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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Blues Triangle Update

BLUES TRIANGLE UPDATE-  Thursday Sept 18th, 2008

"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
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Sept 18 1929 Louis Myers Byhalia, MS
Sept 23 1926 John Coltrane Hamlet, NC
Sept 23 1930 Ray Charles Albany, GA

BILLY PRICE ( testified and more Saturday
afternoon in Morgantown. The West Virginia Wine & Jazz Festival
( as good as what we were told, and more.
This was Spider, Queen Biscuit, Mojo Mama and crawlinkingsnake first time and it
was great. Very well organized and operated. Been doing this for awhile and they're
getting it right. Lots of WVU students present. Quote Spider: "quite moving
to see so many young people groovin' to Billy." We's there mainly to see
Billy Price but were glad we got there early enough to catch others. Before BP,
Pittsburgh had an excellent set. 4-H Camp Muffley is a beautiful setting but if
yer late, you will do some walking. Stage and food/wine vendors were up the
holler a ways. Good to see John of "ink" (, Jim of Lambert's
Winery ( as well as couple old FSC animal
house an-tekes, "Hambone and "Germ". Add this to yer '09 calendar.

Marion Walter Jacobs aka "LITTLE WALTER"
( is generally considered one
of the best blues musicians ever. Revolutionary harmonica techniques earned him
comparisons to Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix in its impact. Born in Marksville,
LA May 1st 1930. He quit school at 12 to travel and play the streets of New Orleans,
Memphis, Helena and St Louis while honing his skills with SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON II
and BIG BILL BROONZY. He played with MUDDY WATERS in Chicago during the late 40's
and 50's. He recorded as a band leader for Chess Records when his song "Juke"
became the first harmonica instrumental to reach #1 on R&B charts in 1952. Later
"My Babe" reached #1 in 1955. Walter also frequently played as a sideman with such
ROBERT NIGHTHAWK and others. He suffered as an alcoholic and had a notorious
short temper, Which led to his decline. Little Walter died Feb 15th 1968 in his
sleep from injuries sustained from a fight outside a club in South Side Chicago.
His playing influenced nearly every modern blues harp player that followed from
those in between. The 1952 instrumental "Juke" was inducted into the Grammy Awards
Hall-of-Fame in 2007.
The "Little Walter Tribute" will be in Pomeroy, Ohio at the Court Street Grill
on Friday Sept 19th. Yeah I know what you're saying... cks is off-the-wall when
it comes to blues harp. Well, excuuuuse me... I'm gonna tell ya this just one
time... If you're going to be anywhere within shoutin' distance... make the effort
to see this show. Two great harp players in their own right, DENNIS GRUENLING
are backed by great guitarist DOUG DEMING ( They have
collaborated and traveled the country all summer with their tribute to
"Little Walter." Recently at The Thunderbird Cafe in Pittsburgh two weeks ago.
At The Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis Tuesday the 16th and Brackins Blues Bar in
Maryville, TN the 18th before arriving in Pomeroy. After that it's off to some
foreign country somewhere before coming back to Williamsburg, VA early next month.
So take advantage of this opportunity while you can. And as we "grillers" all
know, The Court Street Grill ( is a very special
place. See all you harp fans there............

"Mid-Ohio Valley Harmonica Championship" this Saturday Sept 20th at Belleville
Homecoming, Belleville, WV. Sponsored by Seydel Harmonica Company
( and Elk River
Harmonicas ( Renowed harp player JASON RICCI
( as judge. Open to all chromatic and diatonic harmonicas.
Signups are at 11:30AM with competition beginning at 12:00noon. Entry fee $10 and
entrants may bring one instrumental accompanist with a 5 min limit for two songs.
1st Place prize: Seydel 1847 harmonica. Cumberland custom-made leather harmonica
case. 2nd Place: Seydel Big Six harmonica. 3rd Place: Seydel Solist harmonica.
A "jam" will follow at the nearby Graham Farm.(Chromatic harmonica players who
win, first may choose instead a Seydel Chromatic DeLuxe (choice of key), second
and third place may apply retail value of prize toward a Seydel Chromatic DeLuxe
Belleville located on WV Rt 68, 12.3 miles south of P-burg & 14.5 miles north of
Ravenswood, WV

Downtown Granville, Ohio is the site for the 2008 Hot Licks Bluesfest
( this Saturday Sept 20th. Music from 12:00noon 'til
10:00PM. Headliner JAMES COTTON ( will go on at
8:30PM. Check entire line-up at Also
SEAN CARNEY BAND will host a post-fest jam at the Brews Cafe in Granville.
Granville is located approx 20 miles east of Columbus I-270 on State Rt 161.

