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The Iowa Blues Showcase is on the AIR
Saturday, June 2, 2007
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The Blues Historian
This sounds like a great time up in Canada. Plus you have plenty of time to plan for it. Salmon Arm British Columbia on August 17-19 is having it annual Roots And Blues Fest. Here is the list of artists from the Roots and Blues website:
|Roots and Blues Schedules:|
|Summer 2007 - Coming Soon|
Roots and Blues Performers
Click to view details
|2007 Roots and Blues Performers |
60 Acts on 7 Stages
|Andy Palacio & the Garifuna Collective |
African rhythms combined with Latin flavours, warm, powerful voices and perfectly blended percussion.
|Corb Lund & the Hurtin' Albertans |
Alt-country songs with a strong sense of roots savvy from this Juno Award-winning band.
|David Francey |
A Juno-winning songwriter and one of Canada's most revered folk poets sings songs that go straight to the heart and stay there.
|Devon Allman's Honeytribe |
"..music infused with an eclectic mix of Delta blues, soul and the same vein of Southern rock once popularized by his father's band."
Highly original modern dub with a socially conscious pulse.
|Ellika & Solo |
Brilliant fusion of Swedish fiddle and Senegalese kora and the winners of the BBC Radio3 “Boundary Crossing” award.
Super funky blues and R&B with an undeniable groove... "These boys boogie with heart."
|Galant tu perds ton temps |
Traditional Québécois songs and rich a cappella harmonies sung by five glorious voices.
Irish music with pulsing energy, vision and jazzy tones with a reputation for knock-out shows.
|Green Fools Theatre |
This astounding group of stilt walkers will engage audiences of all ages as they rove around the grounds.
|Jim Byrnes and the House of Refuge |
The legendary blues musician, backed by Zubot and Dawson, creates music that is inspired and soulful.
|John Boutte |
Best Male Vocalist 2006 Offbeat New Orleans Music Awards - "John Boutté has one of the most beautiful, soulful voices in the country."
|Kiran Ahluwalia |
This Juno Award winner performs ghazals and folk songs of India for the 21st century.
|Les Gitans de Sarajevo |
Music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, that pushes traditional Gypsy airs into a modern context.
|Lil Brian and the Zydeco Travelers |
A mix of contemporary urban black sounds and their own modern form of zydeco, rhythmically and lyrically sophisticated and unbelievably funky!
|Los de Abajo |
"Unique Mexican sensibilities with plenty of ska, a shot of salsa, a shed-load of punk, and some high-speed Colombian cumbia ..."
|Luke Doucet |
Wry & candid writing, blending elements of country, blues and surf rock
|Matt Andersen |
Hybrid blues, roots and rock delivered with a soulful voice and ace guitar work.
|Mia Dyson |
“The 24-year-old's deep husky voice, the amazingly executed distorted Telecaster and lap steel, create a sound which penetrates your soul.”
|Michael Franti and Spearhead |
Rhythms and textures that suggest reggae in a rock context with lyrics that are smart, thought provoking, and political.
|Mighty Popo Trio |
A Rwandan/Burundian whose music is steeped in African tradition.
Percussion-driven Pacific chants and Maori nu-folk with lyrics concerned with indigenous, environmental and spiritual issues.
Celtic, bluegrass and Latin world music fusion so good that each of their last five albums have been nominated for Juno awards.
|Paul Oscher |
A veteran of the Muddy Waters band, a multi-instrumentalist and the winner of two 2006 Blue Music Awards.
|PF Sloan |
"There is no question his songwriting is still as strong as ever more than 40 years after he wrote Eve Of Destruction."
|Rachelle van Zanten |
"A fabulous slide guitarist, a great voice and a strong songwriter with excellent pop and rock sensibilities." - Ottawa Citizen
Their West Coast vibe will have you swaying to their infectious pop, rock and ska beat.
|Reno jack and Sunday wilde |
A unique sound with lyrics that capture themes of grief, love, ectasy, torment and addiction.
|Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band |
Raw Delta Blues pounded out with crazed fury ..."They sound like Robert Johnson on crack... they get one hell of a sound."
|Ruthie Foster |
"She can give up the gospel a la Mahalia, shake up the soul like Aretha, or dig deep into the blues the way Big Mama Thorton once did.”
|Siegel-Schwall Band |
The legendary blues band "first album in thirty years is a wondrous return to its glory days." - Billboard
|T. Nile |
"Best New/Emerging Artist" -Canadian Folk Music Awards and "Critics Favourite New Discovery of 2006" - Penguin Eggs
|That 1 Guy |
One of the most insanely genius musicians, he delivers earthshaking future funk from ”the magic pipe” to accompany his madcap lyrics.
|Vargas Blues Band |
"Vargas is like a rainbow, he feels the same passion as I do when we embrace world music. He has a brilliant future." - Carlos Santana
|Washboard Chaz Blues Trio |
"Their bare bones approach, toe-tapping, beer fueled melodies and plaintive vocals are sure to bring a smile to your weary face."
|Xavier Rudd |
A unique multi-instrumentalist solo artist whose songs balance acoustic soul, manic fretwork, rhythmic stomps and exotic percussion.
