Nashville musician Rickey Godfrey releases new CD, plays local dates

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Blues musician Rickey Godfrey is in the coastal Carolinas this week promoting his new CD, “Nasty Man.”

The CD is described in a press release as “solidly blues-driven with jazz and funk influences that give it an edge and a sound that’s unique to the uber-talented musician.”

Godfrey will be in the area promoting his new CD starting Thursday, Nov. 11, and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 14.

From 5-9 p.m. Thursday, he’s scheduled at a CD release party at Boom Boom’s Raw Bar on 13th Avenue North on the Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Friday, he’ll be featured on Mid-Day Café radio program on public radio station WHQR 91.3 FM in Wilmington. Friday night, Godfrey will appear with bass guitarist Lan Nichols and drummer Rich Laverdure at the Rusty Nail blues club, 1310 S. 5th Ave. in Wilmington.

From 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, Godfrey will play at Papa’s Pizza Wings & Things, 111 Pavilion Drive in the Lowes Foods shopping center off Highway 179 in Little River, S.C. From 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Nov. 14, Godfrey will be at a band fair at O.D. Beach & Golf Resort, 98 Ocean Blvd. in North Myrtle Beach. The event is part of Carolina Beach Music Awards weekend, celebrating the best in Carolina R&B music.

Godfrey’s “Nasty Man” CDs will be available for purchase during his appearances.

The 12-track recording showcases Godfrey’s mind-boggling skills on both Telecaster and keys. According to Godfrey, who also produced the album, he intentionally kept the instrumentation sparse.

“I didn’t want an over-produced, over-polished result,” he said. “This is a blues album, and I wanted a raw sound. I love the spontaneous stuff that happened in the studio, like Don Wise’s sax riff on [track 10] ‘Let’s Get Busy.’”

Singer/songwriter Godfrey wrote or co-wrote 10 of the album tracks.

Guest players include saxman Don Wise, known for his 20-plus years touring and recording with Delbert McClinton; Shaun Murphy, vocalist for Little Feat and Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band; and soul singer Angel Rissoff, formerly with Little Isidore  and Kenny Vance and the Planotones.

For more information about Rickey Godfrey and his CD, visit www.RickeyGodfrey.com.