Playing Around: Buddy Miles 

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The inimitable Buddy Miles is one of those musicians with a household name. Chances are, even if think you've only heard the name but not the music, you're probably wrong. Miles' career took off when he was about 15. He's been a mainstay in the world of blues and rock ever since. Over the years, he's drummed for Wilson Pickett, laid down tracks for and toured with Jimi Hendrix, belted out lyrics for Santana, and has a discography of solo work that's almost two pages long. His career now spans four decades, and his latest project, despite the silly name, is just as stellar as ever. Formed last May, The Blues Berries is a collaborative effort by some of the most seasoned blues musicians in the business: Texas blues guitar legend Rocky Athas, former Double Trouble (Stevie Ray Vaughan's band) bass player, Tommy Shannon, and drummer Chris Layton. Having just released a new CD last month, they are, naturally, embarking on a tour. They bring their hot Texas blues, rock and soul combo to Woodland Park on Friday night. Tickets are $25. Call 687-0625.

-- Suzanne Becker


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