"Third Shot," the third CD from local Appalachian-blues band Billyblues, has been a while in coming. Production was halted last year when resonator guitarist/vocalist Mark Lucas had to have surgery for an old football injury.
Now, the band - which also includes Mike Norris on harmonica, guitar and vocals and Colin Raiteire on bass, mandolin and vocals - is ready for the CD's release later this month and it is "gearing up on playing for live audiences," Lucas says. Billyblues kicks off the 2004 Whimsy in Weisiger series Thursday with a two-hour concert.
"We've been practicing six weeks now, to support the CD," Lucas notes. "(The concert) is a foretaste of the CD."
The group has worked with local musician John Missik, who provided percussion for some of the tracks.
The group is "shifting from writing and recording to performance," Norris says.
"We feel very good about this CD. We're doing everything we can to support it."