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Blues Musicians, Eric Deaton Trio and Syllamo Trio Play Tonight on the Square

Photo courtesy Virgil Brawley, Facebook
Photo courtesy Virgil Brawley, Facebook

A blues band Syllamo Trio is coming down from Mountain View, Arkansas – the “Folk Music Capitol of the World” – to play with the Eric Deaton Trio at the Ajax Diner tonight in Oxford, Mississippi.


Eric Deaton Trio plays “”Smile at Trouble” at Music in the Hall – video courtesy Music in the Hall.

This blues band will play from 10:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Ajax Diner with Eric Deaton. Deaton is a blues musician who played country blues straight out of high school. He learned from greats like Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside. The serious blues fans can say that Eric Deaton is in good company with the Syllamo Trio.

Syllamo Trio, named from a local creek in Arkansas, specializes in Mississippi and Country blues with guitarist and vocalist Virgil Brawley, celebrated musician who has been in the blues circles for over 50 years, bassist Albee Tellone, a well-traveled musician who spent his earlier years with Bruce Springsteen and drummer Daren Dortin, a musician who spent nearly 20 years in the Memphis, Tennessee blues scene.

Virgil Brawley said, “We are excited about playing in a place where people understand this kind of blues!”

Brawley is one of Mississippi’s noted blues musician who has appeared in the television movie “The Last of the Mississippi Jukes,” where he wrote three songs including “Oh, Mr. Faulkner Do You Write?” The Delta State University features a plaster bust of his face in Sharon McConnell’s series “Cast in Blues” that features many well-known blues musicians. Brawley’s band, The Juvenators, appears on the Mississippi Blues Trail marker at ‘Subway Lounge’ in Jackson, Mississippi.

A music critic, Ricky Bush, reviewed Syllamo Trio’s CD, “Marcella,” last August where the band brought North Mississippi blues to the Arkansas mountains.

Bush said of “Marcella” on his website, bushdogblues.blogspot.com: “The Syllamo Trio breaks away from the same ol’ crap syndrome that have flooded the market for way too many years. Marcella gets back to the basics of where blues came from. Back to the roots, but also brings it forward due the way these three gents incorporate the old with the new. It’s a keeper.”

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind night of true Mississippi blues tonight at Ajax on the Square. The Syllamo Trio plays from 10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. with the Eric Deaton Trio playing from 11 p.m. on.


Callie Daniels Bryant is the senior managing editor at HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at callie.daniels@hottytoddy.com.

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