rock tunes.

The band''s name derives from a term in Texas Hold''em poker. The big blind is a bet you make before any cards have been played. You’re betting you might be lucky contrary to all the evidence of your life, but you''re still sitting at the table. It''s a blues bet.

The boys of Big Blind are all friends and high school educators in one form or another. They originally got together to play small gigs for friends and but soon found themselves in demand at Portland-area clubs and roadhouses, including popular Northwest venues such as the Twilight Cafe, the Tiki Room at the Jasmine Tree, the Gemini Bar and Grill in Lake Oswego, the Trail’s End Saloon in Oregon City, and the Corner Saloon in Tualatin. In addition, the band members have committed themselves to a series of fundraising concerts and are happy to have raised over $3000 so far for local schools.

The band members include Andrew Duden, lead guitarist, singer, and most fertile songwriter of the group. Andrew was formerly a member of Los Azul Lejos, the premier blues band in El Salvador.

Chris Sheik is our drummer. He played professionally for many years and recorded with the Jim Beatty Jazz Band.

Mike Lehman plays keyboard, sings, and writes songs. Mike worked his way through graduate school playing regular piano/vocal gigs at jazz clubs and bars in Oregon. He also had a year-long gig at a club in Keflavik, Iceland.

The other three band members are all proud members of defunct garage bands. John Parke is the tallest rhythm guitar-playing surfer/vice-principal in the state of Oregon. Joel Glick is our steady bass player and chief musicologist, the professor of discology. Tim Gillespie plays blues harp and percussion back-up and writes lyrics.

Among our original songs are “Bad Dogs,” “The Best I Can Do,” “Comin’ Across the River,” “Foundry Blues,” “The Complete Ballad of Emmett Till,” “Someday (You’re Gonna Find Me Gone),” “A-13,” “Show Me the Way,” “Jonestown,” and others, including two tunes inspired by the recent tragedy in New Orleans, “Katrina” and “Dark Water.”

Also on our lengthy, varied playlist are many traditional and other songs we cover, including the likes of Jimmy Reed’s “Baby What You Want Me to Do?,” a Delbert McClinton-influenced version of Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me,” Carl Perkins’ “Boppin’ the Blues,” a rollicking version of the rare Dylan/Carl Perkins collaboration “Champaign Illinois,” Joe Veasey and Don Robey’s “Further On Up the Road,” Muddy Waters’ “Hoochie Coochie Man,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House,” Robert Johnson’s “Stones in My Passageway,” T-Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday Blues,” Woody Payne’s “Sweet Home Chicago,” Roger Tillison''s version of Woody Guthrie''s "Old Cracked Looking Glass," a couple of hard-driving Black Crowes tunes, and many more.

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