If you’ve been hankering for the blues, the Arizona Senior Academy will be where it’s at on Tuesday (May 23) at 11:30 a.m. when Grams & Krieger take the stage for a mid-day show.
Bassist Steve Grams and guitarist Danny Krieger have been making music together for some 20 years, but their combined professional musical experience spans over 100 years. As a duo they have produced five CD’s of mostly original material, and have toured in Europe countless times, especially in the Netherlands. Both are members of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, but they do not regard themselves exclusively as blues musicians since they are comfortable in many genres.
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Steve Grams began playing bass there and continued doing so at the University of North Dakota and later in Minneapolis. He has been in Tucson since 1979, and has built a reputation as one of the area’s most reliable acoustic and electric bassists, playing on and/or producing over 100 recordings, and touring nationally and internationally. His many sideman credits include working with Dave Gonzalez & the Stone River Boys, Smokin’ Joe Kubek, Bo Diddley, Long John Hunter, and Holland’s Mr. Boogie Woogie.
Danny Krieger, one of the Southwest’s most respected guitarists/slide guitarists, was born in New York City but grew up in Los Angeles. His résumé includes international tours with the ‘70s British pop band “Christy” and recordings with varied artists from Exene Cervenka to the late Andy Gibb. He has worked with Big Joe Turner, Coco Montoya, and Johnny Rivers, and toured with Sam Taylor, ”The Mollys,” Mr. Boogie Woogie, and John “Juke” Logan.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer