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Robert Johnson at The Bullfrog Blues Club June 2nd! (well, nearly...)




All roads lead to the country bluesman Robert Johnson, and Rocky Lawrence, who is appearing at The Bullfrog Blues Club on Thursday 2nd June is the nearest you're going to see to this long gone legend! 
All roads lead to the country bluesman Robert Johnson, and Rocky Lawrence, who is appearing at The Bullfrog Blues Club on Thursday 2nd June is the nearest you're going to see to this long gone legend! 
Rocky Lawrence is a walking persona of Robert Johnson. From the moment he approaches the stage sporting his matching suit, Dobbs hat and two-toned shoes, playing a Gibson “Robert Johnson” well worn at the fingerboard, a statement to his dedication to RJ’s music and musical intensity, he plays and sings with incredible conviction. Whether he is performing solo or accompanying the masters, listeners experience a seasoned bluesman. 

Rocky Lawrence is from Connecticut, U.S.A.. At eleven, he fell under the spell of Jimi Hendrix and he took up the guitar. After learning “Voodoo Child, Rocky discovered that Muddy Waters’ "Changes" comprised the song. So began his musical journey going right back to the source. 

From Muddy Waters, Rocky became acquainted with the music of Robert Johnson and Son House. 
Robert Johnson’s style borrowed from contemporaries as diverse as Son House and Lonnie Johnson.As Rocky likes to say, "Robert was a good thief!” 

In 2002, Rocky was playing with Hubert Sumlin, “his adopted daddy”. Rocky absorbed much from Hubert and in addition to perfecting his craft, Rocky was able to connect with Keith Richards. Richards was impressed with Rocky, and keeping a promise, appears on Rocky’s soon to be released recording. 

For the past eight years Rocky has been playing with “Honeyboy” Edwards, perhaps the last surviving Robert Johnson era Bluesman. Rocky Lawrence shines as the opening act and the accompanist. 

Rocky has taken his Robert Johnson message to the clubs of Connecticut, to Brazil and Italy. Everywhere he goes, the audience gets into it. Singing, tapping and humming the tunes as he works his magic. 

Hellhounds never sleep and neither will you as you experience Rocky Lawrence.
 
ROCKY LAWRENCE appears at The Bullfrog Blues Club  at The N.B.E.C.S.A. Club (a.k.a.The Dockyard Club), Onslow Rd, Southsea, PO5 2NH,  on Thursday June 2nd. doors open at 8 p.m. .Advance tickets just £8 - (no booking fee) available via Paypal on our secure website, 
www.barkingspider.abelgratis.com, or in person during shop hours from "Saraband", Goldsmith Ave., Southsea (next to the petrol station),

 The N.B.E.C.S.A. Club is a great 150 + capacity venue, with a proper stage, a well stocked bar at club prices. It’s only two minutes (around 700 yards) from our old venue, South Parade Pier. 
 
Using the Pier as a starting point.... 
Head west on South Parade, and after less than 100 yards take the first right into Clarendon Rd. 
After a short while you’ll come to a roundabout. 
Go straight on (Burgoyne Road is on the left, Waverley Rd on the right - there’s a night club on the corner). 
After about 500 yards Onslow Rd is on the left. 
The N.B.E.C.S.A. Club is in Onslow Road, about 50 yards on the right. 
 
We will be running gigs on the first Thursday of the month, and the year's gigs are shown below. 
 
Bullfrog Blues gigs at The N.B.E.C.S.A. Club Southsea - 8.p.m. doors 

 
Bullfrog Blues gigs at The N.B.E.C.S.A. Club Southsea - 8.p.m. doors 
 
Thurs 2.6.11 ROCKY LAWRENCE - David “Honeyboy” Edwards’ accompanist, and a superb disciple of the great Robert Johnson - on tour from the U.S.A. 
Thurs 7.7.11 -STEVE PAYNE BAND - the master guitarist fronting this top class band 
Thurs 4.8.11 DEBORAH BONHAM BAND- The sister of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Deborah and her band need no introduction! 
Thurs 8.9.11 THE CLARE FREE BAND - superb female guitar player and her fine band 
Thurs 6.10.11 GEOFF ACHISON & THE SOULDIGGERS - a top class band on tour from Australia. 
Thurs 3.11.10 LITTLE TOBY WALKER. Return of the great guitarist, singer and raconteur from New York City 
Thurs 1.12.10 THE PRODUCERS- on of the U.K's top blues bands. (This replaces the previously advertised BEN ANDREWS gig - sadly, Ben is now longer wirth us - R.I.P Ben....)
 

