It’s been a week since the Sommeliers returned from their road trip to Memphis. Ned and Toby were honored to represent the Massachusetts Blues Society at the 2019 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee. Advancing to the quarter-finals in the Solo/Duo category, they played to a capacity crowd at the Jerry Lee Lewis Café and Honkey Tonk on world famous Beale Street. Check out highlights of their performance below.
The duo met many nice folks, heard fantastic music and ate some down-home Southern food including a good old-fashioned breakfast at a classic home-style joint called The Cupboard. While not black velvet, this classic portrait of Memphis’ own ‘70’s Elvis greets diners at the eatery’s entrance. If you find yourself in the land of the Delta Blues, be sure to stop in, have a meal and say “Hi” to the King.
And if your palate craves dry-rub charcoal smoked BBQ, nothing compares to Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous. This down the alley basement classic has been serving the best ribs and brisket north or south of the Mason-Dixon line since 1948.
The Sommeliers will be taking a couple weeks off for some much-needed R&R. Now that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, there’s not much time to prepare for a series of upcoming spring shows. Be sure to come out for a special night of acoustic blues, rock and Americana near you.
The duo will be featuring songs off their debut EP, “Uncorked“ and much more. Can’t wait? For a preview, “Uncorked” is available at CDBaby.com or can be streamed on Spotify. The six-track collection captures the organic live sound of the acoustic duo including Ned’s original song, “Got No Spoons”, which was inspired by the Mean Old Fireman’s years of riding the “Meat Wagon”.