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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

John Hammer Blues News


This Week On

Hammered By The Blues
KOWZ 1170am Sunday at 10pm (When sports talk ain't on)
On the Internet:
Tues 9am
and Sat. 11am

Nick Moss & The Fliptops

'Live at Chan's Vol. 2'

Ana Popovic
'Blind For Love'
Dennis Jones
'Pleasure and Pain'
Important Links
Fresh Stuff Ya Wanna Know
August Blue Monday
now On Line
July 30- Aug.1: Boundary Waters Blues Fest
Ely, MN
July 31-Aug.1: Fargo Blues Festival
Fargo, MN
July 31-Aug.1: Prairie Dog Blues Fest
Prairie Du Chien, WI
Aug.1: Blues at the Barn
Red Wing, MN
* Checkout the 7 Day LIVE Blues Forecast*

Yo! Blues Buddies:

Be sure to visit to read our entire August 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

Major Conflagration on the Radio

Alrighty, thrillseekers. PLEASE, for your safety make sure you have a fire extinquisher, bucket 'o water, or a fire retardant blanket near your table top Zenith tube radio for the possibility that we may just set that sucker on fire! 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 will definitely crank up the heat for ya with a trifecta of scortchin' guitar slingers. We will start off by gently melting yer face with Nick Moss and the Fliptops and some molten tracks off 'Live at Chan's, Combo Platter No.2'. We then will take the heat deeper and cause yer brain to burst into flames with the incendiary Ana Popovic as she melts you in place with a handful off 'Blind For Love'. To make sure we clean up what has now become a steaming pile, we will cremate the remains to micro-ash with a guy who dishes up surface of the sun like riffs for breakfast. Dennis Jones is our finisher with six string pyrotechnics off 'Pleasure & Pain'. Don't say we didn't give fair warning!
Think intense heat, then think about more;
This ain't blues hot sauce you can buy at the store;
We provide warning labels and advise you take care;
If you're too close to the speaker, you might lose yer hair!
Blues Pride
Do I have blues pride?
I don't know, but I sure wish I did.. when I listen to Buddy Guy play two blues licks on the guitar, I know I just heard "blues pride", but I'm not sure just what he did! Was it in the way Buddy tunes up his guitar.. or does he have a special guitar pick he's used for ever.. or is he like me just trying to impress the girls - well, probably not! I don't think you're born with blues pride.. I think you have to develop it along the way.. just how you do it is probably a natural thing like learning to play baseball.. it's a combination of your talents, people you play with and luck. oh.. and one more thing... a mentor of some kind that every once awhile knocks you over the head with a basebal bat - OUCH !!! Those that justify seldom convince
Did you ever hear that expression before? Well, you ought to make it your motto.. keep your mouth shut and let your playing speak for itself. Someday you'll know you've got it by the way people's heads turn wen you play two notes - and don't forget to help a young blues musician a break getting on stage with you to play a song... now that's keeping the blues alive.. good luck and funky blues! -Johnny Mayer

TwinCities & other MN venues:
Mon 27-Davina & the Vagabonds/Famous Dave's; Mpls
Tue 28-Mick Sterling & Friends/Victoria Bar & Grill; Victoria
-Davina & the Vagabonds/Summer Tuesdays; Stillwater
Wed 29-Scottie Miller & the Re-Uptake Inhibitors/Tally's Dockside; White Bear Lake
-Davina & the Vagabonds/Landmark Center; St Paul
Thu 30-Scottie Miller & the Re-Uptake Inhibitors/Marketfest; White Bear Lake
-Irresistibles/Arbor Lakes; Maple Grove
-Don Scott/Riverside by the Root; Lanesboro
-Kelly Richey/Famous Dave's; Mpls
- Dee Miller/Narrows; Navarre
Fri 31-Hubert Sumlin w/ Willie "Big Eyes" Smith/Famous Dave's; Mpls
-Memphis & the Meantimes/Narrows; Navarre
- Moses Oakland Quintet/Applewood Rustic Grill; Burnsville
-Davina & the Vagabonds/Derby Days; Shakopee
-Rich Lewis/McMahon's; Mpls
-Cool Disposition/Neumann's; St Paul

Iowa Venues:
Sun 26-Tinsley Ellis/Blues On Grand
Wed 29-Matt Woods & the Thunderbolts/Blues On Grand
Fri 31-Guitar Shorty/Blues On Grand

Nebraska Venues:
Wed 29-Tinsley Ellis/Zoo Bar
Thu 30-Tinsley Ellis/Murphy's

Wisconsin Venues:
Tue 28
-Hamilton Loomis/Nighthawks Tap; La Crosse
Thu 30-Ian Hilmer/Historic Trempealeau Hotel; Trempealeau
Fri 31-Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo/Piggy Blues; La Crosse

BB's Jazz Blues & Soups-St. Louis, MO:
Visit for an updated July Calendar!

Ground Zero Blues Club-Clarksdale, MS:
Wed 29
-Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry
Thu 30-Blues Jam w/ Daddy Rich
Fri 31-Heavy Suga' & the SweeTones

Thu 30-Sat 1
Fri 31-Sat 1-PRAIRIE DOG BLUES FESTIVAL/Prairie du Chien, WI Info:
Sat 1- Blues At The Barn/ Red Wing ,MN info:
Sat 1-Sun 2- Blues on the Chippewa/ Durand, WI 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 - 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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