Honest blues on the Midcoast

Mar 27, 2014
Photo by: Anthony Candullo Pat O’Shea and The Honest Men promise straight-ahead bluesy rock ‘n’ roll.

Rockland — The weekly blues series continues April 7 with a 7 p.m. show by Pat O’Shea and The Honest Men. Admission at the door will be $10.

It's all about the song for singer, songwriter and guitarist O’Shea, who has an impressive musical pedigree. He spent six years as guitarist for the legendary Levon Helm, touring extensively playing juke joints to festivals and everywhere in between. He also has played guitar alongside the late blues legend Hubert Sumlin, as a frequent substitute in the Howlin' Wolf Tribute Band, and did a stint playing guitar for Grammy-winning bluesman Joe Louis Walker, who will cap this summer’s blues festival. O'Shea also has performed and/or recorded with James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Johnny Johnson, David “Fathead” Newman, David Johansen, Bobby Keys, Bernard Purdie, Jerry Jamott, Lee Roy Parnell, The Kentucky Headhunters, Bonnie Bramblett, Larry Campbell, Tony Garnier and Dave Edmunds.

O’Shea’s band The Honest Men bring a combined 80-plus years of touring, performing and recording experience. All have spent the majority of their lives as career musicians and are staples in the enormous music scene in and around the New York metropolitan area. O'Shea said it’s the best band he’s even been in — and that’s saying something.

Upcoming in the weekly series are: April 14, Studebaker John ($10); April 21, Johnny Rawls ($10); and April 28, Harper ($15). For more information, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com and click on the Time Out Blues link. Also on the site is information about this summer’s fest, July 12 and 13. Advance blues festival tickets are $25 for either day or $50 for the full weekend.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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