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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Racism Is Alive And Well

I have avoided politics on this blog, but much of the comments that have gone on over the last month and a half, that are suppose to be political discourse are nothing more than typical racist bull. Anyone with half a brain should be able to figure out that much of the imagery that goes for political hardball these days are ugly and racial. Explain to me how images of Obama as a monkey, a stereotypical black cannibal, or the "Joker" Obama, are not racist. If you think that it is okay, then you are a fool, and have no grasp of history.

However, let me answer some of the far right critics who think this is fair play. After all George Bush was compared to a monkey, and Hitler. Well, the problem with the monkey is that African American's in the past were compared to apes, and monkeys, called sub-human and treated as such. It wasn't funny then, and it ain't funny now. The cannibal image finds it history back in the bad old days of Hollywood. Once again it was a demeaninig image designed to make African Americans subhuman.

The Joker image is the worse. It is so convenient to pass this off as Obama as a super villain. However, when I see the image I see Obama in black face. This goes back to the day of reconstruction, when black performers were not allowed to perform for white audiences, but the white audiences wanted to see the minstrel show, so, white guys painted their faces black, and painted giant red lips on their faces. They also portrayed African American's as lazy, lacking intelligence, and always trying to steal chickens and watermelons from the master/landlord.

Here is the problem. If you want to debate health care, then debate it on the merits. There are many great conservative arguments that can be made instead of this juvenile, name calling, racist BS. (and here is the really sad state of things, even Liberals hate the current health care bill, so you could easily kill it with your good old fashion fiscally conservative talking points)

To be honest if anyone is offended by what I have just said, then I have one question for you. Why do you listen to the blues??? Do you think the blues is just nice tunes?? Seriously?? What do you think the blues is all about???? Think about it.

Andy Coats Update

Hey folks,

1) The Bank Walkers will be back at an old favorite this Friday:

Sept. 18, 7 - 10 pm
Andy Coats and the Bank Walkers
Sadlacks Heroes

2116 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC
(919) 828-9190

2) Also, be sure to check out the new photo galleries on my website:

Many thanks to the great photographers who snapped these, including Susan Foote, James Hill, Jason Dowdle, and Bill Stokes!

3) Finally, don’t forget about these great festival dates coming up soon:

Oct. 1 and 2, 7-10 pm
With John Dee Holeman
Carolina Downhome Blues Festival

Camden, SC

Oct 9, Lockwood-Stackhouse Stage, 4 pm
Andy Coats, solo
Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival (aka "King Biscuit Blues Festival")

Helena, AR

4) And get your FREE MP3 while supplies last [ha! … J]

I hope all is well!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Scottie Miller Update

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Greeting's friends: I will be on tour with the phenomenal Ruthie Foster this weekend.
If you're in the area, come see the Ruthie Foster Family Band, featuring; Ruthie Foster,
Samantha Banks, Tanya Richardson, Hadden Sayers and myself.

Saturday, Septmeber 19th - Monterey Jazz Festival

Sunday, September 20th - Telluride Blues Festival

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Taylor Hicks: Dust My Broom

Taylor Hicks performing a classic Robert Johnson tune. BTW, Taylor is the little brown blip in the bottom middle of the screen:-)

Taylor Hicks_Dust My Broom_Biloxi MS_9-11-09 from Janibeth on Vimeo.

Hawkeye Herman Update


The BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center
Indianola, MS

For immediate release:

Michael "Hawkeye" Herman brings his internationally acclaimed blues
teaching skills to the Mississippi Delta under the sponsorship of the BB King
Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, MS.

Friday, September 25th, 2009 - 10 AM
"History of the Blues"
Cassie Pennington Junior High School
701 East Chapman
Indianola, MS 38751
Parents are welcome!

Saturday, September 26th - 10 AM to 5 PM
"Teaching the Blues: Best Practices and Techniques"
Free all day seminar for musicians and teachers
AT&T/BB King Museum Learning Center
400 Second St.
Indianola, MS 38751
For more information and to register call:
C. Sade Turnipseed
Education and Community Outreach, Director
(662) 887-9539 ext. 222

Hawkeye has presented his popular, entertaining, and informative "Blues In
The Schools" programs for over 30 years, in 25 states, eight foreign
countries, in over 500 schools, all levels, from elementary schools to college

"One of America's finest acoustic guitarists and blues educators." -
Cascade Blues Association

" uncanny grasp of so many different Blues styles." - Holler, Colorado
Blues Society

"Each song is presented with a heartfelt depth rarely witnessed these days
amongst all the amplifiers and studio embellishments... Herman proves to be
a seasoned storyteller above all, as well as an accomplished guitarist." -
Blues Revue Magazine

"Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, and Muddy Waters were giants of the
genre he grew up listening to and who live on through the evocative, haunting
acoustic slide-guitar style he plays." - The Reporter, San Diego, CA

"...plays a powerful variety of hard-driving acoustic blues, a crowd
pleaser." - Mississippi Valley Blues News

"...a mean, clean guitar picker." - San Francisco Examiner

"The only thing better than hearing his recordings is seeing Hawkeye Herman
in the flesh. Whether adding his own spin to blues classics or offering his
own songs, Herman is a one-man history of blues, noteworthy guitar player
and inimitable communicator. Miss him at your peril." - Blues Access

For more information on Hawkeye "Blues in the Schools" programs please
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Hawkeye teaches blues to the band class at Schlagle High School, Kansas
City, KS