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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Blue Triangle Update

BLUES TRIANGLE UPDATE- Thursday Sept 4th, 2008

y'all don't have no southern soul music,
when I turn on my radio...

all I hear is hip hop,
country, talk shows, and rock...

tell me what is a man to do,
when he can't hear no downhome blues...

O.B. BUCHANA "I'm Goin' Back Home" 2007

"UPDATE" ( is a semi-weekly 'lectric newsletter
covering the "Upper-South/Southern-Yankee Blues Triangle" and sometimes
beyond. Brought to you by the Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society of the
Mid-Ohio Valley ( "Update" began in October 2004,
as a service to our friends wherever they may be. Within the "Blues Triangle"
stretching from Charleston to Columbus to Pittsburgh, "Update" tries to
CONNECT & INFORM of the happenings in and at times outside our area.
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Sept 2 1911 Floyd "Dipper Boy" Council Chapel Hill, NC
Sept 2 1939 Sam Gooden Chattanooga, TN
Sept 4 1918 Archie Edwards Union Hall, VA
Sept 4 1930 John Cephas Washington, DC
Sept 5 1969 Josh White Manhasset, NY
Sept 7 1939 Latimore Charleston, TN

Sept 1 2005 RL Burnside Memphis, TN
Sept 5 1969 Josh White Manhasset, NY
Sept 5 1994 Louis Myers Chicago, IL

Received from COLIN JOHN Tuesday Sept 2nd:
So, New Orleans was relatively spared another catostrophic blow when Hurricane
Gustav decided to calm down ever so slightly as to not destroy the fragile
levees protecting the city. The look of relief on Mayor Nagle's face- as well
as the sweat-stained shirt of George Bush- spoke volumes that things still
ain't right in the Big Easy, three years after Katrina.
A few weeks ago I caught the last half of Louisiana bluesman Tab Benoit's
set at The Thirsty Ear. Tab is a great musician and a resident and native
of Houma, Louisiana, a rural community that like many Gulf-coast communities
has still not recovered from Katrina. Tab was rather blunt and direct about
the lack of action being taken by the government and used colorful language
to get his points across, all of them valid and requiring attention. He's
not a raving lunatic; just a concerned and fed-up individual. Tab spearheads
an organization called The Wetlands Project and is immersed in educating people
about the fragile ecosystem that is The Gulf Coast.
His use of the words(and I'm leaving you to fill in the blanks as an exercise
in strengthinging your own Profanosaurus as well as to keep the spam filters
at bay), "motherfu___","ass___", etc. to get his point across made sense to
me. "Now, here's an intelligent man who is using profanity to convey his
message and is not coming across as a jackass entertainer using his public
platform to spout propaganda."
People swear so often these days that it's effectiveness has worn down to
the point that we usually think upon hearing profanity in public,"Well
that guy/girl has poor social etiquette and a limited vocabulary."
It's been said that, "profanity is the crutch of inarticulate mother______".
Well, not if used effectively like Tab was doing. It certainly can grab
attention and help initiate a call to action.
The close call that was Gustav's wrath this time is only a reminder that
the Gulf Coast is still extremely vulnerable.
Whatever your political stance may be, please keep ,in mind that for every
displaced useless____________criminal, there are far more decent humans
that don't need and can't afford to be_________up by an incompetent
Mother Nature doesn't play partisan politics, so to read about Tab's
organization and to get involved: (thank you Colin!)

*QUOTE: "Much has changed in the world in three years. Some things
have gotten worse, like pop-music." GREG TUTWILER, publisher-
'Americana Rhythm - Music Magazine'

In the early 1800's some of the first federal highways began to open up
areas west of the Appalachians. Slowly rough dirt roads like National Road,
The Northwest Turnpike, Staunton-Parkersburg Pike, and Midland Trail
grew into the 2-lane blacktops of US 40, US 50, WV Rt 47/US 250 and
US 60 respectively. Along these Apalachian highways grew a number of
unique businesses. Small locally owned shops where many local mountain
items could be purchased. One of my favorites and still today is Cool
Springs on US 50. Cool Springs located approx 20 east of Grafton near
Rowlesburg carries everything from velvet Elvis paintings to fishing
tackle to Hampshire County apples and everything in between. Actually
can still remember signs proclaiming "Washington DC souviners" at
Cool Springs... Another classic Appalachian roadside respite was located
at Chimney Corners on US 60 approx 40 miles east of Charleston. It had
been closed for a couple years but "Chimney Corners USA"
( is now open again. New owners Jim
and Debbie Campbell have big plans for Chimney Corners; great food,
cabin rental, general store and "live" music! Fact is IZZY & CHRIS
( and 2-BLUE
played there to rave reviews just last week. Izzy & Chris will be
there again this Friday Sept 5th. Showtime is 6:00pm.
Thanks to Jim and Debbie for re-creating this very cool place.
Whitewater rafters, sighseers, travelers, leaf-peekers, and Blues
fans need to check 'em out this summer/fall.

