A couple of weeks ago the Charleston music scene lost an amazing person. Tommy Fountaine was a giant in the Charleston music scene, a talented singer and drummer and an inspiration to his fellow musicians. He was a brother to his bandmates.
Wednesday night at the Empty Glass, some of those bandmates are putting on a show to celebrate his life and to try and put some money together for his children. Our Gift Guide suggestion is that you attend this show (admission is a suggested donation of seven dollars) or purchase the CD, “We’ve Never Heard Of You Either,” by his band, The Diablo Blues Band, so you can experience just a little of the love of music that Tommy had.
The celebration of his life will begin during Happy Hour at 6 PM with food and acoustic mustic by Debbie Grimm and The Red Lights. The bands will start at 8 PM with Robert Altman, The Spurgie Hankins Band, The Needful Things, Tommy’s Triple Threat Blues Revue, NonFriction and then, at the end of the evening, the remaining members of The Diablo Blues Band will make their final appearance, along with some surprise guests filling in for their fallen brother.
All night long there will be a parade of guest musicians jamming together in memory of Tommy Fountaine.
If you can’t make it to the show, you should order “We’ve Never Heard Of You Either.” This CD is a killer collection of rockin’ blues filtered through the mountains of West Virginia. It’s genuine, heartfelt music that will shake you to your core. It’s the perfect gift for the blues lover and supporter of local music on your shopping list.
A few years ago Mrs. PopCulteer, Mel Larch, was fortunate enough to have members of Diablo Blues Band, including Tommy Fountaine, back her up on a Christmas classic. Here’s the video for that, just to get you in the holiday spirit…