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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Smokin Aces Update

Friday, October 16, 2009

John Lee Hooker: One Burbon, One Scotch, One Beer

Cool video of John Lee Hooker. Its always an adventure for sidemen when they play with the old master. John Lee had a tendency, like most elder statesmens of the blues to play a song different each time. You have to be on your toes and listen good to play with the greats! although I must admit that when I played with Jimmy Pryor he always knew where the changes were. BTW, Jimmy knew John Lee Hooker from his Detroit days, and the two of them played together quite often.

Mike Zito: Holding Out For Love

Mike Zito has a great voice and plays a great guitar. I should have a review shortly of his new release. Until then enjoy this video of him live in St. Louis.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Delta Rhythm Boys: Jersey Bounce

One of my favorite vocal groups from the swing/jump blues era the Delta Rhythm Boys

Andy Coats Update

Hey everyone,

I just got back from an inspiring trip down through the Delta, where I performed at the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival.

Despite some bad weather, I was able to do my set and make some new friends.

Among the places I got to visit were: Helena (AR), Clarksdale (MS), Friars Point (MS) – for my “guide map,” I used some old Robert Johnson songs!

The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale was definitely a highlight of the trip.

Anyway, it’s also good to be back in Raleigh and getting ready for 3 shows this week.

Oct. 14, 8:30 pm - 1 am
Andy Coats Trio
Bonedaddy's Hideaway

BoneDaddy's Hideaway, LLC.
605 Creekside Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609

Oct. 16, 9:30 pm - 2 am
Andy Coats Trio
Blue Bayou

106 S. Churton St. Hillsborough, NC 27278

Oct. 17, 10 pm - 2 am
Andy Coats and the Bank Walkers

Slims Downtown
227 S Wilmington St
Raleigh, NC 27601-1433
(919) 833-6557

Hope to see you out and about!



Abu Talib "Freddie Robinson" RIP

From Bob Corritorie

October 13, 2009
  • RIP Freddie Robinson 2/24/39 - 10/8/09 Guitarist/vocalist Freddie Robinson, who would later become known as Abu Talib, passed away at a hospital in Lancaster, California on Thursday, Oct 8th at age 70 after a battle with cancer. A spectacular guitarist with leanings in both blues and jazz, he was highly respected among his peers. Born in Memphis on February 24th, 1939, and raised in various towns in Arkansas, Robinson would move to Chicago in 1956. His first recorded work was later that year backing Birmingham Jr. (AKA Birmingham Jones) on the Ebony single "Birmingham 's Late Hours" b/w "Your Too Bad". He then did some great session work for the Chess label, backing Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, and Howlin' Wolf on a number of classic sides. He first recorded as a leader during the 1960s for the Queen, Raries, Limelight and One-derful record labels. During the late 1960's he settled in California where he joined Ray Charles band for a period before re-emerging as a band leader. He went on to cut many spectacular albums, most notably At The Drive-In with the song "Bluesology" which is a spoken story with musical examples of the memorable times at Theresa's basement blues bar in Chicago's south side. Robinson’s discography includes records with Harold Burrage, Bobby Bland, Louis Myers, Big Leon Brooks, Lee Shot Williams, Stanley Turrentine, Blue Mitchell, Jimmy McCracklin, Monk Higgins, John Mayall, Shakey Jake, Gary Sloan, and Mitch Kashmar. In 1975 he embraced the Islam religion and a few years later changed his name to Abu Talib, though he sometimes used his established moniker when recording. Freddie Robinson was simply a cool guy; always perfectly dressed in the most soulful of clothes, always articulate in his speech, and always brilliant in his playing. To see a detailed Freddie Robinson discography (with some omissions) click here. Thanks for all the great music Freddie. We will remember you always.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Buddy Guy: Knock On Wood

Buddy doing some classic soul.

Buddy Guy: Good Morning Little School Girl

Buddy Guy performing old, old, old, school:-)

Taylor Hicks: Battlefield

Taylor Hicks live and singing the blues!

Murali Coryell Update

Latest email from Murali Coryell

The long anticipated release of the new Murali Coryell CD "Sugar Lips" featuring Larry Coryell & Joe Louis Walker and produced by Tom Hambridge is here and will be available in stores November 17th. Make sure get one ASAP! Murali Coryell will be performing live:

Saturday, October 10th, 2009
59 Bank St.

59 Bank St.
New Milford, CT 06776
(860) 350 5995

Price: Free!

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

The Van Dyck Restaurant & Lounge

237 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305

Price: $10Friday, October 23rd, 2009
Murali Coryell Band w/Dorian Randolph-drums & Steve Aldi-bass - 9:00pm
Tin Pan Alley

7909 Albany Post Rd
Red Hook, NY 12571
(845) 758-4545

Price: Free!

amazing food!Saturday, November 7th, 2009
Murali Coryell Band w/Dorian Randolph-drums & Steve Aldi-bass - 9:00pm
Towne Crier Cafe

130 Route 22
Pawling, NY 12564
(845) 855-1300

Price: $20

Saturday, November 14th, 2009
Murali Coryell Band w/Dorian Randolph-drums & Steve Aldi-bass - 9:00pm
The Hideout

596 Court St
Binghamton, NY 13904

Price: $6

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
Frank Guidos Little Italy

14 Thomas St.
Kingston, NY 12401

Price: $49.95

News Years Eve entertainment and dinner package @ delicious Frank Guidos Little Italy!

Saturday, January 9th, 2010
Black-Eyed Sallys

350 Asylum St
Hartford, CT 06103

Price: $10