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A brief chat with Adrianna Marie


Blues singer Adrianna Marie and her Groovecutters will perform for the Colorado Blues Society’s 20th anniversary party on April 19, so we had a chat.B

Yellow Scene: For a little background, when did you start making music, and taking it seriously?

Adrianna Marie: Well, I’ve been involved with music since I was a young child. My parents were folk singers in the 1950s and ’60s. So I grew up with it and I was doing musical theater when I was an adolescent. I did that all through my childhood years and studied it through school, and I started playing in bands in college. I’m from Connecticut.

YS: How did you discover the blues?

AM: I grew up listening to it. Even though my parents were folk singers, they played a lot of early blues – Memphis Minnie and that sort of stuff. I always liked it. I started singing blues – something that inspired me was, when I was in high school I worked on a production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ and there’s a lot of blues in that musical. That sparked my interest.

YS: Do you like playing Colorado?

AM: I haven’t played much in Colorado. We’re coming a long way from California to play the Colorado Blues Society’s 20th anniversary.

YS: What can we expect from the set?

AM: We’re gonna do quite a bit of material from our latest record, Double Crossing Blues, which was nominated for a couple of awards. We’re recording a new record late this summer, so we’re going to preview some of the material from that. We have a special guest that I’m bringing from California. My usual upright bass player has a medical thing and can’t play, so I was referred to a guy called John Hatton and he plays with the Brian Setzer Orchestra. He’s a phenomenal monster of a musician, a terrific guy, and very entertaining. I’m really excited – I think it’ll be quite a lot of fun. He climbs on his bass, and he’s an outstanding musician. He’s the go-to session guy for all the studios in Los Angeles, and he’s the nicest guy in the world.

YS: When this show’s done, what’s next?

AM: We’re fortunate enough to have been asked to play on some festivals this year as a result of our appearance at the Blues Music Awards. It’s a whirlwind this summer. I’m very excited about the upcoming record – I think it’ll be terrific.

Adrianna Marie & her Groovecutters play the Colorado Blues Society’s 20th anniversary party at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19 at the Buffalo Rose; 1119 Washington Ave., Golden; 303-278-6800; $15, or free for CBS members.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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