Madison Blues Society, Madison, Wisconsin Madison Blues Society, Madison, Wisconsin
JAMES EARL TATE

Interviews and text by Nancy Miller

Tate and His Million Dollar Band
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Tate and the 008 Band

Anand Verma, owner of the Liquid Lyrics Lounge (LLL) hosted "out of this world" music on a stage that symbolized the moon beneath a back drop of the solar system. Anand, a Madison native, was a strong supporter of local live music seven nights a week with the longest running blues jam of 9 1/2 years at LLL (continued from the former Dudley's). This cozy, eclectic bar on South Park Street, with the smooth ambience of an urban night club, each Tuesday night hosted one of the best blues bands around: Tate and His Million Dollar Blues Band (in Tate's words: "the best sound pound for pound.") Tate's band includes mainstay players that are the driving force behind this outstanding blues band's long‑term existence in Madison, as well as guest artists that join the band from time to time.

James Earl Tate and his Million Dollar Band James Earl Tate and his Million Dollar Band

I love to dance. That love has made me a "groupie" for Tate's band because the tunes he croons are so very danceable. Over the course of several Tuesdays at the former LLL, in between gyrating and sweating to the grooves, I was able to learn more about the million dollar players that make up Tate's band.

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