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Monday, April 20, 2009

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

Taz Cru

'Grizzle and Bone'

'American Landscape'
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Apr. 24: Top Shelf
Spikes; Faribault, MN
Apr. 26: GTCBMS Road To Memphis Competition
Mn Music Cafe; St. Paul, 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

BBQed Blues For Yer Ears on the AM/FM

Oh Yeah, Baby! Ain't NUTHIN' better'n hangin' with like minded folks and greasin' down on the life givin', smile creatin', belly fillin' food of the Americas while havin' yer ears filled with the best blues on the airwaves! 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 will slather the sauce all over yer dimestore pocket transistor radio with a feast fit for Kings! First off, we gently sautee a hand picked selection of mouth watering goodness off 'Grizzle and Bone', the freshest of the fresh from Taz Cru. Then we toss some sides of grits and gravy atcha from those respected and venerable purveyors The Nighthawks off 'American Landscape'. Now that you've loosened yer belt and are ready to top off yer meal we serve up sum 'mo Taz Cru off his earth shaping 'Gravi-Tas'. Good Lord, folks; if this don't sit right and you've taken in too much, please stick around for the bromoseltzer. They'll be playin' Whoopy John after the show.
Some times it looks bleek when things get tough;
But we gots the cure, just grab you enough;
At our blues buffet you know it's all good;
So join us this week in our blues neighborhood.
Blues Dreams
By Brian Kramer
My Name is Brian Kramer, I grew up in Brooklyn NY and I have been on this Blues Journey for over 25 years. I never dreamed I would be recording albums or playing along side legends like Junior Wells, Mick Taylor, Larry Johnson, Eric Bibb, etc. as I sat in my little basement apartment as a teenager playing guitar to used blues records. In the early 80's it was the height of the "Disco" age and blues was being swallowed up and almost forgotten in the marketable sense. However the local music scene was thriving in NYC and you could find great musicians and jam sessions all around town. I first saw Larry Johnson at a small NY club called Dan Lynch (the main watering hole for raw blues). I was just learning how to put simple chords together on the guitar when I saw this amazing fingerpicker playing his six strings like it was a whole orchestra! I learned many of his songs from his records (particularly an album called Fast & Funky -Blue Goose) and made this style of playing the focus of my attention... About 8 years later, I met Larry and had the opportunity to put some shows together for him. He invited me to sit in on stage at NYC's Tramps and realized I knew most of his repertoire. We played together constantly for many years and recently recorded a wonderful album called Larry Johnson with Brian Kramer & the Couch Lizards- Two Gun Green (Armadillo-Armd00013). I met Junior Wells through a drummer who was his friend in Chicago. It was at the old Lone Star Cafe in NY and he & Buddy Guy were playing two nights. There were very few people in the club and I wound up hangin' with Junior & Buddy all night (I was about 21 years old). The next night, I showed up with my Dobro & asked Junior if I could play something with him (a very ballsy move). After the show, I waited in the dressing room when Junior walked in, dripping with sweat from his
performance. He saw me sitting there, with my guitar out & said "Whut you wanna play?". We jammed for an hour, with Junior showing me how to do it right! We became good friends and a few years later, I got my first record deal. When I asked Junior if he would play on the record he eagerly said "just tell me where & when". We recorded an album together called Brian Kramer & the Blues Masters Featuring Junior Wells & Mick Taylor (unavailable). I moved to Sweden in 1996 and met Eric Bibb when he was playing a regular gig in a tiny, dark club called Lilla Maria's. We hit it off right away as we were both New Yorker & found that we both knew many of the same musicians from back home, including Larry Johnson. Eric's career was just about to take a better direction and he asked me if I would accompany him for his first tour in California for two weeks, partly because I had a driver's license. I agreed, but made it clear I was a very inexperienced driver... He had no concern about this, though. When we arrived in LA, via Sweden & the UK for a meeting with his agent, we had been flying & traveling for over 20 hours with little sleep. We rented a car right away and made our way carefully onto the LA freeway. This way the FIRST time I ever drove on a freeway, let alone the most notorious one on the planet! Eric held on to his hat for the next 5 hours as we drove to our first "official" gig together ever. I told him "you be my eyes in the rear & I'll watch the front, until I get my drivin' legs!" When we pulled up to the art center, Eric sighed with relief "I can't believe we made it!" We performed & traveled together all over the world for the next two years and I am featured on his album, Eric Bibb Home-To Me (Manhaton) Needless to say, he never let me be a driver on tour again. These are just a few, brief moments of Blues Dreams come true in a long history of discovering myself through blues music. Through these travels I've been personally introduced to many Idols like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Buddy Guy, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Bernard Allison, Jimmy Dawkins, Bobby Rush, Otis Rush, the list goes on & on! My whole life has been shaped around these experiences and each one opens up a new chapter...The Journey continues!
Brian Kramer
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TwinCities & other MN venues:
Wed 22
-Lamont Cranston/Legends; St Cloud
-Davina & the Vagabonds/Lees Liquor Lounge; Mpls
Thu 23-Brandon Scott Sellner/McMahon's; Mpls
-True Sons of the Blues w/ Jimi "Primetime" Smith/Famous Dave's; Mpls
Fri 24-Joe & Vickie Price/Oak Center General Store; Lake City
-Tom Hunter/Tryg's; Mpls
- Swamp Kings/Schooner's; Mpls
-Top Shelf/Spikes; Faribault
- Lamont Cranston/Macho Nacho; Rochester
- Davina & the Vagabonds/Wine Café; Mankato
- John Nemeth/Famous Dave's; Mpls
- Lil' Slim & his Blues Revue/Hat Trick Lounge; St Paul
Sat 25-Scottie Miller/Rudy's; Rosemount
-The Irresistibles/Narrows; Navarre
- Lamont Cranston/Dean's; St Paul
- Lisa Wenger; Guitar Shorty/Famous Dave's; Mpls
-Davina & the Vagabonds/Tryg's; Mpls
-Ross William Perry/Grumpy's; St Bonifacious
- Cool Disposition/Applewood Rustic Grille;Burnsville
-Mike Fugazzi/Hat Trick Lounge; St Paul
Sun 26-Brunch w/ Davina & the Vagabonds/(11am) Trygs; Mpls
-Cornbread Harris' 4th Annual 80th Birthday Dance Party/Palmer's; Mpls
-GTCBMS Road To Memphis Competition /MMC St. Paul

Iowa Venues:
Tue 21
-John Nemeth/Blues On Grand
-Savoy Brown/Redstone Room-River Music Experience; Davenport
Fri 24-Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne/Blues On Grand
Sat 25-John Hammond/Redstone Room-River Music Experience; Davenport
-Damon Fowler/Blues On Grand
Sun 26-Damon Fowler/Betsy's Blue Note; Ft. Dodge

Nebraska Venues:
Wed 22
-John Nemeth/Zoo Bar
Thu 23-Stacy Mitchhart; The Mercurys/Murphy's; Omaha
Sat 25-PLAYING WITH FIRE WINTER SERIES-Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne/Holland Center; Omaha, NE Info:

Wisconsin Venues:
Fri 24-Dave Lambert/The Joint; La Crosse
-Brandon Scott Sellner/The Helm; La Crosse
-Shufflin' Duprees/Piggy's; La Crosse
Sat 25-Shufflin' Duprees/Piggy's; La Crosse
- Brandon Scott Sellner/The Helm; La Crosse

BB's Jazz Blues & Soups-St. Louis, MO:
Mon 20
-Sessions Jazz Big Band
Tue 21-Innes Sibun
Wed 22-Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Thu 23-Leroy Pierson; Josh Garrett and the Bottomline
Fri 24-Leroy Pierson; Chris Beard & Live Wire
Sat 25-Tom Hall; The Bel-Airs
Sun 26-Paul Rishell & Annie Raines

Ground Zero Blues Club-Clarksdale, MS:
Wed 22
-Heather Crosse
Thu 23-Blues Jam w/Phillip Carter
Fri 24-Stan Street & Hambone
Sat 25-Southern Soul Blues w/ Wesley Jefferson

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

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
-Juke Joint Jam/Ground Zero Blues Club; Memphis, TN
-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-True Blue Mondays-Lunch w/ Ellis Kell/(12p)Mojo's-River Music Experience; Davenport, IA
Every Tuesday-Big Daddy Cade/(8p)Centerfields; Mpls
-Bob Pace & the Blues Groove/Blues On Grand; Des Moines, IA
Every Wednesday-Alison Scott (noon)/Dakota Jazz Club; Mpls, MN
-The Butanes/Eagles Club #34; 25th St., Mpls
-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)Baggans; 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
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,
Every Saturday-Barbara Blue/(5-9)Silky O'Sullivan's; Beale St-Memphis, TN

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