Carol Lockridge and Friends
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Carol Lockridge and Friends


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The best kept secret in music


"Local act wins Indiana Blues Challenge, heading to Memphis"

From a pool of 16 Indiana Based acts, Fort Wayne's own Carol Lockridge and Friends was named this year's winner of the Indiana Blues Challenge, held on November 5, 2006 at the Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis. Sponsered by the Crossroads Blues Society, Lockridge and her band will head to Memphis, Tenn. Feb. 1, through Feb. 3, 2007 to compete as one of 150 blues acts from around the world in the 23rd Annual International Blues Challenge-the worlds largest blues act competition.
"Governor Davis of the Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors was last year's Indiaia winner, and he called me and told me about the competition," said Lockridge. "I didn't think I wanted to do it, but I talked to Crossroads representative, Prentiss Eastham, and he encourage me to give it a try." In front of a panel of 4 judges looking for the best in talent, blues content, overall appearance, performance, and originality from among solo, duo and band performances, Lockridge performen four blues covers, and one original song she wrote, "Walking a Thin Line".
Lockridge was named the winner, beating out her competitors by 2.75 points.
Lockridge's band is comprised of Bruce Lockwood on Bass, Richard "Doc" Malone on Harp, Tadas Paegle on Guitar, and Pete Premo on Drums-all from Bloomington, Indiana. They are slated to perform at various Beale Street venues including B.B. King's, Rum Boogie and Hard Rock Cafe for cash and prizes and more. - Frost Illustrated


We have not yet release any Cd's, but we do have songs to release, and they will be coming up soon.



Carol Lockridge is a vocalist who has opened up for people like Bobby Rush, Latimore, and Denise Lasalle. Her full but powerful voice makes up that soulful blues sound you hear emitting from her mouth. She has always loved differents acts such as Aretha Franklin, Denise Lasalle, Minnie Ripperton, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, and more! Always ready for a challenge, Carol has mastered singing the blues. Carol was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan as Carol Smith, and was raised in Detroit, Michigan. Starting at the age of 3, Carol traveled from church to church singing gospel with her mother and brother as the "Smiths Trio". She loves to sing, and didn't really come out strong until she came to live in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1999. There she felt free, and the rest is history. The band "Carol Lockridge and Friends" consists of 5 very experienced musicians. First on the Harp, or Harmonica, is Doctor Richard Malone (Doc Malone) (Yes he really is a Doctor), "Doc" plays with much feeling, pats his foot, and on his chromatic harp lets you know he is right on it! Next on the Guitar is Tadas Paegle. Tadas can bring you into a fury of guitar licks, or he can soothe you into a feeling of "laid back". Then there is Bruce Lockwood on the Bass. Bruce likes to rock right with his blues and gives that full bottom sound that keeps you rocking right with him. On the Drums is Pete Premo. Pete is laid back with lots of rhythm that will make you tap your feet, and move with the beat! Carol Lockridge is the lead vocal. It has been said that this lady can leave you with "Goosebumps". She can make you feel down in your soul what she feels as she sings. This band is a hell of a band, and they do deliver!