An Explosion Of Blues Music 11

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An Explosion Of Blues Music

Anyone who has ever listened to the “Blues” knows that it is more than just music, but an inspiration, an unfolding of the emotions that we all feel. From Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon and many other influential Blues legends, to the more contemporary Blues artists such as Robert Cray, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Blue’s music has and always be a part of out musical heritage.

Capturing the essence and spirit that the Blues represent is a novel “Blues Musical” called “The Tear Jar.” Not focusing on a particular band or individual, the “Tear Jar” instead is a collaboration and meeting of the minds of many talented people including producer Chris Bravacos, song writer Robert Welch, audio engineer Frank Silver and writer Jerry King Musser.

Blended into the musical are the rare talents of musicians such as: industry veteran Diane Wilson (singing the character of Savannah), talented Bluesman Don Johnson (singing the character of Mason Ball), Blues guitar virtuoso Jared James Nichols (singing the character of JD Hunter), Jazz sensation Rose Hudson (singing the part of Chandra), veteran Gospel singer Eugene Barclift (playing the character of Stubs) and Soul Music vet Charles Lee (as the Preacher), among others.

To set up the story, one needs to know what a ‘tear jar’ is and what it represents. In ancient cultures, water was a prized possession and giving up water from one’s own body, in the form of tears, was considered a personal sacrifice. They would catch their precious tears in tiny pitchers or ‘tear jars.” The ‘saved’ tears could then be used to ward off evil or to help a sick child. The writer takes this belief and implements into the storyline and applies it to the infectious Blues songs that encompass and define the musical. Here is a brief synopsis of the story:

“Seasoned, itinerant blues man, Mason Ball, returns to The Blue Rose, a club in which he enjoys playing, with an owner he deeply ‘admires.’ Upon his arrival, he’s surprised to discover that a ‘new kid in town’ has claimed the stage and attention of an appreciative audience. This young upstart, one JD Hunter, is unwilling to relinquish the limelight and makes it clear that the ‘old blues’ is dead. To add to the tension, Mason’s private love interest shares with him a serious, personal loss. Frustrated with his inability to appease her emotional pain, Mason dips his finger into a jar of tears given him by his recently departed mother and touches her with the potion. This act, apparently, manifests in wondrous results… relieving her of her anguish. Mason doubts his healing powers, yet can’t dismiss the changes he seems to have made. When word gets out, the audience demands Mason’s appearance onstage and seem to come for his ‘gift of healing’ as much as his gift of song. JD challenges Mason’s abilities, those both spiritual and musical. When a plan to expose Mason backfires, JD Hunter learns what it’s like to be on the receiving end of ‘the gift.’ But, gift or not, the characters in this story find themselves at a new place in their lives after discovering life’s potential magic is available to anyone.”

I have not seen the production, but have listened to some of the music and was overjoyed to hear a dizzying array of crisp, fresh Blues cuts that are certain to be standards and will have die-hard Blues fans clamoring for more.

“When Does The Healing Begin” is full of Gospel-fueled licks and superb vocals that fuses the Blues and Gospel in an explosion of sound. The cut called “The Magic,” like any great Blues song, just bleeds emotion, from the growling vocals and the Stevie Ray Vaughan-like riffs, yet it still remains achingly tender. “Satisfier” is expertly played and sang, with sultry vocals and is sung with immeasurable passion and strength. “I’m Gone,” is bound to become a classic blues rocker, tight and structured, and just compels you to bob your head or tap your foot with melodic adventure. “Stormbringer” perfectly fuses Soul and Blues music, with impassioned vocals and stellar guitar and organ work.

“The Tear Jar” is bound to become an instant classic Blues production, with fresh Blues music for all fans of the genre, who are sure to be pleased with the efforts of all the performers and everyone who is involved with this wondrous project. In its beginning stages, “The Tear Jar” has a performance slated for the Sunoco Performance Theater on Thursday, August 7 and Friday August 8, 2008 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. And with an intriguing storyline, a stellar cast and new Blues standards, it will soon make a bold impression in the music world and specifically Blues music.

To learn more about this inventive project and learn more about the players visit

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  • Austin Guitar 11 July, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Love the writing on this review… it absolutely has me wanting to hear it! It’s always heartening to see good blues music recognized in new areas, and it sounds like this may have a reach outside those who are already fans of good blues. -Amy

  • Aamir 31 August, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Thats so nice, i also like Pop Music. Its best for me.
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  • Record Player Hq 29 October, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Great article. I can’t wait to hear it.

  • phil
    22 November, 2014 at 11:29 am

    What I love about the blues is the variety of this deceptively simple format. The blues seems to me to be the basis of all good rock.
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  • Manuel Marino
    23 November, 2014 at 5:05 am

    absolutely! blues is a kind of magic, powerful emotions and music.
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  • Phil
    23 November, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Magic is the word! Whether it is the raw sexual power of Howlin’ Wolf or Muddy W or the oddly affecting songs of Lightnin Hopkins, the early blues of Texas Alexander, or the reinterpretation by people like Thorogood it is the one genre that answers all my needs,
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  • Marius 27 December, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Blues songs have something special to them, romantic. Especially if you listen to them in vinyl record format. Whether it’s a turntable or an old school gramophone, the crackle and the flavor of the 100% analog sound gives it that much more depth.
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  • Michelle Rod 7 July, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Blue music is great! I learnt to play the guitar when I was about 20 then switched to playing the record – I learnt that alone as well – your article brings memories back 🙂
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  • Manuel Marino
    15 August, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Blues music is great! I learned music with folk and country guitar, then studied other styles. Blues was a fantastic experience that can change your life.
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  • Robert Nelson 4 October, 2016 at 1:48 pm


    I love blues music like hell. I grew up listening to blues music and reading your article kind of brought back some beautiful old memories.

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