My Japan Tour (1 of 2) 4年ぶりの日本ツアー (その1)

This Fall I am going to Japan for the first time in 4 years. Before the pandemic hit the globe, I used to do my Japan tour annually. The world is finally getting back to normalcy.



As before I will only bring myself and assemble my band with local musicians from town to town. Many of the support musicians and guest players are well known in the area. I am very fortunate to have such a network because they are always dedicated to deliver top notch shows.



From 2017 to 2020 while I was living in Chicago, I was hired by JW Williams, the former bass player for Buddy Guy. With JW’s band called Chi-Town Hustlers, I was regularly playing around Chicago’s premier blues clubs such as Kingston Mines, Blue Chicago, and B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted.

僕は2017年から2020年までシカゴに住んでいる間にJW ウィリアムズ氏のバンドにギタリストとして雇われた。JW氏は元バディ・ガイのベース・プレーヤーとして知られる。そのバンドでシカゴのキングストン・マインズ、ブルー・シカゴ、B.L.U.E.S. などの有名クラブにレギュラー出演できた。


While in Chicago, I played numerous shows in including my own. It was my dream come true because Chicago is where the electrified band style of blues was developed decades ago. I had to make my pilgrimage to the home of the blues.



Since I came back to the San Francisco Bay Area, my effort has been focused on integrating all I have accumulated in me as a blues musician. The current band members I play with weekly helped me to achieve my goal. I hope some of those who came to my Sunday show in the past 2 years witnessed the fruit of it.



From this point on, my future effort will be directed to reverse import my music to the Japan market. All in all, finally I have reached the point to return all I have gained to my home country, after spending more than half of my life in the US.


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