Red’s Blues is a four-piece band from Sacramento, California, featuring Beth Reid-Grigsby on lead vocals, and Sacramento Blues Hall of Fame members RW Grigsby, bass and vocals, Doug Crumpacker, guitar and vocals and Tim Wilbur, drums/percussion and vocals, with regular special guest Sid Morris on piano. They specialize in traditional blues, as well as a lot of original Americana/Roots music. Beth and RW founded Red’s Blues in 2012.
They have released three CDs, the newest being Broke Down in the Fast Lane, released July 1, 2020. Self-titled Red’s Blues was released in 2014, and You Knock Me Out was released in 2017. Broke Down in the Fast Lane is getting great reviews, and features some of Northern California’s finest guest artists, such as Rick Estrin, Johnny Burgin, Sid Morris, John Cocuzzi and Kyle Rowland.
Beth, thanks to her older brother, grew up listening to Huddie Ledbetter, Muddy Waters and Mississippi John Hurt records and as a kid, learned from and sang songs at home with her Mom — “Summertime,” “God Bless the Child,” and “St. Louis Blues.” Across the street in her hometown of south Santa Barbara though, the shy 7 year old redhead was bold enough to go perch on the neighbor’s porch listening to a Cuban salsa band rehearse, and from that learned to love the rhythms, the bass and percussion in particular. She and RW met through the local Santa Barbara blues scene in 1977, and have lived in his home state of Georgia and then Texas before heading back to sunny Sacramento, California in the ‘90s, and then again in 2006, after a few more years in Florida and Alabama.
2014 Grammy-nominated and Blues Music Award (BMA) winner bassist RW Grigsby has been playing since he was 14 years old and began his professional career when still a teenager. He’s toured the U.S., Canada and Europe since the ’80s, and currently juggles playing with Red’s Blues, Mark Hummel & the Blues Survivors and The Golden State/Lone Star Blues Revue. He played and recorded with Texas blues stars Gary Primich and Black Top Records’ Mike Morgan and the Crawl in the 1990s. RW is also the bassist on the 2014 Grammy-nominated and BMA-winning CD, Remembering Little Walter. He was nominated for a BMA “Best Bassist” Award in 2017.