Rocky Lawrence is a walking persona of Robert Johnson. From the moment he approaches the stage sporting his matching suit, Dobbs hat and two-toned shoes, playing a Gibson “Robert Johnson” well worn at the fingerboard, a statement to his dedication to RJ’s music and musical intensity, he plays and sings with incredible conviction. Whether he is performing solo or accompanying the masters, listeners experience a seasoned bluesman. 

Rocky Lawrence is from Connecticut, U.S.A.. At eleven, he fell under the spell of Jimi Hendrix and he took up the guitar. After learning “Voodoo Child, Rocky discovered that Muddy Waters’ "Changes" comprised the song. So began his musical journey going right back to the source. 

From Muddy Waters, Rocky became acquainted with the music of Robert Johnson and Son House. 
Robert Johnson’s style borrowed from contemporaries as diverse as Son House and Lonnie Johnson.As Rocky likes to say, "Robert was a good thief!” 

In 2002, Rocky was playing with Hubert Sumlin, “his adopted daddy”. Rocky absorbed much from Hubert and in addition to perfecting his craft, Rocky was able to connect with Keith Richards. Richards was impressed with Rocky, and keeping a promise, appears on Rocky’s soon to be released recording. 

For the past eight years Rocky has been playing with “Honeyboy” Edwards, perhaps the last surviving Robert Johnson era Bluesman. Rocky Lawrence shines as the opening act and the accompanist. 

Rocky has taken his Robert Johnson message to the clubs of Connecticut, to Brazil and Italy. Everywhere he goes, the audience gets into it. Singing, tapping and humming the tunes as he works his magic. 

Hellhounds never sleep and neither will you as you experience Rocky Lawrence.
 
ROCKY LAWRENCE appears at The Bullfrog Blues Club  at The N.B.E.C.S.A. Club (a.k.a.The Dockyard Club), Onslow Rd, Southsea, PO5 2NH,  on Thursday June 2nd. doors open at 8 p.m. .Advance tickets just £8 - (no booking fee) available via Paypal on our secure website, 
www.barkingspider.abelgratis.com, or in person during shop hours from "Saraband", Goldsmith Ave., Southsea (next to the petrol station),

 The N.B.E.C.S.A. Club is a great 150 + capacity venue, with a proper stage, a well stocked bar at club prices. It’s only two minutes (around 700 yards) from our old venue, South Parade Pier. 
 
Using the Pier as a starting point.... 
Head west on South Parade, and after less than 100 yards take the first right into Clarendon Rd. 
After a short while you’ll come to a roundabout. 
Go straight on (Burgoyne Road is on the left, Waverley Rd on the right - there’s a night club on the corner). 
After about 500 yards Onslow Rd is on the left. 
The N.B.E.C.S.A. Club is in Onslow Road, about 50 yards on the right. 
 
We will be running gigs on the first Thursday of the month, and the year's gigs are shown below. 
 
Bullfrog Blues gigs at The N.B.E.C.S.A. Club Southsea - 8.p.m. doors 

 
Bullfrog Blues gigs at The N.B.E.C.S.A. Club Southsea - 8.p.m. doors 
 
Thurs 2.6.11 ROCKY LAWRENCE - David “Honeyboy” Edwards’ accompanist, and a superb disciple of the great Robert Johnson - on tour from the U.S.A. 
Thurs 7.7.11 -STEVE PAYNE BAND - the master guitarist fronting this top class band 
Thurs 4.8.11 DEBORAH BONHAM BAND- The sister of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Deborah and her band need no introduction! 
Thurs 8.9.11 THE CLARE FREE BAND - superb female guitar player and her fine band 
Thurs 6.10.11 GEOFF ACHISON & THE SOULDIGGERS - a top class band on tour from Australia. 
Thurs 3.11.10 LITTLE TOBY WALKER. Return of the great guitarist, singer and raconteur from New York City 
Thurs 1.12.10 THE PRODUCERS- on of the U.K's top blues bands. (This replaces the previously advertised BEN ANDREWS gig - sadly, Ben is now longer wirth us - R.I.P Ben....)
 
Check out the website - www.barkingspider.abelgratis.com for news.
www.barkingspider.abelgratis.com for news.