Becki Morrison spent many years in Roanoke with her husband, Mark; raising their sons, Jake and Jesse. Being a full-time mom, as well as having a job, Becki was a busy lady. She didn’t have a lot of time for artistic pursuits, and indeed had not sung publicly since her school days.
Eventually, the family moved away, but after the kids were at college, Becki and Mark returned to Roanoke. Becki had come from a musical family, and had always harbored a love of music, even when she wasn’t able to indulge. With more free time on her hands, however, she began sampling the local entertainment scene and wanted to be part of it.
In February 2018, she created Cross Eyed Cat Management, which began managing and promoting Roanoke music legends, Hoppie Vaughan & The Ministers of Soul. Then one night in May, Hoppie asked Becki to sing a Bonnie Raitt tune with the band at Blue 5 Restaurant. Becki was overwhelmed, but she had a blast and completely nailed it!
Night out after night out, Becki was asked to sing again and again. People even began encouraging her to start a band. Becki tells us that Hoppie himself was one of her biggest influences, as well as one of her staunchest supporters. It was members of The Ministers of Soul who helped recruit musicians to appear with her on stage.
In the blink of an eye, Becki and the Boom Booms made their first appearance at the Pulaski Rhythm and Ribs festival in 2018. Together with regular musicians – Willis Greenstreet on guitar, Wyatt Allen on bass, and Robert Vaughan on drums – the group began receiving requests for bookings. Becki began making calls, and before she knew it, she and her band were regulars on the local music scene! Their sultry, eclectic cocktail of blues, jazz, and rock standards and other unique selections became a fast favorite with audiences. Becki and the Boom Booms add a jazzy-bluesy spin on favorite tunes from Bonnie Raitt, Melody Gardot, Grace Potter, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters, Steve Earl, and more!
Very soon, Cross Eyed Cat Management had a second act on its roster! Not only was Becki finding success as a performer, but the roster of musicians and related talent for Cross Eyed Cat Management was also expanding.
Becki is loving band life! She says everyone in the group is completely drama-free and hard-working. She has such admiration for the talent of her bandmates that she says they barely rehearse. Everyone is so good!
Looking forward, Becki would love to create an album of original music. She has some great song titles already in mind, as well as the title for the album. All that’s left, she says, it to breathe life into those titles and make them come alive. She’d love to collaborate with Hoppie and his band for the musical composition, and looks forward to recording in his studio.
Becki would also be happy to expand her reach into other areas of Virginia, but has no further ambitions for touring. Right now, she’s just enjoying herself. “To come to this point in my life was not planned, and so unexpected”.
To learn more about Becki and the Boom Booms, to check out videos, or even to book the band, visit them on Facebook at beckiandtheboombooms. You can also call (540) 293-2788.
If you want to learn more about Cross Eyed Cat Management, or become part of the roster, check them out on Facebook at Cross-Eyed-Cat-Management, or on Instagram.
If you’d like to see a Becki and the Boom Booms live show, here’s where they’ll be next!
09/27 7:00 – 10:00pm Sinkland Farms Brewery Christiansburg, VA
09/28 12:30 – 1:30pm Blacksburg Blues, Brews, and BBQ Blacksburg, VA
10/12 6:30 – 9:30pm Parkway Brewery Salem, VA
10/18 8:30 – 11:30pm Blue 5 Restaurant Roanoke, VA
10/20 1:00 – 4:00pm Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival Christiansburg, VA
11/22 6:30 – 9:30pm Parkway Brewery Salem, VA