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Thursday, October 22, 2009


The Central Iowa Blues Society has the blues. Due to low attendance at the Living History Blues Fest, our beloved local blues society needs a major transfusion of cash. (click here to read an online story from the Des Moines Register.) Of course your local friendly neighborhood blues bands are riding to the rescue. On Sunday, at Blues on Grand, starting at 5pm, Sumpin Doo, Bob Pace, featuring Steve George, and Matt Woods And The Thunderbolts, will perform. Also a sumptuous feast will be supplied by the Machine Shed!!! Trust me anyone who lives here in the heartland knows how good the food is from the Machine Shed. The price for show and food is only 25 dollars! That is a great deal, three great bands, and food! Plus with all the money you save you can donate even more to CIBS! Furthermore, every dollar donated will be matched up to 3,500 bucks!

This is an important gig so get your face in the place! Help save the blues in Des Moines.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Diana Krall: Fly Me To The Moon

Some cool swing piano playing by Diana Krall. She is singing a classic Sinatra song.

Andy Coats Update

Hey everyone,

I hope your Fall is starting off right! Mine has been quite busy, as you have seen from my recent updates …. :)

This weekend brings two more exciting events:

First, a show with the Bank Walkers at a local fixture:

Oct. 24, 10:30 pm - 1:30 am (Eastern)
Andy Coats and the Bank Walkers
Ruckus Pizza and Bar

2233-112 Avent Ferry Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 835-2002

Second, I’ll be doing a live radio show on WSHA Radio – “The Blues is the Blues is the Blues,” with my buddies John Dee Holeman (80 years young) and Drew Questell (15 years old)!

I guess you could call this “3 Generations of the Blues” – Ha!

For those who do not live in Raleigh, please note that you can stream this show off the WSHA website.

Oct. 25, 4 - 8 pm (Eastern)
With John Dee Holeman and Drew Questell
live on WSHA Radio
Raleigh, NC 27606

All the Best,


Dennis Brooks RIP

From Bob Corritore

October 21, 2009
  • RIP Dennis Brooks 3/28/50 - 10/20/09 Dennis Brooks is best known as the founder and former president of Memphis' Beale Street Blues Society. He passed away on Tuesday, October 20th of a sudden heart attack. He was 59. Dennis was known by all as a tireless friend and supporter of the blues. He saw that blues artists would always have an airport pickup or a place to stay. Born and raised in Memphis, Dennis embraced his hometown music. He helped along and booked many artists including Blind Mississippi Morris, Richard Johnston, Super Chikan, Slick Ballinger and Jessie Mae Hemphill. He did extensive volunteer work for the Blues Foundation, Memphis in May and Blues Ball, produced the first Jug Band festival in Memphis, and he was a contributor to this newsletter. Dennis was also very involved in Memphis' Jewish community. Just minutes before his heart attack he was enjoying a deep discussion on the blues with his friend Heidi Knochenhauer. Rest in peace Dennis, you served the blues well. Thanks to Charley Burch, Bruce Iglauer and Joe Whitmer for providing this information.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Soul Searchers Update

the soul searchers
click here for our website
click here for our myspace page
click here to buy the CD

wednesday, october 21, 8-11pm

greenwood lounge
3707 ingersoll ave, des moines

"the soul searchers lay down authentic west coast blues from their des moines, iowa surroundings" -BLUES REVUE magazine "the soul searchers are a veteran group of players who roll along slickly and confidently" -BLUESWAX "this band puts down energetic jump-blues with a vintage vibe that harks back to early fabulous thunderbirds" -OMAHA READER

Monday, October 19, 2009

Johnny Jones RIP

From Bob Corritore

October 19, 2009
  • RIP Johnny Jones 8/17/36-10/16/09 Nashville blues and soul singer/guitarist Johnny Jones passed away on Friday Oct 16th. He was 73. Born in Edes, Tennessee and raised in a gospel oriented family, Jones became influenced by the blues of Memphis and Chicago and picked up guitar along the way. He moved to Chicago in the 1950s and worked gigs with Junior Wells and Freddie King. He moved to Nashville in the 60s and worked as a session guitarist and cut a few singles under his own name. He appeared on the Beat TV show as a second guitarist in Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's Band. In later years Jones owned and operated a Soul Food restaurant but was rediscoved through the efforts of Fred James and European festival bookers. This led to festival appearances, a new European interest in this seasoned veteran, and some CDs. A wonderful guitarist with a warm and passionate voice, Johnny Jones will be remembered as a great blues artist to those lucky enough to have known him. Please note that this artist should not be confused with the blues artist of same name, who was famous for his piano work with Elmore James. For the complete story click here