Scottie Miller & The Re-Uptake Inhibitors Live Music Schedule for APRIL 2009
****Our show at The Applewood Rustic Grill in Burnsville has been moved from (tonight 4/11), to Friday, April 24th. We apologize for any mis-printed info on our website. Please visit myspace.com/scottiemillerband for the most up to date schedule.
Easter Sunday, April 12th
Majors Sports Cafe - Bloomington, MN
Thursday, April 16th
McMillan Library - Wisconsin Rapids, WI
7:00PM (The Re-Uptake Inhibitors)
Friday, April 17th
Spikes - Faribault, MN
6:30PM - (SOLO)
Saturday, April 18th
Rudys Red Eye Grill - Lakeville, MN
Friday, April 24th
Applewood Rustic Grill - Burnsville, MN
Saturday, April 25th
Rudys Red Eye Grill - Rosemount, MN
***THURSDAY, APRIL 30th!!***
FAMOUS DAVES - CALHOUN SQUARE UPTOWN, Mpls.
7:00-8:00PM - LIVE RECORDING WITH The Re-Uptake Inhibitors!
8:30 - Steeling Dan (LIVE RECORDING!)****************************
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The Iowa Blues Showcase is on the AIR
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Blues Challenge Iowa
Congratulations to Trouble No More and The Blues Explosion for advancing from the first round of the 2009 Iowa Blues Challenge held Thursday, April 9th at Zimm’s.
Coming up this Thursday, April 16th at 9pm at the world famous Blues on Grand, is the second round featuring Bob Pace & The Blues Groove, “The Blue Law” featuring Brooke Conner, V.J.J. Groove, Matt Woods & The Thunderbolts and The Avey Brothers.
The 2009 Iowa Blues Challenge features head to head competition culminating in a four band Final round to be held May 16th, 2009 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines in
. Des Moines, Iowa
For the 16th year, the Central Iowa Blues Society, in cooperation with the Mississippi Valley Blues Society and Lizard Creek Blues Society, presents the 2009 Iowa Blues Challenge, an all-Iowa Blues band contest. This contest is open to any Iowa Blues band that has not been nominated for the Blues Music Awards (Handy’s).
The Iowa Blues Challenge features one of the finest prize packages, for a contest of this kind, in the country. Prizes are awarded to the top bands, including---cash, travel expenses, recording time, as well as spots in the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, IA; Simply the Blues Fest in Fort Madison, IA and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.
The 2009 Iowa Blues Challenge is proudly sponsored by Central Iowa Blues Society, Mississippi Blues Society, Lizard Creek Blues Society, Budweiser, Citadel Broadcasting/94.9KGGO & 98.3WOW,
Junior's Moteland Rieman Music.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
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Reviewer James Walker made it to Nick Moss and the Flip Tops and Lurrie Bell's CD release party for "Live at Chan’s – Combo Platter No. 2" last weekend. The party was held at Buddy Guys' Legends in Chicago . It was quite a show and even Buddy Guy himself got into the fun sitting in for a bit. See James' review of this new CD in this issue below.
We all have the same passion for Blues music! That's why we do the Blues Blast, to keep the Blues alive. So we were pleased to hear of a couple Blues "births" this week.
Two new Blues Societies sent us press releases this week. Massachusetts residents now have the newly formed Massachusetts Blues Society. Their organization was created to further the acceptance and popularity of the Blues. Their website is http://www.massblues.org.
The Windy City Blues Society is a new organization in Chicago, IL. They plan to offer a new Visitors Guide to Chicago Blues Festival 2009 on their website at www.WindyCityBlues.org featuring a list of recommended hotels, Chicago Blues clubs and other businesses that provide discounts to their members. They are also planning a 3-day ‘Instant Friends’ party in Grant Park during the fest. If you plan on visiting Chicago for the Biggest Blues Festival on the Planet, check them out.
Both of these organizations would like to do link exchanges with other Blues societies and fans so check them out and help them keep the Blues alive!
In this issue - Blues Reviews and MORE!
James Walker reviews a new CD from Nick Moss & the Flip Tops and Lurrie Bell. George Fish reviews a new CD by John Parker. We welcome new reviewer Przemek Draheim this week. Przemek is a Blues journalist from Poland. He hosts two Blues radio shows and is editor of www.blues.pl – the oldest Polish on-line Blues magazine. Przemek reviews a CD from Garrett Mason and a new CD from Ingrid Gerdes.
Our video of the week is a clip of Delta Bluesman Robert Belfour. Our streaming Blues Radio link of the week is Przemek Draheim's Blues radio shows. All this and MORE! SCROLL DOWN!!!
