“Momma and her boys rocked the Blues at Mad River finale
Piccolo's blues/jazz series in the Market concludes with a bang
Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM
• T. Ballard Lesemann
• Momma and the Redemption Band at Mad River, 2012
If Piccolo’s Blues at Mad River series seemed a bit quiet and poorly attended earlier in the week, the final event surely made up for it on June 7 when blues/rock/soul ensemble Momma and the Redemption Band — a staple in the local scene for years, currently based up in Cross — roared through two sets of rowdy tunes with gusto.
Old fans and friends from the band’s earliest days on the circuit and much-celebrated sting at the legendary Momma’s Blues Palace club came out in full force, filling the main music room at the Market Street venue. By the end of the band’s first set on Thursday, it was a standing-room-only scene.
Lead guitarist James “Poppa” Dupree and his bandmates — bassist JoJo Wall, organist Dale”
Charleston City Paper
“ReviewMomma and the Redemption Band
When: Thu., June 7, 6-8 p.m. 2012
Phone: (866) 811-4111
Old-school Charleston blues. Guitarist Poppa Dupree and singer Momma Dupree have been playing their rockin' mix of blues, soul, and R&B in the Charleston scene since the 1970s. In the early 2000s, they ran a cool little juke joint on John Street called Momma's Blues Palace. The venue's gone, but their group, the Redemption Band, carries on.
Momma could get wild. Over the last few years, Momma and the Redemption Band have earned a reputation for delivering dynamic and emotive shows. Expect a diverse set list of vintage blues-rock, boogie, and innuendo. If Momma and Poppa go a little nuts on stage,Dale,Hook, and and bassist/guitarist JoJo Walls will keep things anchored.
— T. Ballard Lesemann
““ It's Saturday night at Momma's Blues Palace, just outside the historic district. The lights are low, the beer is flowing and it's standing-room-only as the house band, Momma & the Misfits, takes the stage. Momma -- Rhonda Wall -- is the lead singer. Her husband, DuPree, is the lead guitarist, and their 27-year-old son, JoJo, is the bass player. Momma, who happily employs her decolletage as a stage prop, launches into a blues number with lyrics that are anything but buttoned-up. Between songs, she offers the crowd her philosophy on life: "I'm 55 years old, I own the place and I'm menopausal," she says with an endearing growl. "I can do what I want." At Momma's, the music is hard-driving and first-rate, and much of it comes from a tradition of black bluesmen, a fact that may or may not be recognized by the mostly young white audience. But that's OK, because the music transcends any color. ”
Bruce Friedman— Baltimore Sun
“CHARLESTON, S.C. -- For Jonathan H. Poston, Unlike the historical-renovation teams and experts, these longtime Charlestonians seek to satisfy their customers' more practical needs -- for foot-stomping blues and down-home food, respectively.
Rhonda and James -- she taught horticulture, he was a special education teacher -- go by those names with friends and relatives. To a far larger number of people, she is the sometimes risque Momma, he the leering DuPree. With their son, JoJo, they comprise three-quarters of Momma and the Misfits, a band that rocks Momma's Blues Palace on the weekends.
For the past five years, the Palace has been voted by readers of the weekly Charleston City Paper as the city's best blues/jazz venue. Most of the attraction is Momma.”
© St. Petersburg Times