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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

E-Mail RE: Peach Festival Show From The Back Porch Boogie Band

 We had a great time in Ruston with the king of slow soul.  We did 3 songs and  then brought Percy on to do 14 classics, all of which you would know. If you would like to see a few photos go to our web site, press videos on our menu tab and then press the photo option there. We saw several of our fans there , thanks for coming. We hope to do more shows with Percy, we have one in August already.  We are also working hard in the studio, we are recording our next 2 songs with the  horn section.  Stay tuned, we love ya.

Peace and Love from the Boogie Men!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Charleston, West Virginia Show Review

June 23, 2011
Sledge pleases his audience; Jones rocks out
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Percy Sledge, as he told his Clay Center audience Thursday night, is not 25 anymore
It takes him a bit longer to recover from his dance moves. He strains for some of those high notes.But he's still a charming and gracious performer, and his appeal lies in more than the memory of his earlier success.

Anticipation and memory were running high at the beginning of the show -- the audience gave him a standing ovation as soon as he walked out onto the stage.
Sledge delivered engaging performances of his own hits, including "Take Time to Know Her" and "Warm and Tender Love," as well as covering Motown and Stax hits.

He gave a playful, hip-shaking rendition of "My Girl" and sang (and whistled) "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay."

Sledge's set hit a bit of a lull at one point, with a few too many down-tempo numbers, including "Out of Left Field," "Blue Water," and "Whiter Shade of Pale." His band, Sunset Drive, was solid but not exciting.

If he ever lost the audience, though, all was forgiven when he concluded his half of the show with his greatest hit, "When a Man Loves a Woman," and then signed autographs during the intermission. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Check This Out Ya'll. Copyright Your Songs!!

Pay attention, songwriters. Take credit for your songs and register them. Always.
Learn from R&B legend Percy Sledge. His signature tune, "When a Man Loves a Woman," is instantly recognizable, more than 40 years after Sledge recorded it.
Sledge had been humming the melody since he was a boy working in the cotton fields of Alabama. After his girlfriend left him and he cried out lyrics in the studio, "When a Man Loves a Woman" shot to No. 1 on the pop and R&B charts in 1966.
Twenty years later, the song became popular again on the soundtrack of Oliver Stone's movie, "Platoon." The tune went to No. 2 in England after it was featured in a Levi's jeans commercial.
In 1991, Michael Bolton brought the song back to No. 1 and won a Grammy. Barbara Mandrell recorded a country version.
Despite the song's massive success, Sledge doesn't receive any royalties. Those hefty paychecks go to Carmeron Lewis and Andrew Wright.
Lewis and Wright were studio musicians who helped Sledge with the song's chords and arrangements. Sledge thought he was being nice and gave them writing songwriting credits.
In an interview last year with Mike Ayers of, Sledge rightfully took credit for the song. But he's learned a hard lesson.
"It came from me, that's what I tell the world," said Sledge. "The whole melody came from Percy Sledge. But I wouldn't have given it all to them if I had more experience about music. If I had more intelligence about the business, I wouldn't have given away my songs like that."
Sledge belted out his most famous song and other hits as Saturday's headliner at the Opelousas Spice and Music Festival. The three-day event moved from the wickedly-hot concrete and asphalt of the Municipal Plaza in downtown Opelousas to its original home in the cooler trees and grass of South City Park.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011



Percy at the Ruston Peach Festival this Weekend

Downtown Ruston comes alive this weekend with The Squire Creek Peach Festival.
The festival brings hundreds of vendors to town to offer crafts and items for sale, an antique car show, a community band concert, evening entertainment, food booths, a tennis tournament, a golf tournament, a 5-K run, a rodeo, a parade ... oh, and yes, peaches. Lots of peaches.
There's really nothing better than a locally grown peach, so sweet and juicy it drips down your arm. Throw some chopped peaches into an ice cream freezer and you're in heaven.
Speaking of peaches and ice cream, this year's festival has a bittersweet flavor. For the last time, the Louisiana Tech University dairy is providing its signature peach ice cream before shutting its doors for good. That, alone, is reason enough to visit.
There's live music downtown nightly on the Railroad Park stage beginning at 8 p.m. Friday with Left Arm Tan, a Fort Worth, Texas-based alternative country band. Saturday also features music in the park beginning at 7 p.m. with a return appearance by Chasing Daylight. Also making a return festival appearance, this year's headliner, Percy Sledge. The week's events kicked off Monday with a luncheon featuring no less that former President George W. Bush as guest speaker.
The annual event starts the festival season and celebrates what is good and wholesome about our region. What's more, it celebrates the roots of rural northeastern Louisiana.
Still to come: the Louisiana Watermelon Festival in Farmerville and the Catfish Festival in Winnsboro. Then there's the big industrial Northeast Louisiana Ag Expo.
All of them a celebration of community and commodity, and all of them draw big crowds.
Festivals bring clean tourism to the local economy. In Farmerville, for instance, the Louisiana Watermelon Festival has doubled the town's population for one day. In the process, the festivals generate a green that is as important to the communities as the green of the orchards and fields that produce our bounty, a monetary harvest.
Taste life in northeastern Louisiana. Join in the celebration.

Friday, June 17, 2011

New Percy CD Collection

Check it out ya'll.  Rhino has come out with a collection of Percy songs from 1966 through 1974.  All of the original "Atlantic" recordings.

Click on the box to the right to get the info.  (If the ad isn't there right now just give it time.  It should be there soon.)