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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Blues Triangle Update

BLUES TRIANGLE UPDATE- Thursday Sept 25th, 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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Columbus to Pittsburgh, "Update" tries to CONNECT & INFORM of the happenings in
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Sept 29 1937 Joe "Guitar" Hughes Houston, TX
Sept 30 1935 Z.Z. Hill Naples, TX

Sept 26 1937 Bessie Smith Clarksdale, MS
Sept 26 1980 Pat Hare St Paul, MN
Sept 28 1991 Miles Davis ????, CA
Sept 28 2001 David York aka Rock Bottom St Petersburg, FL

Legendary blues shouter Napoleon Brown Culp aka NAPPY BROWN passed away Saturday
Sept 20th at 10:30PM. Nappy was born Oct 12th 1929 in Charlotte, North Carolina,
and started his music career singing gospel before switching to Rhythm & Blues in
the early 1950s. He landed a contract with Savoy Records in 1954 which yielded
numerous hits. He was a true character, and his action-packed stage performances
were amazing. He had experienced a comeback of late after his 2007 release "Long
Time Coming" on the Blind Pig record label. His powerful performance last May at
the 2008 Blues Music Awards ceremony was the highlight of the night. Shortly after
that, Nappy was hospitalized; and never was able to get his health back. He was 79.
Funeral services are 1:00PM Saturday Sept 27th at St. Paul Missionary Baptist
Church, Charlotte, NC.

Really hated to hear this... first received word about PAT RAMSEY this week via
Steve "the voice"... continued to do more checking hoping it was wrong, but it's
not good.
Super blues harp player Pat Ramsey is in hospice care and is not expected to
recover. Word now is that he's in a coma. Liver and kidneys are shutting down due
to Hep C. Can remember seeing Pat at Blues Angel Cafe in P-burg a few years ago.
When I heard he played harp on JOHNNY WINTERS' "Red, Hot & Blue" album I quickly
went out and got it. He and his band also have played Big Bend Blues Bash. His 1999
CD "Live at the Grand" is still one of my favorites. As is his version of Robert
Johnson's "Dead Shrimp Blues" along with Fenton Robinson's "Loan Me a Dime"- which
I'm listening to right now... Awesome... remember making a comment once within
ear shot of JASON RICCI about his playing and he very quickly gave credit and
thanks to Pat Ramsey.
Steve says, "Bad News about harmonica great Pat Ramsey..... Great talent and great
guy... Pat played Marietta/Parkersburg twice in the early 2000's. I remember
spending a snowy weekend with him and his band at a February River City Ohio Blues
Competition a few years ago. He came up from NOLA to play the night before the
competition. He had told me he was a little nervous about coming this far North in
February. I told him we hadn't had a serious snow in years. It snowed 16-inches.
We had a good time, though." (thanks "voice")
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pat, his family and friends.

Bigtime WOW! to the "Little Walter Tribute" last week at Court Street Grill,
Pomeroy, OH. A full house with people from far and wide... good to see Sue from
Keyser WV again... she made the 4 hour drive to be there and planned to be in
Granville the next day for Hot Licks Blues Fest. Also 6 members of Huntington
Harmonica Club made the trip. They were at "Diamond Teeth Mary" event @ V Club a
couple weeks before... and at least one had played with CHRIS SUTTON & C&S RAILROAD
that day. Also met a couple guys from Atlanta GA who were amazed at their
discovery... they were actually in the area for WARREN HAYNES @ Fur Peace Ranch on
Saturday and were quite pleased indeed to be at the Grill for "Little Walter".
Even though STEVE GUYGER didn't make it, DENNIS GRUENLING did a fantastic job on
the night. Very pleasant suprise was MOOKIE BRILL with them playing his famous
upright bass. DOUG DEMING did an admirable job with vocals of the many Muddy Waters
and Jimmy Rogers tunes, but he nearly stole the entire show with his guitar
playing. This was 1940's thru 60's Chicago Blues at its' very best!

