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A World of Blues Lives in Pickwick

A World of Blues Lives in Pickwick

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 8:56 am

“Lake Pickwick” is the home of many things seen and unseen, on land and in the water. One of the many well kept secrets is that Pickwick is home to Jim Gaines and Sandy Carroll. You say “so”, and “who are they anyway”? Sandy Carroll grew up in Stantonville & McNairy County, TN. She was well raised and loved by Miss Bessie; right downtown in a modest white frame house. She now happily lives in Pickwick (formerly known as Counce), with her husband Jim Gaines. Jim has transformed Miss Bessie’s home into a state of the art recording studio named Bessie Blues Recording. Jim cut his teeth in the music business out west in San Francisco, CA. He is a double Grammy winning producer and engineer, producing such hits as Fly Like an Eagle by Steve Miller and Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble. Sandy and Jim now travel the world, literally, and influence the world of blues totally. Sandy has several records: If you Got It, Memphis in May 1984, Southern Woman (CD-1994), Memphis Rain (CD-1997), Delta Techno (2006), and locally released Rhythm of the Rivers (2007). She has written for greats such as Albert King, Luther Allison and many other blues artists. Her lastest CD is playing worldwide on radio and XM Bluesville. Sandy Carroll and the Bessie Blues Band – Randy Tucker, Corinth, MS, Rodney Polk, Pickwick, TN, and Evan Leake, Collierville, TN, combine the rich tones of the Blues with a little Memphis R and B to create a blues sound so lasting and true that MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, the Birthplace of the Blues, just recently (October 2008) honored Sandy Carroll with her own “note” embedded on Beale Street, (Memphis’ own Famous Tourist Area, where the Blues are honored and played nightly). Sandy will be performing a song or two at the Broken Spoke Restaurant in Pickwick on December 5th, after her meet and greet session from 7 pm – 9 pm. Log on to to take a look at Pickwick’s premier fine dining and live music venue. Sandy and Jim will be present, a husband and wife team, ready and willing to talk with you in the VIP room. Later that night, starting at 10:30 pm, Blues will fill the air with Ruby Wilson, the Queen of the Blues and other shakers and movers in the world of entertainment honoring this humble duo through songs and words. Their contributions to the world of Blues and Rock will be honored in Hardin County, TN, where the “Rhythm of the Rivers” play loudly even in the silence of the night. Rhythm of the Rivers was produced by Grammy winning producer Jim Gaines. He has produced or engineered over 50 platinum albums or songs. Don’t miss your chance to meet and greet this humble duo at the Broken Spoke Restaurant and see the Pickwick Christmas parade! Log on to to get your socks knocked off when you read the credits of Jim Gaines, the only man Carlos Santana will let mix his unique sounds (Jim was nominated as producer for the 8 Grammy winning album Supernatural, a 15x platinum production) and step into the soulful Blues Room of Sandy Carroll. For VIP tickets or information contact Rachel Baker at the Hardin County Tourism 1-800-552-3866 or log onto or call Diana Barker at 731-689-3800 Wednesday thru Saturday after 4 pm CST. If you love the Blues, you’ll know where to be and what to do December 5th, 2008 – give yourself an early Christmas present on us – the good folks of Pickwick, Hardin County, Tennessee – where the rhythm of the Tennessee River fills the air nightly. Posted 11.24.08


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