Little Joe Blues, who knew Dexter when he really was LITTLE Joe, has been collaborating with Brazilian harmonica wiz, Flavio Guimaraes. Dexter is subbing for Flavio this tour – it will be a great time! With Rob McLerran, too – the Grandfather of Rock and Roll.
Little Joe Blues in Salina with Dexter Payne
249 N. Santa Fe,Salina,Kansas-67401
June 1, 2019
June 1, 2019
Little Joe McLerran won the 2009 International Blues Challenge in Memphis at the age of 25. It was the 25th annual staging of the event. Joe took first place in the solo division. Little Joe has been playing the guitar and singing his piedmont blues since he was eight years old. He performs solo or with his band as circumstances determine.
In spring 2011 Little Joe took his band for a week to Paraguay, South America on a cultural exchange mission for the US State Department playing concerts, clubs and hosting jam sessions and master classes at various music schools around the country. Last year Little Joe and his band toured for a month around the Persian Gulf as part of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Education and Cultural Affairs bureau of the US Dept of State. They visited four Arab countries including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Oman. They played the first public concert by an American band ever in Riyadh, the capitol city of Saudi Arabia. It was blues all the way. (See Wall Street Journal article June 17, 2010) “Blues for the Third World”, says Little Joe.
Since winning the IBC title Little Joe has played festivals, concerts and club dates across the US and abroad. His critically acclaimed CD “Believe I’ll Make a Change” rose to number 1 on the blues radio charts early in 2010 and remained at the top of the charts for months. (See Downbeat review Sept ) The CD made it to number 12 on the annual Roots Music Report.