Blues Double Header at Fogartyville in Sarasota, FL

Blues Double Header at Fogartyville in Sarasota, FL

On Saturday, January 18 at 8pm Roy Book Binder and Suitcase Full of Blues will share songs and stories at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for the general public. Advance tickets are available at

Roy Book Binder is the epitome of the singing, songwriting, storytelling Bluesman troubadour. Book Binder became a student and friend of the legendary Reverend Gary Davis in the early sixties, and subsequently toured with him in the late 1960s. It was from these early days he became equally at home with Blues and ragtime.



At the age of 76, he is known to shift from open tunings to slide arrangements set to his original and sometimes quirky tongue-in-cheek compositions, with both traditional and self-styled licks, drawing on many musical influences. He combines his Blues with Hokum, Dixie Jazz licks, and Old Timey acoustic Hill Country music with ease. More than anything, however, his storytelling style is what he is most renowned for. The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia said “the stories are as good as the songs”. Binder is a master of the Piedmont style as well as Delta blues.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founding member Jimmy Fadden always admired early blues music. It made him want to kick back, sing, and play his harmonica. He met some folksthat shared his love of the blues and formed Suitcase Full Of Blues. The group, named for the original tune by Ishman Bracey written in 1929, brings this era of blues music to life in a new and lively way. Fadden sits down to a snare and ride cymbal, and a kick drum made from an old suitcase. Fuller brings his acoustic and cigar box guitars, and slide. JP Coley, the most recent member of the group, brings his big double bass.


WSLR/Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center
525 Kumquat Court
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 894-6469

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