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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Blues Triangle Update

BLUES TRIANGLE UPDATE-  Thursday Oct 2nd, 2008

"did ya ever get up in the mornin',
with the blues three different ways?

You know you had two minds to leave here,
but you didn't have but one such stay..."

#79123 "Downhearted Blues"
SON HOUSE vocal/National guitar, AL WILSON (Canned Heat)
1965 Columbia Studios, New York City, NY

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Sept 30 1935 Z.Z. Hill Naples, TX
Oct 01 1932 Albert Collins "Master of the Telecaster" Houston, TX

Oct 02 1983 George "Harmonica" Smith Los Angeles, CA
Oct 04 1970 Janis Joplin Los Angeles, CA

Did a little listening to, reading about and checking on, EDDIE JAMES "SON" HOUSE
few days back. With very little checking, it was evident he has been over looked
for a long-long time. Son House, born Mar 21, 1902 - died Oct 19, 1988 is sometimes
called the "Father of the Delta Blues". He often played with CHARLEY PATTON and
WILLIE BROWN, and was a major influence on ROBERT JOHNSON and MUDDY WATERS. First
information came across said that he was born in Riverton, MS. So was curious if
there was anything left of his birthplace. Found out that Riverton is not actually
a town, but instead a "neighborhood" in Clarksdale. Located across the Sunflower
River from downtown and north of South State St has to be very near the site where
IKE TURNER was born. Generally in the direction of Stovall Plantation but not that
far. As far as anything left in the way of a dwelling, no specific place has ever
been identified. In fact, some publications list either Riverton OR Lyon as possible
birthplace locations. Lyon, a small community of 300 to 400 people is located just
northeast of Clarksdale. Roger Stolle tells us he feels he was born at a long gone
plantation shack on the outskirts of Clarksdale. One thing about Lyon & Son House
does seem certain... While playing a house party there one night, he shot and
killed a man and was sentenced to prison. However, he only served two years in
Parchman Farm. His parents worked hard for his release arguing it was self defense.
A Clarksdale judge released him and he was orderd never to enter town again. He
was soon traveling through out the Delta region playing music. Son had gone
from a young Baptist minister to a full-fledged bluesman. He recorded for
Paramount and for Alan Lomax in the 1930's and 40's, After that he disapeared
until the 1960's. His re-discovery in Rochester, NY by DICK WATERMAN, NICK PERLS
and PHIL SPIRO is quite story by itself! Something that we could never do justice
to here.
He is buried in Mt Hazel Cemetery, Detroit, MI and there is a permanent sidewalk
"Walk of Fame" marker in front of Cat Head Delta Blues in Clarksdale. Check out
"Death Letter" at Check out
"Death Letter" at

This is the 2nd article on this particular subject in past couple months... but
it's one of our favorites so here goes...
Another nice conversation with Bubba Sullivan of "Bubba's Blues Corner" Helena,
AR last week. And we're happy to report he tells us he's having a very good year
(and it ain't even King Biscuit time yet!). One of the places we always stop into;
along with Roger Stolle's Cat Head Delta Blues whenever we're in the area. Was
last there in April during Juke Joint Festival. Bubba runs one of "the finest"
record/music stores anywhere in the country and he still does it without certain
luxuries most of us take for granted everyday. He will do mail order and will
take credit cards, but does not have a computer; which of course means no website,
and also does not use a cash register! However, rest assured if you want something,
he's got it or will get it for you real quick. He's in the process of sending me a
SON HOUSE recording right now. Also Bubba informed us that he has come across a
"huge" collection of old vinyl recording... not necessarly all blues, but
everything you can imagine in 33, 45 and 78 rpm's. Came to him via Arizona to
Mississippi and finally to his shop in Arkansas. In excellent condition
(some mint condition) and are in the process of trying to inventory and price
each one. A writer in Nashville recently wrote an article about the closing up
of all the small locally owned record shops... Bubba talked with him and said he
was doing just fine and has customers from all over the country and world! He
then invited the writer to come see for himself. He's yet to show up. Also he
said that ABC's "Good Morning America" plans to air a show filmed in Helena very
soon. Even though he and his shop won't be on, still to keep an eye out for it.
Seems they were in and out of town before he even knew anything about the filming.
Ain't dat just how things normally go... the good stuff always gets over looked.
Good talking with you Bubba... and hope all continues to go well... and of course,
most of all, hope to get down your way again 'fore too long.
If you or someone you know is going to Arkansas Blues & Heritage Fest next week
(Oct 9-10-11) be sure to stop into Bubbas Blues Corner. Located at 105 Cherry St,
about 25 strides off the main stage in Helena. Also you can contact Bubba Sullivan
at Bus: 870-338-3501, Cell: 870-995-1326 or Fax: 870-338-3921 and tell him we
sent y'all!

The 2nd annual Appalachian Blues Competition sponsored by the West Virginia Blues
Society is Saturday Oct 4th @ Christophers Banquet Center, Fairmont. Winners of
the competition as well as others worldwide will appear four months from now at
the International Blues Challenge ( on Beale Street, Memphis.
But of course the fans are the real winners with an "all day" blues event.
$10 members/$15 non-members at the door. Music starts at 1:00PM with 12 acts
in competition. Christopher's will offer a buffet for $11.99 during break.

