Li’l BeeDee & the Doo-Rites, Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse
Official Press Release:
Li’l BeeDee & the Doo-Rites
WENDELL, Mass. – Performing & raising funds to benefit the Community Network for Children this month at the Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse will be Li’l BeeDee & the Doo-Rites, a 5-piece combo that serves up rockabilly, rhythm & blues. The band features Betsy-Dawn Williams (Li’l BeeDee), who is known for her membership in honky tonk band Girl Howdy. This incarnation of Williams’ musical persona is centered on old-school rhythm blues with an infusion of rockabilly and she says the mission statement of the Doo-Rites is “to do ya right!” In 2004 European indie-roots label El Toro Records released her first CD “Rocket Girl” showcasing Williams’ songwriting, which has earned rave reviews worldwide. Fellow Doo-Rites band member and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Potter, who has his own album on the label, also played on the record and co-produced with Williams.
Li’l BeeDee’s backing band – the Doo-Rites - consists of Jeff Potter on piano, who has for the last handful of years been playing piano for Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson, as part of the Lustre Kings – a crew of rockabilly cats based in upstate New York. Potter comes with a litany of recordings himself on various respected rockabilly labels including Raucous Records in England and El Toro Records in Spain. Boston’s own Frankie Blandino is in the lead guitar seat, no stranger to the genre himself, having proved his instrumental prowess in several well-known Boston-based bands such as The Fathoms, The Crank-tones and The Spurs. Brian Rost is on bass guitar, and also plays with Williams in GiRL HOWDY, and has played with the Tarbox Ramblers, and Rufus Thomas. In the drum chair is Doug Hinman, who also plays with Blandino in the Fathoms, and is a noted author & music historian to boot, with two published books on the works of the Kinks.
The Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse is in the Wendell Town Hall, on 6 Center Street, next to the Police Station on the only one-way street in town. The show will start with an open mic at 7:30pm, with Li’l BeeDee & the Doo-Rites starting at 8pm.