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Monday, March 1, 2010

SAN FELIPE - Becki Sue & her Big Rockin’ Daddies!

by T. Neal Stratman
 
Tom Boyle, Jim King, Becki Sue, Jeff Hayes and Les White 
Hailing from the South Puget Sound region of Washington state, Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies!, formed in 2003 by guitarist Tom "T-Boy Neal" Boyle, has risen to elite status among not only blues bands in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S., but among all bands in that region. 
 
With awards ranging from "Best Blues Band" (Washington Blues Society in 2006 and 2007), "Best Regional Band" (Oregon's Cascade Blues Association in 2008) to "#1 Best Band in Western Washington" (Seattle's King 5 TV in 2008 out of 300 bands, and second place in 2009 out of 475 bands), Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! is one tight outfit! In addition, they have numerous individual awards including "Performer of the Year" and "Vocalist of the Year" for Becki Sue, five "Electric Blues Guitarist of the Year" awards for T-Boy, three "Best Bass" awards for Les "WildChild" White, and "Best Sax" and "Best Drummer" awards for Jim King and Jeff Hayes, respectively.
 
After performing in the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, one judge commented, "Out of all the bands that I saw at the 2007 International Blues Challenge, Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! was the band that I enjoyed the most." 
 
Their new CD, Big Rockin' Boogie, to be released on Underworld Records in June, will show off the group's "under the radar" songwriting skills as well as significant musical growth. 
 
Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! will be performing in San Felipe on Friday, March 26, at The Lighthouse at 8pm and at The International Blues & Arts Fiesta on Saturday, March 27.