Blues and Rock n Roll from Tupelo to San Francisco
Price Range: $400 and up
Down South 78 - Blues & Rock n Roll from Tupelo to San Francisco - Mississippi Roots Songwriters!
Jammin on their originals Too Many Tears In Mississippi, Shake Rag Blues, Strawberry Dream, 78, Time For One More Song, Recovery Room and other traditional blues and early rock n roll influenced tunes, plus their own spin on covers of Lightnin Hopkins, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Jimmy Reed, Elvis, Jimmie Rodgers and Led Belly.
Down South 78 formed in June 2012 after Brian relocated back to Tupelo from the SF Bay Area to open a new studio in the area called Rock and Swing. They started as an acoustic band then recruited Derrick Bogan to join in which led to some fun local regular gigs at Stables , Vanelli's and Nautical Whimsey in Tupelo, MS. Then requests to come perform often at surrounding festivals such as the Tallahatchie River Fest, Oxford Blues Fest, Elvis Festival, The Mississippi Music Awards, City Of Tupelo Events, Tootsies in Nashville, Buddy Guy's Legends - Chicago, Toyota - Blue Springs, MS, Huey's in Southaven, MS, Commonwealth High School - Quezon City - Philippines and The Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street - Memphis, TN.
James Pirkle - vocals/ harmonica/ guitar
Kenneth Ray West - vocals, guitar
Brian West - keys/ bass, vocals
Derrick Jerrod Bogan - drums
James Pirkle on his Harmonica and Guitar, has been a local blues & country singer around Tupelo since the early 70s, previously toured with Speck Roads and many others. He grew up listening to country, blues and early rock n roll. His list of influences include Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Winter, BB King, Buddy Guy and Johnny Rivers.
Kenneth Ray West - Singer, guitarist, award winning (BMI) songwriter with the group.
Ray is also from Tupelo, MS. His influences are the Doors, Moody Blues, Beatles and has been performing and writing for many years. He's won the Tupelo Gum Tree Songwriting Contest, toured the US, West Coast and performs often around the Philippines as well heading up the International Blues Fest held yearly in General Santos City, Philippines. His influences are The Moody Blues, The Doors & The Beatles.
Brian & Ray grew up in a family of musicians related to Mississippi Slim - Carvel Lee Ausbon, James Ausbon, Elvis Presley, Stringbean Aikman, Mac Macinally and Trent Harmon.
Brian West started playing guitar and keyboards at the age of 8, had his own rock band called Witching Hour which won many talent contests and performed often around Oxford, MS and Memphis. He studied classical guitar and piano then continued studying music at the University of Memphis where he also studied Music Business and Rock n Roll History. During college Brian played often on Beale Street in Memphis with blues bands and jam bands such as Yow, opening up shows for Dave Mathews and others
After college he moved to the San Francisco Bay area and there worked with recording projects produced by Montrose, Ruben Ramirez, Bob Geddins, Johnny Gunn (songwriter for Eddie Money and Tommy Castro).
He also has performed with Al Wilson, The Drifters, Freddie Hughes, Fryed Brothers, Jackson Stone, Tim Murphy, RL Burnside's son - Duwayne Burnside, Hendrix cousin Tony Simon(band leader for the Drifters) and Jewell Ausbon. He's opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Al Green, Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Rivers, Rick Derringer, Rascal Flatts, Chris Cagel, Emerson Drive, Rick Derringer, Jo Dee Mesina, Tracy Byrd, Vern Gosdin and JJ Cale and performed all over the US, and in Japan and the Philippines.
Derrick Jerrod Bogan – Drums
Derrick Jerrod Bogan began studying drums around the age of 15 anddecided it’s what he loved. He’s played for multiple bands regional, and local acts from gospel to jazz to contemporary Christian to rock alternative, blues country and pop. He’s also opened for various major artists and played on many recordings.
Derrick’s influences include his mother, aunts and siblings too who are professional singers as well. He grew up listening to Gospel music and lists Alvis Hatch as a great influence and mentor as well.
Some of his favorite drummers are Lester Estelle Jr., Zack Farias, Steve Jordan, Cobus Pogeiter, Calvin Rodgers and Thad Witherspoon. Derrick is the original member of Down South 78 since the bands formation in 2013.
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