"I’m just going to be a vocalist and sing the things that I want to sing. I’ll play a little guitar, but essentially as a musician, I’m primarily a vocalist."
Rev. Jimmie Smith lives comfortably in the worlds of blues and gospel. As more artists are combining the two genres than ever before, Smith adds the classic Hammond B-3 ensemble sound to the performance.
Andersen notes that for artists who don’t get a lot of radio play, "live music is vital." More than that, he says, "I think it’s a basic connection, to be part of that energy going on. I just wish everyone could come to a live show. It’s the best way to hear music for sure."
The 63-year-old singer, composer, and producer had surgery to remove “a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy.”
From the first notes, Tommy Z and company gathered up the crowd and took them for a blues-infused rock tinged ride that did not disappoint.