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Nick Moss and The Flip Tops with Special Guest Lurrie Bell
Live at Chan’s – Combo Platter No. 2
Style: Electric Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Blues
“Attention ladies and gentlemen: Please adjust your seats, pour yourself a tall drink, and light up a smoke. This ship on the-river-of-time is about to set sail, and your captain, Nick Moss, promises to not “Rock” the boat! Our vessel for this journey is the finest in newly crafted and guitar powered vehicles that will free your mind from your body, allowing it to pleasurably cruise along for the next 79 minutes. On this excursion, expect turns, rapids, riding cresting waves and slow rolling – all to a steady rhythm. Lurrie Bell, the First Mate, and the crew consisting of The Flip Tops are ship shape and tuned to please. So, sit back and enjoy!” -- More than any other player, Nick Moss playing guitar live, and in this case recorded live, takes me on a time cruise where nothing matters but the music.
Nick Moss’ deft ability to be a modern and progressive artist while remaining faithful to Chicago Blues customs is explained by Craig Ruskey in the liner notes: Moss is “...the perfect blend of an artist straddling the fine line between soaring imaginative guitar efforts and traditional, firmly rooted blues grooves....Moss traverses the electric blues guitar landscape effortlessly, without ever sounding like numerous others who appear to have lifted their licks off a dusty museum shelf. Check out, too, his inspired singing....”
Nick’s first live recording in 2006 done at Chan’s Eggrolls & Jazz in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, was so successful and delicious, it called for a second helping. This time special guest Chicago’s critically acclaimed Lurrie Bell plays guitar and sings on four songs alongside Gerry Hundt, Willie Oshawny, Bob Carter, and wife Kate Moss who more than ably helps with bass duties on five songs. Six of the songs are originals by either Nick Moss or Gerry Hundt or Nick and Gerry. Covers include songs by Muddy Waters and Eddie Boyd.
Nick Moss & the Flip Tops have consistently been nominated for a Blues Music Award for Band of the Year. They truly deserve a win because they are, first, a true band – not a studio amalgam and, secondly, each player easily trades off instruments for various songs. For 2009, more BMA nominations include: “Instrumentalist-Other” Gerry Hundt – Mandolin, and Lurrie Bell with two BMA nods: Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year and Instrumentalist-Guitar
The cruise leaves the dock in high gear with a loping instrumental workout appropriately titled, “Spare Ribs & Chopsticks.” Nick’s fluid guitar tones are completely in his control - from harmonic chords to ringing runs to stinging staccatos. Band member Piano Willie Oshawny gets a nice solo about four minutes into the eight minute plus romp.
For the second cut, Kate Moss joins and takes the bass guitar, moving “The Trouble Shooter” Gerry Hundt to heart-felt harmonica. Now in a five piece Chicago Blues ensemble, the band pays tribute to the genre. The song does not stop at the classic three minutes, however; their contemporary 12 bar approach carries for eight minutes. Nick’s plaintive vocals expertly seal the deal explaining he wants to “try to be the man you want me to be.”
The pace quickens slightly as Hundt masterfully switches to the mandolin for a cut off of his own “Since Way Back” CD titled “Whiskey Makes Me Mean.” Here, Nick plays harmonica like it is his main instrument. Track four is a fun romp using a hook reminiscent of the one that goes, “She can’t help it; the girl can’t help it.”
“Lonesome Bedroom Blues” is one of the afore mentioned, float-me-away songs. Nick plays and forlornly sings a slow blues with plenty of harmonica from Gerry and keyboard mastery from Willie while Kate and Bob Carter on drums power the rhythm section.
Track six, “Fill’er Up” was originally a three minute acoustic number during the “Smithsonian Set” on Nick’s last album, the double CD, “Play It ‘Til Tomorrow.” Here it is presented as an electric number with Gerry again smoking on harmonica while Kate takes the bass.
Tracks seven through ten demonstrate why Lurrie Bell in 2008 was twice a magazine cover boy, a Living Blues magazine double award winner, and the Blues Blast Music Award winner for Best Traditional Blues Recording (“Let’s Talk About Love”). According to Nick’s introduction, no one plays pure, straight Chicago Blues guitar any better! Lurrie’s whiskey edged vocals on “Don’t You Lie To Me,” the thirteen minute “Five Long years,” and “I’m Ready” are a complement to his scorching and inventive guitar playing. These four songs are a five-some with Gerry on bass and Kate sitting out.
Nick Moss and Lurrie Bell trading leads and guitar licks – it just doesn’t get better than that! The sold-out audience at Chan’s audibly gave their many approvals.
Keeping the Blues not just alive but vigorously healthy? Nick Moss gets it....and gets it right. This is one Blues Cruise you don’t want to miss, and you don’t even have to go near the water!
