"Freaking killed it. Sammy Dee Morton and his band are amazing musicians and really made our event special. High recommended!"
Review by Edward K. FROM BOULDER, CO ON 3/30/2018
For those who do not plan to travel all the way to New Orleans for Mardi Gras but want to celebrate, the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts is bringing a Louisiana- and Texas-style music act to town and supplying the family-friendly beads.
Named an honorary Louisiana bluesman by the Louisiana Music Commission, Sammy Dee, along with his band, promise to deliver authentic Louisiana- and Texas-style blues. Possessing both Cajun and Texas flavors, the band works to keep blues alive and in front of audiences. “Everyone in the band is a star,” he said.
The bluesman is a self-taught guitarist who found his first guitar in a garbage can when he was 14.
“It had two rusty strings, but I cleaned them off and figured out where the notes were,” he said.
A friend of his was taking lessons, so he learned a bit about how to play by watching his friend’s fingers move on the instrument.
“It’s been my best friend and my worst enemy,” he said of his guitar playing, which he has played to support himself since 1974. “I turned musical notes into dollar bills.”
Dee worked on his craft by testing his guitar playing with skilled performers like Doug Kershaw, Kenny Neal and Tab Benoit. Now, he is gearing up for a national tour and is honored to be one of several artists on an album paying tribute to Les Paul and to be asked to re-record “Jesus Just Left Chicago” for a ZZ Top compilation album.
He said he is not a big fan of the music business itself, the hype and the tendency for people to be made into something they are not.
“I just carry the torch of the blues,” he said, adding those who come to see his band can expect a “big wall of energy” as dance-able songs spring off the stage.
“We’re hoping to make it a very fun Mardi Gras night,” said Lisa Phillips, event coordinator with the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. show Feb. 13 at the art center, at 304 Colo. 105 in Palmer Lake.
Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for non-members in advance, and $15 for members and $18 for non-members at the door. Tickets are available at Covered Treasures Bookstore, 719-481-2665; The Wine Seller, 719-481-3019 and the Tri-Lakes Center for the arts, 719-481-0475 and at www.trilakesarts.org.