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RCBS Presents Blues and Brews at The Camel - the finest in local blues bands.

Next up: The Forrest McDonald Band. Friday, May 24, 5 PM, no cover charge.

Singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Forrest McDonald is a Journeyman in the blues rock music world. He defies any easy pigeonhole. His guitar work on Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock & Roll and Bobby Womack’s Roads of Life is instantly recognizable. He was seven years old when he first heard blues man Josh White perform and as he puts it, “I was hooked!” This experience was augmented by the extensive record collection at the McDonald home, Jimmy Witherspoon and T-Bone Walker albums were favorites.

In 2015 Forrest formed a new band that Won the River City Blues Challenge two years in a row and advanced to the semi-finals. Lead Vocalist Becky Wright started singing at 6 years of age. Forrest often says you can’t go wrong with Becky Wright. Keeping the driving beat is drummer John Hanes. On harmonica is veteran harp master Pix Ensign an Ohio and FL state Harmonica champion. On bass is the groove master Lee Gammon, who studied bass with Ellis Marsalis.


The River City Blues Society of Virginia is organized exclusively for educational, literary, artistic and charitable purposes. We are a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and perpetuation of the Blues as an original American art form.

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