Keith “Tbone” Colbert is a Columbus-based musician whose style is an evolution of modern blues with a foundation inspired by the blues styles from Texas, Chicago and the Delta. Influenced by artists like Robert Johnson, Howling Wolf, BB King, Freddy King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keith’s music is a slow rev mixing traditional riffs with a modern flair. Keith is one of the many talented artists performing at the 2019 Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival® (CBJF) June 14-16 in Gahanna, Ohio. He will perform from 5:45-7:15 pm Saturday, June 15 on the Toyota Direct Acoustic Alley Stage. We had the chance to talk to him to learn more about his background and what we can expect from his performance.
How long have you been a musician?
I often tell people that my earliest childhood memory is playing music, although I didn’t get serious about it until 10 or 12 years old. I’ve been playing professionally since I was 14, so I’ve been at it for 27 years now.
Who inspired you initially? (What bands/musicians?)
The first person to initially inspire me to play music was my grandfather. He was also a professional musician and used to have rehearsals at his house. I remember being four or five years old, maybe, and sneaking out of bed to go listen to them. The first bands that I really liked were probably Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles.
What’s your (current) favorite song to perform?
My current favorite song/songs to perform are various Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Elmore James songs. “Kind hearted woman,” “40 days and 40 nights,” and “Can’t hold out.” Those type of songs always take me right back to my childhood, so I always love singing them. Obviously I also love singing my own songs; they are my life.
What’s your favorite kind of music to listen to? Who are your favorite bands/ artists now?
I pretty much stick to Blues music for the most part, although I love all types of music. I’m always going through different phases of what I’m listening to and learning. Currently, I listen to Elmore James every day. As far as new artist go, my favorite ones to listen to right now are the Marcus King band, and John Nemeth‘s record Memphis Grease. John Nemeth’s Memphis Grease is a must have if you’re a blues fan. [Note: John Nemeth will be headlining the Heartland Bank Blues Stage at CBJF, appearing at 9:30 pm Friday, June 14.]
If you could meet up and play with any legendary musician (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
Definitely Jimi Hendrix. I’ve basically been a lifelong fan and just have always thought that he’s one of the coolest people ever. I would love to be able to play music with him, but really I’d be happy with just being able to hang out and shoot the breeze over some coffee.
What will you be performing/bringing to the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival?
I will be performing 12 of my original songs plus tons of classic blues songs, in an acoustic duo format, for 1½ hours of high energy excitement-packed blues.
Where can fans learn more about you and your music (online)?
You can find me on Facebook, Instagram under @meridianardor, and download music through Bandcamp by searching The Greezy Bullets. I also have plenty of material on YouTube, if you fancy videos.
For a complete schedule of entertainment, plus shuttle, parking and additional information, go to CreeksideBluesandJazz.com. Interested in scoring a complimentary weekend pass and Tshirt? Use the #2019CBJF hashtag on social media to share or create posts about the Festival. We’ll pick 40 Jambassadors at random (before 6.14.19) to score some swag! Questions? Call 614/418-9114.