The above links don't work If you want to check out the links to the artist site GO HERE
Sorry I was late on this, last weekend Bo Diddley was released from an Omaha hospital and returned home to Florida to undergo rehab. Bo suffered a stroke after playing at a Council Bluffs casino in Iowa. It is good to see Bo is home, and hopefully he will be back up and playing again. Get Well Bo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh Boy! This sounds like a winner. Maybe not for the acts, which are not half bad, but margaritas and salsa!! Sound like good eats and drinks! The festival takes place Saturday June 9th in Midland Texas. From what I can tell from the website Delbert McClinton Johnny Lang, and Leon Russel are the advertised acts. It is probably a little on the rock side, and I have to say that Leon is looking good with the long white hair. He has gone beyond grey:-), but the show still sounds like worth seeing.
If you are going to cover the Beatles, then BS&T did it right. BS&T was one of the first jazz rock, fusion bands. They started in 1967 with the legendary Al Kooper on lead vocals, Steve Katz on guitar, and some of the best session guys around. Kooper left after the first album, and the amazing David Clayton Thomas took over. Over the years the band fell apart, replaced members and has finally called it quits. However, they were perhaps one of the tightest bands in pop history. BS&T played everything from soul, blues, jazz, and everything in between. This video is a great example of BS&T from the mid 70s.
Friday, June 1, 2007
From the South Bend Tribune, comes an interview with Kim Wilson of the FabulousThunderbirds. He has an interesting take on blues, and blues rock. He doesn't mention people by name, but to say he is upset with guitar players who wank on their guitars all night is an understatement:-) I also like his respect for the music and who came before him. Wilson learned the blues from some of the greats, and still believes in making music like they did. Read all about it here.
The Blues Blowtorch Society presents....
33633 Illinois 9,
Mackinaw, IL 61755
15 miles west of Bloomington on Route 9
* 8 Different Vineyards Represented
* Admission $12.00
Barb Hamilton will open the show at 12:30
Eight bands competing - 30 minute sets
Bridget & The Boogiemen 1:15
Knights Of Crisis 2:00
Rooster Alley 2:45
Trouble No More 5:00
Kim Massie Band 5:45
Melvin Taylor 6:30
Thursday, May 31, 2007
People in Cincinnati be ready for the battle of the bands. According to the Cincinnati post, the Cincinnati Blues Challenge is Sunday put on by the Cincy Blues Society. go here for more details. The blues challenge info is about half way down the page. BTW, anyone from Cincinnati, please email, or leave a comment on who wins! I doubt that I will see it on the wire. THANKS!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
An interview with Joe Lewis Walker from the Free Times in Columbia South Carolina. Also you might want to check out the Bar B Que article on the best BBQ in South Carolina. Nothing goes better with the blues than some good old fashioned BBQ! In Kansas City I used to go to Bobby Bells, Gates and Sons, Zarda's, and the Westport BBQ. That was some good eating! Of course by the time I returned to Des Moines I was over 200 Pounds!
Ronnie Baker Brooks the son of Lonnie Brooks carries on the blues tradition. Here is an article from the Times Bulletin, from Van Wert, Ohio about Ronnie Baker Brooks. This goes back to what I wrote about several weeks ago, about how many people think that the blues is dying. I assume they are young, because the blues has always seemed like it was dying, and then boom it is back bigger and badder than ever. People like Lonnie and his son Ronnie keep the blues alive and well. The idea that the blues is dying is really laughable. Looking at all the blues fest going on and it is easy to see that the music is going on. There might not be as many bar gigs as there were ten years ago, but bar owners will eventually see that booking the blues brings in the money. You can only do karaoke, and DJs for so long before bar patrons start to get bored. All I can say is bring back the blues!
It is interesting that after Janiva Magness got such a bad review from Blog Critic, that she went on to win female artist of the year at the BMA's and has had several nice articles printed about her including one here at the Pasadena Weekly. Of course if you go here, you can read what I think about music critics. Although Blog Critic has had some decent reviews, for the most part most people who write about music have no idea what they are talking about. I have always theorised that those who cant play, but want to play write about it. It is sort like the old adage about those who cant, teach:-) hmmmmmmmmmmm where does that put me:-)
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
|June 1||Hot Tamale & The Red Hots |
East Village Blooms ‘n’ Blues Festival
|June 8||Sumpin’ Doo|
|June 15||Matt Woods & The Thunderbolts|
|June 22||Backstage Boogie Band|
|June 29||Soul Searchers |
East Village Bike Night
|July 6||Blues Bureau|
|July 13||The Other Brothers|
|July 20||Jonny & The Rectifiers|
|July 27||Fat Tuesday & The Greasefire Horns |
East Village Bike Night
|Aug 3|| |
Anytime you explore the roots of the blues you travel in dangerous territory. Many people have many theories on the birth of the blues, and a good way to start an argument among blues purists is to discuss the roots of the blues. Blog Critic, has a brave reviewer attempting to delve into the territory, while criticising The Rough Guide To African Blues.
The album is an collection of African Singers who sing blues, or blues themed music. It sounds like an interesting CD, and the review is definitely thought provoking.
The location above is now a green space in the far northwest area of Methodist Hospital's parking lot. The urban renewal movement of the late 60s brought an end to the historic theater, and musical venue.