Ramblin’ Mutts play a mixture of original and classic blues, soul and R&B, with an occasional nod to country music at “Free Fridays” on Friday, Aug. 9 at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville. They are performing selections from their upcoming album that pays a passionate tribute to the traditions of the soul and rhythm and blues genres. They are also playing updated reinterpretations of traditional classics by such artists as Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Otis Reding that honor the legacy of this timeless music.
Fronting the band is Dan Stepp on lead vocals, keyboards and slide guitar. Playing lead guitar is the talented Paul Goble, and the rhythm section is made up of Richard Heipp on bass, joined by the driving drum beats of Rich Patrick. The band will be joined on stage by a rockin’ horn section led by Brain Stevens on sax, with Ben Grier on saxophone and Ben Elgan on trumpet. Joining the band on background vocals is Christina Holder from Atlanta.
Ramblin’ Mutts (formerly known as the R. Mutt Blues Band) were two-time winners of the North Central Florida Blues Society IBC International Blues Challenge representing Gainesville on Beal Street in Memphis, Tennessee. The band has opened for nationally-known blues recording artists including Seth Walker, John Nemeth, Brandon Santini, Mike Zeto, Tas Cru and Gainesville's own Little Jake Mitchell.
This fall, they are releasing their first full-length album of original compositions titled “Pity and Mercy.” The album contains songs about love, loss, redemption and of course the blues. The album features guest artists including a sizzling harmonica performance by Mike Markowitz, of Little Mike and the Tornados, and Atlanta’s fabulous soul, gospel singer Christina Holder.
"Free Fridays” is presented by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. The entire “Free Fridays” 2019 schedule can be viewed at www.freefridaysgnv.com. The Bo Diddley Plaza is located at 111 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville. For general information, contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at email@example.com or 352-393-8532. For more information about this event, please contact David Ballard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-393-8746.