Bluesman Champion brings energetic show to Link Centre

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

If you’re coming to see Grady Champion at the Link Centre this weekend, the bluesman has a message for you: Get ready.
“I’m high energy, and I’m very connected to the audience, so they’ll definitely be a part of the show,” Champion said. “Tell them to be prepared.”
The Canton-based blues artist and harmonica player is excited about the show. He promises a set-list full of songs that span his career, from his successful debut album, “Payin’ for my Sins,” to his more recent albums like “Weight of the World” and “Dreamin.’”
But he’s especially looking forward to his new album, “Tough Times Don’t Last.”
“I think it’s my best record yet,” he said in a phone interview with the Daily Journal. “The record’s gotta be me, and it’s gotta be real.”
“Tough Times Don’t Last” will be released Feb. 5.
Fans can expect to hear the first single, “Mississippi Pride,” at the Link Centre. Champion will be joined by his full band for the gig.
“I can’t have fun by myself,” he said, laughing.
Since taking home a top prize at the International Blues Challenge in 2010, his career has taken off, so he stays busy on the road most of the time. Touring to promote the new CD is his top priority this year.
“I just love it when I’m on the road and you put me in front of so many people,” he said.
He’s ready for the Link Centre gig, and he hopes his fans are ready, too.
“We’re gonna have a good time. Leave all the little old things behind,” he said. “We’re gonna put our hard work behind us. It’s time to have some fun.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

Monthly Music Mix
Who: Grady Champion

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12

Where: Link Centre Concert Hall

Cost: $10/adults, $5/students

Info: (662) 690-4011