Reviewer James “Skyy Dobro” Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ and Blues Blast contributor. His weekly radio show “Friends of the Blues” can be heard each Thursday from 4:30 – 6:00pm on WKCC 91.1 FM in Kankakee, IL
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Central Mississippi Blues Society – Jackson, MS
The CMBS presents Blue Monday at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St., Jackson, MS) every Monday night. Doors open @ 8:00 and music begins @ 8:30. Cover is $5.
The Blue Monday Band is comprised of the “best of the best “ musicians in the Central MS area. Featured artists are King Edward, lead guitar/vocalist and Pat Brown, Abdul Rasheed and Dennis Fountain as vocalists. Other regular band members are Dwight Ross and Rick Lewis (drums), Keith Collins (bass), Johnny Sharpe (keys) and Malcolm Shepherd (CMBS President) on Congas. Most of these musicians appeared in The Last of the Mississippi Jukes.
The Blue Monday Band plays the first set and then the event turns into a jam. For more info see: www.centralmississippibluessociety.com or call Peggy Brown @ 601-613-7377
Friends Of The Blues Shows - Kankakee IL
The Friends of the Blues has started their 2009 Blues concert Series. Here are thie shows for April.
Tuesday, April 14- Too Slim & The Taildraggers, 7:00 Pm, Legacy Bar & Grill, 135 N Kinzie Ave (Route 50), Bradley Il 60915. (815) 936-1649.
Saturday, April 18 – Reverend Raven & Chain Smoking Altar Boys, 8:00 PM, Kankakee Valley Boat Club, Cobb Boulevard, Kankakee IL(815) 936-1699
Tuesday, April 21 – Damon Fowler, 7:00 PM, Kankakee Elks Country Club, 2283 Bittersweet Drive, St. Anne Il. 815-937-1228
Mississippi Valley Blues Society - Davenport, IA
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents Toronto guitar wizard Shawn Kellerman and his band on Monday, April 20 at the Rock Island Brewing Company, 1815 Second Ave., Rock Island, IL. Admission is $7.00, $5.00 for blues society members, and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. For more info contact call the MVBS office at 563-32-BLUES or Hal Reed at 563-650-4303
Illinois Central Blues Club - Springfield, IL
BLUE MONDAY SHOWS
Held at the Alamo 115 N 5th St, Springfield, IL (217) 523-1455 every Monday 8:30pm $2 cover - Apr 13 - Too Slim & the Taildraggers, Apr 20 - Pleasure Chest, Apr 27 - Nothin' But Trouble
River City Blues Society- Peoria, IL
The River City Blues Society's Wednesday Blues Series in Central, Illinois are early shows each Wednesday at 7:00pm, featuring the best traveling regional and National Blues musicians. The shows feature a budget priced cover charge of $4. The shows are held at the Dragon's Dome, 3401 Griffin Ave in Pekin, IL.
Shows scheduled are: Apr 15 - Too Slim & The Tail Draggers, Apr 22 - Damon Fowler Group, April 29 - Bob Dorr & The Blue Band, May 6 Shannon Curfman w/ opening act Barb Hamilton, May 13 - Scott Ellison, May 20 - Deak Harp, May 27 - The Insomniacs
Featured Blues Review 2 of 4
Reviewer George Fish lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, home of blues legends Yank Rachell and Leroy Carr, and writes a regular music column, “Blues and More” for the online Bloomington (IN) Alternative. He’s also published in the regional Indiana blues and alternative presses as well as Living Blues and Blues Access, and wrote the notes for Yank Rachell’s Delmark album, Chicago Style. He has also published on blues and pop music for the left-wing press as well, and has appeared in Against the Current and Socialism and Democracy, as well as the online Political Affairs and MRZine.
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Blues Radio - Streaming Link of the Week
Przemek Draheim is a radio DJ and Blues journalist from Poland. He host two Blues radio shows and is editor of the online Blues magazine www.blues.pl
There are more than 100 of his radio shows, concert recording and more on his website at blues.pl/draheim/?s=archives.
To listen to these shows or a concert recording choose the one that interests you by clicking on its date. (Descriptions tell you which artists are in each show) After a few seconds a music player will load, then press play button. Tell them the Blues Blast sent ya!
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New CD from Alex Dixon Band
Rising From The Bushes
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Blues Video of the Week
Robert Belfour - "Done Got Old"
This week we feature a video by Delta Bluesman Robetr Belfore.
If you have ever wondered what a real juke joint Blueman sounds like Belfour is the real thing. You can often find him playing in a club like Red's in Clarksdale. Mississippi, which is a legendary juke joint. He discusses the juke joint performance experience and then demonstrates by playing this song.