*Friday Oct 3rd:
Dennis McClung Blues Band- Salem Apple Butter Fest, Salem, WV
Patrick McLaughlin- The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
Dave Martin Band- The Brewery, Marietta
Cracker Stackwell- Black Bear, Morgantown
Billy The Kid & The Regulators- Wooly Bully’s, New Brighton, PA
Code Blue Band- Digger & Finch Pub, Columbus
Randy Keener & Bill Dailey- Roadworthy Tavern, West Liberty, WV
Memphis Cradle- Rascals Saloon, Dover, OH
Sam Lamont- WVU Mountainlair, Morgantown
Bill Toms & Hard Rain- Moondog's, Blawnox, PA
Brighton Blues Band- Larry B's, Westerville, OH
Ms Freddye & Blue Faze- Wicked Witches Dam View Hotel Cheswick, PA
Soul Village- Rhythm & Brews, Morgantown
John Schwab- The Mudflats, Galena, OH

*Saturday Oct 4th:
Dave Iglar Band- Casa Tomas, Latrobe, PA
Diablo Blues BAnd- Adamfest/Coonskin Park, Charleston
Rory Block, John Cephas, Roy BookBinder- Fur Peace Ranch, Pomeroy, OH
Jon Justice Band- The Brewery, Marietta
JB Tenney- Jabberwocks, Elkins, WV
The Catch Blues Band- Hock's, ????, ??
Sam Lamont Band- McClafferty's Pub, Morgantown
The Blues Cannibals- The Polo Club, Parkersburg
Sweaty Betty Blues Band- Kelly's Riverside Saloon, Bridgewater, PA
The Eldorado Kings- Roadworthy Tavern, West Liberty, WV
Barrel House Blues w/Deb Landolt- Roop Brothers Bar, Delaware, OH
Jimmy Adler Blues Band CD Release Party- Moondog's, Blawnox, PA
Colin John Band- The Mudflats, Galena, OH
Scott Perry- Virginia Tech Tailgate Party, Blacksburg, VA
Jill West & Blues Attack- The Hop House, Crafton, PA
No Bad JuJu- Royal Place, Pittsburgh

*Sunday Oct 5th:
CBA Blues Jam- The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
Jam w/Tommys Triple Threat Blues Revue- The Pour House, Dunbar, WV
Billy Price Band- North Strabane Municipal Park, N Strabane, PA

*Tuesday Sept 30th:
DOUG MACLEOD @ The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
COLIN JOHN @ The Brewery, Marietta, OH

*Wednesday Oct 1st: JJ GREY & MOFRO @ Lime Kiln Theater, Lexington, VA

*Thursday Oct 2nd:
THE CATCH BLUES BAND @ Wheeling Island Race Track & Gaming Center, Wheeling
COLIN JOHN (acoustic) @ The Mudflats, Galena, OH
PAM ROBERTS @ El Gran SAbor, Elkins, WV

*we were wrong when reporting last week that PAT RAMSEY (
was in a coma... but his prognosis is still not good. His long time friend and
sidekick, Dave Remson says, "his spirits are pretty good, but both his condition
and prognosis are not... Hospice is coming to his home every day to make him
comfortable as possible... a huge benefit for medical expenses Oct. 24th at the
American Legion Hall in Tallahassee, with 6 or 7 bands and silent auction...
Pat is excited about it and wants to try to play if possible."
*from Pete the Blewzzman.
"He is in the Blewzzman's thoughts and from the "South Florida Blues Society" -
also send their best wishes. (concerning benefit) I'm sure (they) organization
would love to be onboard in one form or another."

*word from IZZY & CHRIS late last week... "We will end (OH NOOOOOO!) our 2008
"Preachin’ The Blues Tour" this Friday at Baristas (SEPT 26TH IN NEW MARTINSVILLE).
We want to thank everyone that made this an incredible year for us. We will be
taking October off (aka VACATION IN THE DEEP SOUTH) and playing only a few dates
this fall as we head back to the studio to work on our next CD (YIPEEE!). We have
traveled all over the country since January and have played countless clubs and
festivals. However, Baristas’ (THANKS JOHN YEVUTA!) remains our favorite place
to play. Come check it out!" (SORRY GUYS, COULDN"T GET THERE... GUESS ALL GOOD

*word from Patrick of MAHAJIBEE BLUES @ The Spot Bar, Stubenville, OH last week...
I wish we would've taped it... For a $5 cover and a chance to win tickets to the
Monday Night Steelers vs Ravens game, not to mention Adrian (Niles), Sean (Carney),
and Mahajibee, it was a good night, a real good night for the blues...

*memorial tribute and jam for PHIL GUY will be held Tuesday, Sept 30TH at
9:30pm @ Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago... very special because not only will
his core band perform, along with other musicians, but they will hang Phil's 1957
Telecaster on one of Buddy Guy's Legends walls.

*next week:
Wednesday 10/8:
PAUL GEREMIA @ The Court Street Grill, Pomeroy, OH

Friday 10/10: MIKE LENZ BAND @ Rascals Saloon, Dover, OH

Saturday 10/11: THE JIMMY ADLER BAND @ The Roadworthy Restaurant, West Liberty, WV

Sunday 10/12:
EDDIE "THE CHIEF" CLEARWATER @ The Thirsty Ear, Columbus
"The Blues Go Pink" sponsored by Blues Society of Western PA @ Cefalo's,
Carnegie, PA

*coming soon:
10/18 "Blues Cruise" w/THE BLUES CANNIBALS @ Point Park, Parkersburg
10/24 THE CATCH BLUES BAND @ Big C's Lounge, Middlebourne, WV
10/24 DENNIS McCLUNG BLUES BAND @ The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
10/31 JIMMY THACKERY @ Moondogs, Blawnox, PA
11/22 RUTHIE FOSTER @ Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV

in a little bit,

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