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Sprott’s love of the blues sprouted early

The John Sprott Band shares the frontman’s love of the blues Saturday on the Tall Metropolis Blues Fest in Midland.
(Courtesy Photograph)

LUBBOCK John Sprott has been taking part in the guitar for about 59 years now and if there’s one model of music the 64-year-old Lubbock resident enjoys taking part in essentially the most, it is the blues.

Sprott and his band, often called the John Sprott Band, will get an opportunity to entertain tons of of bluegrass lovers Saturday on the Tall Metropolis Blues Fest at The Vacation spot in Midland.

And whereas Sprott has been choosing for many years, the John Sprott Band solely began 5 years in the past.

“There was a chance to play at a sure venue in Lubbock, they usually have been on the lookout for one thing that was past the conventional cowl band stuff,” Sprott mentioned. “They have been on the lookout for one thing that was ‘creative.’ A musician buddy of mine mentioned that we must always get a blues band going as a result of it is a model of music that I’ve at all times liked. I assumed it could be factor if we may get one thing collectively. It expanded out of that, and that is how we acquired going.”

This weekend would be the band’s first time taking part in on the Tall Metropolis Blues Fest.

“We’re tremendous excited,” Sprott mentioned. “As a matter of truth, I am working desperately to get a CD completed in time for that. … It is a race in opposition to time. I do not know if we’ll get it completed, however we’re making an attempt.”

Over time, the band has had the chance to play at quite a few live shows and festivals round Texas and even in Memphis, Tenn. This 12 months, the John Sprott Band had the luxurious of taking part in in nation blues on the Worldwide Blues Problem in Memphis again in Could.

The competitors represents the worldwide seek for blues bands and solo/duo blues performers prepared for the worldwide stage, but simply needing that additional large break.

It’s the world’s largest gathering of blues musicians which takes place on Beale Avenue with greater than 20 golf equipment internet hosting the challengers and followers.

To qualify for the Worldwide Blues problem, a band should take part in and win a neighborhood problem sponsored by a present Blues Basis affiliated blues society.

Sprott and his band have been in a position to qualify after successful the Higher West Texas Blues Society’s “BYOB” Problem final fall in Midland. The group ended up making it to the semifinals on the worldwide stage.

“We simply went on the market and competed in Memphis,” Sprott mentioned of the Worldwide Blues Problem. “We went on the market and performed a two quarterfinal spherical and managed to get to the semifinal spherical. It was an absolute fuel, and it was an inspiration for making an attempt to get an album out for authentic blues music. It was a novel factor to be concerned with. Issues like that are likely to have cynical, profit-drive motives, however there’s additionally an inventive, altruistic part to it that I actually discovered inspiring.”

For Sprott, getting the chance to compete in Memphis was one thing he’ll always remember.

“I will let you know what, the fun of attending to play for crowd after crowd of people who find themselves there to see your sort of music and there to witness a efficiency of that particular style of blues music, was an absolute thrill,” Sprott mentioned. “Additionally, simply to be on Beale Avenue, strolling round with viewers members and musicians as nicely was so neat. It is neat to really feel vitality on this style of music that I actually care about since I’ve began taking part in guitar after I was 11 years previous.”

With the band’s new album popping out, Sprott is hopeful about getting a wider viewers.

“I do not assume we will be a full-on, hit-the-road touring band, however you by no means know,” Sprott mentioned. “I am 64 years previous. I’ve already completed the using the van round and taking part in at totally different golf equipment within the Midwest. I do not shut the door on something, however my aim proper now’s to get the band out and get the music out. For me, a very powerful half is getting the music on the market.”

Regardless, Sprott has at all times been a fan of taking part in the blues.

“You already know, I fell in love with blues guitar taking part in and that is a giant a part of what pushed me to be taught guitar,” Sprott mentioned. “I discovered all of the totally different types of music that I play have a component of the blues in them. Even for many of my music profession, I have never been in a devoted blues band like this.

If you go

  • Que: Tall Metropolis Blues celebration
  • When: 3 p.m Saturday, Sept. 24
  • The place: the Vacation spot in Midlands
  • the place to purchase tickets: tinyurl.com/n69pe6u5

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