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The B.B. King’s Blues Club All-Star Band

As house band of B.B. King’s Blues Club, these guys know how to jam. This group is the most talented collection of musicians in the Mid-South. The band is found weekly on our stage playing rhythm and blues favorites with emphasis on Memphis music, as well as a variety of other styles including soul, pop, and classic rock. Click here for their next set.

Carl Stewart

Carl Stewart grew up in Nashville, the place he calls home and where he has been honored numerous times. In 2011, Stewart was the recipient of the Guitarist of the Year Award by the Nashville Jazz and Blues Society. Also, as a guitarist extraordinaire, Stewart has been the featured artist at BB King’s Blues Club in Nashville, Tennessee.

Known in the music industry as “the man with the special fingers,” he enjoys strumming cords to make the guitar sing. As a product of Nashville’s music industry, Stewart enjoys all genres of music: jazz, blues, gospel, country, classical, and blue grass. He can find his “sweet spot” in all forms of music. Stewart says, without question, “Music is my life.”

A gifted musician, Carl Stewart has traveled the world sharing his musical talent. He has toured the United States performing with the Jimmy Church Band and BB King, during his USA 2010 tour.

Stewart also earned a Grammy (1996) for Best Contemporary Gospel Album, “The Biggest Part of Me” with the acapella sensational group, Take Six and produced Stanley Abernathy’s 2011 CD, “It Ain’t Easy Being Me.” Click here for Carl’s next set!

Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes recently began a residency at B.B. Kings Blues Club Nashville. In the heart of the music mecca that is Nashville. His unmatched roots-style of guitar sets him apart from the average aspiring star playing in any local venue. Beyond anything else Mike’s authentic approach and innate talent for live performances convinces an audience of any size that he’s lived the blues he plays.

In the spring of 2015, Mike headlined the launch of the renowned Malibu Guitar Festival, performing alongside legends like Albert LeeRichie Sambora, and Orianthi. Mike’s innate ability to capture the thrill of live performance and translate every emotive note to a recording has earned him film placement for his original song “I’m A Fool” as well as session work for TV and Film. Mike has also opened for acts including The Allman Brothers BandCharlie DanielsThe Marshall Tucker Band, and Government Mule.

Growing up listening to the likes of Robert JohnsonEric Clapton, and Son House, the young Mike knew that Kirkwood, New York was only the starting place from which to begin his musical journey. By the age of 6, playing guitar became the primary focus of his life, and led to his consistent playing at a local church. After being offered a scholarship to the prestigious Canterbury School of Music, Mike discovered his destiny was one with the blues. After touring the East Coast for several years, at the age of 24, Mike made a significant move toward his future in Hollywood, California. His reputation as an artist grew exponentially during his residence at premier Los Angeles Venues, such as Piano Bar Hollywood, as one of the musicians shaping the soundtrack of Hollywood’s nightlife.

Now Mike has made a leap back to the east coast, the place in which he cut his musical teeth. Nashville is a springboard to endless possibilities for him to hone his craft as a songwriter and a natural performer. Click here for his next set.

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Stacy Mitchhart Band

Stacy Mitchhart has built a worldwide fan base thanks to phenomenal live performances, national television exposure, radio airplay, loyal enthusiastic fans and aggressive marketing and merchandising campaigns.  His masterful guitar work and strong vocals have been the driving forces behind his successful career.  He has won numerous industry awards, released  10 CD’s and 1 DVD/CD and 1 Documentary, and holds 13 major endorsements. Check the calendar for their next set

Grant Garland

Born in the Arkansas Delta, Garland is drawing comparisons to a swath of well-known musicians as wide as the meandering Mississippi river. After graduation from Arkansas State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, he formed his own band that quickly generate a buzz in northeast Arkansas as well as Memphis, TN. After captivating audiences throughout the mid-south, Garland moved to Las Vegas in the summer of 2010 to headline at the BB King’s Blues on the world-famous Strip. Grant’s ability to emulate and embellish upon the diverse musical influences of musical legends that range from Stevie Wonder to Stevie Ray Vaughan electrifies audiences both young and old. His pure talent not only crosses genre lines but is generating genuine excitement from Las Vegas audiences. A talented piano and guitar player, he is also very versatile on brass instruments such as trumpet and flugel horn. Grant Garland has performed with and opened for artists such as B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Steve Cropper, Margo Rey, Jimmy Hall, Mike Farris, Jimbo Mathus, Charlie Wood, Jon Faddis, Bob Mintzer, Carl Saunders, Corey Osborn, Chris Vadala, Exile, Preston Shannon, and Jason D. Williams.

John Salaway

John Salaway is a recording artist, published songwriter and nationally endorsed musician who was recently named “Nashville’s Indie Pop Artist of the year”, although he performs many styles of music professionally.

John has performed with Peter Frampton, Ben Folds, Denny Laine from Paul McCartney & Wings, Gordon Kennedy, The Last Straw, Anderson East, Forever Abbey Road and more.

John Salaway’s compositions have appeared on Television and radio stations and he has co-written songs with many professional songwriters including Lincoln Parish from Cage the Elephant. John’s songs have also appeared on compilation albums alongside Brendan Benson (Raconteurs), Moon Taxi, Goodbye June, Daniel Elsworth and many more.

John’s debut solo album ‘The Song in the Air’ was named “Best independent pop rock release of 2013” by Yahoo Entertainment and his new album ‘Down the Road of Life’ has received rave reviews from many publications including ‘No Depression’ magazine. You can catch John Salaway’s acoustic show on Fridays at BB King’s Nashville and you might see him playing drums with some of our other artists at the club.

 

BB King Museum

The B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center is located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta in Indianola, MS on US Highway 82 between Greenwood and Greenville, not far from the famous Crossroads at Clarksdale. Opened in mid-September 2008 and built to honor the life and music of one of the most accomplished musicians of our time, the museum serves as a vital resource to the State of Mississippi and the City of Indianola. The museum’s exhibits and educational programs serve to build bridges between the community and the world while preserving the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Mississippi Delta.

The life of B.B. King provides the backdrop for the Museum to share the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta. Through an authentic presentation of music, art, artifacts and video, along with our educational programming, the Museum honors its namesake as an internationally renowned and influential musician, celebrates Delta blues music heritage and the local culture, encourages and inspires young artists and musicians, and enriches the lives of Delta youth and all who visit the museum campus. For more information visit bbkingmuseum.org.