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Ms Marci
& The Lovesick
Hounds

 

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New! listen to Work That Bone from our
newly released CD, "After Last Call"

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Pictured left: Ms Marci with Muddy Waters.
Photo by Austic Artist G. Hudson

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News



Schedule change:
Friday, June 28th, 2013
First Annual Mystic Blues Festival
The Knickerbocker Cafe'
35 Railroad Ave.
Westerly, Rhode Island 02891
5:00 - 6:30pm
NO COVER CHARGE FROM 5:00 TO 7:00PM

We'll be kicking off the festival at "The Knick" along with High Times, Ryan Hartt & The Blues Hearts.
HEADLINER – Rick Russell and the Cadillac Horns w/ Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Jerry Portnoy

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!
Venues include Mystic Shipyard, Olde Mistick Village Arts Cinema, The Knickerbocker Cafe, and more! Check the links below for more details as the come in.
See Ms Marci in the festival video here: http://vimeo.com/63088077
https://www.facebook.com/MysticBluesFestival/info?ref=ts
http://mysticbluesfestival.com/

 

Ms 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.
A great time was had by all. "I Got My Mojo Workin" is a song that Ms Marci used to frequently sing with Muddy Waters. Now she sings it with Waters' alums Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and, of course, Luther.
Check it out on You Tube here!


 

Lots 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 of the story. I'm 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.
Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely in The Blues,

Ms Marci

 

 

 

 

I've 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 music. 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 yours!"

I will miss Bo, but, know that he still lives deep in my heart...and there he will stay. R.I.P. my dear friend!
Sincerely in The Blues,
Ms Marci

 

 

Bob Margolin says listen to Work That Bone:"...best trombone song since Dinah Washington's big long slidin' thang. You (Ms Marci) and whoever's playing (Carl Querfurth-trombone, Jim Hooper & Kevin Mc Carthy-guitars, Dayne Laskey-keyboards, John Bruce-drums ) really are gettin' it. I sure like the way you sing it!"
- Bob Margolin http://www.bobmargolin.com/

 

Are you thinking of traveling and want the best bargan? Go to www.wordamouthtravel.com
Johnny Hoops, aka "D.J. Dave" of the TV show "My Name Is Earl" is ready to help you make you travel plans easy... AND AFFORDABLE! Check it out and tell him, "Ms Marci sent me!" wordamouthtravel@yahoo.com

 

Hey Everyone! We're Playing At Your Place!
Yes we are...or at least we could be, all you have to do is email us at msmarciblues@yahoo.com and well, maybe get a pair of dancing shoes broken in beforehand. Yep! Thats right, little ole YOU can book us! But before you do, we have a very heartfelt message for you.

 

Our new CD, "After Last Call" is completed!
And, it's already a real winner with endoresements from none other than
Pinetop Perkins and Bo Diddley!

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.

 

We're Playing Near You!
Yes we are...along with our loyal and true members, Jim Hooper on rhythm and some of the best roots Rock 'n' Roll leads you'll hear on the planet, and keyboard wizard and showman, Dayne Laskey tickling the ivories, these gigs will also feature the members of our new line-up, with returning "Hound," the dynamic Brandt Bedard on guitar, the lovely Ms Lyn Ryan-Porter on saxes! Formerly of "The Patty Tuite Band" and band-mate of mine with "AngelFire"...a few years back, she adds a nice "BAMM" to the band. Also, we're welcoming brand new "Hound" drummer John Bruce! This guy could make the anybody dance with his great rhythms! Mark your calendars. We're gonna rock a joint, near you so, "Be there or be square!"

 

Well, that ended with a bang!
My guitarist/husband Jim Hooper and I went out to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary on Friday, December 30th 2005. As we did on the evening of our wedding, and every year since, we went to see Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson. This year he was at Chan’s in Woonsocket, R.I. I’ve jammed with Luther many times before, but this time was special for obvious reasons. I lost count of how many tunes I sang with him…somewhere around four or five. Along with Luther’s band, the lovely and talented Diane Blue was on stage blowing her heart out on harp, and joined me singing some backing vocals with Luther. We took a photo after the show to commemorate the occasion. The photo we’re holding is from our wedding night at The Last Call Saloon in Providence, R.I.

Pictured left to right my husband, Jim, myself, and Luther on our wedding night and ten years later.
To learn more about Diane Blue, go to http://www.dianebluemusic.com.

