Blues Gone South

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Nominated for American, Blues, Roots Artist of the Year – 20th Annual LA Music Awards

Blues Gone South (BGS) headline the first “Chicago Blues Night” at the House Of Blues, 1530 S. Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, Thursday, May 7. Tickets $12.50 (advance), $15.00 (door). Info: (714) 778-2583 or log onto Also performing: Jay Gordon & the Penetrators; Andy Walo Trio; and the Mobile Blues Band.

BGS is a longtime, established blues band which has played to rave reviews in shows from the South Bay to their home base in Orange County. BGS – fronted by harpist-vocalist Papa J (Jeffrey Hudson) and also featuring drummer Kofi Baker (son of legendary Cream drummer, Ginger Baker) — play a smokin’ hot mix of original blues songs as well as classic Blues numbers in a wailing, Southside-of-Chicago style.

Blues Gone South is rooted in the tradition of early 20th century blues fueled by the energy of the new millennium. The excitement created by the front line, along with their unique originals tunes, makes this show far above that of a typical “blues” band.

BGS has shared the stage with James Cotton, Taj Mahal, Bobby Bland, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds just to name a few. Hey have played B.B. Kings, The Coach House, House of Blues, and Doheny Blues Festival, to name a few. Their debut CD is entitled GOTTA KEEP MOVIN (Hound Dog Records).

BGS are featured on nationally-syndicated radio show BLUES DELUXE the week of April 5-11 ( and are interviewed live on “The London Garcia Show” Sunday, May 10 at 5 p.m ( to listen live). BGS is also the Featured Band for April on Indie 104 (, voted “Internet Radio Station of the Year” for the third consecutive year by New Music Weekly.

“This is a serious fistful of the blues by an expert team of players. Blues Gone South is the authentic article,” writes Rob Swick of ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE. “It’s a fact that when you’ve got the blues, you’ve “Gotta Keep Movin’,” and Blues Gone South is a darned good band to help you on your way!,” the review concludes.

“Papa J” is a great showman who dazzles audiences with his howlin’ harmonica and trademark ‘gentlemanly howls’ directed at the female members of BGS’s audience. This front man is the real McCoy – dedicated to only the finest blues traditions. Baker is known throughout the country as one of the top timekeepers and makes Blues Gone South swing and really take off when they get charged up.

Blues Gone South is something very special — “90% Blues 100% Fun!” Also check out