Earwig recording artist returns to Rockford

Earwig recording artist returns to Rockford

By Lisa Palmeno, Staff Writer

The “woman with a whole lot of fire inside her” will return to Rockford at Grant Park Tap, 3015 Kishwaukee, on Friday, Oct. 11. Earwig recording artist Liz Mandville Greeson will perform at the club’s request, backed by The Blue Points, (Dave Kaye, Mike Gibb and Twist Turner).

Her latest CD, Back In Love Again, is #16 on the National Living Blues charts and received Pick of the Week on gateway.com in September. Her third CD of all-original blues has received international attention, earning the band a tour to Germany with Robert Cray in July 2002. Plans are in the works for more European tours, including a possible trip to Denmark for next year.

Miss Liz’s vocal versatility along with her ability to entertain crowds has made her a favorite at numerous festivals and clubs across the nation such as the Chicago Blues Fest, Midsommar Fest, Sarasota Blues Fest, and Iowa Blues Festival.

Greeson’s song style ranges from traditional blues to rock, blended with lyrics that are often comical and bawdy as in “Both of My Men Are Gone” and “He Left It In His Other Pants.” On the serious side is her own tribute to the Chicago blues scene in “Chi-Town” and “The Gift,” a song about living with consequences.

Featured at her show is guitarist Mike Gibb of Mike Gibb and the Homewreckers, who opens sets with his own high-energy originals from Shootin’ The Blues before introducing the Windy City’s Diva. Gibb’s specialty is slide guitar. Local favorite Dave Kaye, band leader of Brother K, and member of “Steve Ditzell and Blue Lightning,” has been Greeson’s bass player on the last two CDs. Those who have witnessed Kaye’s bass solos will not want to miss this show. Legendary Twist Turner joined the band in time to record Back In Love Again. Twist’s reputation precedes him; he was a member of the house band at Teresa’s Lounge in Chicago (as was Gibb), and he has his own recording studio.

“I think the Blue Points are sounding better than ever, and anybody who comes to the Grant Park Tavern will have a great time and go home satisfied,” promises Liz.

The show is 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Cover charge is only $2. For information, call (815) 397-9819.

CDs will be available at the show as well as at Best Buy, Tower Records, and at lizmandvillegreeson.com.

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