NEWS

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"Beauty Dances" Tribute Song Released!

MAY 20, 2019 -  It's official! My new tribute song, "Beauty Dances," was released today after an announcement by Ron Peterson, Jr., author of the best-selling book, "Under The Trestle." The song is available for download at PlayItForward.com for a minimum $2 donation. 100% of all donations will go to the Help Save The Next Girl Foundation. I recently wrote and recorded the song after being inspired by the life of Gina Renee Hall as detailed in the book above about her 1980 disappearance and Virginia's First "No Body" Murder Trial. This case occurred during my teenage years growing up in Radford, VA and like many others from this beautiful small town, the  emotional connection has never gone away. It was truly my honor to write this song to remember and pay tribute to a beautiful and kind soul who will forever remain in our hearts! Photo by Talbot Snow of him and I after recording "Beauty Dances" at Sound Masters Studio in Las Vegas, NV.


God Bless Gina!

JC

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Music Partnership for Possible Documentary!

APRIL 8 , 2019 - Proud to announce a partnership with Ron Peterson Jr. to develop music for a possible documentary based on his best-selling true crime book, "Under The Trestle."  The book  is about the 1980 disappearance of Radford University student Gina Renee Hall and Virginia's first "No Body" murder conviction. The music is still being finalized with a planned release in May 2019, which will be made available for anyone to download for a small donation (minimum of $2 or more) to the "Help Save The Next Girl," a non-profit organization that seeks to sensitize young women and girls to predatory danger.


Rock Your Blues!

JC

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KLOS Travel Acoustic - The Gift that Keeps on Giving!

JANUARY 31, 2019 - What started as just a few drinks to say goodbye to some friends as I prepared to leave Monrovia, CA (near Pasadena) to return home to the Las Vegas/Henderson area ended up being a very nice surprise send-off party for me at Basin 141! Secretly organized by my dear friend, Christina Hunt-Fuhr, everyone also pitched in to gift me with the KLOS carbon-built Acoustic Mini! I was speechless, but so happy and honored to be recognized by my friends in such a special way! Thanks so much to all of them! I've always made it a habit to build the best relationships I possibly can and I truly believe success and things like this just wouldn't happen without it!


Rock Your Blues!

JC

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NAMM 2019! The Music Begins Here!

JANUARY 26, 2019 - Just returned from my fourth year of attending the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA and once again, it was beyond incredible! Gibson made a great comeback to NAMM with probably the best booth in the entire show! I was thrilled to meet JC Curleigh, their new CEO and had the chance to ask him about my "Big Sky Blue" Gibson Hummingbird - Limited Edition model! He confirmed for me that the model was definitely a Limited Edition with only 50 actual guitars produced! So excited to be a Gibson owner! Other highlights included the amazing Fender booth, which showcased their new Acoustasonic guitars and the Jimmy Page Custom Telecaster! Also, I had the pleasure of meeting and greeting Robby Krieger (Doors); Peter Frampton; Blue Oyster Cult (Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom); Lita Ford (Runaways); Phil Collen (Def Leppard); Michael Anthony (Van Halen); Jared James Nichols; and Paul Reed Smith (Guitar Maker)!  Looking forward to another great show next year!


Rock Your Blues!

JC

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Suddenly Next Spring, I'm Opening for The Motels!

OCTOBER 27, 2018 - The Rock n' Roll Fantasy continues on May 4, 2019 after securing the opening set for The Motels! Martha Davis is one of my all-time favorite voices from the 80's! I met Martha back in the Spring at the Buffalo Springfield tribute in Glendale, CA! What a sweetheart! This will be another night to remember! I love all their music, but "Shame" is probably my favorite! Please join me for what will probably be another sold-out show at The Whisky! Click here to purchase your tickets! See ya there!


Rock Your Blues!

JC

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Still the One!

OCTOBER 14, 2018 - Just received confirmation of my opportunity to open for Orleans, one of my favorite bands from the 70's! So exciting and to top it off, it will be at The Rose, which produced some incredible live sound during my last performance there when I opened for Jim Messina! Orleans is celebrating their 40th year of creating musical history together from their earliest days as a favorite at colleges and clubs in Northeast US...to studio and live collaborations with industry greats Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Little Feat and others...to Top 10 success with bona-fide classics such as "Still the One," "Dance with Me," and "Love Takes Time!" This will be a good one! Don't miss it! Click here for tickets!


Rock Your Blues!

JC


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Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)!!!

