That Bone from our
Pictured left: Ms Marci with Muddy Waters.
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We'll be kicking off the festival at "The Knick" along with High Times, Ryan Hartt & The Blues Hearts.
Ms Marci & The Lovesick Hounds will be joined by special guest, keyboard player/trumpet player, Ramon Joseph Sanchez, SR. This event will run from Friday, June 28th to Sunday, June 30th with an array of blues legends plus up and coming blues musicians - all at fantastic venues!
Some of the other acts are The Chris Leigh Band, James Montgomery, Kal David, Christine Ohlman, Debbie Davies, Jaimoe's Jassz Band, Al Kooper, Roomful of Blues, David Maxwell, Sugar Ray & The Blue Tones, Brandt Taylor, grandmaster James Cotton, and so, so many more, I can't name them all!
Marci had the privilege of being a guest on stage with blues legend Luther "Guitar
Junior" Johnson April 11Th, on his
70Th birthday at Chan's Restaurant in Woonsocket, RI.
of people have asked me recently, "Why
haven't we seen you playing anywhere recently, Ms Marci?" Well...
I'm sure that most of you are aware that
our economy hasn't been so healthy lately, but, that's only part
in the market for a booking agent because
I'd rather be busy writing instead
of booking the band... even though I miss entertaining you all terribly!
Fact is, taking time off from the booking
end of this business has been healthy for my song writing... which
is wonderful! Our
next gig will include at least one of the new originals, and more
songs later in 2009. I also want to inform
you all that if you wish
to hire The Lovesick Hounds & I for any occasion, please feel
free to contact me through this web site.
had the privilege of knowing many legends, but Bo
Diddley was one that was very dear
to my heart. He was always so supportive.
That is something you don't often find in the competitive world of
My heart floods with warmth when I remember how he reacted when he heard
my song "Jump 'n' Shout"...a song that was so deeply inspired
by Bo, that I made sure that he didn't want his name in the writer's
credits. The last thing I would have wanted was him adding me to the
list of people who "ripped him off!" He listened intently to
my song, smiled broadly, tapping his feet and moving his head to the
beat and said to everybody in the room, "Hey
listen to this...she got it...she got it!" I asked him if I
should put his name as a co-writer he said, "No honey, this one's
Bob Margolin says listen
trombone song since Dinah Washington's big long slidin' thang. You
(Ms Marci) and whoever's playing
Jim Hooper & Kevin Mc Carthy-guitars, Dayne Laskey-keyboards, John
Bruce-drums ) really are gettin' it. I sure like the way you sing it!"
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Hey Everyone! We're
Playing At Your Place!
Our new CD has 11 visible tracks and two hidden tracks, 13 all original songs, and over 50 minutes of music! (You web-site viewers have the inside info). There are lots of surprises on this disc, including some great guests like Carl Querfurth on trombone, Kevin McCarthy on guitar, and Kymberly Chevian and Kellie Rameau on backing vocals on both "Work That Bone." a nostalgic swing tune and "Perfumed Garden," a tune that is not "blues" as such. I call it "erotic, Arabic blues!" Every song is unique.
You're all invited to my New "My Space" website, where I have lots of photos (check out my slide show in my "Profile" section) and additional info and bio posted. Please go to http://www.myspace.com/msmarciblues and become one of my friends. If you aren't registered with "My Space", it's easy...and FREE! Just go to www.myspace.com.
Playing Near You!
that ended with a bang!
to right my husband, Jim, myself, and Luther on our wedding night and ten years
CD news: Our new CD, "After Last Call" is nearly
That Bone from
our newly released CD,
Photo at right: After Last Call, our newly released CD, design by Dorry Clay
Marci and The Lovesick Hounds are a tour de force"
Kirkland of The CT. Blues Society wrote:
Photo at right: Pinetop Perkins with Ms Marci,
More Ms Marci & The Lovesick Hounds:
Here is the complete list of live dates.
You can now purchase
our CDs online.
About Ms Marci:
Ms Marci (Chevian-Hooper) was born and raised in Worcester, MA, where her passion for music began early as an escape from the pain and loneliness of being raised in a foster home, and being the only Baptist in a predominantly Catholic neighborhood . She joined the junior choir at the Baptist church she attended, and, by the time she was twelve, had formed a folk duo with a fellow choir member. At sixteen, she was singing lead and playing bass in an all female band, 'The Broad Explosion.'
During this time she was introduced to Jimi Hendrix at Clark University, where he was playing a concert. Jimi encouraged Marci to follow her heart, and the blues. So, even though the band's focus was top forty, Marci found herself more interested in the songs and writers of the single's B-sides, and album's lesser known cuts for inspiration.
Names like R. Johnson, W. Dixon, E. McDaniels, Chuck Berry, and M. Morganfield were all over recordings by The Rolling Stones, Cream, The Yardbirds. Even The Beatles covered these legendary songwriters. Wanting to find out more about these inspirational music-masters, she sought more of their tunes to perform them herself. But this estranged her from the band, and by the time she was eighteen, she hit the road looking for the blues.