Some things in life just make you feel good. Two of those things are chocolate and
smooth jazz. Combining two of life's little pleasures in an evening of Chocolate
Jazz is the invention of gifted flugelhorn and trumpet player DAVID WELLS
(, a national smooth jazz recording artist and
native of Parkersburg. Chocolate Jazz will be presented Friday, Sept 26th at the
Grand Point Banquet & Conference Center in Vienna (just north of P-burg). Music
starts at 7:00PM. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door and are available
online at Tickets are also being sold by students
from Parkersburg High School and Williamstown High School as a fundraiser, with
the schools keeping up to 50% of the ticket sales.

On Nov 1st The Blues Foundation will hold a drawing from among its current
membership for two great prizes.
One lucky member will receive a cabin for 2 on the Jan 2009 "Legendary Rhythm &
Blues Cruise" sailing Jan 24-31. While technically worth thousands of dollars,
its true value in music, 24/7 fun and lifetime friends is priceless. Taj Mahal,
Etta James, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, The Fabulous Thunderbirds,
Tommy Castro--oh the list just goes on and on as does the fun on board. Each $25
in membership gets one chance for the cabin, so, for example, a $100 member has four
chances. If you are not a member, sign up at or call 901-527-2583 before
Nov 1st so you can go sailing with the likes of EG Kight, John Hammond, The Holmes
Brothers, Jimmy Thackery and Reba Russell, as well as recent IBC favorites Trampled
Under Foot and the Homemade Jamz Blues Band.
Second prize is a black and gold Gibson "Little Lucille" guitar with a B.B. King
nameplate, autographed by nominees at the 25th Blues Music Awards in 2004,
including Rory Block, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Michael Burks, Guitar Shorty,
Bettye LaVette, Little Milton, Maria Muldaur, Charlie Musselwhite, Pinetop Perkins,
Bobby Rush and Kim Wilson and many more. You will be the only one around with
this collector’s item.

*Friday Sept 26th:
Vinnie Mele- "Spats" Blennerhassett Hotel, Parkersburg
Izzy & Chris- Barista's, New Martinsville, WV
David Wells/Chocolate Jazz- Grand Point Conference Center, Vienna, WV
Chad Freeman & Blue Revolution- El Gran Sabor, Elkins, WV
The Catch Blues Band- Club House Tavern, ????, ??
Cliff Starbuck & Colin John- The Mudflats, Galena, OH
Code Blue Band-The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
The Jimi Vincent Band- Woosterfest, Wooster, OH
Mojo Theory- Amvets Post 51 Buckeye Lake, OH
Jill West & Blues Attack- Tilt's Pub, Gibsonia, PA
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith- Moondogs, Blawnox, PA
No Bad JuJu- Mt Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Fest, Mount Pleasant, PA
The Jimmy Adler Band- Natali's, Butler, PA
Monte Montgomery- Thunderbird Cafe, Lawrenceville, PA

*Saturday Sept 27th:
The Eldorado Kings- Elrama Tavern, Elrama, PA
Ian Ross- "Spats" Blennerhassett Hotel, Parkersburg
Adrian Niles & Mahagibee Blues- The Spot Bar, Stubenville, OH
The Catch Blues Band- Pick's, ????, ??
Dennis McClung Blues Band- Shinnston Frontier Days, Shinnston, WV
2-Blue- Chimney Corners USA (1:00PM), Ansted, WV
2-Blue- Taylor Books (7:30PM), Charleston
The Jimmy Adler Band- Roadworthy Restaurant & Tavern, West Liberty, WV
Mathew First & the Blue Colla- The Brewery, Marietta
Ray Fuller & the Blues Rockers- The Mudflats, Galena, OH
Hurricane Jerry & Stormfront- The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
"Blues Night" w/Frank Harrison Group and more- CBR's, Columbus
The Zen Blues Band- Old Bag of nails, Gahanna, OH
Micah Kesselring- Millstone BBQ, Logan, OH
Beth Coates Band- Roop Brothers Bar, Delaware, OH
Leon Redborn- The Kent Stage, Kent, OH
The Blues Cannibals- Cambridge Moose, Cambridge, OH
Code Blue Band- Clancy's, Delaware, OH
Mojo Theory- Port Lounge & Smokehouse, Buckeye Lake, OH
Sweaty Betty Blues Band- Sassy Marie's, Pittsburgh
Jill West & Blues Attack- Carhops, Dormont, PA
Souled Out- McIntyre Square, North Hills/Pittsburgh
Mahajibee Blues & Adrian Niles- The Spot Bar, Stubenville

