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Monday, April 6, 2009

John Hammer Blues News

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Be sure to visit to read our entire April issue. Pass this along to friends and tell them they can sign up for this weekly e-bluesblast right on the bottom of the first page of the website. Check out the links and support yer local blues band! Hope to see you at a LIVE show soon! Until then, Take care of each other, and we'll catch up with ya real soon!
John 'blueshammer' Hammer

Breezin' With The Blues on the AM/FM

In life ya never know which way the wind blows, but my friends you can always count on us to provide solice and direction. This week on Hammered By The Blues (TWICE on Sunday on KOWZ. Noon on 1170am and 8pm on 100.9fm. Classic episodes rebroadcast on line Tues at 9am and Sat at 11am on we provide a specific and direct weather report for your listening enjoyment. We predict warm expansive sunny skys in Conneticut with the bright talent of The Greg McCullough Band warming your spirit with some natural heat off 'Things Are Lookin' Up'. The breezes from Chi-town can be tumultuous, but this week they serve as a brace to hold you up in the toughest times utilizin' the years of 'fine tunin' in the late night clubs' experience of the hardest workin' blues woman in the windy city Shirley Johnson and some gale force ditties off 'Blues Attack'. As the sun sets in the western skys we bask in the glow of an hour well spent and revel in the magnificence of Little Milton and special guests off 'Welcome To Little Milton'. Carpe Diem! The Blues is ALRIGHT!
When yer feelin' down and battered by strife;
Ya needs a blues tonic to change yer poor life;
Tune in as we do our job and work our magic;
'cause If ya miss the blues it would be sooo tragic.
Ron Hedland
Blues Singer
Raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Ron Hedland began his career in the mid-sixties Virginia Beach music scene. Graduating to tours from Florida to New York, he opened for the likes of Taj Mahal and Jerry Jeff Walker. Moving to Toronto in the early seventies, Hedland became a charter member of the Yonge Street lounge scene with Slyfox - soul, sin, rhythm and dues eleven hours, six days a week complementing exotic dancers at the Bermuda Tavern. It was there, for economic reasons, that Ron introduced his triple-threat signature trademark combining drums, keyboards, and singing simultaneously. As a jingle singer and voice-over pitchman for national advertising campaigns, he established a blue collar industry image. The countless solo, sideman, and group gigs led to the formation of RH Positive under his leadership. Ron had a voice that could warm a room in winter. That distinctive tone found a home as house announcer at the infamous Le Strip. The nineties saw Hedland as an active member of the Beaches community performing at both the Beaches Jazz and the Harbourfront Soul and Blues festivals. In the tradition of Ray Charles, Hedland embraced all Southern sounds - the themes that affected and directed his life. Balancing with integrity the full musical spectrum, it was with ballads that he found strong satisfaction. "Most vocalists can handle uptempo, but not as many can deliver and sell a ballad", he once commented without bravado. Tragically, Ron Hedland was murdered in November 1998, right outside his home in Toronto. On Sunday, December 13th, 1998 more than four hundred friends of the slain musician met at Toronto's Brunswick House to acknowledge and celebrate his music and his life. The generous contributions donated on that evening allowed the publishing of the "Someday" retrospective recording. "Someday", a fifteen song compilation CD revisits two decades of recordings by the late Ron Hedland, a fixture of the Toronto music scene for over 30 years, and expresses a key essence of Southern roots music - that soulful search when someday could be today. The compositions found in "Someday" explore the vulnerable nature of relationships and private frailty with the open warmth and humour he characterized. Hampered by failing health, the last years of Ron's life became personally difficult and professionally erratic. This testament documents a brighter era when it was the music itself that represented him. It says a lot about