Singer-songwriter JD Sutphin toured for years with his rock outfit, Madrone, gaining thousands of fans and even radio support. But even with their success, his maternal grandmother told him repeatedly “Country music is gonna find you.” And one fateful Christmas it did, in a decades old stack of songs unearthed by his family, written by his own grandfather who died on July 4th, 1974, before he could record them.
JD’s grandfather, Jim Freeman, an incredibly accomplished country musician in his own right, toured with bluegrass greats Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe. JD learned these once forgotten songs. He discovered a storytelling style of music that engulfed him to the point of making a pilgrimage to Nashville. He stood in front of the Ryman with tears and saw a path he needed to take. JD began to write his own songs on his grandfather’s prized Martin guitar. Within the first week he had ten songs unlike anything he had ever written. It was honest. It was simple. It was country.
He formed a band with seasoned players and named it Low Low Chariot, after his grandfather’s single “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”. Now performing live, releasing their first recordings and gaining die-hard fans daily; the Low Low Chariot is ready to continue their story and honor that fate and family that created them.
South Street @ Blue 5
Join us on May 9th as LOCAL yeast wranglers South Street Brewery brings in some delicious VA brew from Charlottesville. Not only will we be serving up a delicious assortment of local hand crafted South Street brews, but all served in their very own "South Street" pint glass that you can add to your home collection should you so choose. Don't miss your chance to revisit these local brews from Charlottesville's longest running brew pub, or even try it for the very first time ("Steal the pint" available while supplies last).
Mel Melton & Wicked Mojos
This Zydeco-flavored blues band from Durham brings its mojo to Blue 5 for a special show. Melton's trademark zydeco style of harp playing has been influenced from his past in music rich cities as Lafayette (Louisiana), Austin, and Chicago. Melton has played with the great slide guitar legend Sonny Landreth and opened for stars such as Ray Charles, BB King, Dr John, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Come down to Blue 5 to experience a show that will make you feel like you are at a big party in the Louisiana bayou....
The Nicholson Brothers
Deeply rooted in the blues, The Nicholson Brothers Band also pulls from R&B, Rock and Jazz. Growing up in the mountains of Virginia, brothers Mark and Steve Nicholson began playing music together in 1995. Mark’s guitar style is heavily influenced by the three Kings of Blues (Albert, Freddie, and B.B), and his vocals are reminiscent of Bobby Womack and Gregg Allman.
The Scott Ramminger Band
Scott Ramminger is a singer, songwriter, and sax man. After living for many years in the Washington DC area. he recently relocated to Nashville, TN. Ramminger's new CD. "Do What Your Heart Says To." is being released Feb. 17. His previous CDs have received extensive airplay on blues radio, including XM's Bluesville Channel 70, and excellent reviews from a wide range of publications including "Downbeat," "No Depression," and "Blues Matters." Ramminger will be at the Blue 5 with Pete Ragusa on drums and Jan Zukowski on bass. The two formed the backbone of the popular blues band, "The Nighthawks" for more than 30 years. David Kitchen, who fronts his own band and is a member of the popular DC band, "The Thrillbiilies" will appear with Scott on guitar and vocals.
“Ramminger puts a modern twist on Southern influenced textures emblematic of Robert Cray and John Lee Hooker as he invites audiences to be a part of the music.. . . A hearty dose of Americana-driven melodies that leave the audience wanting more." -- Yahoo Entertainment
The latest record, “Do What Your Heart Says To,” features 14 original tunes featuring a New Orleans rhythm section that includes Shane Theriot on guitar; David Torkanowsky on keys; George Porter Jr. on bass; and Doug Belote on drums. Guest vocalists singing with Scott on the record include Tommy Malone, Bekka Bramlett, Francine Reed, The McCrary Sisters, and Roddie Romero.
Ramminger has performed up and down the East Coast with his previous band, Scott Ramminger & The Crawstickers. He has also played gigs as a sax player with a variety of national acts including world-renowned Nashville songwriter Gary Nicholson, Louisiana blues and soul man Eric Lindell, and up-and-coming blues artist, Andy Poxon, and many others.
Come celebrate Mardi Gras early at the Blue 5!
Blue 5 Weekend Reservations:
On nights we offer music, Blue 5 offers two seatings for our guests:
1) An early seating for guests who do NOT wish to stay for the live entertainment.
2) A late seating for guests who want the option to stay for the live entertainment.
PLEASE NOTE: Early seating reservations have a 2-hour allotment before the seating
following their reservation, which allows plenty of time to enjoy dinner with us.