Friday, February 20, 2009

Simple and Sims


Bill Sims Jr

Paul Tillotson will present blues guitar master Bill Sims Jr. live from Manhattan at the Boiler Room in Sun Valley, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 and 21.

Sims was a member of the Four Mints, and enjoyed modest success on the R&B circuit in the 1970s. After moving to New York in 1979, he worked as a carpenter and a mail carrier before resuming his life as a musician, immersed in jazz and blues. Sims plays in the tradition of great bluesmen such as Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.

"He's bringing his bass player, Jeff Anderson, and drummer from New York City, and I'll be joining them on Hammond organ and piano," Tillotson said.

Sims wrote the music for August Wilson's plays "Seven Guitars" and "Gem of the Ocean," and he and his wife were the subjects of the documentary "An American Love Story."

Sims regularly plays in New York City clubs such as Terra Blues, the 55 Bar and Rodeo Bar.

"Bill Sims takes his listeners through an authentic musical journey," the Terra Blues Web site states. "Like aged wine, his voice and excellent musical arrangements evokes your every emotion."

Tickets are available at the door.

Dana DuGan: ddugan@mtexpress.com




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