Pittsburgh area band, MAHAJIBEE BLUES (
has been selected by the "Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival"
( to perform and compete in this years festival.
Mahajibee will compete for the title of 2008 Emerging Artist. Formally known as the
King Biscuit Blues Festival began in 1986 for the purpose of preserving the
traditions of the Delta blues. Today it is one of the biggest, most well known
and most popular festivals in the world. Artists are selected to participate in
the contest be meeting several requirements like original music and blues
traditions. Emerging Artist Contest has created much excitement thanks in part to
"Blues Revue" and "Beale Street Caravan" who have joined as the national media
Congratulations to Mahajibee and best of luck to you! Trust us when we say,
"yer gonna love it!" Was there in '05 and it is quite an experience. Arkansas
Blues & Heritage is set for Oct 9-10-11 on the levee of the mighty Mississippi
River in Helena, AR.
And now for the even better news.... Mahajibee Blues will perform for the
WVBluesSociety the weekend before they leave for Helena. Competiting in the
Appalachian Blues Competition in Fairmont set for Oct 4th at Christopher's Banquet

"We planned this road-trip movie for two years. We avoided big concert stages
and rock-star narrators in favor of intimate houseparties and rockin' Delta
juke joints. The results speak for themselves." quote Roger Stolle.
A new film celebrating the raw, raucous spirit of Mississippi's surviving
Blues scene... worldwide premiere Sat Oct 11th at the Delta Cinema in downtown
Clarksdale. "M for Mississippi: A Road Trip through the Birthplace of the Blues"
follows a couple of Blues producers (Roger Stolle- Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk
Art and Jeff Konkel- Broke & Hungry Records) on a weeklong journey across
Mississippi visiting a dozen of the state's most fascinating Blues figures in
rustic environments ranging from juke joints to cotton fields... follows Konkel
and Stolle traveling dusty highways and byways, calling on such seminal regional
Blues figures as James "T-Model" Ford, Robert "Wolfman" Belfour, Terry "Harmonica"
Bean, Wesley "Junebug" Jefferson, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, Pat Thomas, L.C. Ulmer,
Robert "Bilbo" Walker, and more... shines a long-overdue spotlight on these men,
their music and the land from which the Blues sprang.
Released on DVD this fall along with companion CD... Pre-orders through the
Web site at International rollout will follow
with the DVD and CD soundtrack expected in stores beginning Nov 18th. (blueswax)

*Friday Sept 19th:*Friday Sept 19th:
"LITTLE WALTER TRIBUTE" w/Gruenling, Guyger & Deming- Court Street Grill, Pomeroy
Double Barrel Blues BAnd- Riverfront Arts Fest, Genoa Park Amphitheater, Columbus
Billy The Kid & The Regulators- Wooly Bully’s, New Brighton, PA
The Catch Blues BAnd- The Farm House II, ????, ??
Willie Pooch & the Upsetters- The Mudflats, Galena, OH
Soul Village- Papparazzi, south side Pittsburgh
Brighton Blues Band w/Word of Mouth- Sammy's Grille at The Continent, Columbus
No Bad JuJu- Sunseris, North Hills/Pittsburgh
The Jimi Vincent Band- Rocking Horse, Mansfield, OH
Billy Price Band w/Fred Chapellier- Thunderbird Cafe, Lawrenceville, PA
Sam Lamont- Black Bear, Morgantown
Colin John- The Brewery, Marietta
Zach Tyler & Blu Razor- Oktoberfest, Canonsburg, PA
Code Blue Band w/Patrick McLaughlin- Blennerhassett Hotel, Parkersburg
The Kinsey Report- The Thirsty Ear, Columbus

*Saturday Sept 20th:
MOV HARMONICA CHAMPIONSHIP- Belleville Homecoming, Belleville, WV
Lady D- "Taste of Parkersburg"/3rd & Market St, Parkersburg
Steve & Steve Blues Band- Creek Side Club, Hurricane, WV
The Catch Blues Band- Froelich's Classic Corner, ????, ??
Eric Sardinas- House of Crave, Columbus
Nothing But Trouble- Moondog's, Blawnox PA,
Jimi Vincent Band- Hales Harley Davidson, Mansfield, OH
Mojo Theory- The Thirsty Ear, Columbus

