Band: Luther Wamble Memorial Jam
Date: Sunday, July 9, 3 p.m.
Venue: The Blues Tavern, 2818 Government Blvd., www.bluestavern.com
In mid-June, the Azalea City’s music scene lost one of its unsung heroes with the death of guitarist Luther “Blue Lou” Wamble on June 16 at the age of 61. For years, Wamble spent time on the road and in the studio with bluesman Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. While in the ranks of Brown’s band, Wamble added his smooth guitar style and endless musical knowledge to class albums such as “The Man” and “Real Life.” Along the way, Wamble also shared the stage with legends such as Gregg Allman and B.B. King.
After coming home to Mobile, Wamble remained active in music, most recently with Johnny Barbato & the Lucky Doggs. Anyone who knew Wamble will testify that this guitarist loved nothing more than to jam with local bands. No one was off-limits. Wamble would enter a venue with his guitar in one hand and snakeskin amplifier in the other. What followed was a collaborative effort between Wamble and the musicians onstage, always resulting in a memorable session.
One of Wamble’s favorite venues, The Blues Tavern, will hold a memorial jam in his honor July 9. While bands including Johnny Barbato & the Lucky Doggs and Johnny No are scheduled to perform, local musicians who were lucky enough to cross paths with Wamble are encouraged to attend and jam into the evening. This event will also be a chance for folks to share their favorite stories about this fallen legend. Anyone who knew Wamble knows there are many such tales to tell.