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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Blue Triangle Update

BLUES TRIANGLE UPDATE-  Thursday Sept 11th, 2008

Sit there, count your fingers.
What else, what else is there to do?
Oh and I know how you feel,
I know you feel that you’re through.
Oh wah ah sit there, hmm, count,
Ah, count your little fingers,
My unhappy oh little girl, little girl blue...


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Sept 11 1902 Robert Hicks aka Barbecue Bob Walnut Grove, GA
Sept 14 1925 Napoleon "Nap" Brundage Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 15 1928 Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley Tampa, FL

Sept 11th will always be remembered as a tragic day in American history... However
this Thursday (9/11) also marks thirty-nine years ago since the release of
"I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama"... released by JANIS LYN JOPLIN in 1969
for Columbia Records. Can remember buying my vinyl copy in the bookstore at
Fairmont State during the fall of that year... about one year before she died.
On Saturday Oct 4th 1970, the day of the Appalachian Blues Competition, will be
thirty-eight years since she was discovered at the Landmark Motor Hotel in
Los Angeles dead of a herion overdose. Janis was born Jan 19th, 1943 in
Port Arthur, TX. She credited Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Leadbelly, Odetta,
Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton, Otis Redding and Billie Holiday to be her
biggest influences. She was described as not being happy as a child.
While a teenager she listened to many recordings of blues artists that
she later credited with influencing her decision to become a singer. Even
though "Pearl" still receives the most acolades of all her albums, personally
my favorite is still "Kozmic Blues".
<>"Loyalists to Janis' first band BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY were
determined to hate KOZMIC BLUES BAND. However, Kozmic Blues is indeed her most
underrated effort."- Myra Friedman (Janis' 1st biographer).
<>"The greatest white blues singer of her time..."- Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone).
<>"I hesitate to call this ("PEARL") one of her "best" because I like all of the
others so much."- Danny Goldberg (Circus).
<>"Janis Joplin made the blues her own."- Review.

You knew it was bound to happen... just a matter of time. Announced last week,
the Crossroads Hotel & Entertainment Complex and The Robert Johnson Crossroads
Blues Legend Garden ( will be built adjacent to
the “crossroads” at the intersection of Highway 61 and 49 in Clarksdale, MS.
Plans for a reasonably priced world class resort offering the very best in
Southern charm and hospitality with theme rooms such as The Muddy Waters,
The Bessie Smith, The Robert Johnson room and more.
And now of course, questions are gonna be ask... Is this needed? Will it
help or harm the small businesses (aka Wal-Mart syndrome)? Will it work to
change the culture? Will it take away from the very thing Clarksdale and
"the Delta" is famous for? ...Time will tell... One of the many reasons
Mojo Mama and I have traveled to Clarksdale year after year is its uniqueness.
Beautifully plain, simple, hot, flat and culturely rich... on the other hand, also
a depressed area that can use the help something like this could bring. Here's
hopeing it does just that while still preserving all the good things about
"the Delta". But it might be easier to find a room there now...? just hope they
don't bulldoze Anniebell's Lounge
or Abe's BBQ (!

*T-MODEL FORD (health update)-
Word is T-Model Ford was in good spirits at a fundraiser held for him in
Greenville, Mississippi two weeks ago on Aug 28th. Done to help him pay some
doctor bills... He has a newly installed pacemaker and is taking medication
(other than Jack Daniels) for blood clots. Held at the Walnut Street Blues Bar
( in Greenville and promoted by Mr Albert Folk;
it did attract a fair crowd and he did sell a few CD's added to a small cover
charge. T-Model was to go to the doctor on Thursday (9/4) and hopefully things
continue to work out well for him. (thanks Roger)

"Nudge It Up A Notch" by Steve Cropper/Felix Cavaliere (STAX RECORDS-7/29/08)
Man do I wish it was June 7th and school was just getting out for the summer,
why??? I just bought the new Cropper/Cavalier album and it feels like it is
time to be "groovin" the summer away. It is like listening to a lost Rascals album!
These guys are the last of the blue eyed soul poppers and they still know how to
do it. If you're like me, it never leaves the CD player in the car.-
"...these 2 take from the old school upbringing they have and added nothing more
then experience, great writing and a hot R&B band with some great session musicians.
turn back the clock, school is in... make that old school...old school soul."-
( "Thank you Steve and Felix for a killer album!"-
Felix's vocals are outstanding. He definitly shines on trac #2/If It
Wasn't for Loving You, trac #3/Without You, and #6/Impossible. These are
classic 1967 "YOUNG RASCALS"... others, at least in my mind, lean more toward
some great Stax Memphis Soul with about the only thing missing perhaps being
some Donald "Duck" Dunn or Booker T & the M.G.'s... could have done without
#9/Make the Time Go Faster, but we'll give 'em one slip up... very cool album,
thanks Steve.-(crawlinkingsnake)

*Friday Sept 12th:
Billy The Kid & The Regulators- The Office Lounge/McClure Hotel, Wheeling
No Bad JuJu- Archies, Morgantown
The Catch Blues Band- Big C's Lounge, Middlebourne, WV
The Blues Notes- Sams Uptown Cafe, Charleston
Ray Fuller [acoustic]- City BBQ Cleveland Ave, Columbus
Slow Fuse- Rascals Saloon, Dover, OH
Willie Phoenix- The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
Code Blue Band- Park Street Tavern, Columbus
Mike Patrick & the Bluesdrivers- The Mudflats, Galena, OH
Double Barrel- Bogey Inn, Dublin, OH
Billy Price Band- North Straband Municipal Park, N Strabane Township, PA
Patti Spadaro Band- Scooby's, Bridgeville, PA
Ms Freddye & Blue Faze- Bulgarian Macedonian Cultural Center, Homestead, PA
Soul Village- Paparazzi/South Side, Pittsburgh
The Pawnbrokers- Thunderbird Cafe, Lawrenceville, PA

