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Thanks for the comment Ms Barbara Ray ( my blues Lady) , we had a good time and saw folks we had not seen in awhile. My friend who gave me the gig 's mom was in town from LA, we went to the first grade together. She is Japanese and taught us much about respect by examples , her family sacrificed the most for us to play in a band when I grew up. We played very well and the interplay was amongst neighborhood friends and was very much welcomed. I thought I would be kinda rusty as I have not played or sat in since early 2012 in Pittsburgh. Definitely miss the Pittsburgh scene but I will be back, I did get deep enough LOL- kev
Thanks for the encouraging words Barb. Actuall I had a gig in Harrisburg at a longtime friend /[ former musician bandmate's ]sister and husbands restaurant. They prefer soft 'dinner' music but wanted us to 'turn it out' LOL. I used another longtime associate Hasid Stevenson who is a virtuoso jazz guitarist but playes many styles. he played mainly keyboard and some guitar with his own soundtracts. His twin brother Burnie showed up and played killer bass lines solos and we took it up a notch as I mainly play jazz and blues. This same triumvirate has been playing together since high school ( 40 years) but not as much the last twenty years or so just sitting in with them as they have their own thing. Would love to bring them to Pittsburgh, Burnie has played there and loved it. Still waiting for that full time job in Pgh to come through.- kev
Yeah Barb I had tried to get to that vocal jam @ Lawrenceville for some time. I am working in Harrisburg since June and await something full time to materialize in Pittsburgh or Harrisburg. Some part timethings have come up and I have some opportunities to play my own limited gig in Harrisburg. Glad to here about the new family addition and from you in general. Take care , I am OK and plan to be back in Pittsburgh - love you sister- kev
Thank you! Barbara for thinking of me again, sorry I could not make as my daughter had a graduation ceremony that weekend but please keep me posted of your events so that I can check you out in the future!
Raymond Ratliff Jr.
Thanks for finding us and friendship Barbara.
Plugged Music Distribution/ Stockholm Sweden
nice to connect with you here,
Hi Barbara Ray,
Thanks for the friendship.
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