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Jason Vivone/The Billy Bats / Blog


Hey guys,

A lot of stuff going on with us.

1. The Bats and I will represent Kansas City at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January. Proud to carry the torch!

2. Our new CD The Avenue will be released the first weekend of November. To pre-order your copy, write www.kickstarter.com/projects/1444094882/the-avenue


Hi guys. Just keeping you in the loop. We are currently mixing and mastering the new Billy Bats cd EDDIE ATE DYNAMITE. The Grand Marquis horns guest on three cuts. 9 new songs. 2 new band members. Recorded by Sam Platt of the Expassionates. Mastered by William Saunders. CD RELEASE PARTY Friday December 13th at FAT FISH BLUE in Zona Rosa.


...ok...quick...what are the 3 most ESSENTIAL BLUES tunes for female blues singers?

If April Showers bring May Flowers...

...they also bring BATS! Fri April 5 at Coda in KCMO. Our regular First Friday spot. Always the best way to start the month. Fri April 12 at KKFI Band Auction. Buy a Bat and support Community radio at the same time. Sat April 13. Uncle Bo's in Topeka. Fri April 19 Vivone & Paula at the Main Street Coffee House in Independence, MO. Sat April 20 at Sherlock's Underground in Liberty, MO. Part of the Muddy Waters tribute. Big all star night. We're proud to be involved again. The Missouri Blues Caravan. The Bats and the Mojo Roots and the Bottoms Up Blues Gang bring the blues to three cities in three nights. Thursday April 25 Knuckleheads, KCMO. Friday April 26 Mojos in Columbia,MO Saturday April 27 in St Louis.

Missouri Blues Caravan

My home state is one where a lot of great blues and roots and r and b and jazz guys used to cut their teeth. Folks like Big Joe Turner, Scott Joplin, Albert King, Ike and Tina, Chuck Berry. Well, April 25 through the 27th, the Bats and me join two of our state's next generation of blues innovators to barnstorm through the state. Join us, The Mojo Roots from Columbia and St Louis's The Bottoms Up Blues Gang Thursday at Knuckleheads in KCMO, Friday at Mojo's in Columbia and Saturday at BB's Jazz,Blues and Soups in St Louis.

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