*Saturday Sept 13th:
WINE & JAZZ FEST- Camp Muffley, Morgantown
Sugar Foot Stompers- Mountain State Brewing, Thomas, WV
The Blues Notes- Sams Uptown Cafe, Charleston
Hip Pocket- Street Fair, Nitro, WV
The Catch Blues Band- Valley Harley Davidson (11:30AM), Wheeling
The Catch Blues Band- Hock's (9:30PM), ????, ??
Jubal Kane (CD Release Party)- The Empty Glass, Charleston
Ray Fuller & the Blues Rockers- The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
The Surprise Band- Roop Brothers Bar, Delaware, OH
Long Tall Deb & the Drifter Kings- Via Colori/Goodale Park, Columbus
Micah Kesselring- Millstone BBQ, Logan, OH
Ernie Hawkins concert and guitar clinic- GAR Hall and Museum, Peninsula OH
The Jimi Vincent Band- The Den, Mansfield, OH
Sweaty Betty Blues Band- The Hop House, Greentree/Pittsburgh
Angel Blues & the Prophets- community concert/Verona Park, Pittsburgh
Ian Arthurs Band- Atria's/PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Spider Rondinelli & The Pittsburgh Jazz Giants- Martini's, Clairton, PA
The Jimmy Adler Band- Big Pour Beer Festival, Lawrenceville, PA
Billy Price Band- The Rhythm House, Bridgeville, PA

*Sunday Sept 14th:
WINE & JAZZ FEST- Camp Muffley, Morgantown
Coolin' w/Colin [Acoustic Jam]- The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
Izzy & Chris- Royal Lounge, Pittsburgh
Double Barrel- Delaware County Fair, OH
Kentucky Jim Edwards Cancer Benefit- Royal Place, Route 88, Pittsburgh

*Wednesday 9/10 CRACKER STACKWELL host open-mic @ Blue Moose Cafe, Morgantown

*Thursday 9/11
JOE SATRIANI w/LESILE WEST & MOUNTAIN @ The Palace Theater, Greensburg, PA
JOHN EDDIE @ Moondog's, Blawnox, PA

*Alligator Records ( is offering for one week only all
JJ GREY & MOFRO recordings... go to
JJ Grey & Mofro will be in Huntington @ the V Club Tuesday Sept 30th...
opening for JJ will be LUKE JIVE TALKER

*now playing on ABS Bluescast (
"He's No Good" by one of our faaa-vo-rites: JILL WEST & BLUES ATTACK

*Sunday 9/14 @ Royal Place, Route 88, Pittsburgh "Kentucky Jim Edwards
Cancer Benefit" features IzzY & Chris, Kentucky Jim & The Blues Belt Band,
Sweaty Betty, Jimmy Adler, Chizmo Charles & the Mystic Knights, Wil-E-Tri,
Bubs McKeg and More... $10 donation

*best kept secret in New River Gorge ain't no secret no mo'... word is out on
Chimney Corners USA (
near Ansted... new owners Jim & Debbie Campbell opened on July 1st...
Located 40 miles east of Charleston, on US Rt 60 aka Midland Trail...
the Corners has it all... atmosphere (quaint but hardly snobbish), beautiful
(especially the "Flying WV" on the back wall of the stage done in wormy chestnut
and oak), great food (try the blackened chicken sandwich w/some peach cobbler),
and "live" music nearly every night (IZZY & CHRIS were perfectly "at home"
last Friday nite... there's even a cabin for rent... however, if you can't get
into it try Hawks Nest State Park ( just a couple
miles away or The Glen Ferris Inn ( at Gauley Bridge.

*attention Mike (THE CATCH BLUES BAND)...
"PLEASE" list on website location of venues where yer playing... thanks-

*next week:
Tue 9/16 IZZY & CHRIS @ Bocktown Beer & Grill, N Fayette Township, PA
Wed 9/17 MONTE MONTGOMERY @ Court Street Grill, Pomeroy, OH
Fri 9/19 "Helping the Kids Lose the Blues" Concert @ Rhythm House, Bridgeville, PA
Fri 9/19 THE KINSEY REPORT @ The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
Fri 9/19 "Little Walter Tribute" w/GRUENLING, GUYGER & DEMING @ Court Street Grill,
Pomeroy, OH
Fri 9/19 ZACH TYLER & BLU RAZOR @ October Fest, Cannonsburg, PA
Fri-Sun 9/19-21 Scottdale(PA) Fall Fest w/MYSTIC KNIGHTS, DAVE IGLAR BAND,
Sat 9/20 "Hot Licks BluesFest" @ downtown Granville, OH
Sat 9/20 ERIC SARDINAS @ The House of Crave, Columbus
Sun 9/21 "Mars Home For Youth Benefit" w/Blues-Rockin' Divas @ Grazie!
Oxford Club, Wexford, PA
Sun 9/21 NAT REESE @ Appalachian South Folklife Center, Pipestem, WV

*two weeks:
Sat 9/27 KOKO TAYLOR @ Renaissance Theater, Mansfield, OH

in a little bit,

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