*Sunday Sept 28th:
CBA Blues Challenge- Whiskey Dick's, Columbus
Doug MacLeod- Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Charleston
Sweaty Betty Blues Band- d'Vine Wine Bar & Lounge, Wexford, PA
Post-Mountain Stage Jam- The Empty Glass, Charleston

*every Tuesday: BILLY THE KID & THE REGULATORS host jam session @ Aspinwall Grille,
Aspinwall, PA

*Wednesday 9/24:
TEENY TUCKER @ Easton Towne Center, Columbus
PAM ROBERTS @ El Gran Sabor, Elkins, WV
LIL ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS @ House of Crave, Columbus
DOUG MacLEOD @ The Mudflats, Galena, OH

*Thursday 9/25: CRACKER STACKWELL @ The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV

*word on the street- MONTE MONTGOMERY had "the best" show ever on the stage at
Court Street Grill last week... big statement indeed, cause I've seen some very good
ones there...

*saw Doris Fields aka LADY D Sunday AM @ Blennerhassett Hotel in P-burg...
couldn't make her performance Saturday at Taste of Parkersburg, but she said it
went very well... BRUCE DeMOLL & BLENNERHASSETT TRIO didn't let here get away on
Sunday without doing a song... excellent and thanks Lady D... and please keep us
up to date with your schedule.

*Monday morning 9/22- photo of JASON RICCI w/Seydel Harmonica banner in background
front page of "The Parkersburg News"... Jason served as one of the judges at
Mid-Ohio Valley Harmonica Championship. Winners of this first time event @
Belleville Homecoming were 1st place- Bob McGraw of Bluefield, VA. 2nd place-
Dan Ridgeway of Sommerville, MA and 3rd place- Dick Kirk from Athens, OH.

*CBR's Bar @ 503 S Front St, Columbus features "Blues Night" w/THE FRANK HARRISON
pre-sale tickets can be purchased at or call
Ram Management at 614-491-4965... at door $7... all Columbus Blues Alliance members
are $5.

*our buddy Dane Tilghman ( Exton, PA is having an art
show... and everyone is invited... problem is, it's a fair distance away...
the "Dane Tilghman 1st Milestone Art Show & Sale" Oct 26th in West Chester, PA
(between Harrisburg & Philadelphia)... Dane does some beautiful blues
art work- canvas/t-shirts/fans/etc... he did the official Pocono Blues Fest T-shirt
this year and he donated to the WVBluesSociety some Blues "fans" as fund raisers...
you probably have seen him at festivals around the mid-Atlantic area (last talked
with him in Wheeling)... if ya happen to be in his neck 'o da woods then RSVP by
Oct 12th to Victoria Stephens @ Market It 610-524-1622 or

*if yer able... tune in to "Sitttin' At The Crossroad with Big D" WWOZ internet
radio, New Orleans ( Big D's timeslot runs from
2:00-4:00PM CST... an hour later our time in the east... typical playlist for him
runs from TAB BENOIT to TAMPA RED to ALBERT CASTIGLIA and all things in between...
if yer drivin' somewhere 'tween Baton Rouge and N'awlins try it at 90.7FM...

*next week:
Tuesday 9/30
JJ MOFRO w/LUKE JIVETALKER @ The V Club, Huntington
DOUG MacLEOD @ The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV

Friday 10/3 CRACKER STACKWELL @ Black Bear, Morgantown

Saturday 10/4
ZZ TOP @ Keith Albee Theatre, Huntington

in a little bit,

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