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“That’s A Good Way To Get To Heaven: The Music & Life Of Big Jack Reynolds” Film Screening & Brunch featuring Markey Blue Ric Latina Project - 9/28/19Saturday, September 28 2019 10:30am Doors / 11:30am Start
“That’s A Good Way To Get To Heaven: The Music & Life Of Big Jack Reynolds” Film Screening & Brunch featuring Markey Blue Ric Latina Project - 9/28/19
at City Winery Nashville
TICKETS ARE $15 IN ADVANCE, & $20 AT THE DOOR
That’s A Good Way To Get To Heaven: The Music & Life Of Big Jack Reynolds
Third Street Cigar Records presents the story of a great unsung American bluesman: Marshall "Big Jack" Reynolds. Jack was a real deal blues player with a mysterious past, a dynamic temperament, a soft heart, and a mean harmonica. He never found national success in his lifetime. But his deep blues and tough songs made him a legend to roots music connoisseurs and an example to many up-and-coming musicians in the Detroit and Toledo areas. Hear Jack’s story from those he touched most deeply, and who kept him going. And hear the man himself sing, blow, and tell his tales.
That’s A Good Way To Get To Heaven is the product of years of independent work born of a singular goal: To bring the story, songs, and tall tales of a great and under-appreciated American artist to a wider audience. Big Jack Reynolds was in the corner of the last phase of Detroit’s great blues era, one that slammed to a stop in the late 1960s, when the whole city seemed to implode. But his few recordings broke new ground, and blues aficionados seek them to this day. Scholars of the form have remarked time and again that Jack was one that got away – a real-deal bluesman whose work stands up next to his more famous contemporaries, like John Lee Hooker.
As we made our homage to Jack, an unexpected story emerged, that of Jack’s contribution to the careers and lives of the many musicians who supported him during his last decade, after the Motor City scene collapsed and he found new, smaller pastures in Ohio. Those who were close to Jack found their cultural souls in his companionship. Our interviews brought out strong emotions from each subject, and Jack’s music rang through their voices. So, we found ourselves with a small but universal story of how a mysterious blues harmonica player touched the lives of those around him. Now we know that those relationships are really what keep the blues healthy to this day.
- Glenn Burris, June, 2019
Markey Blue Ric Latina Project
It’s been an Incredible Year for the Markey Blue Ric Latina Project, Receiving Several Honors Including A Spot in the National Blues Museum exhibit “Women of the Blues: a Coast-to -Coast Collection,” a TV show in the works and several songs picked up for TV placement and adding international dates to their touring schedule.
The Nashville based duo of Ric Latina, Markey, and their touring band have a combined performing/touring history that reads like a “who’s who” in the entertainment industry.