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Sunday, August 16, 2009

John Hammer Blues News


This Week On

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

Chick Willis

'Hit and Run Blues'

Dani Wilde
'Heal My Blues'
Dave Keller
'Play For Love'
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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

Tightenin' Yer Mojo on the Radio

Bolt down the couch, toss the dog out to chase the neighbors cat for awhile. Let's get this house party started! 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 tighten up yer mojo and sooth yer soul. We kick it with a veteran who has 53 years of makin' fine music. Chick Willis is in the house with some big band blues noise off his latest CD 'Hit and Run Blues'. Then we spare no expence as we import a sizzlin' chantuese from the other side of the pond. Dani Wilde is here to share part of herself off 'Heal My Blues'. To keep explorin' the meloncholy side of the id, we tap Dave Keller as he testifys off 'Play For Love'. With fare like this comin' thru yer dimestore pocket transistor radio: Who loves ya, Baby?
We beg your indulgence and set yer soul free;
Improving the world is up to you and me;
I will do my part if you will do yours;
Just dial in Sunday and we'll blow off yer doors!
Big Joe Blues
By Marc Miller
It was 1965 or thereabouts and my date and I were at a club in Greenwich Village in New York listening to music. The room was enormous, crowded, smoky and loud. The tables were miniscule with barely room for drinks and no room to stretch out our legs under them. Featured were two folk rock bands, flaunting their wares with mega-amplification. They were young, attractive, fashionably hip and very loud. Sandwiched in between the two sets, perhaps as an afterthought, was the bluesman Big Joe Williams (not to be confused with the jazz and rhythm and blues singer Joe Williams who sang with Count Basie). He looked terrible. He had a big bulbous aneuristic protrusion bulging out of his forehead. He was equipped with a beat up old acoustic guitar which I think had nine strings and sundry homemade attachments and a wire hanger contraption around his neck fashioned to hold a kazoo while keeping his hands free to play the guitar. Needless to say, he was a big letdown after the folk rockers. My date and I exchanged pained looks in empathy for what was being done this Delta blues man who was ruefully out of place. After three or four songs the unseen announcer came on the p. a. system and said, "Lets have a big hand for Big Joe Williams, ladies and gentlemen; thank you Big Joe". But Big Joe wasn't finished. He hadn't given up on the audience and he ignored the announcer. He continued his set and after each song the announcer came over the p. a. and tried to politely but firmly get Big Joe off the stage. Big Joe was having none of it and he continued his set with his nine-string acoustic and his kazoo. Long about the sixth or seventh song he got into his groove and started to wail with raggedy slide guitar riffs, powerful voice, as well as intense percussion on the guitar and its various accoutrements. By the end of the set he had that audience of jaded '60's rockers on their feet cheering and applauding vociferously. Our initial pity for him was replaced by wondrous respect. He knew he had it in him to move that audience and he knew that thousands of watts and hundreds of decibels do not change one iota the basic power of a song. Big Joe Williams died on December 17th, 1982. He was inducted into the W. C. Handy Blues Hall of Fame on October 4th, 1992. His accomplishments as a singer, song writer and musician are considerable, but to me he will always be the man who won over an unlikely apathetic audience of rockers with uncompromising Delta blues.
-Marc Miller is a New York born folk-blues and ragtime-blues singer and guitarist who now lives on Kibbutz Afiq in the Golan Heights, overlooking the Sea of Gallilee.

TwinCities & other MN venues:
Wed 19
-Aaron Neville/Dakota Jazz Club; Mpls
-Davina & the Vagabonds/Lee's Liquor Lounge; Mpls
-Paul Mayasich & Kurt Jorgensen/Tally's Dockside; WBL
Thu 20-Davina & the Vagabonds/Three Crows; Delano
-Big Walter Smith/Arbor Lakes; Maple Grove
-Aaron Neville/Dakota Jazz Club; Mpls
Fri 21-Ana Popovic/Famous Dave's; Mpls
-Dust Bowl Blues Band/Wine Café; Mankato
- Davina & the Vagabonds/School II; Chanhassen
-Dee Miller/Narrows; Navarre
-The Irresistibles/Canterbury Park
Sat 22-Cool Disposition/Applewood Rustic Grill; Burnsville -Duke Robillard/Dakota Jazz Club; Mpls
-Walter Trout; Robert Cray Band/Seven Clans Casino; Thief River Falls
-Davina & the Vagabonds/Trygs; Mpls
-George Thorogood; Jonny Lang/Grand Casino; Hinckley
-Big John Dickerson/Famous Dave's; Mpls
-Joe Juliano/Neumann's; St Paul
-Mick Sterling/Dunn Bros; Excelsior
-Ross William Perry/Dixie's on Grand; St Paul
Sun 23-Bobby Rush/Dakota Jazz Club; Mpls
-Brunch w/ Davina/Trygs; Mpls
- Inside Straight/Brookside Bar; Marine on St Croix
-T Albert Lloyd/The Valley; Eagan

Iowa Venues:
Wed 19-Eric Sardinas/Blues On Grand
Thu 20-The Wood Bros w/Tristen/River Music Experience; Davenport
Fri 21-Scottie Miller Band/Blues On Grand
Sat 22-George Thorogood; Jonny Lang/Stir Concert Cove; Council Bluffs
-The Dynaflows/ Blues On Grand

Nebraska Venues:
Wed 19
-Ana Popovic/Zoo Bar
Thu 20-Eric Sardinas/Knickerbockers; Omaha
-Randy McAllister/Murphy's; Omaha

Wisconsin Venues:
Fri 21-Lamont Cranston; Brandon Scott Sellner/Dragon Boat Festival; Superior
- Mudcat & the Bottomfeeders/Piggy Blues; La Crosse
Sat 22-Mudcat & the Bottomfeeders/Piggy Blues; La Crosse

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

Ground Zero Blues Club-Clarksdale, MS:
Wed 19
-Stan Street & Hambone Blues
Thu 20-Blues Jam w/ Daddy Rich
Fri 21-Mark "Mule Man" Massey Birthday Bash
Sat 22-All Night Long w/ Special Guest Mary Ann "Action" Jackson
Live performance feeds at

Fri 21-Sat 22
Sat 22-LAST RIDE BLUES FESTIVAL/Thief River Falls, MN Info:
Sat 22-ROCHESTER BLUES AND BBQ/Peace Plaza; Rochester, 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
- 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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