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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Taylor Hicks: Blues Medley

Another cool blues medley from Taylor Hicks, received via email.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Blues And The Spirit

Thursday, May 22 - Saturday, May 24, 2008


Phone: (708) 524-6050

A Symposium on the Legacy of Blues & Gospel Music

Dominican University (located just minutes from the Chicago Loop) hosts the Blues and the Spirit Symposium, emphasizing the heritage of African-American Chicago and exploring the shared roots of Blues and Gospel.

  • Panels and presentations with Timuel Black, Portia Maultsby, Horace Maxile, Paul Garon, Sterling Plumpp, Gayle Dean Wardlow, Barry Dolins, Jim O’Neal, Marie Dixon, Bob Davis, Bob Koester, Fernando Jones, Bob Marovich, David Whiteis, Scott Barretta, Salim Muwakkil, Sandra Pointer-Jones, Suzanne Flandreau, Bob Riesman, Stephanie Shonekan, Morris Phibbs, Bob Jones, Billy Boy Arnold, Stan Mosley and others

  • Blues Workshop with Billy Branch and Gospel Workshop with James Abbington
  • Multimedia Presentations, Raeburn Flerlage Photography and Outsider Art Exhibits
  • Musical Appearances by Larry Taylor, James Wheeler and Bob Stroger
  • Bronzeville Tour with a stop at the Blues Heaven Foundation, located in the former Chess Records
  • Chicago Blues Club Crawl
  • Otis Clay and Sharon Lewis in Concert CLICK HERE to see schedule and registration information

Murali Coryell Update

Friday, March 7th, 2008
Mid-Hudson Civic Center -
14 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeespie, NY 12601
(845) 454-5800

opening for B.B. King
with Tony Levin on bass,
Gene Randolph-drums, Jeremy Baum-organ, Dorian Randolph-back up

Saturday, March 8th, 2008
The Night Eagle Cafe -
an evening of soul, blues and songs - 9:00pm
200 State St.
Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 217-7334
Price: $10 w/student ID! or $17-$22

with Tony Levin on bass
and Gene Randolph-drums

Friday, March 14th, 2008
Hickey Tavern
96 West Main St.
Allegany, NY 14706
716 372-9657

Saturday, March 15th, 2008
Shea's Performing Arts Center -
646 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 847-1410

opening for B.B. King

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
Rounding Third Sports Grill
255 W Water St
Elmira, NY 14904
(607) 733-0199
Price: $9

Friday, March 28th, 2008
The Towne Crier Cafe -
130 Route 22
Pawling, NY
845 855-1300
Price: $20

Saturday, March 29th, 2008
Keltic House
1004 Main St
Fishkill, NY
(845) 896-1110
Price: TBA

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
Chat 19 -
19 Chatsworth Avenue
Larchmont, NY 10538
(914) 833-8871

w/Stacey Waterous-Saxophone

Friday, April 4th, 2008
The Bulls Head Inn -
solo acoustic - 9:00pm
120 Sarah Wells Trail
Campell Hall, NY 10916
(845) 496-6758

Friday, April 18th, 2008
Columbia-Greene Community College -
The Coryell's featuring Larry Coryell, Murali Coryell, Tracey
Coryell-Victor Bailey-bass, Thierry Arpino-drums - 7:00pm
4400 Route 23
Hudson, NY 12534
518 828-4181
Price: TBA

an evening of jazz/blues/rock & soul

Saturday, April 19th, 2008
Black-eyed Sally's -
350 Asylum St
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-7427
Price: TBA

w/Larry Coryell-guitar Tracey Coryell-vocals, Victor Bailey-Bass,
Thierry Arpino-drums

Thursday, May 8th, 2008
AJ's Blues Bar -
5316 New Falls Road
Levittown, PA
(215) 949-9570
Price: $3

Blues Thursday presented by the Bucks County Blues Society

Friday, May 23rd, 2008
Fat Fish Blue -
21 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Price: $7

Friday, May 30th, 2008
The Gilded Otter -
solo acoustic - 8:00pm
3 Main St.
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 256-1700

Friday, June 20th, 2008
The Gilded Otter -
solo acoustic - 8:00pm
3 Main St.
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 256-1700

Monday, June 23rd, 2008
Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar -
220 Printers Alley
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 242-5837
Price: TBA

Nashville's best live blues room!

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
Chan's Eggroll and Jazz -
267 Main St.
Woonsocket, RI 02895
(401) 765-1900
Price: $20

A night of Chicago Blues with Murali Coryell & Magic Dick!

Saturday, July 5th, 2008
The Gilded Otter -
solo acoustic - 8:00pm
3 Main St.
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 256-1700

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups -
700 South Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 436-5222
Price: TBA

St. Louis best live blues room!