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"From fun to funky to soulful ballads and back again" - Blues Blast Magazine
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The River City Blues Society presents
Wednesday Blues 7:00pm Early Shows
April 15 -Too Slim & The Tail Draggers
The Dragon's Dome
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
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ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE AND GRAMMY AWARD WINNER LEON HUFF TO BE HONORED
WITH STREET NAMING IN CAMDEN, NJ
LEGENDARY PRODUCER/SONGWRITER WHO BROUGHT
‘SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA’ TO ‘PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD’ RETURNS TO HOME TOWN FOR UNVEILING OF “LEON HUFF WAY”
ON HIS 67TH BIRTHDAY
CEREMONY AND FESTIVITIES TO BE HELD WED., APRIL 8
CAMDEN, NJ — Legendary producer, songwriter and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee LEON HUFF will be returning to his home town on his 67th birthday to be honored by the City of Camden with the renaming of Mulford Street as “Leon Huff Way” in a special ceremony to be held here Wednesday, April 8 at noon.
Huff, who with partner Kenneth Gamble, brought Philadelphia soul music (“The Sound of Philadelphia”) to “people all over the world, will be honored by Camden’s mayor, the Hon. Mayor Gwendolyn A. Faison, in the Centerville section of town, a few steps from the site of his childhood home. Gamble, who wrote over 3,000 songs with Huff in 35 years, including R&B #1 hits, pop #1 hits, gold and platinum records, Grammy winners and BMI songwriters' awards honorees, will be a guest speaker among the lifelong friends, business associates, family, and schoolmates in attendance for this extraordinary birthday celebration.
"I am truly blessed that Camden, New Jersey, especially the section of Centerville, feels that I am worthy of such an honor,” says Huff, a world-renown music icon. “It is beyond my wildest dreams and it’s wonderful."
Featured prominently in television programs (“The Apprentice”), films (“The Nutty Professor”) and advertising spots (Verizon, Old Navy, The Gap) for more than 30 years, Gamble and Huff's songs have entered the musical DNA of contemporary culture. In fact, one of their songs is played on the radio somewhere in the world every 13.5 minutes. With a stable core of artists led by the O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and the Three Degrees, Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records with Gamble and created monster hits almost from the first day of its inception. Songs Huff has co-written and co-produced, like “Back Stabbers,” “Love Train,” "For The Love Of Money,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Cowboys to Girls,” “Don't Leave Me This Way,” “Enjoy Yourself," “I'm Gonna Make You Love Me,” “Only the Strong Survive” and “TSOP,” have received songwriters' awards from Broadcast Music International (BMI). All told, the Gamble-Huff/PIR music machine” has generated over 100 Gold and Platinum records and over 70 #1 hits.
In 1999, four years after being inducted with Gamble into the National Academy of Songwriters' Hall of Fame, Huff was honored with his longtime partner by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with the Trustees Award, for his extensive body of work, both as producer and songwriter, and his contribution to the entire fabric of popular music. Last year, Huff was inducted with Gamble into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Huff also has appeared on American Idol in an show devoted to his music, and with Gamble has been inducted twice into the Dance Music Hall of Fame and the R&B Hall of Fame.
Huff, born April 8, 1942 and raised here on Ferry Avenue, was exposed to music through his mother, who played piano and organ in Camden for the 19th Street Baptist Church choir. Huff participated in several Camden "doo-wop" groups, including the Dynaflows, which auditioned for Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour. Another group, the Lavenders, recorded a regional hit, "The Slide.” In the early 1960's, Leon Huff was a session pianist for producer Phil Spector and Brill Building songwriting team Leiber & Stoller. Fate took hold in 1965, when Huff met Gamble in an elevator at the Shubert Theater in Philadelphia.
Leon Huff continues to receive accolades as a solo artist as well, most notably for writing and performing the hit song "I'm Not Jivin I'm Jammin," heard in dance clubs around the country.
WHAT: STREET NAMING CEREMONY FOR LEON HUFF, LEGENDARY “SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA” PRODUCER AND SONGWRITER. On the occasion of his 67th birthday, Huff, born in Camden, NJ, on April 8, 1942, will be honored by the City of Camden with the re-naming of Mulford Street as LEON HUFF WAY, in ceremonies led by Camden’s mayor, the Hon. Mayor Gwendolyn A. Faison in the Centerville section of town.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 8, 2009
NOON - Ceremony and festivities to include proclamation, birthday greetings, music, and reflections from family, school, business associates and lifelong friends
WHO: Mr. Leon Huff – co-founder and partner of Philadelphia International Records and the seminal R&B songwriting team Gamble & Huff, architects of “The Sound of Philadelphia.”
Mr. Kenneth Gamble – co-founder and partner with Mr. Huff of Philadelphia International Records and the Gamble & Huff songwriting team.
The Hon. Gwendolyn A. Faison – Mayor of Camden
Rev. Tony Evans - Director of Camden's Health & Human Services
Riletta Cream - Camden County Freeholder
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