June 13, 2013
Boscoe France opens for BB King in Evansville Indiana at Victory Theater…..

In the video below, you are going to see a TEASER for the second segment of Ben and my documentary project with Boscoe. Plus a live performance at the Victory Theater in support of BB KING. Keep in mind that this is NOT the 2nd part of the doc. Everyone’s support of this project has been amazing thus far, and we all totally appreciate it. So, enjoy the video, click HERE to find part one of the doc if you haven’t seen it yet. This story of a grass roots hero and national guitar champion keeps growing at an amazing pace. And with your positive support, it can keep growing.

On Wednesday, May 29th 2013, I woke up late. Since I’ve dropped my iPhone so many times, the speakers stopped working. Which means no alarm. Unless I plug it into my stereo dock and crank up the volume so it wakes me from the living room. Well, I forgot to do that the night before. But it wasn’t a big deal, because I really didn’t have to be anywhere that day. But, when I woke up, I noticed I had a missed call from my buddy Boscoe France….among about 7 others. So, while making coffee, I called Boscoe back to see what was up with him. He answered the phone with a mesmerized tone in his voice. “You’ll never guess what I was just contacted to do”, he said. Since I just woke up and my brain hadn’t started up yet, I told him I wasn’t capable of guessing anything yet. He replied, “I might be opening for BB King next wednesday at Victory Theater!”. Then, my brain instantly woke up. I didn’t even really need the coffee now. Even though I still made it and drank it. The phrase he said to me got my brains wheels turning at 2,500 rpm. “Is it confirmed?”, I asked. No, it wasn’t. Not yet. But it was sounding really solid.

As musicians and artists at a developing stage in an actual professional career, nothing is confirmed. Until a few days before. Well, some things are. But for most of my past experience, most HUGE opportunities come with a price of, “We need this done today, and we need it finished tomorrow….take it or leave it”. And as the type of people we are that want the job because it will make our careers grow, people like us say, “Ok”, then we suffer through it, do a good job, and hope that the client gives us a little more heads up next time. Because, as an artist, the more you suffer, the more you grow. That’s just the way it is.

First thing was first, “Can I shoot this show?”, I asked. “I don’t know yet” Boscoe said. “I’m pretty sure they will let you work with me, but maybe not BB”. “Well, without actual confirmation and credentials, you could play for BB and not have the media we need to keep promoting you, so we HAVE to get confirmation”.

That’s when the frenzy of emails and phone calls start. I was lucky enough to have met the director of A&R of Gibson guitars at NAMM with Boscoe January 2013. He was super cool and had seen part one of the documentary my buddy Ben Woehler and I did in 2012. He was really supportive of us and very enthusiastic. He gave me his card with his work and cell phone number on it. I just stash these little nuggets away and use them when the time is right. And this was the time to use it. I emailed him and told him the situation via voicemail. I had a friend in town from Portland, so we went to the skatepark to blow off some steam and my cell phone rang (vibrated…no speakers), and it was from the Northern Los Angeles area. I answered, and it was Mr. Gibson guitars himself. “Alex! This is ***** ********** from Gibson guitars USA. I got you’re voicemail. Sounds very exciting.” In, the voicemail, I had asked he grant myself and Ben access to video and shoot photos of this show. I also asked him to ask BB King’s management that we get confirmation directly from them, so they knew what was going on. You see, they are very protective of BB. There are alot of “photographers” out there that gain access and shoot photos that don’t exactly flatter their subject matter. To them, they have a shot of BB KING, whether it is good or not, (good meaning that BB KING would see it and say, “That’s a good photo of me”), and they release it on the internet with no approval or care. Just to brag that they got a photo of him. SO, his management is VERY VERY protective.

My convo with A&R at Gibson continued with, “I talked to BB’s camp and brought up the situation.” “That’s great!”, I replied. “What did they say?” His reply was pretty funny. “Well, they replied with, what the hell does that have to do with us?”. Haha. We laughed for a second, and totally understood why they would react that way. Mainly because they have been doing this FOREVER, and are some of the most respected people in the music biz, and they had NO IDEA who Boscoe, Ben, and I were. So, that reaction was totally expected.

About two days before the show. It was confirmed. We got access. We shot the show. Boscoe and his bandmates John Gilespie and Jimmy Cummings killed it on stage. Boscoes son, Gabe, was guitar tech. And at the end of the night, BB King called Boscoe back out on stage for them to shake hands (Boscoe hugged him), and introduced Boscoe to the crowd. (scroll down to continue story).








THIS IS NOT A COMMON THING FOR BB KING TO DO. Actually, I was standing next to BB KING’s tour manager, and when BB said Boscoe’s name and called him on stage again, the 6′ 4″ 200+ lb man, that had a very sharp edge to him all night to keep things in line’s eyes opened wide, and you could see that he got really excited all the sudden. His mind was blown. He said, “BB never does this. At least since I have worked for him”. After he had said to put my camera away about 5 times, I finally did. But at this moment, he said, “Get your camera!! Get your camera!!!!”. So I ran to my bag, got my camera, and ran to the front of the stage….to discover that I missed the moment. I was pretty distraught about missing it, but it wasn’t my fault.BUT, I did manage to snag this shot of BB right afterward surrounded by fans and his band. SO, Boscoe must have made an impression. Which isn’t surprising, because he rules at playing Blues guitar.

Photo: courtesy of Phillip Roe

Then, after all the commotion settled, BB came off stage and spoke to Boscoe and his son Gabe for a moment, asking Boscoe “Exactly how do you pronounce your name?”. I’m pretty sure BB KING wanted to make sure he remembered Boscoe. It was pretty surreal.

Seeing Boscoe after that moment was an example of overwhelming gratitude, humbleness, and a realization of why talented people should pursue their talents. Because talented people make the world a better place. Without talented people and entertainers, life would be boring.

Below are some behind the scenes shots from before and after the show.





That’s a wrap. Alex and Ben from A to B productions.

At the end of the night, Boscoe was interviewed by local Evansville anchorwoman Shalah Sasse.






Here is the link to the actual news story that aired the next night in the trisate area.

Thanks for caring, and stay tuned.


You can find more information about Boscoe France and his band at their official website.