Thursday, July 10th, 2008
Slippery Noodle Inn -
National Blues Night @ The Noodle! - 9:00pm
372 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46225
(317) 631-6974
Price: TBA

Saturday, July 12th, 2008
National Guitar Workshop -
Full Frontal Blues
Chicago, IL

Saturday, July 19th, 2008
National Guitar Workshop -
Austin, TX

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
National Guitar Workshop -
Full Frontal Blues
New Milford, CT
1-800 234-6479

The Blue Band Update

I'm in a panic! I promised myself that I'd lose 15 pounds before I started co-hosting some of the music shows that IPTV is showing for this year's Festival fundraiser. Not only have I not lost any of the 15 pounds, but after all the CAKE recently, I've ADDED 2 pounds! And now the first TV appearance is about 14 hours away. YIKES! I'm starting to look like Fat Elvis...

Tonight! (3/6) I get to co-host most of the night on IPTV, starting at a little past 6pm. We'll have BOTH kinds of music: Country AND Western! The shows for the evening include The Best of Old Time Country, Johnny Cash a Man and his Vision, and an in concert setting with Martina McBride. For your local station or more info, try

Friday (3/7) is the monthly, First Friday TGIF party at The Hub, 4th & Main, here in Sparkle City, 5:30-9pm. The Hub kitchen is not open yet, so BRING CAKE!...

Sat. night (3/8) is another LIVE Backtracks rock'n'roll history show on Iowa Public Radio-KUNI, 7-10p, requests/suggestions/salutations: 1-800-772-2440, ext. 5. more info or listen on line at

I get TWO nights of co-hosting next week. Wed. Mar. 12, 10pm is the Elvis 25th Anniversary concert. If you missed this last year, it's really a great show and a great demonstration of modern technology. Make a pledge so I can thank you, thankyouverymuch! and Thursday Mar. 13 starting at 6:30 is a look at Vintage Classics from the Grand Ole Opry (I'm bettin' Minnie Pearl will say HOWWWDEE! sometime on that show!) and then it looks like I'll be the only host for a show called Country Pop Legends. I love to watch the old takes of legendary music makers. Join us on statewide Iowa Public Television!...

I can't believe we're only 10 days away from the FIRST OUTDOOR GIG OF THE YEAR! (Sat. Mar. 15) The Twisted Parrot's St. Patrick's Celebration-OUTSIDE!! (in a heated tent), 7:00-11:00 p.m., 6500 Hickman Rd., Windsor Heights, IA (suburban Des Moines) I can't wait to see all the girls in their little green bikinis!...

And speaking of Public Broadcasting, Iowa Public Radio has invited The Blue Band to the Frequency Launch party in Ottumwa on Friday Mar. 21 at the new Bridge View event center in Ottumwa. Two new frequencies will hit the airwaves from a new tower in Ottumwa, making reception in nearby towns like Fairfield and Oskaloosa MUCH better. Family friendly events start at The Bridge View at 5:30p. The Blue Band plays 7-9p. More info:

I can't write anymore. I've got to get in my sweat suit and shed these extra pounds. Let's see, that's about a pound an hour...

See ya on the Blue Highway (and the Iowa Public TV airwaves) Make a pledge (800-779-7000) (cake is made of DOUGH) and remember we love you... Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

Bob Corritore Newsletter

March 6, 2008

  • Big Pete Pearson & The Rhythm Room All-Stars appear this Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, 2008 at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix! Every time that Big Pete and the All-Stars play at their home base, it is a special party. Please join them for two nights of pure, old-school blues and rowdiness. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Doors open at 8pm, cover charge is $7. Rack Shack Barbeque will be available at these events. These nights will be patio smoking only events; no indoor smoking will be permitted.
  • More Blues in the Movies: Regarding our "Blues In The Movies" spotlight, Mary Flynn (blues radio host on WPR in Wisconsin and the wife of Billy Flynn) writes: "A movie is in development right now called Cadillac Blues, the story of Leonard Chess. BeyoncĂ© Knowles is executive producer, as well as playing the part of Etta James. Adrien Brody will star as Leonard Chess, Jeffrey Wright as Muddy, Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon, and Columbus Short as Little Walter. A lot of good music should come out of this, as well as renewed exposure to a whole generation!" Thanks for this information, Mary! Check out these links (link one, link two) for more info on Cadillac Blues.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Mississippi Fred McDowell: Louise

Cool video of blues legend Mississippi Fred McDowell!!!

Jeff Healy: Confindence Man

Classic Jeff Healy. He will be missed.

Matt Woods

Here is a short video of Iowa's best Matt Woods and the Thunderbolts! This was filmed by wildnites

Matt Woods & the Thunderbolts

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Blues In Schools: Bobby Mercy Oliver

found a nice short article about a blues in school program going on in Paris Texas. Bobby Mercy Oliver is doing the blues in schools thanks to the Paris Texas Blues Society. To read the article in the Paris News, Click HERE. For more on Bobby Mercy Oliver Click HERE. For More on the Paris Texas Blues Society Click HERE.

More On Jeff Healy

I found an update on Jeff Healy from the Digital Journal. Apparently Healy died of Retinal Cancer which is the same cancer that stole his sight when he was a child. It is a sad story indeed, but it also a great story of how someone can overcome a disability and achieve success. Click here to read the Digital Journal article.