a man when his peers and the music community that he was a part of pool their resources to produce a CD that was never brought to life while Ron was alive, but should have been. Obviously this was their way of paying homage to a gifted musician/songwriter whose music they felt should not remain a secret. Ron's memory and unique style "live on" every time a track from "Someday" is played. Here are a few of the comments by Ron's musical friends: Gary Kendall - bass player, Downchild Blues Band Ron Hedland's reputation always preceded him. In the midseventies I heard about a band called "Sly Fox" that had a steady gig at the Bermuda Tavern on Yonge Street in downtown Toronto. I first met Ron in 1978, Ron & I were the rhythm section in one of Mike McDonald's many bands. Ron & I hit it off right away even though at first I was a little intimated because of his reputation as a heavy duty player. This was the start of Ron turning me onto his talent as a songwriter. I was amazed at the quality of the demo's he and his producer/partner Dave Mayle were making on what I think was a four track reel to reel machine. For the next 20 years until his death in 1998 , Ron sent me a copy of everything he recorded, even jingles. Ronnie Hedland wasn't a big guy but he sure had a big presence, booming his voice out of that barrel chested physique, he'd call your name loud and warm. Ron had a real "lived in" voice. 100% Human. Our history began when I first walked into the Bermuda Tavern on Yonge Street to check out the gig situation. The most striking sight on that stage, (even more than the go go girls), was Ronnie at the Wurlitzer, soloing with one hand, drumming with the other hand and both feet, and all the time singing like Ray Charles. All the while, smoking tons of Export A. Ronnie was a machine, all limbs akimbo, a one man show within the trio. It's also true he had a great sense of humour, and he was a very personable host for the guys who where there to see the girls. The secret however was the musicianship, and we all knew that. Greg Anzelc - drummer "He was my mentor - he was the first guy I played with in clubs and he taught me how to listen to the music and then just play it." Robbie Rox - singer/composer for The Monster Horn Band Ron had a smile that could warm up the whole Beach area of Toronto. He was a very tasteful player and had a very warm low voice with a nice touch of raunchiness. In conclusion It says a lot about a man when his peers and the music community that he was a part of pool their resources to produce the CD that was never brought to life while Ron was alive, but always should have been. Obviously this was their way of paying homage to a gifted musician/songwriter whose music they felt should not remain a secret. Ron's memory and unique style live on every time a track from the CD "Someday" is played.
-Danny Marks - guitarist, radio host, BLUZ.FM
Twin Cities & other MN venues:
Mon 6
-The Irresistibles/(4:30)Twins Opener
Tue 7-Mick Sterling & Friends/Dunn Bros; Excelsior
Wed 8-Tom Hunter/SRO; Anoka
-Moses Oakland Quartet/School II; Chanhassen
-Davina & the Vagabonds/Lees Liquor Lounge; Mpls
Fri 10-Brandon Scott Sellner/Scooters; Big Lake
-The Irresistibles/Tiffany's; St Paul
-Dave Lambert/Pub 500; Mankato
-Tom Hunter/Rudy's; Rosemount
-Davina & the Vagabonds/School of the Wise; Victoria
-Cadillac Kolstad vs. Cornbread w/Charlie Parr/Palmer's; Mpls
-Big George Jackson/Tryg's; Mpls
-Jeff Loven/Neumann's; St Paul
Sat 11-Scottie Miller & the Re-Uptake Inhibitors/Applewood Rustic Grille; Burnsville
-Paul Mayasich; Shannon Curfman/School II; Chanhassen
-Cadillac Kolstad vs. Cornbread w/Charlie Parr/Palmer's; Mpls
-Brandon Scott Sellner/Stars & Strikes; Wyoming
-Ross William Perry/McMahon's; Mpls
-Blue Feelin'/School of the Wise; Victoria
-Davina & the Vagabonds/Dixie's on Grand; St Paul
-Big Walter Smith/Tryg's; Mpls
-Joe Juliano/Neumann's; St Paul
-Everett Smithson/Floyd's; Victoria
-T Albert Lloyd/Valley Lounge; Eagan
Sun 12-Brunch w/ Scottie Miller/(Noon) Majors Sports Bar; Edina
-Davina & the Vagabonds (11am)/ Trygs; Mpls; (6pm) Washington Square Pub; White Bear Lake

Iowa Venues:
Fri 10
-Coco Montoya/Redstone Room-River Music Experience; Davenport
-Too Slim & the Taildraggers/Blues On Grand
Sat 11-Nick Moss & the Fliptops/Blues On Grand

