Big Storm Comin’ Live at the Dugout

(2006 re-issue on CD)
(2006 BWS Productions)
Listen to the MP3 audio clips.

Big Storm Comin’ (Steve Reichel)
300 Pounds (Willie Dixon)
Black Talk (Charles Earland)
Walking The Backstreets and Crying (Sandy Jones)
The Only Thing That Saved Me (D. Carter, J. Shaw, L. Kougmann))
Jealous Man (Aron Corthen)
Part Time Love (Hammon Escort Music)
Hold On, I’m Comin’ (Hayes & Porter)
Talk To Me (Single & McRoe)
Grits Ain’t Groceries (Titus Turner)
The Blues Is Alright (Milton Campbell)

MUSICIANS and Credits for re-release
Big Walter Smith (lead vocals)
Scott Graves (guitar, back up vocals)
Tim Wick (keyboard, backup vocals)
Patrick Johnson (bass, backup vocals)
Patrick Hulme (drums)
Dan Eikmeir (trumpet)
Jim Kogl (saxophone)
Randy Evensen (trombone)

Executive Producer: Shirley Smith
Producer: Greg Harder
Assistant Producer: Scott Graves
Recording Engineer & Mix Down Engineer: Greg Harder
Assistant Mix Down Engineer: Scott Graves
Graphic Layout: Erika Johnson

Recorded live at The Dugout, Mahtomedi, MN April 22, 2006

LINER NOTES (re-release CD)

“Big Storm Comin’” is a re-release of the original project done on cassette. It was recorded on a cold winter night in February of 1991 at the Whiskey Junction bar on the West Bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, MN. Due to the overwhelming requests from our fans, Big Walter wanted to share these tunes on CD. This new CD was also recoded live on April 22, 2006 at the Dugout in Mahtaomdi, MN by some of the most talented musicians in the Twin Cities.

After 14 years Scott Graves still holds the honor of music director and lead guitarist of the Groove Merchant band with the talent of Chris Johnson laying down the solid bass licks and Patrick Hulme keeping the drum beat in the pocket, tied with the magic fingers of Tim Wick on Keyboards and the dynamic horn section featuring Jim Kogl on Tenor Sax, Dan Eikmeir on Trumpet, Randy “Big Slide” Evensen on Trombone proudly make up the Groove Merchant Band which are one of the most honored and awarded bands in the Midwest.

A special THANK YOU to our families, long time friends, fans and music buyers who have supported us over the years, the owners and staff at the Dugout Bar for opening their doors and hearts to us and to Toby Silva for doing such a great job with the sound production and to our long time friend Greg Harder of ‘Harder Productions” for doing an outstanding live recording. “Keeping the Blues Alive”
With Love & Peace to you,
Big Walter, Shirley Smith & The Groove Merchants

Original Liner Notes and Tape Credits

Big Walter Smith (lead vocals)
Tom Sampson (guitar)
Bruce “The Groove King” Koenig (keyboards, harmonica & backup vocals)
Grant Yetter (trumpet)
Paul Strickland (saxophone)
Chris Niesen (bass)
Donald “Hye Pockets” Robertson (drums, backup vocals)

Produced by Chris Niesen
Assistant producer: Curt Behm
Location recording engineer: Don Bayless
Mixdown engineer: Tom Siler
Mixed at Track Records Studios, St. Paul, MN
Cover photography/artwork: Chris Niesen and Therese Mervar
Recorded live at Whiskey Junction, Mpls., MN Feb. 9, 1991


This recording is dedicated to my wife and manager, Shirley Smith who always encouraged and believed in us.



A very special thank you to Gary, Dan & Craig Mackenzie. Our #1 sound tech, Curt Behm, our great band, Gene Wegner, Linda Schaumburg, Karl Bremer, blues fans, and our wonderful families and friends for their constant support.


Contact Shirley B. at BWS Productions MN to own/purchase this CD

View all of Big Walter Smith & The Groove Merchants Band CDs here


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