Saturday, October 6, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
So did you wonder who won the contest to the delta, and how did their trip go? Wonder no more! Our good friends down at Visit The Delta have a some blog posts from the winner as she took her trip down through the Mississippi Delta. You can check out her adventures on the Mississippi Delta myspace page HERE.
For immediate release: October 5, 2007
Contact: Scott Vezdos, 319-273-3497
The KUNI Blues Blowout returns to the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo on Saturday, November 17, 2007 featuring versatile, flamboyant Chicago blues rocker, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater touring in support of a brand new release.
With his distinctive blend of Chuck Berry-style rock (and the occasional duck walk) and Magic Sam-influenced West Side blues, combined with his left-handed/upside-down guitar playing and dramatic stage performances, Eddy Clearwater quickly developed a reputation as a great showman with a diverse repertoire. He recorded several singles (for Atomic-H, LaSalle and Federal) and worked steadily in Chicago-area nightclubs for the next 20 years, remaining one of Chicago's hidden treasures until recognition of his talents began to come from abroad in the late '70s.
His 1980 U.S. debut album, The Chief (named after Clearwater's affinity for wearing the full Indian headdress given to him as a good luck charm), was the first release on Chicago's fledgling Rooster Blues label. His next album, recorded for England's Red Lightnin' label, won a W.C. Handy Award for "Best Import Blues Album."
Clearwater continues to tour across the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America, performing 200+ concerts a year. With his powerful left-handed guitar playing, unique hybrid of West Side blues and relentless rockabilly, stage costumes, and high energy performances, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater lives up to his reputation as one of the most versatile and colorful entertainers to have emerged from Chicago's blues scene. The Chicago Tribune proudly declares him "Chicago's premier blues showman."
A half century after his arrival in Chicago, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater is still making history.
Opening the show is the 2007 Iowa Blues Challenge winners, Matt Woods & the Thunderbolts, from Des Moines. From the delta to the hills, the Thunderbolts thumping rhythm and stomping slide workouts will remind you what real party music is meant to be.
Showtime is 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door). Advance tickets can be ordered online at www.kuniradio.org (in the STORE section) or by calling KUNI weekdays at 319-273-6400 or 800-772-2440, ext. 0. Advance tickets are also available at Bob's Guitars in Cedar Falls. All proceeds benefit KUNI Public Radio.
Financial support is made possible by The Warner Group, Inc. (Waterloo); Veridian Credit Union (Waterloo); Dyton Creative (Cedar Falls); Impact Marketing Technologies (Waterloo); and The Blackhawk Hotel (Cedar Falls).
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Thursday, October 4, 2007
Another cool article about Blues in the Schools. This time it is an interview with Bluesman Joe Bonamassa, who was a child prodigy himself. For the complete article from the Round Up, a student publication of New Mexico State Click HERE.
An interesting interview with the founder of the Motor City Blues and Boogie Woogie Festival. American Music Research Foundation president Ron Harwood talks about Boogie Woogie. Its difference from the blues, and the rise and fall of the art form. It is interesting to read, and I realize that I need to study the topic a little more, since I assumed that Boogie Woogie was part of blues. Harwood, an ethnomusicologist, states that:
Boogie-woogie, first recorded in the 1920s, was a progenitor of rock 'n' roll and eventually was surpassed by the popular musical form. "People stopped calling it boogie-woogie in the late '40s and early '50s because it sort of had gone past its prime, and the eight-to-the-bar rhythm was changing from a piano left hand to an electric bass," says Harwood. "In the mid-'40s after the war, blacks came back from the war, and some of the newer forms of jazz were beginning, and jazz became a black intellectual music. And when that happened it became taboo for black artists to play boogie-woogie. It died very quickly.To read the article in total from the Detroit Free Press, Click HERE.
"Boogie is meaningful to me because we needed to get guys like Sugar Chile Robinson interviewed. Because it became such a taboo music, a lot of these boogie players just retired, or went to playing lounge music. A lot of them toured in vaudeville. They backed up blues musicians like Muddy Waters. Pinetop Perkins was Muddy's piano player and he was essentially a boogie player.
"So we're just trying to catch these boogie guys, pay justice to that music, understand that it was the foundation of rock 'n' roll."
GARY LEE SMITH
published in The Des Moines Register on October 04, 2007
Gary Lee Smith, 55, passed away at Kavanagh Hospice House, Des Moines, on Monday, October 1, 2007.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2007 at Caldwell- Raddatz Funeral Home, 8201 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA.
A visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2007.
Gary was born in Des Moines on July 9, 1952 to Chester Smith and Mary Louise Swinehart.
He attended William Jewell College in Liberty, MO.
Gary worked as a warehouse man at Emco Enterprises.
Gary enjoyed music, the St. Louis Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs.
He was the lead singer in the band "Land Sharks" and also a member of UAW.
Survivors include his sisters, Judy (Ronald) Noyes, Peggy Higday;
brothers, Randy (Alice) Smith, Greg Higday, Jeff Higday;
cousin, Crystal (Alan) Farnsworth; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, "Clover Buckingham"
A Celebration of Gary's life will be at Orlando's,
4337 Park Ave. in Des Moines, starting at 1 pm Saturday Oct 6, 2007.
The family would like to thank all Gary's musician friends for their time and talents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Iowa.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Anyway this article comes from Yahoo Sports.
Cubs curse talk of a hex
By Steve Henson
Wednesday, Oct 3, 2007 7:45 pm EDT
PHOENIX – The temptation to root for the forever forlorn Chicago Cubs is strong. After all, the team hasn't won a World Series since 1908, and a 99-year underdog is tough to resist. But here are three reasons to spare yourself the heartache.
The Curse of the Billy Goat, the Black Cat and Steve Bartman.
The Curse of the Billy Goat befell the Cubs during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series, and the team hasn't returned to the Fall Classic since. William Sianis brought his pet goat to the game – he had two tickets – but was escorted out of the stadium because of the goat's foul odor. Sianis, who owned the legendary Billy Goat Tavern, supposedly placed a curse on the team, and when the Cubs lost Game 7 to the Detroit Tigers, he sent a telegram to owner P.K. Wrigley that read, "Who smells now?"
The (forever capitalized) Black Cat walked in front of Cubs third baseman Ron Santo at Shea Stadium late in the 1969 season, the Cubs choked away an eight-game lead and the Mets became Amazin'. These days, Santo signs Black Cat memorabilia and it sells for $76.99 on Amazon.com.
Bartman, of course, was the Walkman-wearing Cubs fan who deflected a foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were five outs from the World Series when Bartman's gaffe set off a chain of events that resulted in the Florida Marlins winning the game and advancing to the World Series a day later. Reporters have tried to locate Bartman this week without success. Friends (apparently, he has a few) say he's doing OK, but don't expect him to be throwing out the first pitch before Game 3 at Wrigley Field on Saturday.
There is much hand-wringing on the North Side these days over what calamity could befall the franchise next. Manager Lou Piniella will have none of it, though.
"There are no curses here," he said. "There never have been. It's a figment, it's good copy. But games are won or lost on the baseball field."
Ok, I turned off the TV tonight for game two. I swear I saw a goat in the outfield. Yup, It was a goat in a cubs uniform. Oh-well it was fun while it lasted:-)
I got an email tip about a great band in the California area that is doing some neat things. They appeared on Extreme Home Makeover, which is a pretty cool show that helps out people. In this case is was a show where both parents had died and that left 8 kids on their own. Georgi and The Rough Week performed for the show and here is a video of the performance.
Check out this video: ABCs Extreme Makeover - Home Edition - Cadigan-Scott Family
You can also check out their myspace page HERE, which has some great tunes on it. As always feel free to send anything blues my way. I am more than happy to help keep the blues alive by promoting local, regional, or national blues acts.
Ryan sent me this video of Taylor Hicks covering Don't Let Me Down. Enjoy!
THE 9TH ANNUAL MOTOR CITY BLUES & BOOGIE WOOGIE FESTIVAL
DETROIT MUSIC HALL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
FRIDAY OCTOBER 5:
Koko Taylor & Her Blues Machine
The Tommy Castro Band, Ruthie Foster, Ana Popovic
SATURDAY OCTOBER 6:
The Deanna Bogart Band, Leon Blue, Frank "Sugar Chile'" Robinson, Matt Wigler
Tickets available at the Music Hall Box Office (313 877-8501)and Ticketmaster!
Doors at 7:00pm, shows at 8:00pm.
You can also read an article about the festival HERE, from the C and G News website.
