Song & Stage

Bill Sims Jr. Joins Nancy Atlas Friday for January’s Final Fireside Session

Cabin fever ends Friday night in Sag Harbor!

Don’t miss the last January Nancy Atlas Fireside Sessions concert before Atlas and the band take their February break.

This Friday, January 30, Atlas’s special guest is legendary blues artist Bill Sims Jr., who will be heating up Bay Street Theater with his unique version of funk and blues. Nancy Atlas calls Sims “a badass blues singer/guitarist,” adding, “he is just mind-numbing—think B.B. King style.”

Born into and raised by a sharecropping family in rural Georgia, Sims is a multi-instrumentalist and mellow-toned vocalist who performs regularly in Manhattan and tours extensively. A subject of the critically acclaimed PBS documentary An American Love Story, Sims also has film credits that include Lackawanna Blues, Miss Ruby’s House, American Gangster and Cadillac Records.

For every installment of the Fireside Sessions, we ask Nancy to give us three words to describe that week’s guest, and for Sims she states simply “Warm, Real Deal.” But she can’t help adding, ” I am so excited for everyone to hear him, because I know they are going to be totally into it and become big fans.”

The Nancy Atlas Fireside Sessions will start up again on Friday, March 6. “March may be, and I swear it is hard to even say this, as good if not better than January,” Atlas says. “Here are my three words for March: Buy your tickets. If I do my job right, it will rock your world.”

Long-time band mates, lead guitarist Johnny Blood and Nancy Atlas battle with their guitars.
Long-time band mates, lead guitarist Johnny Blood and Nancy Atlas battle with their guitars. Photo credit: Daniel Gonzalez
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