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Reggie Britton: Call me Black Magic Johnson

Son of jazz bassist Rayfield Britton, Reggie started his musical career as the premier Trio Drummer with The Black Knights, an award winning drum and bugle corps. His ever expanding talents lead him to St. Louis, where he spent three years as the drummer for The Natchez Cast on the Robert E. Lee riverboat. As part of their repertoire the cast performed a variety of Dixieland standards and blues. After moving to Springfield, Reggie became the drummer of preference for such local acts as: The Joe Tenuto Band, Tash and Country Magic, and legendary Sun Records recording artist Eddie Snow, where he met Mr. Snow's guitarist, Harry Nino. Reggie Britton now fronts his own band Black Magic Johnson.

BMJ has been known for his fun collection of Southern Delta and Chicago new age blues. He may have been pumping originals and covers for only the past 15 years but he’s been playing the blues for over 25 years with some of the old greats like “Eddie Snow & the Snow Flakes, Oysters Rockefeller, Tom Irwin and many other music groups. The players in his band, Dan Grover, Alexis Rogers, Robert Hagler and Willie Chrismon, bring over 50 years of experience to the table. Also BMJ has opened for some of the greatest blues acts around today such as Koko Taylor, David Dee, Lonnie Brooks and Ronnie Baker Brooks just to name a few. In 2004, 2005 and 2007 BMJ was nominated as one of the best blues act in central Illinois and performed at the Great Performers of Illinois concert at Chicago’s Millennium Park with Koko Taylor, David Dee and many more in 2006. In 2010 BMJ became the official blues band of the Springfield Milers Motorcycle Club and the most popular act among other Motorcycle Clubs and Blues Societies throughout Illinois and Iowa and other surrounding states. BMJ recorded their first CD titled "Food for Thought" in 2004 and October 2012 released the second album "Call Me" the track list contains 11 songs all penned primarily by Reggie, played by BMJ members with added sounds from various sources.

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