Double Barrel Blues Band- Millstone BBQ, Logan, OH
Sweaty Betty Blues Band- Backdraft, Baldwin, PA
Hurricane Jerry & Stormfront- The Mudflats, Galena, OH
Chizmo Charles- Franks Pub, Bethel Park, PA
The Zen Blues Band- Old Bag of Nails, Gahanna, OH
Code Blue Band w/Patrick McLaughlin- The Brewery, Marietta

*Sunday Sept 21th:
Mars Home For Youth Benefit- Grazie!/Oxford Club, Wexford, PA
Tommy's Triple Threat Blues Revue/jam- The Pour House, Dunbar, WV
CBA Blues Jam w/Mojo Theory- The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
Diablo Blues Band- The Empty Glass, Charleston

*Tue 9/16: IZZY & CHRIS "Tuesday Blues Nite" @ Bocktown Beer & Grill, Pittsburgh

*Wed 9/17:
MONTE MONTGOMERY @ The Court Street Grill, Pomeroy, OH
CRACKER STACKWELL @ Blues Moose (open-mic), Morgantown

*Thur 9/18: THE CATCH BLUES BAND @ Wheeling Racetrack & Gaming Center. Wheeling

*Mars Home For Youth Benefit (
Sun 9/21 "Blues-Rockin' Divas" features many of the top blues women in the
Pittsburgh area... at Grazie! Restaurant, Wexford, PA

*word on the street is "do not miss" MONTE MONTGOMERY (
Wednesday 9/17 @ The Court Street Grill in Pomeroy, OH... a true guitar virtuoso...
"Los Angeles Times" says, "He's a legend in the making. Astounding! Unforgettable,
raw passion and incredible artistry at it's finest!"

*lil' outa our neighborhood but, some CLEVELAND STUFF:
[1]... chance to become a founding member of the CLEVELAND BLUES SOCIETY
( those in northeast Ohio or elsewhere...
officers are being nominated & committees are being formed... contact John at (thanks Scott)
[2]... nice article on COLIN JOHN at
[3]... and Late Night with Conan trumpet player and showman xx-tra-ooor-din-airr,
MARK PENDER (, we saw last winter in Athens is
with R&B STATION Sat Sept 20th @ Fat Fish Blue, Browns City...

*CAT HEAD NOTES: JAMES T-MODEL FORD was in great spirits in Greenville couple
weeks ago and wisely heeding his doctors orders to forgo "jack daniel time" for
now. PLEASE... When you see him playing fests and clubs in the future, don't
buy him whiskey. He's in his mid-eighties now. We need him to make it to at least
a hundred! Oh... here's a slight update via Mudpuppy Recordings' Kari Jones; she
just talked to T-Model and Stella by phone, and T-Model performed at the BB King
Museum gift shop in Indianola last week. (thanks Roger)

*last week BB KING MUSEUM & DELTA INTERPRETIVE CENTER had its Grand Opening
last week in Indianola, MS... check out

*The Blues Foundation is accepting donations for KOKO TAYLOR's band.
THE BLUES MACHINE was involved in a serious accident in Wisconson on Aug 23rd.
Some reamin in the hospital and it will be awhile before they are able to return
to performing. For details go to

*next week:
Thur 9/25 CRACKER STACKWELL @ The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
Fri 9/26 WILLIE "BIG EYES" SMITH @ Moondogs, Blawnox, PA
Sat 9/27 DENNIS McCLUNG BLUES BAND @ Shinnston Days, Shinnston, WV
Sat 9/27 DENNIS TARMAN & THE BLUES CANNIBALS @ Cambridge Moose, Cambridge, OH
Sat 9/27 2-BLUE @ Chimney Corners USA, Ansted, WV

*coming soon:
Sun 9/28 DOUG MacCLEOD @ Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Charleston
(Chas-tun Blues Society)
Tue 9/30 JJ GREY & MOFRO w/LUKE JIVETALKER @ V Club, Huntington
Sat 10/4 "Acoustic Blues" w/R.BLOCK, J.CEPHAS & R.BOOK BINDER @ Fur Peace Ranch,
Sat 10/4 Appalachian Blues Competition @ Christopher's Banquet Center, Fairmont

in a little bit,

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