 

Latest CD news: Our new CD, "After Last Call" is nearly completed.
We've laid down the last tracks! (I could almost hear the angels sing, lol!) We're going to take a little breather then all that's left is the mix-down. This CD promises to be a real winner! This CD will have 11 shown tracks and two hidden tracks, 13 all original songs total (You web-site viewers have the inside info). There are lots of surprises on this including some great guests like Carl Querfurth on trombone, 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!" Stay tuned for more progress reports and news of the pending CD release parties.

New! listen to Work That Bone from our newly released CD,
"After Last Call".

Photo at right: After Last Call, our newly released CD, design by Dorry Clay

 

"Ms Marci and The Lovesick Hounds are a tour de force"
By Susan Dziedzic (of The Reminder 11/18/05)
see review
"Ms Marci (aka Marci Chevian-Hooper), is the driving diva behind the Lovesick Hounds. She’s a commanding presence on stage as she grasps the audience with her musical sleight of hand from the first note she plays on her lipstick-red bass. Her talent gives her a range of styles – from R&B to rock and roll; jazz to swing – all with equal skill. Chevian-Hooper has been a winner in the preliminary Connecticut Blues Challenge contests, as well as sharing the stage with some of contemporary music greats like Muddy Waters, Luther Guitar ‘Junior’ Johnson, Pinetop Perkins, Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and B.B. King."

 

Kent Kirkland of The CT. Blues Society wrote:
"Ms Marci wows judges on 4th night of CTBS Blues Challenge Prelims (6/23/05)
: Congratulations to Ms Marci and Lovesick Hounds who garnered the most votes from six judges at the CTBS Blues Challenge last night. Blackeyed Sallys was filled with musicians and fans all night long in a most enjoyable evening."

Photo at right: Pinetop Perkins with Ms Marci,
then and now.

 

More Ms Marci & The Lovesick Hounds:

Here is the complete list of live dates.

You can now purchase our CDs online.
Price of CDs includes shipping & handling fees.

Latest CDs: Big Sneak Preview

 

 

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.


Ms Marci & the Lovesick Hounds
Biographies

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!

 


Songs

For a taste of Ms Marci, click on a title
to hear a soundclip.

The following are "Flash 6" format:

New! Work That Bone
From our newly released CD, "After Last Call".

The following are "Real Audio" format:

Married Man Blues

Drive Me Home Daddy

Whatcha Doin' With Me?

Ain't Got the Scratch

Cheap Talkin' Blues

Gambler's Blues

Mama Didn't Raise No Fool

I'm Gonna Work My Mojo

(I Like To) Kiss

Lovesick Houndog Blues

 

All songs written by Marci Chevian-Hooper
1993-2007 Mercy Mercy Music.
All rights reserved.

 

A sample of our set lists.
A sample of our song lists.

 







Contact Us/Bookings

Email: msmarciblues@yahoo.com

To book us all you have to do is email us at msmarciblues@yahoo.com and well, maybe get a pair of dancing shoes broken in beforehand.



Live Dates

The complete list of live dates

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To Order CDs

We are in the process of implementing a new secure online shopping cart. For now you can purchase our CDs by sending us an email to:

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Tell us the name of the cd or cds you would like to order and we will email you back. PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION IN THE EMAIL. THAT IS NOT A SECURE METHOD OF TRANSMITTING YOUR INFORMATION.

Price of CDs includes shipping & handling.

 

Recordings available:

After Last Call (2007) CD
$20.00

(New full-length CD)

Drive Me Home Daddy (2003) CD
$17.00

(full-length 12-song CD featuring
'Married Man Blues,' 'Drive Me Home,'
'Whatcha Doin',' 'Ain't Got
the Scratch,' 'Cheap Talkin' Blues,'
'Gambler's Blues' and 6 other songs)

Mistress of the Blues (2001) CD
$12.00

(featuring "Don't You Ever Go,"
"(I Like to) Kiss," "It's One of Those Nights,"
"Lovesick Hound Dog Blues," "Mama Didn't Raise
No Fool," and "I'm Gonna Work My Mojo")

 

the following CDs are no longer available

Digital Side of the Moon: Phase Three (1998) CD
(featuring "Don't You Ever Go"
and "It's One of Those Nights")

Digital Mystery Tour: Side Five (1996) CD
(featuring "Dinosaur Groove" and "(I Like to) Kiss")

Digital Mystery Tour: Side Six (1996) CD
(vocals on Tom Morrisey's "Riffin'")

First Night Providence '94 (1994) CD
(featuring "Ain't Gonna Do It")

Digital Graffiti: Volume Four (1993) CD
(featuring "Ain't Gonna Do It"
and "Lovesick Hound Dog Blues")




Links

Pinetop Perkins

Diane Blue

Stephen B. Martin

Coyote's Corner

Painter Joy Gilinsky Monte

Concert Connections