Have you ever sung the blues? This guy takes it to a whole other level and if you want to get in touch with great live music, George Ferrell is your man. His life has always involved music and his love for this area is founded in true family roots. Take a minute to meet an extraordinary blues man!
BRIAN: George, thanks for taking time to talk to me. You moved around quite a bit growing up. Will you talk about that and how it has shaped you over the years?
GEORGE: I was born here but grew up in Cookeville. Went in the army in my Junior year, went to Vietnam, got out and travelled up and down the east coast living in New York, Atlanta, Tampa. I love to travel.
BRIAN: You could have settled in a lot of other areas, but you chose to be here. What is it about this region that is so special in your opinion?
GEORGE: It’s home. My family is here. My mother and father and their families are from this area.
BRIAN: You have some of your family playing music with you and it is great to watch how well you play together. Why is family so important to you?
GEORGE: It’s the gift of life. All the fame and fortune could never equal the experience of having a family. I am so blessed to have my sons George III, and Jonathan playing in the band with me. Totally incredible musicians and that’s not because they’re my sons, they just are.
BRIAN: I always have to ask my musician friends because I caught the bug with my first guitar at six years old. When did you catch the bug for music and what does music mean in your life at this point?
GEORGE: At about age seven. I heard Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” and i was hooked. Then came the “Beatles” and I’ve never lost my love for music since. It’s my sanctuary.
BRIAN: We have to know what is coming up over the summer months for you guys and tell people how they can get all of the latest information about where and when to catch you live.
GEORGE: On July 7 , we have a “2nd annual Blues Extravaganza” in Kingsport Tn. on Broad St. for the “Twilite Alive Concert Series”. Bluesman and the Blues Essentials, with special guests: Jeff Lane, Samantha Gray, and Lightning Charlie. For more info, audio, video of the band go to: www.reverbnation.co/bluesmanmusic, www.bluesmanandthebluesessentials.com.