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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

John Hammer Blues News


This Week On

Hammered By The Blues
KOWZ 1170am Sunday at noon (When sports ain't on)
KOWZ 100.9fm
Sunday at 8pm
On the Internet:
Tues 9am
and Sat. 11am

Greg McCullough Band

'Things Are Lookin' Up'

'Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers'
Roy Rogers
'Split Decision'
'More Like Me'
Important Links
Fresh Stuff Ya Wanna Know
April Blue Monday
now On Line
Apr. 16: Cory Stevens
Macho Nacho; Rochester, MN
Apr. 17: Scottie Miller
Spikes; Faribault, MN
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Yo! Blues Buddies:

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

Why Fly When You Can Crawl on the AM/FM

In the dark moments of a mis-spent youth it can become apparent that you may just have to take a safer mode of transport. Nothin' is safer or more sure than crawling on yer hands and knees, thats why babys do it! 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 won't be able to top that sage and meaningful wisdom, but we do explore the fringes of the best blues on the airwaves. Just as we promised last week, we will indulge in disc two of 'Things Are Lookin' Up' by the Greg McCullough band. To dance off with something completely different, we hook up with Commander Cody (oh yeah, THAT guy) for some serious wackiness off 'Dopers, Drunks, and Everyday Losers'. Tho by now your footing is mighty unsure, we slip and slide with the master of slide Roy Rogers and some truely unhummable stuff off his latest 'Split Decision'. As it seems as we have lost all control, we let Webb Wilders new CD 'More Like Me' just climb up on the old handcrank victrola and play itself. I don't know about you, but I'm gonna call 1-800-Axe-Gary 'cause this ain't Kansas no mo'!
Don't get all depressed 'cause ya can't say no;
Join our healin' hour whether yer rich or dirt po';
Our mission is simple, just one of basic trues;
We will cure what ails ya with a dose of the blues.
"I can do that!
By Jason Ricci.
I remember my mother bringing me to see James Cotton at a club in Portland, Maine where I grew up. Portland is a true breeding ground for authentic blues men. I was fifteen years old, everyone there was over 21 mostly late forty's and mostly intoxicated as well. The show was incredible and that evening Cotton was a stellar performer and harmonica player.He was arguably at the peak of his career (circa 1989), however I remember thinking arrogantly through much of it: "I can do that, or I will be able to that", until he ended his show and the audience roared and the legendary long time Muddy Waters side man reemerged from back stage with his band for the encore. The song they did was a minor key blues ballad called "Black Night". Halfway through this already haunting ballad on the downbeat, the band broke the volume down to a whisper with one stunning, life changing, snare crack. At that point Cotton stepped away from his microphone and began to sing and play without the aid of any amplification to the formerly festive, drunk and raucous audience, now ominously quiet without the aid of artificial amplification. It was at that moment that I realized that on one level there was no difference between the artist and his/her audience. Through the expression of his pain, joy, anger and unapolagetic sexuality we were all united in our humanity and within that unity we were all silent, silent except of course for the ghostly wailings of James Cotton's blues harp. I also realized that was one harmonica riff I hadn't learned yet and maybe couldn't. I hadn't suffered enough. When asked: "How did a white boy from Maine get the blues?" I often answer: "If you don't have the blues when you start playing them you will after ten years of trying to make a living at it." My musical and personal mentor Pat Ramsey, a real unsung hero of the blues told me long ago:" This is the only business I know where raw talent, dedication, perseverance and hard work guarantee you absolutely nothing.
-Jason Ricci has won multiple blues and harmonica contests, traveled the entire U.S. and over seas playing blues and jazz music, has played as a member of the bands: Junior Kimbrough and the Soul Blues Boys, R.L. Burnside, The Big Bad Smitty Band, Keith Brown, and many more. He is currently one of the few pioneers of the jazz-worlds "overblowing" technique which transforms the diatonic harmonica into a fully chromatic three octave instrument. He is currently on tour with his own band Jason Ricci and New Blood featuring Shawn Starski on guitar.

TwinCities & other MN venues:
Wed 15-Tom Hunter/SRO; Anoka
-T Albert Lloyd/Famous Dave's; Mpls
Thu 16-Inside Straight/Santorini's; Eden Prairie
Fri 17-Scottie Miller/Spike's; Faribault
- Mick Sterling/Ruby Begonias; Stillwater
-Brandon Scott Sellner/Macho Nacho; Rochester
-Lamont Cranston/Casa Vieja; St Paul
-Savoy Brown w/ Kim Simmonds/Famous Dave's; Mpls
- Davina & the Vagabonds/Dakota County Steakhouse; Burnsville
- Lisa Wenger/Neumann's; St Paul
-THE BROTHERS CURTIS DUO CD release Driftwood char bar; Mpls
Sat 18-Scottie Miller/Rudy's; Lakeville
-Everett Smithson/(3:30)Matinee @ the Matrix; Hibbing-(9)Timbers Edge Bar; Eveleth
-Tom Hunter/Tryg's; Mpls
- Cool Disposition/Neumann's; St Paul
-Top Shelf/Katie O'Leary's; Waseca
- Davina & the Vagabonds/Dakota County Steakhouse; Burnsville
-Swamp Kings/Sage Wine Bar; Mendota Heights
Sun 19-Blues Brunch w/ Davina & the Vagabonds/(10am)Famous Dave's; Mpls
-Papa John Kolstad/Narrows; Navarre
-Paul Mayasich/Neumann's; St Paul

Iowa Venues:
Fri 17
-Corey Stevens/Blues On Grand
Sat 18-Brandon Scott Sellner/Big Beve's; Manson
-Trampled Under Foot/Blues On Grand
Sun 19-Savoy Brown/Blues On Grand

Nebraska Venues:
Wed 15
-Chris Cain/Zoo Bar
Thu 16-The Bel-Airs/Murphy's; Omaha
Fri 17-Nick Moss & the Fliptops w/ Lurrie Bell/Zoo Bar

Wisconsin Venues:
Thu 16-Scottie Miller & the Re-Uptake Inhibitors/McMillan Library; Wisconsin Rapids
Fri 17-Big Daddy Cade & the Bluesmasters/Piggy's; La Crosse
Sat 18-Ross William Perry/The Joint; La Crosse
- Big Daddy Cade & the Bluesmasters/Piggy's; La Crosse

BB's Jazz Blues & Soups-St. Louis, MO:
Mon 13
-Audra & the ContinuOhm
Tue 14-St. Louis Beat Poetry Series; Javier Mendoza
Wed 15-Eric Jerardi
Thu 16-Leroy Pierson; Delta Highway
Fri 17-Leroy Pierson; Soulard Blues Band
Sun 19-Doug Mac Leod

Ground Zero Blues Club-Clarksdale, MS:
Wed 15-Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry
Thu 16-Pre-Fest Blues Jam w/ Guitar Mikey
Fri 17-Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks
Sat 18-Juke Joint Fest w/ Homemade Jamz & Rev Peyton
Sun 19-Blues Brunch w/ KM Williams & Washboard Jackson

Ground Zero Blues Club- Memphis, TN
Fri 17
-Guitar Mikey & Billy Gibson
Sat 18-Delta Highway

Festivals/Blues Celebrations
Wed 15-Sun 19-DELTA MUSIC EXPERIENCE/Clarksdale, MS Info:

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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