I first want to congratulate Steve Arvey & the Delta Swamp Rats. They are representing the Suncoast Blues Society and our hometown of Sarasota / Bradenton, Florida in the “semi finals” of the International Blues Challenge. Good luck tonight and we will be there to cheer you on.
As many of you know, the Lauren Mitchell Band is not moving into the next round. I need to share a bit about the boys in the band. All four are a class act. I got a call from the “Professor,” Mike Hensley around 4am. A few minutes later, Howlin’ Bob called me and we had a pow wow to discuss what had taken place. Bob, Mike Snyder, Charles Steptoe, and Mike Hensley are “seasoned veterans” who have seen this scenario play out before. Everyone is putting their thoughts together. The band will be fine, and Lauren will be fine.
It has been an fabulous trip and a tremendous experience. What impresses me the most and I have seen a lot this week, is how blessed Lauren is to have such a wonderful group of guys in her band who support her every step of the way.
Lauren and the boys are winners through and through.