OCTOBER 4, 2018 - For a high school kid in  small town Radford, Virginia, nothing rocked harder than when Pat Travers' famous live version of "Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)" came on the radio! Written by Stan Lewis, this song was a big success for Pat and continues to rank right up there with all the classic, ass-kickin' songs, including his other big hit, "Snortin' Whisky!" So excited to have the opportunity to open for this legend on November 28th! Thanks to JP at The Whisky for allowing me to continue my Rock n' Roll Fantasy! Click here for tickets!


Rock Your Blues!

JC

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Acoustic Blues on Sunset Strip!

AUGUST 17, 2018 - Before my second performance at the Famous Whisky a Go Go, I was keeping my fingers crossed that the historic venue would display their logo banner behind the stage, unlike my first performance when they had covered it with a white screen for the Strawberry Alarm Clock liquid light show. They came through! This photo, along with all the others by Daniel Escamilla, turned out exactly as I hoped! What a night to open for Iron Butterfly and having both my new Gibson Hummingbird and D'Angelico 12-String in hand made for an extra-fun event! The Whisky is a special place and I will always look forward to playing there whenever I'm given the opportunity! Click here to checkout the video and photos!


Rock Your Blues!

JC

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Have Studio, Will Record!

MAY 6, 2018 - Super excited to start my second recording project this September at the highly rated Pie Studios in Pasadena, CA! Enjoyed meeting the owners, Jeff Peters (Beach Boys Live Sound for 25 years) and Nels Jensen, who gave me a tour of the studio before sitting down to discuss my recording plan. Nels will be my producer/engineer. He teaches at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood and has been fortunate enough to have worked with Jamie Fox, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ashanti, Al Jardine (The Beach Boys), Goldspot, and more. I hope to finish the project  and release by the end of 2019! Stay tuned!


Rock Your Blues!

JC

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$1,000 Raised for Monrovia's Boys & Girls Club!

APRIL 6, 2018 - The very first story in this News section, published in 2017, announced my pledge to raise a minimum of $1,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills with monies received from tips and CD sales while performing acoustic blues in Monrovia, CA! After twelve months, I'm happy to report that we met the goal and I was honored to present a check to the Club today for that amount! The welcome I received from the staff and kids was so heart-warming! In addition, Amanda Navar, Director of Fund Development, was kind enough to give me a tour of the Club and the kids presented me with a homemade Thank You card they had put together! What a wonderful experience! I would like to thank all of those who donated to this effort as well as the Myrtle Tree Garden Café & Market and The Diplomat, food establishments in Monrovia, for providing me the venues for my performances in order to make this happen! I hope to do this again soon!


Rock Your Blues!

JC

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"In a Gadda da Vida" at The Whisky!

MARCH 18, 2018 - I am happy to announce that on August 17th, I will have the opportunity to open for Iron Butterfly as part of another great show at the World Famous Whisky a Go Go! Original drummer Ron Bushy continues to keep Iron Butterfly and "In a Gadda da Vida" alive as this legendary classic rock name returns to the Sunset Strip! Maybe original Lead Singer and Keyboardist Doug Ingle will reunite with him for just one night! Click here to purchase tickets! See ya there!


Rock Your Blues!

JC 

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Honored to Support Co-Founder of Poco on March 17th

FEBRUARY 2, 2018 - So excited to be the Opening Act for the Legendary Jim Messina on March 17th at The Rose in Pasadena, CA! As one half of Loggins & Messina, co-founder of the country-rock band Poco, member and key contributor to Buffalo Springfield, Jim Messina has left an indelible footprint on popular music. Jim produced, engineered, and composed much of the Loggins & Messina, Poco, and Buffalo Springfield albums. Loggins & Messina produced many hits (Angry Eyes, Your Mama Don't Dance, Danny's Song, Vahevala, and House at Pooh Corner) and sold over 20 million albums domestically. Click here to purchase tickets! Hope to see you there!


Rock Your Blues!

JC 

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My Name Up in Lights!!!

JANUARY 28, 2018 - Wow! I still can't believe it! For nearly 24 hours, my name was on this World Famous Marquee on Sunset Blvd!! What a night to remember! With friends and family in attendance, I felt so special and honored to be performing on that historic stage! Click here to checkout the video and photos! Looks like I will have another opportunity to do this again at the Whisky a Go Go on August 17th! Although the headliner has yet to be announced, the venue has already uploaded my photo on their website!


Rock Your Blues!

JC

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Photographer Daniel Escamilla goes LIVE!