Paul Myers brother of actor/comedian Mike Myers has written a biography of Long John Baldry. The Canadian Press, (Click here)has a brief interview/review of the book. Myers has put a great effort into the book, and it looks like it should be a good buy. However, the article fails to mention if, or where it is for sale. I found it on Amazon.com HERE. At press time they had 7 copies new and used available, so HURRY!!:-)
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Larry Garner, one of those great Louisianna bluesmen was suffering some chest discomfort, and went to the hospital where it was discovered that he had a blockage in some of his veins. He DID NOT suffer a heart attack, and they performed a bypass. Serena of CIBS, forwarded this email from the Baton Rouge Blues Society on the latest condition of Larry:
Hello BRBS membersDo check out his myspace page and give him a get well soon message.
I went to OLOL Hospital and sat with Sandra Garner while Larry was in
Surgery yesterday afternoon. He came through triple bypass fine.I had
lunch with Sandra and a very nice visit. I asked her what thier needs
would be while Larry is out of work. She told me he had to cancel some
shows and anything would be appreciated. His doctor says no work for 6
weeks---but Sandra says--FAT CHANCE---YOU KNOW LARRY!!!!! All joking
aside--if you want to message him on My Space he'll love it.
http://www.myspace.com/larrygarnerbluesband BRBS will be making a
donation to the family.
Blues Fests this weekend:
This Weekends LIVE Blues Festivals
This weekend brings the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in Camden, South Carolina, the Downtown Blues Festival in Rock Hill, South Carolina and the Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival in Detroit, Michigan.
Also this weekend the Mother of all Blues Fests, the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival is in Helena, Arkansas. This Fest was formerly called the King Biscuit Festival and is a FREE fest in the heart of the Mississippi Delta country. Upwards of 80,000 have been known to attend this 3 day fest that features a wealth of real Delta Blues performers. See their Festival listing below (SCROLL DOWN).
IllinoisBlues.com is a sponsor of the fest and we will be there capturing all the fun for YOU. Come join us if you can!
Support Live Blues near you by attending one of these events!
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Here is the lineup for the Arkansas Blues And Heritage Festival:
ARKANSAS BLUES & HERITAGE FESTIVAL • HELENA, ARKANSAS • OCTOBER 4,5 & 6
2007 Lineup & Festival Schedule
Main Stage - Thursday 10/04
12:00/12:25 - 2007 Emerging Artists
12:30/12:55 - 2007 Emerging Artists
1:00/1:25 - 2007 Emerging Artists
1:30/1:55 - 2007 Emerging Artists
2:00/2:30 - 2006 EA Winner - The Eric Hughes Band
2:40/3:15 - SBBS Winner - Big Red & The Soulbenders
3:25/4:10 - IBC Winner - Sean Carney Band
4:25/5:25 - Sterling Billingsley
5:45/6:55 - Diunna Greenleaf
7:15/8:30 - Wayne Baker Brooks
8:50/10:05 - Blinddog Smokin’ w/Special Guest Bobby Rush
10:30/11:45 - The Lee Boys
Main Stage - Friday 10/05
12:00/1:00 - RJ Mischo & His Red Hot Blues Band
1:15/2:20 - Lil’ Dave Thompson
2:35/3:45 - Sam Carr & The Delta Jukes w/Dave Riley
4:00/5:10 - Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band & Bnois King
5:30/6:40 - Pinetop Perkins & Bob Margolin
7:00/8:15 - Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
8:45/10:00 - Sherman Robertson
10:30/11:45 - Michael Burks, Larry McCray, Carl Weathersby
Main Stage - Saturday 10/06
12:00/1:00 - Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges
1:15/2:20 - Willie King
2:35/3:45 - Terry Evans
4:00/5:20 - Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets
5:40/6:55 - The Robert Lockwood, Jr. Band w/ Wallace Coleman & Cleveland Fats
7:10/8:25 - Hubert Sumlin & The Willie “Big Eyes” Smith Band
8:45/10:00 - Kenny Neal
10:30/11:45 - The Mannish Boys
Houston Stackhouse Acoustic Stage - Friday 10/05
12:00/1:00 - Jason Freeman
1:20/2:20 - Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges
2:40/3:40 - Bill Abel
4:00/5:00 - Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Robert Lockwood, Jr. Heritage Stage - Friday 10/05
5:30/6:40 - Dorothy “Miss Blues” Ellis
7:00/8:10 - Wallace Coleman
8:30/9:40 - Brad Webb
10:00/11:15 - Cleveland Fats
Houston Stackhouse Acoustic Stage - Saturday 10/06
12:00/1:00 - Mississippi Spoonman & Carla Robinson
