Tuesday, October 29, 2019,
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,
The Arizona Senior Academy building
The Arizona Senior Academy is pleased to treat blues fans with a performance by two seasoned Tucson musicians who are members of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.
Bassist Steve Grams and guitarist Danny Krieger have been making music together for some 20 years, but they like to say that their combined professional musical experience spans over 100 years. These singer/songwriters have produced six CD’s of mostly original material, and have toured in Europe countless times, especially in the Netherlands. They point out that they do not limit themselves exclusively to the blues but enjoying playing a variety of genres.
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Steve Grams began playing bass there and continued doing so at the University of North Dakota and later in Minneapolis. He has been in Tucson since 1979 and has built a reputation as one of the area’s most reliable acoustic and electric bassists, playing on and/or producing over 100 recordings, and touring nationally and internationally. His many sideman credits include working with Dave Gonzalez & the Stone River Boys, Smokin’ Joe Kubek, Bo Diddley, Long John Hunter, and Holland’s Mr. Boogie Woogie.
Danny Krieger, one of the Southwest’s most respected guitarists/slide guitarists, was born in New York City but grew up in Los Angeles. His resumé includes international tours with the ‘70s British pop band “Christy” and recordings with varied artists from Exene Cervenka to the late Andy Gibb. He has worked with Big Joe Turner, Coco Montoya, and Johnny Rivers, and toured with Sam Taylor, “The Mollys,” Mr. Boogie Woogie, and John “Juke” Logan.
Grams and Krieger often appear in regular gigs around Tucson with the Bad News Blues Band, in such venues as the Chicago Bar, Wilbur’s Grill at the Viscount Suite Hotel, and the Gaslight Music Hall.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer