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Monday, August 3, 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

Tommy Castro

'Hard Believer'

Uvee Hayes
'Play Something Pretty'
Watermelon Slim
'Escape From The Chicken Coop'
Important Links
Fresh Stuff Ya Wanna Know
August Blue Monday
now On Line
Aug.6: Mark Cameron
7pm, Central Park
Owatonna, MN
Duluth, MN
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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

Blues Fine as Frog Hair on the Radio

My friends; join us on our travels as we take the old blues bus on the open road and regale on the ditch to ditch tour. 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 share magnificent patented soul blues by good friend Tommy Castro as he shares his heart with ya off his latest 'Hard Believer'. We will then put you in the healin' spot that an angels voice takes ya as we allow Sister Uvee Hayes minister to your mojo with the miracle salve that eminates from her latest work, 'Play Something Pretty'. I know, I know; but there is MORE! We turn the wheel over to the Watermelon Man himself to take us just a little further down the road. 'Escape From The Chicken Coop' is the latest milestone in the journey that IS Watermelon Slim. We've done all the work; you come on in and enjoy the ride!
With Tommy Castro he preaches cool Blue Soul;
He will heal those wounds, and that'd be our goal;
We add some Ms. Hayes just to make it alright;
Then Watermelon takes wheel to bring all home at night!
Blues Shuffle
This Blues shuffle article teaches how to play a blues shuffle. If you are a blues guitar player, you better know how to play a blues shuffle or else! The funky blues shuffle and the slow blues are the two main rhythms of blues music. Good luck and funky blues!
Origin of the Blues Shuffle
The blues shuffle has roots in shuffle beat rhythms of North Africa, Middle East and East Africa. What's the secret to playing a good a blues shuffle? Break every rule in classical music - or as Chuck Berry said - "Roll Over Beethoven and tell Tschaikowsky the news!"
Below are things to keep in mind when playing blues shuffles.. as I said, the beat stays the same, but the chords may be anything from trhee chords blues to jazz changes.
Have you ever listened to African music? Well, you might find it interesting... Today's blues shuffle has roots in the shuffle beat rhythms of North Africa, the Middle East and East Africa. If have not listened to Affrican music - just do it! My teacher Arnie Lawrence said, "The blues is the heart of all contemporary music in the world".. and I believe him.
Blues Shuffle Tips
Approach - be aggresive not passive A blues shuffle is sexy
- the opposite of classical music Blues starts on "and of" beat
- classical music on the beat Blues is a trumpet
- classical music a flute Blues is stacato classical music legato Blues is pentatonic
- 5 notes - classical music 8 notes Blues is intuitive
- classical music formal
-Blues casual music - classical music formal
By Johnny Mayer.

TwinCities & other MN venues:
Tue 4
-Mick Sterling/Lifetime Fitness; Eden Prairie
Wed 5-Scottie Miller/331 Club; Mpls
-Davina & the Vagabonds/Lee's Liquor Lounge; Mpls
-Kurt Jorgensen Duo/Narrows; Navarre
-The Irresistibles/Taste of Delano
Thu 6-Scottie Miller & the Re-Uptake Inhibitors/Live Downtown; Duluth
-Big Walter Smith/Arts in the Park; Bloomington
-Davina & the Vagabonds/Spasso; Minnetonka
- Brandon Scott Sellner/Vista Blues Cruise; Duluth
- Sterling; Bowe; Fierro & their So Called Friends/Dunn Bros; Excelsior
- Ross William Perry/Blues & BBQ; Bloomington
Fri 7-Deb Callahan/Narrows; Navarre
-Scottie Miller & the Re-Uptake Inhibitors/Vista Blues Cruise; Duluth
- Lamont Cranston/Grandma's Sports Garden; Duluth NiteRail/McMahon's; Mpls -
-Moses Oakland Quartet/Freeborn Cty Fair; Albert Lea
-Davina & the Vagabonds/Powerhouse Bar; Duluth
- Brandon Scott Sellner/Horseshoe Bar; Duluth
-The Irresistibles/Live Downtown; Duluth
Sat 8-Alex Wilson/Narrows; Navarre
-Scottie Miller & the Re-Uptake Inhibitors/Vista Blues Cruise; Duluth
- Lamont Cranston/Grandma's Sports Garden; Duluth
-George Maurer w/ Debbie Duncan/Dakota Jazz Club; Mpls
-Curtis Marlatt & the Kicks/Dixie's on Grand; St Paul
-NiteRail/Neumann's; St Paul
- Big Walter Smith/Moldeez; Duluth
-Davina & the Vagabonds/(3p)Electric Fetus; (Evening) Beaners Central; Duluth
-Brandon Scott Sellner/Live Downtown; Duluth
-The Irresistibles/Powerhouse Bar; Duluth
-Dave Lambert/Lake Sisseton Saloon Anniversary; Fairmont
Sun 9-Paul Mayasich & Billy Franze/VFW by the Lake; White Bear Lake
-Davina & the Vagabonds/Club Saratoga; Duluth
-The Irresistibles/Bev's Juke Joint; Superior

Iowa Venues:
Wed 5-The Soul Searchers/Blues On Grand; Des Moines
Fri 7-Big John & the 39th St Band/Blues On Grand
Sat 8-Lil' Dave Thompson/Blues On Grand

Nebraska Venues:
Wed 5-Lil' Brian/Zoo Bar; Lincoln
Fri 7-Larry McCray/BSO Blues Cruise-River City Star; Omaha

Wisconsin Venues:
Fri 7
-The Avey Bros/Piggy Blues; La Crosse
Sat 8-The Avey Bros/Piggy Blues; La Crosse
Sun 9-Scottie Miller & the Re-Uptake Inhibitors/Muddy Waters; Prescott
- T Albert Lloyd/Mudds & Sudds; Hudson

BB's Jazz Blues & Soups-St. Louis, MO:
Mon 3-Audra & the ContinuOhm
Tue 4-St. Louis Beat Poetry Series; Little Joe MacLerran
Wed 5-Larry McCray
Thu 6-Rough Grooves
Fri 7-Leroy Pierson; Alvin Jett & Phat Noiz
Sat 8-Tom Hall; Billy Peek
Sun 9-Little Dave Thompson
Visit for an updated August Calendar!

Ground Zero Blues Club-Clarksdale, MS:
Wed 5
-Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry
Thu 6-Blues Jam w/ Guitar Mikey
Fri 7-Big T & the Family
Sat 8-Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks
Sun 9-Blues Brunch w/ Heavy Suga' & the SweeTones

Fri 7-Sun 9
Fri 7-Sun 9-SUNFLOWER RIVER BLUES FEST/Clarksdale, MS Info:
Fri 7-Sat 8-WAUKESHA BLUES FEST/Delafield, 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
- Holland & Oakland/(6-8p) Famous Dave's; Mpls
- Open Blues Jam /Floyd's; Victoria, MN
Every Tuesday-Paul Metsa & Sonny Earl/Sarna's Classic Grill; Columbia Heights, MN
-Paul Mayasich & Friends/Hollihan's; White Bear Lake, MN
-Bob Pace & the Blues Groove/Blues On Grand; Des Moines, IA
Every Wednesday-Blues Jam w/Curtis Marlatt & the Kicks/Jethro's Char House; N St Paul, MN
-The Butanes/Eagles Club #34; 25th St., Mpls
-Paul Mayasich & Friends/School of the Wise II; Chanhassen, MN
- Root City/Glueks; Mpls
- John Iden & Jim Ouska/TGI Fridays; Eden Prairie, MN
-Barbara Blue/(7-9)Silky O'Sullivan's; Beale St-Memphis, TN
-Wed. Blues Jam/Nighthawks Tap; La Crosse, WI
-Open Mic Night/Redstone Room-River Music Experience; Davenport, IA
Every Thursday-Moses Oakland Quartet/School II/ Chanhassen, MN
-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
Every Friday-Barbara Blue/(7-9)Silky O'Sullivan's; Beale St-Memphis, TN
Every Saturday-Papa John Kolstad/Merlins Rest; Mpls
- Barbara Blue/(5-9)Silky O'Sullivan's; Beale St-Memphis, TN

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