1:20/2:20 - John-Alex Mason
2:40/3:40 - Moreland & Arbuckle
4:00/5:00 - Roy Book Binder
Robert Lockwood, Jr. Heritage Stage - Saturday 10/06
5:30/6:40 - Rev Payton & Big Damn Band
7:00/8:10 - Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames
8:30/9:40 - Blind Mississippi Morris
10:00/11:15 - Big Al & The Heavyweights
Emerging Artist Stage - Friday 10/05
1:00/2:00 - En Gedi
2:00/3:00 - Ken Tucker Band
3:00/4:00 - The Memphis Snake Doctors
4:00/5:00 - TBA
5:00/6:00 - The Brethren
6:00/7:00 - The Corey Osborn Band
7:00/8:00 - David Pinsky & The Rhythm Kings
8:00/9:00 - Scott Simpson & Company
9:00/10:00 - The Electric Mudd
Emerging Artist Stage - Saturday 10/06
1:00/2:00 -The Corey Osborn Band
2:00/3:00 - AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band
3:00/4:00 - KM Williams
4:00/5:00 - The Outhouse Ramblers
5:00/6:00 - Arsen Shomakhov
6:00/7:00 - The National Debonaires
7:00/8:00 - Memphis P. Tails
8:00/9:00 - TBA
9:00/10:00 - Allison Thrash
10:00/11:00 - Michael Juan Nunez
Finally, here is some upper midwest blues society news:
Free Blues in the Schools Workshop for Musicians and Educators
Attention Musicians! Internationally-renowned Blues Educator Hawkeye Herman and the MVBS present a FREE workshop: "How to Get Involved in Blues in the Schools" Saturday 6 October from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. (one hour break for lunch on your own). Walk-ins welcome, but early registration is encouraged by calling 563-32-BLUES
Fall Ball October 7, 2007
The annual FALL BALL will be held October 7, 2007at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard 33633 Illinois 9, Mackinaw, IL from Noon to 7:00 P.M. The event features Guitar wizard Shawn Kellerman and Guitarist, singer and songwriter James Armstrong
There will be a Harmonica Workshop, Raffles, and A Classic Car show. Beer and wines will be available at Mackinaw Valley as well as food from several food vendors. For information call (309) 359-9463
Solo/Duo Blues Challenge
The Illinois Central Blues Club will be conducting its first Solo/Duo Blues Challenge on November 3, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Alamo, located at 115 N. 5th St., Springfield, IL. The winner will receive $200 in travel monies to represent the Club at the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN during February 2008. Entries must be received by Monday, October 15, 2007 Complete challenge rules and info available at: http://www.icbluesclub.org. Questions? Contact Mark Edmiston, at 217 622-0340 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org , or Charlotte A. Montgomery 217 899-9840
Blue Mondays for October (sponsored by Illinois Central Blues Club )
The Alamo 115 N 5th St, Springfield, IL (217) 523-1455 8:30pm $2 cover
MAY HE REST IN PEACE -
MUSICIAN, AND FRIEND
July 9, 1952 –
October 01, 2007
Randy also sent along a link to Larry Berenguel site that has pictures taken during a jam session at the Kavanaugh House held for Gary. CLICK HERE Randy also was nice enough to send some MP3s of his brother. I don't have any way of posting them here, but I am going to look into putting up a podcast of some local music in the future, and I promise to put those songs in it.
At this point there is a planned celebration of life for Gary to be held at Orlando's in Des Moines sometime this weekend. As soon as I hear more details I will let you know.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Here is another version that has a better audio track
Modern Guitar Magazine has a press release of the latests Vault Label release. The Chamber Brothers first four LPs, are now available on CD. The Chamber brothers mixed blues, soul, and folk to create their own distinctive sound. The discs available are: People Get Ready For The Chamber Brothers, Now, Shout! and, Feeling The Blues. For more info on the release, check out the review HERE.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
I have been very reluctant to post anything about the Cubs. After all, with the goat, and a boat load of other curses (think Bartman!!) I didn't want to jinx them!!!! yet, they amazingly have overcome and are in the playoffs. However, I fear a first round trouncing by Arizona. The Cubs have been a perplexing team all year. They win a ton of games, and then turn around and lose a bunch of games. Arizona is a great team, so I think the Cubs playoff run maybe short, but at least it is finally next year:-)