The 2008 "FREE" Hot Licks BluesFest (,
organized by the Granville Federation for the Appreciation of the Blues,
will take place in downtown Granville, OH Saturday Sept 20th. This years
headliner is JAMES COTTON. Blues start at 12:00noon until 10:00pm. Granville,
home of Dennison University, is located approx 30 miles east of Columbus
and 8 miles west of Newark just off OH Rt 161. For complete lineup check

*Friday Sept 5th:
Damn Right!- The Mudflats, Galena, OH
Zach Tyler & Blue Razor- The Large Hotel, Clairton, PA
Phil Berkowitz w/Ray Fuller & the Blues Rockers- The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
Anthony Stone- City BBQ Cleveland Ave, Columbus
The Swinging Orangutangs "orangutang sighting!"- The Brewery, Marietta
Jill West & Blues Attack- American Legion, Plum Borough/Pittsburgh
The Pawnbrokers- Thunderbird Cafe, Lawrenceville, PA
The Delta Sheiks- Old Bag of Nails, Delaware, OH
Soul Village- The Lido Deck/Straford Springs, Wheeling
The Sauce Boss- Moondogs, Blawnox, PA
Colin John (acoustic)- The Mudflats, Galena, OH
Sam Lamont (solo)- Riverstone Ale House, Morgantown
Mojo Theory- Copper Penny, Buckeye Lake, OH
Jimmy Adler Band- Club Cafe, Pittsburgh
Izzy & Chris- Chimney Corners USA, Ansted, WV

*Saturday Sept 6th:
Terry Davidson & the Gears- The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
Mystic Knights- Penn Hills Shopping Center, Pittsburgh
Code Blue Band- The Mudflats, Galena, OH
The Delta Sheiks- The India Oak Grill, Columbus
Izzy & Chris- Steel Town Shakedown/Drifters Car Show, Pittsburgh
Sam Lamont & Tanglewood- Comfortfest, Morgantown
Colin John Band- Flappers, Mt Vernon, OH
Ian Arthurs Band- Downey's House, Pittsburgh
Micah Kesselring- Millstone BBQ, Logan, OH
Ms Freddye & Blue Faze- Steel Town Shakedown/Drifters Car Show, Pittsburgh
Holy Cow!- Bluegrass Kitchen, Charleston
Long Tall Deb & The Drifter Kings- BBQ Junction, Middletown, OH
Spider Rondinelli & The Pittsburgh Jazz Giants- Martini's, Clairton, PA
Thrown to the Curb- Roop Brothers Bar, Delaware, OH
Norman Nardini- Moondog's, Blawnox, PA
Double Barrel- Moose Lodge, Lancaster, OH

*Sunday Sept 7th:
Cracker Stackwell (host open mic)- Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, PA
CBA Blues Jam w/Dave Chisolm Band- Thirsty Ear, Columbus
Little Walter Tribute w/Gruenling, Guyger & Deming- Thunderbird Cafe, Lawrenceville, PA

*Wednesday Sept 3rd CHAD FREEMAN & BLUE REVOLUTION @ El Gran Sabor, Elkins, WV
<>*every Wednesday thru Sept:
THE MOJO KINGS @ Roop Brothers Bar, Delaware, OH
THE CARPENTER ANTS @ The Empty Glass, Charleston

*Thursday Sept 4th:
Mojoman Blues @ The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
HIP POCKET @ Sternwheel Ribfest, Marietta
<>*every Thursday:
Open Jam w/RICK COLLURA & BIG DADDY @ Hey Hey Bar & Grill, Columbus
Blues Jam w/SHAUN BOOKER @ The Phoenix, Columbus

*wanta keep up with THE BLUES CANNIBALS? from Cambridge, OH... Giff tells
us they now have a new myspace thing going on at they plan to return to P-burg
next month @ The Polo Club Saturday Oct 4th

*date for acts to enter into the 2nd "Appalachian Blues Competition"
has been extended to Sept 15th... competition will be held Saturday Oct
4th at Christopher's Banquet Center in Fairmont. For all information go to
WVBluesSociety website

*the 2008 West Virginia Black Heritage Festival featuring ROSE ROYCE,
this Fri/Sat/Sun Sept 5-6-7 in Clarksburg... beginning as a meeting of the
Kelly Miller Alumni Association in 1990, it has now grown into a full-fledged
festival... for more go to

*available from Shanachie Records ( DVD "And
This Is Free: The Life And Times Of Chicago's Legendary Maxwell Street"
( a 1964 documentary
of Chicago's open-air market that created a cultural phenomenon.
(Bob Corritore Newsletter)

*happy birthday! to Mike of THE CATCH BLUES BAND
( Saturday Sept 6th...
come celebrate with them @ The Office Lounge, Wheeling

*tune in to- Funky Larry Jones via Jackson, MS "Southern Soul Radio" at every Monday thru Friday
7:00am - 11:00am Central Time also


*next week:
Friday Sept 12th Post-Mountain Stage Jam @ The Empty Glass, Charleston
Saturday Sept 13th JUBAL KANE CD Releases Party @ The Empty Glass, Charleston
Sat/Sun Sept 13-14 West Virginia Wine & Jazz Festival @ Camp Muffly, Morgantown

*coming soon:
<>Saturday Sept 20th Granville Hot Licks Bluesfest (,
Granville, OH
<>Saturday Oct 4th @ Fur Peace Ranch (,
Pomeroy, OH "Acoustic Blues Fest" w/Rory Block, John Cephas, Roy Book Binder,
and Kenny Sultan.

in a little bit,

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