Real Blues Festival …Sept 29 2011

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Paqpa J CD Release Party Poster


All-Star Blues Lineup Set For “The Big Show” CD Release Party at The House of Blues  in Anaheim – Thur., Sept. 29

                                      The Big Show artwork

<Hear Papa J Perform Live on KOCI 101.5 FM Sunday, Sept. 25>


      (Anaheim, Calif) – Hey Orange County: It’s a Real Blues Festival of Orange County “House Party” redux as festival founder and harpist-vocalist Papa J, 11-yr. old guitar whiz Ray Goren, keyboard ace Deacon Jones and many special guests perform at “The Big Show” CD Release Party at the House of Blues, 1530 S. Disneyland Dr. in Anaheim, Thursday, September 29. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets $20. (show only) or $30. (show, dinner, and complimentary CD). Info: (714) 328-9375 or

    Papa J performs live and is interviewed on “Dr. Barry’s Traveling Blues Show” heard on Orange County’s very own KOCI 101.5 FM this Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m. Listen in for a chance to win tickets to “The Big Show” CD Release Party!!

   PAPA J & FRIENDS RELEASE “THE BIG SHOW” – “As a group we tried to run the gambit of styles and feelings that are what make up the blues,” says Papa J about the band’s new 10-song disc.  Some of the album’s tracks in his own words.

    “Checkin’ Up On My Baby” – “a great Sonny Boy Williamson tune that I thought would be fun to do…it kind of shows how insecure musicians are.”

    “Dimples” – “a truly simple John Lee Hooker song, that reminds me of all the girls on the road.”

     “Laundromat Blues” – “Albert King for all you guys that worry if your woman is too clean…so sad, so true.”

    “Slip Stumble & Fall” – “at sixty-plus years of age I still say this every day: it’s so easy to forget what got you here. God Bless the Blues.”

                Papa J Live August 2011

“(Papa J’s) “Checking Up On My Baby” is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time….the recording is good and the lead vocal is as smooth as can be.”

                                      BLUES PARTY CONNECTION

“Coming up on sixty years of age, Papa J still bounces on stage every night with the energy of a guy half his age. A showman by nature and musician by instinct Papa J’s stage presence and energy is undeniably huge to anyone who’s seen him perform. From his contagious smile to his gut wrenching blues he puts a thousand percent into making every performance mean something special to every person watching and it sure works on me.”     AMERICAN BLUES NEWS

    One More Thing: The Orange County-based harpist and vocalist won “Entertainer of the Year” at the 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards. Score one for the Blues!

  Watch a live performance of the William Clarke song “Pawnshop Bound” by Papa J,  Ray  Goren, and Deacon Jones from last May’s Real Blues Festival 2 below:

Papa J Pawnshop Bound Video                       


“Jeff “Papa J” Hudson was just one of the highlights of the day-long festival. Watching him and his band perform was simply witnessing musicians with a true passion for the blues. Papa J leaned into the microphone and gave raspy soulful vocals. He threw his hands out to his sides and shook his fingers to the rhythms in each song. Their band delivers the kind of music that enables you to soak up the joys of the South. It’s these sounds and rhythms of the blues that make you want to close your eyes, lift your head up, and say “Mmhmm.”           OC MUSIC MAGAZINE




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