JANUARY 22, 2018 - Professional photographer Daniel Escamilla has joined me on my quest to bring my brand of acoustic blues to the world! He expressed how "excited he was to have this opportunity to photograph LIVE music events." Daniel fell in love with photography soon after he inherited his Father's film camera. When he is not taking photos, Daniel is a student at Citrus College in Azusa, CA where he is currently pursuing an Associate of Science degree in Photography! Daniel has taken nearly all the newer high quality photos you see on this website! Welcome Daniel! I'm glad you're here and I look forward to many more of your great photos! Contact Daniel for your next event and checkout his other work at instagram.com/danielescamilla_photography.


Rock Your Blues!

JC

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New Logo Artwork for Second Record!

DECEMBER 20, 2017 - Houston, we have a new logo! I'm proud to introduce the official logo for my second CD and album! All the credit goes to Las Vegas Graphic Artist Victoria Hart of Pink Kitty Creative, who recently designed the "City of Las Vegas" logo! I told Victoria I wanted to keep my original logo, but to update it with a new look and feel! Wow! Did she ever deliver! I'm so happy with the final design and can't wait to make it part of my CD and album cover in 2018! 


Rock Your Blues!

JC

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The Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Boulevard! You're kidding, right?

OCTOBER 12, 2017 - No, I'm not kidding! It's true! On January 27, 2018, I will walk onto the World Famous Whisky a Go Go stage at 6:15PM as the first opener for Strawberry Alarm Clock ("Incense and Peppermints")! Not only will I have the opportunity to open for one of the all-time greatest 60's band, but I will also be standing and performing on the  same stage that nearly all legendary classic rock acts have conquered, including Johnny Rivers, The Doors, Love, Led Zeppelin, and many, many more. Plus, get this, my name will also be on their famous marquee on Sunset Boulevard for at least 24 hours! And one more thing, this will all be happening during the same weekend as NAMM, which is only the largest convention of its kind for the music industry! I'm looking forward to rocking that stage with all I have and delivering an acoustic blues set like no other! 


Join me by clicking here to secure your tickets now! Only $20 for General Admission to not only see yours truly, but all the other openers as well and of course, psychedelic royalty in the flesh, Strawberry Alarm Clock!!! For more info about the venue, click on the concert poster.


Rock Your Blues!

JC


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First "Opening Act" Slot for a Headliner!

OCTOBER 6, 2017 - Exciting news!! So happy to announce my first "Opening Act" slot for a major headliner on Nov 9th!! The show was originally slated for The Canyon at Santa Clarita, but has since changed to The Canyon at Agoura Hills due to the new venue not yet being ready to open. I will be opening for Grammy Nominee Will Hoge. You probably recognize his "Strong" song from the popular Chevy Truck commercial. He also wrote "Even It Breaks Your Heart" for the Eli Young Band, who took it to #1 on the country charts! Rolling Stone has compared him to Bob Seger and John Mellencamp! In addition, Dan Layus, former frontman of Augustana ("Boston"), will be on stage! Check out both of these fine songwriters at www.willhoge.com and www.danlayus.com.


Rock Your Blues!

JC

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First SoCal Outdoor Festival Slot - Monrovia Music Fest!

JUNE 4, 2017 - My first festival in Southern California! So grateful to the Monrovia Music Fest Team for finding me a slot at 12:45PM! Honored to be part of this talented group of musicians and the largest outdoor music festival in the San Gabriel Valley! The price is really nice too! It's FREE! Come out to the Library Park in Monrovia for a fund day of music! For more info, check out www.monroviamusicfest.com.


Rock Your Blues!

JC

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"Friday Night Live Blues" to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills!

MARCH 31, 2017 - Inspired by Dr. Adam Kendall, a very popular fundraising musician for the weekly Monrovia Street Fair, I've decided to try and do some fundraising with my own  music performance efforts. Tonight, after a short haitus from performing live acoustic blues in public, I will, for the first time in California, make my way to the Myrtle Tree Garden Café & Market for what I hope will be many more Friday nights of performing acoustic blues in Monrovia while raising money for a local charity. For the next twelve months, I have pledged to donate all monies received from tips and CD sales to the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills. My goal is to raise a minimum of $1,000 for this great organization. Please join me on my first journey to make a difference with music! Together, we will succeed! 


Thanks to Dr. Kendall for sharing his amazing talent every Friday night over the past several years to bring this wonderful community together to make a difference for the Foothill Unity Center. He truly is an example for all to follow! To learn more about Dr. Kendall's story, click here.


Rock Your Blues!

JC