Update To Blues For Kids Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters

  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties has also put together a fund-raising CD called "Blues For Kids' Sake." (A take-off on its annual Bowl For Kids' Sake event.)

  The disc was the creation of Tom Johnson and Kelly Knight of Joliet. The pair did the lion's share of work on the project, with Big Brother Big Sister volunteer Johnson lining up the bands and handling the promotion work and Knight donating time from his 2 Fish Studios to record and mix the musicians.

  "I thought there was a lot of great music out there and it would be great to capture it," Johnson said. "I do a lot of work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the light bulb went on."

  "I've heard the quality of music, and it is so outstanding," said director Beth Hobby. "We're really excited. These groups are all donating their time and their music."

  The disc will be on sale toward the end of October, Johnson said. They are taking pre-orders for the disc now.

  "We hope to sell large batches of the CDs to primarily Joliet business that might be able use them as promotional items," she said. "For certain sponsorship, we could give them a certain number of CDs."

  Johnson approached Hobby about putting a CD together, and she was excited about it - until she heard some of the completed songs at Knight's studio.

  "Now I am blown away," she said. "You can't get better quality. T-Bird Huck is on it. There's some very well-known groups that not only play in Joliet but all around the Midwest. Half of them have already done a CD. It's so exciting."

  The artists contributing songs to the project include: T-Bird Huck, Pauline York Band, Deb Seitz of the Chicago Blues Posse, Twist Ferguson & Al Spears, the Big Dog Mercer Band, Brent James, Keith "Jr. Blues" Zofkie, Kelly Knight, Doug "The Bluesman" Lee, Little Johnny Moore, J.B. Ritchie, Kathy Smith, Kraig Kenning and the Chicago King Snakes.

  Johnson was very pleased with the quality of the content.

  "Everyone is real excited about it and glad to be working on the project and contributing to the cause," he said. "It's kind of a win-win all the way around."

  The Picture People portrait studio at the Louis Joliet Mall donated all the photography for the project, Johnson said.

  He's working with local clubs to sell CDs.

  "Crow's Nest is going to work with us, too, in distributing the CDs," Johnson said. "And it will be available on the Internet at CDBaby.com."

  For more information or to reserve a copy of "Blues For Kids' Sake," call (815) 725-4324.