Blues hall of famer Jimmy Lloyd Rea to play twice here

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WALLA WALLA — Legendary Blues Hall Of Fame performer Jimmy Lloyd Rea and his band will play at two venues this week.

This one-time acoustic blues performance will be for free at 8 tonight at the Charles Smith Winery, 35 S. Spokane St.

On Friday, Rea will be playing at a free CD release party for “American Boogie Man” from 9-11 p.m. at Vintage Cellars, 10 N. Second Ave.

The double disc package contains a disc of 12 brand-new blues tracks and a disc of previously recorded favorite tunes. The studio recordings on the first disc feature ample guitar tracks from local guitar legend Craig Tarwater adding to the sound.

The second disc contains 14 top favorite blues-rock selections gleaned from the band’s rich history of previous recordings and features additional artists Vince Hozier, Curtis “Rocket” Johnson, Bill Rhoades and Jerry Smith.

Copies of an earlier disc, “Cruisin’ For A Bloozin” which was recorded live in Walla Walla at the Time Out Tavern in 2006 will be available at this show as well.

Rea began his career as a band member of Canned Heat and has an extensive list of on-stage work with a number of other named artists, leading up to the formation of Jimmy Lloyd Rea and the Switchmasters.

The Switchmasters have been playing together for more than 25 years, consisting of Ron Carnes on lead guitar, Dan “The Reverend Danny G” Goodall on lead guitar and backing vocals and Tim Erickson on drums. Rea holds down the thumping bass line while grinding out his gravelly vocals.

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