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NEWS ARTICLE MIKE DOLLINS, THE CRUIZE BROTHERS TO PERFORM AT KASU BLUESDAY TUESDAY MAY 14
JONESBORO, Ark. — For the May 14 Bluesday Tuesday concert in Newport, KASU Radio brings back Mike Dollins and the Cruize Brothers for their first Newport appearance in over four years. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Newport Country Club, 703 Walker Drive, and is free to the public. KASU will pass the hat for the band.
Mike Dollins has earned the respect of blues musicians, record producers and radio deejays from San Diego to Philadelphia to London. Born in 1945 in southern California, he got his first guitar at the age of 13 and grew up listening to early rhythm and blues, rock and roll and jazz. He played in his first band, The Esquires, in 1960.
As America’s musical tastes changed over the next 50 years, so did Dollins’ clothing and hair styles. But his passion for the blues remained constant while he perfected his guitar craftsmanship. Dollins became a well-known band member and leader in the southern California club, festival and studio scene playing styles that ranged from rhythm and blues to gospel.
About 10 years ago, Dollins moved to Arkansas and found a musical home in the Delta blues region. Mike Dollins and the Cruise Brothers Band is based in Benton, Ark., and will release a new CD in June that represents over a decade of their best work. The band has played at nightspots and at blues events all over Arkansas including Hot Springs, Helena, Fayetteville and Little Rock. They have played at one previous KASU event in Newport.
KASU station manager Mike Doyle said, “Mike Dollins is a 68-year-old guitar master and a musical treasure that has been playing for over half a century. We’re glad to bring him back for Newport’s Bluesday Tuesday audience. You can enjoy this night by dancing to a full tilt boogie band if you like, or by just sitting back and appreciating their subtle styling and musical craftsmanship.”
The monthly Bluesday Tuesday concerts at Newport Country Club are presented without membership fee or cover charge by KASU, the broadcasting service of Arkansas State University, underwritten by ASU- Newport, C and C Distributors, and Harris Ford in Newport. The Newport Country Club prepares a buffet supper available for a fee.
MDBB 2014 CD Release, Number one Song Featuring Mike Fraz on vocals & keys.
M D B B - E n d o r s e m e n t s & B u d d i e s
Recording Session Details on new CD
Loving You Is Easy This was a Mike Fraz song he always did live. Is actually his arrangement of Albert King's song, "Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong," but he has gone so way over re-writtening it so much, this is not the same song anymoe. Mike Fraz, Keyboards & Vocals. Brad Messer, Drums. Guido Ciardetti, Bass. Mike Dollins, Guitar. Reorded at Lonesome Oak Studios, Whitehall, Arkansas 2008
Be Your Man Recorded in San Diego, CA, around 2003. Len Rainey, Bass & Vocal. Victor Marquez, Guitar. Roy Enjambre, Drums. Dominic Enjambre, Keyboard. Tony Matoian, Tenor Sax. Mike Dollins, Guitar.
Real Deal Recorded way back around 2003. All I can remember is I played Guitar, Vocals & Bass on the song. The first Solo, is a rendetion of Billy Butler's solo from the classic 50's, R&B long time hit record; Bill Dogget's, Honky Tonk.
Welcome Home Baby Victor Marquez, Vocals & Guitar. Roy Enjambre, Drums. Dominic Enjambre, Keyboard. Tony Matoian, Sax. Len Rainey, Bass. Mike Dollins, Guitar.
Take Care of Your Man Written by Brad Messer, and he played drums on this cut. We also had Ed Bowman, Vocals. Guido Ciardetti, Bass. "Chicago" Bob Lowther, Keyboards, Mike Dollins, Guitar. Reorded at Lonesome Oak Studios, Whitehall, Arkansas 2008
Love My Baby Len Rainey, Bass & Vocal. Victor Marquez, Guitar. Roy Enjambre, Drums. Dominic Enjambre, Keyboard. Tony Matoian, Tenor Sax. Mike Dollins, Blues Harp & Guitar.
Looking For My Baby Victor Marquez, Vocals & Guitar. Roy Enjambre, Drums. Dominic Enjambre, Keyboard. Tony Matoian, Sax. Len Rainey, Bass. Mike Dollins, Guitar.
Freddy King Tunes Roy Enjambre, Drums. Dominic Enjambre, Keyboard. Mike Dollins, Guitar & Bass.
Red Dress An inpromptu jam, we turned into a song. Recorded in 2007, in my music room on a PreSonus 8-Track Computer interface, to Stienberg, Cubase program. Brad Messer, drums. Guido Ciardetti, Bass. Mike Dollins, Vocal & Guitar.
All Blue Miles Mike Fraz, Keyboards. Brad Messer, Drums. Guido Ciardetti, Bass. Mike Dollins, Guitar. Reorded at Lonesome Oak Studios, Whitehall, Arkansas 2008
Voted Best Original CD for Little Rock, AR; International Blues Challenge 2009
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SONG TITLES 1) Loving You is Easy – Mike Fraz vocals 2) Be Your Man – Len Rainey vocals 3) Real Deal – Mike Dollins vocals 4) Welcome Home Baby – Victor Marquez vocals 5) Take Care of Your Man – Ed Bowman vocals 6) Love My Baby - Len Rainey vocals 7) Red Dress - Mike Dollins vocals 8) Looking For My Baby – Victor Marquez vocals 9) Freddy King Tunes 10) Diamonds & Gold – Mike Dollins vocals 11) Red Dress – Mike Dollins vocals 12) All Blue Miles