El Cajon, CA. January 17- Our last jam session at the El Cajon Grand was amazing. Another successful jam session with some of San Diego’s finest musicians. The show started out with a surprise guest from Fallbrook, 14 year old Anthony Cullins (aka The Fallbrook Kid) was escorted in by his dad Kenny and the whole Cullins family. Jaws were dropping all over the place as the kid amazed us with some blues guitar skills reminiscent of young guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Jonny Lang.
Since the club is a 21 and over venue, young Anthony had to leave as soon a he finished playing. It was an act hard to follow, but the afternoon show carried on thanks to the many talented guests in the audience such as Harmonica John Frazer, Bob Pruitt and Lumpy of the Dependables, James Brown, Victor Franklin, Gary Orlansky, Sheri Salomone, Steve Douglas, Paul Brink, Paul Whitaker, Terry Lee Fenwick, Tom Tice, Perry Lee Witt, Harry Williams, Junior Torres Howard Bennett and our new friend, Fedis Gray.
Rhythm and the Method closed the show with Rhythm Turner on vocals and harmonica, Evan Turner on lead guitar, Laura Payne on bass guitar and Papa Shawn Turner on guitar and Paul Whitaker sitting in on drums.
KGB’s Big Jon was on hand, as always, to help out with the MC responsibilities but also got in on a jam playing guitar and singing. With his help, throughout the last three jam sessions, we have been able to raise more than $1,000 going to Coe’s List of charities, helping needy families in the San Diego area.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the musicians who have been there to help out at all our jam sessions, The Moneymen. We could not have done all this without them. Big hugs and and very large thank you to Michael Head, Steve Tahmahkera, Willy ‘Back Door Man’ Carmody, and our own Mark Eppler.
Thanks to everyone for giving us the jump start we needed to make this work. Jenn and I wish you all a killer 2015 filled with music and friendship.
Story and photos by Eli J. Medellin