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The Iowa Blues Showcase is on the AIR
Saturday, August 11, 2007
For the latest on the internet radio battles check out Rusty On Radio. At this point nothing is settled yet, but hopefully soon.
Friday, August 10, 2007
The Daily News from Hailfax, Nova Scotia Canada, has a great review of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's DVD Ten Days Out. In 2004 Shepherd, Stevie Ray's old rhythm section (Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon) and Jerry Harrison on keyboards, traveled around the south playing with old blues performers and documenting the process. I think that I might have posted a video from the DVD a couple of moths ago. Check it out here, and read the review HERE.
Sonny Day the king of the blues in New Zealand died August 9th. The only picture I could find of him is one of him with his group the Sonny Day and the Sundowners. He is the third guitar player from the left. For more info Click here, for the article from Stuff.com.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Online Videos by Veoh.com
Anyway Billy, who was a hero of mine when I was an angry young man, has a new song, and video out, or at least it is new to me!
Hubert Sumlin is one of the grand old men of the blues. Here is an interview he gave with John McGlasson for Guitar Jam Daily. According to McGlasson Hubert is having some trouble talking, and McGlasson has trouble hearing, which makes for an interesting interview:-) However, it is a very nice article on one of the old legends of the blues. Check it out HERE.
Bubba Mac Shack presents the Mid-Atlantic Blues And Music Festival at the Bernie Robbins Stadium in Atlantic City NJ. Bubba Mac is a musician friendly bar, and BBQ owner who also plays the blues. The Mid Atlantic Blues and Music Festival takes place September 29-30th. For more info about Bubba Mac's CLICK HERE. For more on the blues fest CLICK HERE.
Here is the schedule from the Bubba Mac website.
Saturday, September 29
Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials
The Detroit Women
Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang
Bubba Mac Blues Band
Legends of Chicago Blues Featuring:
Hubert Sumlin, “Steady Rollin” Bob Margolin, Willie “Big Eyes”
Smith, George “Mojo” Buford, and Calvin “Fuzz” Jones
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Sunday, September 30
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$30 per day or $55 weekend ticket
At the Gate
$35 per day or $70 weekend ticket
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
This was filmed also at BB's Lawnside BBQ, which is owned by the legendary Kansas City blues DJ, Lindsey Shannon.
This is a great interview with one of the last pre war bluesmen alive. The Telegraph of the UK, did the interview with Edwards. I assume he must be getting ready to play in Europe, but there were no dates listed for a tour in the interview. I did check out the ticket site and here is the information for His UK tour.
Monday 13th - Coventry
The Tin Angel
Taylor John House, Coal Vaults, Canal Basin, Coventry, CU1 4LK
Admission: £ 10 Doors: 8 pm
Box Office: 024 765 559958
Tuesday 14th - Exeter
Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, Devon
Admission: £14 Doors: 8 pm
Box Office: 01392 873 471, 01392 817 895, 01392 873 407
Wednesday 15th - Manchester
Matt & Phreds
85 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW
Admission: £ 12 Doors: 8 pm
Box Office: 0161 661 7494
Thursday 16th - Newcastle
Address: 36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ
Admission: £ 12 Doors: 8 pm
Box Office: 0191 230 4474
Friday 17th - Newbury
Arlington Arts Centre
Snelsmore Common, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 3 BQ.
Admission: £12/£10 concs
Doors: 7.30 pm
Box Office: 01635 244 246
Saturday 18th - London
David “Honeyboy” Edwards + Michael Frank + Dave Peabody
Address: 109 Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London, E1 6BG.
Admission: £ 15 Adv/ £ 17.50
Doors: 7 pm
Box Office: 020 7392 9032
Sunday 19th - Sheffield
Snig Hill, Sheffield, S3 8NA
Admission: £ 10 Doors: 7.30 pm
Box Office: 0114 279 9090
Monday 20th - Leeds
Leeds Irish Centre
Address: York Road, Leeds, LS9 9NT
Admission: £ 10 Adv/ £ 12 Door
Doors: 8 pm
Box Office: 0113 248 0887 and Jumbo Records 0113 2455570
According to Honeyboys website the tour actually starts tomorrow, but I don't have any information for that.
It is a musical that has been around for awhile, but it is a show worth going to. Originally a Broadway show that premiered in 1982, it is now appearing in San Fransisco at the Post Street Theater. For More information read the article at Broadway World.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
"On the 8th day God created Shemekia Copland"
Another review from Blogcritic, this time on Robben Ford's latest release Truth. Read all about it HERE.
Just received an email from On Target Media. They are handling The online promotion for Truth. Click on This LINK, at download.com to listen to Ford's latest release.
I am excited because I have just heard some of the best blues/soul in the last 20 years since the death of ZZ Hill, it is his son ZZ Hill JR. I thought I was listening to the old master! I didn't even know about his son. All I can say is WOW! Check out his myspace page HERE.
Here is the part of the Illinois Blues newsletter dealing with ZZ Hill Jr.
IllinoisBlues.com also features another great review by Blues Songwriter, Musician, DJ and Journalist, Ben Cox.
ZZ Hill Jr. - Goin' To Mississippi
Delta Roots Records
Running Time: 51:33
By Ben Cox
I had come to believe that soul-blues and southern fried soul had all but passed on (with a few exceptions of course) with the passing of Johnnie Taylor and Tyrone Davis in the past five years. It's always nice to be proven wrong once in awhile. Maybe I just haven't been picking up the right records. However, I came across this CD via a blues forum on the internet and knew that I had to at least give it a listen. The son of the late ZZ Hill, the soul blues icon of the late 70s and early 80s from Stax/Malaco fame has brought a renaissance to my ears of the golden era of great soul-blues.