Nebraska Venues:
Thu 9-Too Slim & the Taildraggers/Murphy's; Omaha
-Eric Jerardi/Prestige World Class; Omaha
Fri 10-Blues Messengers/Roadhouse; Lincoln

Wisconsin Venues:
Fri 10-Phat Cat Blues/Piggy's; La Crosse
Sat 11-Phat Cat Blues/Piggy's; La Crosse

BB's Jazz Blues & Soups-St. Louis, MO:
Mon 6
-Sessions Jazz Big Band
Tue 7-Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers
Wed 8-Cryin' Shame; Big Mike Aguirre
Thu 9-Leroy Pierson; Rough Grooves
Fri 10-Leroy Pierson; Renee Smith
Sat 11-Tom Hall; Alvin Jett & Phat Noiz
Sun 12-Too Slim & The Taildraggers
Ground Zero Blues Club-Clarksdale, MS:

Wed 8-Phillip Carter
Thu 9-Blues Jam w/ Daddy Rich
Fri 10-Mark "Mule Man" Massey
Sat 11-Big T & the Family

Ground Zero Blues Club- Memphis, TN
Sat 11
-King Beez Blues Band
Every Week All Month Long (all venues)
Every Sunday-Tom Hunter(10:45a)/United Methodist Church;Minnetonka, MN
-Cadillac Kolstad & the Flats w/ Cornbread Harris/Palmer's; Mpls
-Blues Jam w/ Big Bob Scoggin/McMahon's Irish Pub; Mpls
-Barbara Blue/(4-8)Silky O'Sullivan's; Beale St-Memphis, TN
-Open Blues Jam w/ Moses Oakland/(8p)Famous Dave's; Mpls
-Open Blues Jam /Floyd's; Victoria, MN
Every Monday-Best Damn Blues Jam in Town/Shaw's Bar & Grill; Mpls
-Willie Murphy/American Legion #523; Golden Valley, MN
-True Blue Mondays-Lunch w/ Ellis Kell/(12p)Mojo's-River Music Experience; Davenport, IA
Every Tuesday-Paul Mayasich & Friends/Hollihan's; White Bear Lake
-Big Daddy Cade/(8p)Centerfields; Mpls
-Bob Pace & the Blues Groove/Blues On Grand; Des Moines, IA
Every Wednesday-The Butanes/Eagles Club #34; 25th St., Mpls
-Alison Scott (noon)/Dakota Jazz Club; Mpls, MN
-Dave Lambert/Neisen's; Savage; MN
-Paul Mayasich & Friends/School of the Wise II; Chanhassen, MN
-Root City/Glueks; Mpls
-Big Daddy Cade Jam/(7p)Baggins; Fridley, MN
-Barbara Blue/(7-9)Silky O'Sullivan's; Beale St-Memphis, TN
-Wed. Blues Jam/Nighthawks Tap; La Crosse, WI
-Matt Woods & the Thunderbolts/Blues On Grand; Des Moines, IA
-Open Mic Night/Redstone Room-River Music Experience; Davenport, IA
-Cryin' Shame; Big Mike Aguirre/BB's Jazz Blues & Soups; St Louis, MO
Every Thursday-Moses Oakland Quartet/School II/ Chanhassen, MN
-Dan Ristrom & the Big Throwdown/Gluek's; Mpls
-John Burlingame hosts Acoustic Open Mic Night/Main Entrance; Prairie du Chien, WI
-Barbara Blue/(7-9)Silky O'Sullivan's; Beale St-Memphis, TN
-Legendary Blues Jam/Blues On Grand; Des Moines, IA Blues Jam/Ground Zero Blues Club/ Clarksdale; MS
-Leroy Pierson/(7-9:30)BB's Jazz Blues & Soups; St. Louis, MO
Every Friday-Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs/Eagles #34; Mpls
-Barbara Blue/(7-9)Silky O'Sullivan's; Beale St-Memphis, TN
-Leroy Pierson/(7-9:30)BB's Jazz Blues & Soups; St. Louis, MO
Every Saturday-Barbara Blue/(5-9)Silky O'Sullivan's; Beale St-Memphis, TN

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