Our Guides…
Our guides, or our conductors on this Blues train are experienced professional Blues players as well as music educators. Each has their own unique expertise but all share the same love of the Blues. We will play the Blues for you.

Ralph Carter
Ralph is a consummate bass player, guitarist, producer and complete musician. His first "big" tour was playing with Danny "Kootch" Korchmar opening for Linda Ronstadt on the "Mad Love" tour Spring of 1980. On the heels of that tour he hooked up with Eddie Money writing and recording some of Eddie’s greatest hits ("Shakin," "No Control," "Where's The Party"). He worked closely with Tom Dowd, possibly the most influential R&B/rock engineer/ producer of all time, on Eddie Money's albums. Recently he has been musical director for the Sugaray Rayford band, touring the US and Europe, Sugaray’s right hand man in Songwriting. They have three albums together to their credit, "Blind Alley,” “Dangerous” and “Southside.” See/hear Ralph live with Sugaray at the 2011 Long Beach Blues Festival.

Hash Brown

Hash Brown(Brian Calway) has been playing the blues (guitar, harmonica, and vocals) since 1973. He moved to Dallas 1983 and cut his eye teeth playing with an assortment of Dallas Blues royalty including ZuZu Bollin, Henry Qualls, Sam Myers, Big Al Dupree, Robert Ealey, Willie Willis, Ray Sharpe,U.P. Wilson, Little Joe Blue, Ernie Johnson, and many, many more. He has 3 CDs under his own name, a number of compilations and also appears as a side man on no less than 30 recordings; including ZuZu Bollin, Henry Qualls, Barbara Lynn, Robert Ealey, Hosea Hargrove, and many, many others

Check out this interview on Texas Blues.

Eric Deaton

Originally from North Carolina, Eric moved to Mississippi straight out of high school. From the mid to late '90's, Eric immersed himself in the moonshine-fueled culture of Mississippi Hill Country blues. At Junior Kimbrough's world renowned Juke Joint Eric apprenticed under such masters as Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside. Eric has played and toured with T. Model Ford, Paul 'Wine' Jones and Big Bad Smitty, among others. His sound is firmly routed in the electric Juke Joint style, but he is well versed in all traditional Mississippi blues guitar styles. Check Eric out on Facebook here… https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eric-Deaton-Music/114997181879909?fref=ts

Jeff Maxwell
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Jeff Maxwell earned a degree in Industrial Arts and ended up teaching at a continuation school for kids that were just out of jail or were awaiting trial. When the administration discovered his musical talents they put him to work directing a guitar class. The classes were a huge success. Jeff understands that teaching is very different from playing. He developed new methods of his own to bring beginners up to speed using using what he calls "Survival Guitar methodology." Jeff is a life long pro player, playing gigs, recording, and teaching. He has been involved with the workshops in Clarksdale Mississippi and Ventura California for several years and looks forward to many more! His areas of special interest on the guitar are: Fingerstyle, Slide, Alternate Tunings, Lead Playing and Soloing.

Joe Baugh (Ventura)

Joe Baugh is a southern California session guitarist, composer, producer and music educator. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, Joe learning and performed with Jazz greats Charlie Haden, Larry Koonse, Joe LaBarbera, Darek Oles, and Miroslav Tadic. He has performed, recorded and toured both nationally and internationally with Deana Carter, Todd Hannigan, Freddie Hart, Kenny Loggins, Drake Bell, Delaney Gibson, Shawn Jones, Matt Redman, Jeff Hershey and the Heartbeats and many others. Joe teaches all musical styles and skill levels and specializes in custom learning based on each student’s needs and interests.