Singing with vocals reminiscent of his father and even at times reminding me of the great Jackie Payne, who's reemergence with the Steve Edmondson Band on the West Coast has brought a revival to the great soul-blues genre! Hill, along with acclaimed drummer, writer and producer Twist Turner completely floors the competition with the horn-drenched, groovtastic album that recallls the golden days of Malaco Records. With special guest guitarists Melvin Taylor, Maurice John Vaughn, and Joe Moss reminding us all of the days that classic R&B had wah-wah pedals, horn sections, beautifully penned songs, and even a Top 40 appeal.
With homage to the later Luther Ingram on the record on "It Ain't Easy" a Turner-penned track that has lead guitar by Melvin Taylor reminiscent of the wah-wah lines of "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right" and the Ingram penned cover of "Lookin' For a New Love Tonight," Hill is definitely bringing back great old school sounds. Hill pays homage to his father to the "Downhome Blues" esque "Down Home Girl" on the eleventh track on the album. Recorded over a period of twelve years. The album leaves you wanting for more. I can't put into words how thrilled and exciting it was to hear this album and I consider essential to any blues, soul, and classic R&B fans out there.
You can purchase the CD by visiting CD Baby, although quantities are limited as the disc sold out in over a half hour upon it's initial release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chris Johnson
715-410-1116 or 715-531-1314
Local Music Fan Hosts Festival Honoring the
Deep Blues Sound
Day of Music to Benefit BRIDGE, Inc. For Disabled Youth
Saturday August 18, 2007 noon - 11:00pm
Clifton Hollow Golf Club -- River Falls, WI
July 23, 2007--- River Falls, WI--- Seventeen renowned national “Deep Blues” bands will be at the first ever DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL on Saturday, August 18, 2007. This festival blends the sounds of country, delta, blues and rock and will benefit the local organization BRIDGE, Inc. for disabled youth.
Local organizer Chris Johnson considers himself a fan of Deep Blues music and hopes to bring more of the sounds to the area through this festival, while also raising awareness of BRIDGE, Inc. “To be able to bring together two things I love—deep blues music and a charity I truly believe is making a difference—in the place that I live is why I chose to do this festival,” he says. “I hope to see it continue and grow for many years to come.”
The lineup for the day of DEEP BLUES includes:
Scott H. Biram
Black Diamond Heavies
Sweet Velvet C
Mark “Porkchop” Holder
Left Lane Cruiser
Moreland & Arbuckle
William Elliott Whitmore
KM Williams the Texas Country Blues Preacher and the Trainwreck
All artists are performing for a nominal fee and many are donating their profits back to BRIDGE, Inc.
How can Deep Blues be described? Scott Biram’s music has been described as: “…lash(ing) together blues, hillbilly and country precariously to raucous punk and godless metal.” The tunes of the Black Diamond Heavies are defined as: “urgent, raw, and full of ass-shaking soul.” The sounds of other bands that will be at the Deep Blues Festival have been hailed from “punk” to “pure country blues” to “a footstomping good time.” Whatever it is, it will be alive in River Falls, Wisconsin on August 18.
Advance tickets for this 21+ show are $30, available at the two festival websites deepbluesfestival.com and myspace.com/deepbluesfestival. Tickets will be available at the event for $40. Under 21 are free, but must be accompanied by a parent. Gates open at 11:00am, rain or shine.
About BRIDGE, Inc.
The Bridge is a non-profit organization collaborating with school, county, and community youth serving agencies in providing life-long learning opportunities for youth and others with disabilities. From afterschool programs to life and household skills curriculums, BRIDGE works with families and youth to build independent futures.
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WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT DEEP BLUES ARTISTS:
“Scott H. Biram is definitely one of today's real rebel country musician.” --Hybrid Magazine
“While Belfour may have digested the music, culture, and collective soul of his native soil, his blues, like that of any bluesman worth a damn, is uniquely his own.” --Marc Greilsamer, Amazon.com
“Left Lane Cruiser hit the crowd like a shockwave... Mashed potatoes and whiskey fuel this two-man frenzy of blues-driven noise. Slide guitar, distorted vocals, a big-ass bass drum, all come together to form one footstomping good time.” – CDbaby.com
“Chris Cotton is clearly an example of an artist whose material has as much to do with folk as it does with the type of rugged, pre-World War II country blues that Patton, House, and Johnson were known for -- and he also gets some inspiration from bluegrass, Appalachian music, and old-time country. I Watched the Devil Die is a very raw, unpretentious, and raggedy album…Lovers of roots music can't go wrong with this excellent CD.” – AllMusic.com
Monday, August 6, 2007
As the great Dick Deluxe Sings, There Ain't No Blues At The House Of Blues, And once again another great example of how clueless the people are at the house of blues. The Chicago house of blues, you know one that should know the blues, has Elvis week coming up according to The Daily Journal. Elvis Week! ARGH!! I have nothing against Elvis, but a week of Elvis impersonators?!?!?!?!?!? WHAT ARE THEY THINKING!!! Oh-well if you are in Chicago to see the blues, you are probably not going to The House Of Blues anyway.
A nice one day Blues fest is coming up on August 18th in River Falls Wisconsin. To read more about the festival check out their website HERE.
Artists slated to attend: