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Monday, June 15, 2009

John Hammer Blues Update


This Week On

Hammered By The Blues
KOWZ 1170am Sunday at 10pm (When sports talk ain't on)
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Zac Harmon
'From The Root'
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Yo! Blues Buddies:

Be sure to visit to read our entire June 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

Bawdy and Blue on Yer Radio

As we bask in the season that accomodates outdoor fests, we thought we would share some of what you may catch on the blues highway this summer. This week on Hammered By The Blues ( Sunday on KOWZ 10pm on 1170am. Classic episodes rebroadcast on line Tues at 9am and Sat at 11am on we dug into my old homestead mailbox for some of the fresh stuff. We kick our roll with The Dynaflows and a handful of butt shakers off their self titled CD. Then to bring a little sweat to yer brow and fire in yer pants, we slide up close and personal next to Candye Kane as she steams yer personal windscreen with some smokin' selections off 'Superhero'. To finish out our time together, we tap brother Zac Harmon testifyin' as only he can off 'From The Root', his latest off Northern Blues Music label. Throw another slab of ribs on the grill, 'cause we're just gettin' started!
From guitars that scream to horns that moan;
We plays the blues so you won't be alone;
Whether yer in the car or on the back porch;
We support the music and carry the torch!
Willie Foster
By Vince Cheney
I've lived in the southern United States all my life, lived in the areas where the blues began..
In these areas the economy isn't much different than today. Just like 100 years ago, not many of us sing the blues, however hard times are very familiar. I guess I know more unsung heroes than anyone else I've met and it's one of the few subjects I feel qualified to talk about! Several years ago I became fascinated with the songs sung by field workers and folks that actually lived the "blues life"! It intrigued me how a few words expressed so much feeling and what most of us take for granted today, many lived without (like shoes, love, family, and money). Amazing how these innocent songs they wrote would later be what kept them from starving if they were lucky. Most (much like today) died unheard and wasn't given the opportunity to abandon the "blues life", like my mentor Lightnin Hopkins and better known, the "king of blues" BB King. When I met Willie Foster playing a juke not far from my house, it changed my life. I went to his house and immediately made a good friend. While I was asking him of how life is different today, he finaly told me of a horror story that I never heard him tell anyone else. He showed me a small scar where he was traveling to a distant town and got caught by a few "whites". The white men had thrown a rope around his neck and drug him to a nearby tree. Luckily the men were in a good mood and allowed Willie to escape with only a few scratches, deep bruises and the promise to "stay on his side of town". Willie, like a few more have experienced such assault as beer bottles crashed over the head, hangings, muggings and even sexual assault in some cases. These "unsung heroes" of the blues were the ones that taught us to sing about life. I tell Willies story cause he's not here to tell. He always preferred to talk of the better things or current events and avoid the past. He wasn't a racist and didn't hold it against later generations; in fact he kept a love for everyone and hardly noticed color. Today I, like many try to be like the past "Unsung Heroes". However, we are expecting to be heard for some reason. Though I would like to be heard myself, several years ago I decided to create an online connection to bring blues musicians and fans together The site not only has helped give light to other musicians that are truly struggling, but makes me feel I'm doing my part as a blues lover. I personally think that the unheard artists are the few real bluesmen, for it is them that lived the "blues life" and till this day remains unheard. Almost every ones life is hard, only a few are given the gift to explain it in a few songs! And only a few of them are heard and actually make a difference in one persons life, I want to be one of them!
TwinCities & other MN venues:
Wed 17-Big Walter Smith/Shoreview Park; Shoreview
-Moses Oakland/Normandale Lake Bandshell; Bloomington
-Paul Mayasich & Friends/Tally's Dockside;WBL
Thu 18-Eric Clapton; Steve Winwood/Xcel Energy Center; St Paul
-Mick Sterling/Gianni's; Wayzata
-Big Walter Smith/White Bear Lake
Fri 19-Memphis & the Meantimes/Narrows; Navarre
-Wilbur Cole & the Soulmates/Paddy Wagon's; Coon Rapids
-Inside Straight/Inn Kahoots; Hamel
-Cool Disposition/Neumann's; St Paul
-Swamp Kings/Mickey's; Heidleberg
Sat 20-Scottie Miller & the Re-Uptake Inhibitors/Applewood Rustic Grill; Burnsville
-Sweet Paulie T & the Bluesblasters/MN Music Café; St Paul
-Brandon Scott Sellner/Mainstreet Bar; Hopkins
-The Irresistibles/Breakaway; Robbinsdale
-Top Shelf/Straight River Park; Medford
-Big Walter Smith/City of Waconia (2pm); Marine on St Croix (7pm)
-Inside Straight/Inn Kahoots; Hamel
-Swamp Kings/Sage Wine Bar; Mendota Heights
-The Butanes/Eagles #34; Mpls
Sun 21-Scottie Miller & the Re-Uptake Inhibitors/Muddy Waters; Prescott
-Paul Mayasich/Northern Vineyards; Stillwater
-Brunch w/ Joe Juliano/Famous Dave's; Mpls
-Reverend Raven & the Chainsmokin' Altar Boys/Neumann's; St Paul
-Mick Sterling/Chart House; Lakeville
-Papa John Kolstad/Narrows; Navarre

Iowa Venues:
Tue 16-Ana Popovic/Blues On Grand
Fri 19-Duke Tumotoe/Catfish Festival; Dubuque
-Lamont Cranston/Pearson Lakes Art Center/Lake Okoboji
-Big Mike Griffin/Blues On Grand
Sat 20-Joanne Shaw Taylor/Blues On Grand

Nebraska Venues:
Thu 18-The Bel-Airs/Murphy's
Sat 20-Eric Clapton; Steve Winwood/Qwest Center; Omaha Chubby Carrier: Harper/Celebrate Lincoln

Wisconsin Venues:
Fri 19
-Shufflin' Duprees/Piggy's; La Crosse
Sat 20-Shufflin' Duprees/Piggy's; La Crosse

BB's Jazz Blues & Soups-St. Louis, MO:
Wed 17-Big Mike Aguirre
Sat 20-Soulard Blues Band Go to

Ground Zero Blues Club-Clarksdale, MS:
Wed 17
-Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry
Fri 19-La La & Element 88
Sat 20-Guitar Mikey & the Real Thing

Ground Zero Blues Club- Memphis, TN
Fri 19-Preston Shannon
Sat 20-Preston Shannon
Sun 21-Spoken Soul

Sat 20-SANTIAGO SHAKEDOWN 7/Bailey Rays; Santiago, MN Info:

Every Week All Month Long (all venues)
Every Sunday-Tom Hunter(10:45a)/United Methodist Church; Minnetonka, MN
-Cadillac vs. Cornbread/Palmer's; Mpls
-Blues Jam w/ Big Bob Scoggin/McMahon's Irish Pub; Mpls
-Toby Marshall/(7-10)Cherokee Sirloin Room; W St. Paul
-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;
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-Blues Jam w/Curtis & the Kicks/Jethro's Char House; N St Paul, 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
- John Iden & Jim Ouska/TGI Fridays; Eden Prairie, MN
- Big Daddy Cade Jam/(7p)Baggins; Fridley, MN
- Curtis Marlatt & the Kicks hosted Jam/Jethro's Char House; Mahtomedi, 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-The Butanes/McMahon's; Mpls
-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

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