Over the years, she began to hone her song writing talents. She played with as many other musicians as she could find. Then on July 4, 1976, at a blues festival in The Providence Civic Center, Marci found herself talking with Muddy Waters sideman, Luther Guitar 'Junior' Johnson. After jamming with him backstage, he suggested that she ask Muddy if he'd let her sit in . Luther made a brief introduction, and a star-struck Marci asked Mr.Waters if she could sit in with the band. Muddy looked her straight in the eye and responded 'Honey, you can sit in on anything of mine.'
Photo at right: Singing and celebrating Luther 'Guitar Junior' Johnson's birthday at Theodore's in Springfield, MA.
Muddy invited her to come to an upcoming show at the Shaboo Inn in nearby Willimantic, CT. She accepted the invitation, and became a regular sit-in at shows all over New England and New York until a few months before Muddy's death in 1983. But it didn't stop there. She continued to sit-in with Luther and other Waters alumni: Pinetop Perkins, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, Steady Rollin, Bob Margolin, and Calvin 'Fuzz' Jones. Continuing her pursuit of the blues, she found herself opening up for, jamming with, and sitting-in with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, and Taj Mahal, among others, garnering all she could to fine-tune her musical ability.
When asked about her title as 'Ms Marci,' she responds, 'Oh, that's an abbreviation for 'Mistress.' See, a lot of people feel that because I'm white, I couldn't possibly know about the blues. Well, we may not be legitimately wed - but the blues an' me have been romancing for a long time.'
Today, even though her first love in music is the blues, she has written songs in a myriad of styles, ranging from classical to Delta blues, and she continues to let the creative juices flow.
Photo at right: Sitting in with Hubert Sumlin at Chan's, Woonsocket, R.I.
Marci & the Lovesick Hounds
Ms Marci Chevian-Hooper, lead singer, bassist, and songwriter for the Lovesick Hounds has been singing and playing bass for over thirty years, starting in an all female band in the mid-sixties. A chance meeting with Jimi Hendrix lead to a multitude of other blues connections, and eventually brought her together with Muddy Waters in 1976. Ms Marci became a regular sit-in with Muddy until his passing in 1983, honing her singing and songwriting ability, and establishing a lasting friendship with Muddy's back-up band.
Photo at right: On the concert stage with Bo Diddley at The Wachussett Mountain Blues Fest
She has shared the stage with many other legendary blues and rock"n"roll artists, including Pinetop Perkins, Luther"Guitar Jr." Johnson, Bob Margolin, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Son Seals, Duke Robillard, and Roomfull of Blues, to name just a few.
Recently, with the Lovesick Hounds, she has returned to her past love for playing bass guitar and singing, and performing more and more originals.
Jim Hooper, (a.k.a. Shake-bama-lama - a nickname Taj Mahal gave him) the Lovesick Hounds' rhythm and lead guitarist, was born and raised in Alabama, where he grew up listening to what was then called 'Race music.' He also started playing in various bands at a young age listening to R&B pioneers like Little Richard, and blues artists like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf. Until recently, Jim played mostly as a hobby, but teamed up with wife Ms Marci in 1995 at a jam session, and has been playing with her ever since. Jim was in the band lineup, and provided a strong foundation for the band's opening up for and backing up of Pinetop Perkins.
Dayne Laskey, born in 1987, this keyboard genius began playing classical piano at the age of 11, and quickly moved on to playing blues and rock 'n' roll. Known in his area as 'the kid on the keyboards,' he has performed at many town events. Over the last few years, chance has brought him a synthesizer and organ, which have expanded his capabilities greatly. All of his influences can be heard in his playing, including Pinetop Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and his piano teacher, Glenn Hardy. Dayne's keyboards have added a whole new dimension to the music of the Hounds.
Al Dziedzic hails from Barrington, R.I. where he started Piano lessons at age 10 and taught himself Saxophone at age 15. He has spent many years performing as a saxophonist with Connecticut blues bands, Blue Moose, Blue Phoenix, the jazz ensemble, The Al-D Quartet, the Motown band, Splendid Blend, Mack Truck Mary and The Great Garage Band Reunion. Al was a musical cast member (saxophone and keyboards) for over 60 shows in the hit musical "The Buddy Holly Story" at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, MA. While blues music has always been his passion, Al has also spent time performing in other genres like The Connecticut Opera Guild and directing both secular and religious choral groups. Al presently lives in Ashford, CT.
Johnny Bruce (Drums) Drummer, Johnny Bruce, was born in Hartford, Ct. in 1969. Johnny started playing music at the age of seven on the violin, cello, then onto bass guitar in his elementary years. He moved onto playing guitar when he was around 13 and still plays it to this day. He started playing drums in his early twenties playing with plenty of basement dwellers. He soon found himself gigging in his first band, The Dakota Blues Band, where the band played just about anywhere they would let them play.
Johnny has shared the stage with and still continues to jam with many great talents including The Rick Harrington Blues Band, Jason James and the Bay state House Rockers, Captain Zero, Lisa Marie and All Shook Up, The Blue Steel Band, Louie and The Groove Blenders, Billy Blue, “Mojo” Scott Bronnes and many more.
His biggest influences are Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Duke Robillard, B.B. King, Brian Setzer. His main passion is swinging jump style blues. He says, “I feel the stuff!” He also loves playing R & B, rockabilly and country, too! The Lovesick Hounds are happy and proud to have Johnny Bruce onboard!