Andy Coats Update

Latest update from Andy Coats

Come on down to this longtime fixture near N.C. State, and hear the band in action.

Andy Coats & the Bank Walkers

Friday, March 7, 7-10 pm

2116 Hillsborough St.
(919) 828-9190
No Cover

We’ll be leading the birthday celebration for Susan Foote, who is both Charlie’s wife and an excellent photographer – she has taken many of the photos you can find on the website and myspace pages.

Hope you can join us for some Roots, Rock, and Blues!

All the best,


Monday, March 3, 2008

Jeff Healy: Angel Eyes

Just thought this was an appropriate song for tonight. God Bless Jeff Healy.

Jeff Healy RIP

I learned about this sad news last night from Illinois blues. Jeff Healy the increadabliy talented blind guitarists who had some great commercial sucess in the 80s has died of cancer. Healy was only 41. Here is the email from Illinois Blues

Jeff Healey
March 25, 1966 – March 2, 2008 is saddened by the loss of guitarist Jeff Healey.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Arguably one of the most recognized blues-rock guitarists of the early 90s
and beloved around the world, Jeff Healey passed away in a Toronto hospital
today after a long bout with cancer. He was 41.
Healey came into the limelight in the early 90s with his Grammy-nominated
album for Arista Records See the Light that blended blues with a rock
sensibility,topping the charts with the single “Angel Eyes.” Blinded at birth
with a rare form of cancer, retino blastoma, Healey became well known after his
appearance as part of a bar band and an integral part of the movie soundtrack
in Roadhouse with Patrick Swayze. The movie along with the single would propel
Jeff Healey and his power trio, the Jeff Healey Band into Canada’s highest music
honor the Juno Award for Entertainer of the Year.
Healey would go on to release two more albums for Arista that never reached the
same success as Light. As the 90’s passed, Healey picked up his love for
early jazz from the twenties through the forties culminating in the
Jeff Healey Jazz Wizards’ release on Stony Plain last year in which Healey
played guitar, drums, and trumpet and had British jazz virtuoso guest star
on called It’s Tight Like That.
Healey, a family man with a wife and two children who survive, preferred to
stay home in Canada in his last years. However, he remained active in the
music scene, having a jazz-oriented radio show for Canada’s CBC.
At the time of his death he was about to see the release of his first
rock/blues album in eight years, Mess of Blues, which is being released in
Europe on March 20, and in Canada and the U.S. on April 22. The album was the
result of a joint agreement between the German label, Ruf Records,
and Stony Plain, the independent Edmonton-based label that has released his
three jazz CDs.
Early last year, Healey underwent surgery to remove cancerous tissue from
his legs, and later from both lungs; aggressive radiation treatments and
chemotherapy, however, failed to halt the spread of the disease.
Despite his battle with cancer, he undertook frequent tours across
Canada with both his blues-based band and his jazz group; he was set
for a major tour in Germany and the U.K. and was to be a guest on the
BBC’s famed Jools Holland Show in April.
Remembered by his musicians — and his audiences — for his wry sense
of humour as well as his musical playfulness, Healey was a unique musician
who bridged different genres with ease and assurance.
Funeral arrangements are pending.

For further information, please contact:

Richard Flohil
416 351-1323 / 416 997-4788

Holger Petersen
Stony Plain Records
780 468-6423

Thomas Ruf.
Ruf Records
011 49 (0)36087 / 92200

United States
Mark Pucci, MP Media

The Jeff Healey website contributed to this article.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Warm Whiskey Band: Where You Come From

Found a cool video from an Iowa band on Myspace. They recorded both the song and made the video at Kirk Kaufman's legendary studio near Fort Dodge, Iowa, called Junior's Motel. Junior's Motel is one of the coolest places on earth. In fact, I hope it becomes an historic landmark one day. Not only because of all the great music made there, or the awesome musicians who recorded there, but because the building is a work of art. He took an old chicken coop on his family farm and turned it into a great studio. Furthermore, it is a never ending process. He is currently working on a giant stone tower that hopefully one day will be done:-)

The Warm Whiskey Band-Where You Come From

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Layla Zoe: Hoochie Coochie Woman

Good friend Blouboss sent me a great video of Canadian blueswoman Layla Zoe. Zoe is very much like the second coming of Janis Joplin. Nice!!!

Deep Blues Festival Lake Elmo Mn July 18-20

This just in via email;

The 2nd Annual Deep Blues Festival is coming to the Washington County Fairgrounds
near lake Elmo MN July 18-20, 2008. 45 renowned national and international bands
perform This festival celebrates the alternative and punk blues sound as well as
the modern juke joint music of the Deep South with bands from 18 states as well as
Italy, Australia, Canada, and the UK. The film festival, which features many
music-related films, is free and open to the public at the fairgrounds throughout
the weekend. Highlights include Max Shore's "Hill Country Troubadour"
and J.D. Wilke's "Seven Signs"

Tickets are now on sale at our websites. Hope you'll join us.

Chris Johnson
Hudson WI