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Friday, December 4, 2009

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

S-N-O-W?! I was convinced that global warming was beneficial for me when I was enjoying the 60 degree temps last week, but Noooooooo, the ground is now totally covered by snow here in Sparkle City and the reality of winter for the next 90 days is blowing in on the north wind. Damn...

TONIGHT! (Fri.) It's the First Friday gig at The Hub, 4th & Main, in downtown Sparkletown. We'll be playing 4 or 5 of our Christmas tunes as well as fan favorites and we'll have some merch specials for Holiday shoppers. I love this gig. Pizza by the slice, great sound system, roomy dancefloor, and cool company. Bunky and Doug Huey will make up the horn section. Like Avis says, "what's not to like?" We play 6-9p, bring fruitCAKE!!...

Unfortunately, Santa has not brought us any more gigs for the rest of the month, until the BIG New Year's Eve/Wedding extravaganza. We're still hoping for that last minute gig in your basement or a club cancellation fill in gig. Let us know if you need last minute Holiday entertainment...

Today (12/3) was the 30th anniversary of my current half-time position at UNI Broadcasting Services. It's exactly 28 days before my retirement date. YIKES! That makes me think (and panic) too much...

Speaking of the radio shows, Saturday night, 7-10p will be another LIVE Backtracks Rock 'n' Roll history show (advance requests, just respond to this note) and Sunday, the Blue Avenue show will start a 3 week survey of the best blues releases of 2009. If you want to be hip to the 2009 blues scene, but you've only got three hours to invest in your hipness (?), I suggest the first hour (5-6p) of the next three Blue Avenue shows. You'll be SO hip, you'll probably just be walking around screaming IT'S THE BLUES, BABY!! (it doesn't get any hipper than that) More info:

Central Iowans: I've been invited by TV8 to be a "celebrity phone answerer" next Tuesday evening during the Toys For Tots promotion that runs during the TV8 newscasts. (they must be desperate for "celebrities" if I'M on the list!) I'll be answering phones 5-7pm, so make that call, we'll chat...

The Hilton Garden Hotel says that room packages/ticket sales for the NYE bash/wedding are really going well and we're all hoping for a sellout (there's only 400 tickets) Carolyn and I would love to have you dance I Knew The Bride When She Used To Rock'n'Roll with us after the ceremony. And don't forget about wedding CAKE! Get reservations at

I am being interviewed by the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier in 7 hours about my "retirement", so I gotta sleep (BTW, IPR and I are VERY close to finalizing the deal for me to continue producing Backtracks and Blue Avenue as an independent producer) Be careful on the slippery Blue highway, play your zydeco tie to the tune of Santa's Got A Lot On His Mind (speaking of lots, I've got a very nice 3 bedroom house for sale, all reasonable offers considered) (Christ, I'd even consider an unreasonable offer at this point!) (how's that for putting Christ back into Christmas?) and always remember we love you! Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Smokin Aces Update

Thanks for all the support! Always great seeing all of you at our shows! Hope to see you Fri. Dec. 4th @ Tin Pan Alley in Red Hook, N.Y. Thanks! Sonny

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Si Cranstoun: Wintertime

Very cool jump blues from Si Cranstoun

Chicago Bluegrass And Blues



The all-ages one-day event, held on Saturday, December 12th,2009 from 11am to midnight, will
feature 3 stages and 25 bands, including six-time Grammy-winner B©la Fleck and the Flecktones
on their first Chicago date together since mid-2007. They’ll be joined by Philadelphia’s psych-folk
harmonizers, Dr. Dog, and the Emmitt-Nershi Band, who unite Leftover Salmon’s mandolin and
vocals (Drew Emmitt) with the songwriting and flatpicking of the String Cheese Incident
. And Eddy
“The Chief” Clearwater, proudly declared “Chicago’s premier blues entertainer” by the Chicago Tribune, will properly represent the scene that put his city on the international music map
for the festival go on sale on Saturday, September 12th at 9am CST for $35 through the event’s
website ( In addition to 13 hours of 3 stages worth of nonstop music, the day’s
activities will also include a pickin’ circle, a live-art exhibition and indoor gallery, charitable raffles,
film screenings, the original Blues Brothers car, and impromptu marching band performances. Last
Banjo Standing Contest: We will once again hold the “LAST BANJO STANDING,” an online contest
that scours Chicagoland to find the top bluegrass or blues inspired artist. The winner, as voted on
by fans, family, friends and music lovers around the city will join the headliners on the main stage
roster. Sign up and vote at About the Charities: And while the festival will
serve to break a band or two, festival-goers will get to help save children. A portion of ticket
proceeds will be donated to two non-profit organizations, the Saving tiny Hearts Society
(, and Prevent Child Abuse America (

Congress Theater 2135 Milwaukee Ave Chicago IL 60647 All Ages

2010 Deep Blues Film Festival

We're pleased to announce that our January 2010 Deep Blues Film Festival will be an official event of the St Paul Winter Carnival. Please join us Saturday January 23rd and Saturday January 30th for several great films and also special live performances by some of the musicians featured in the films.
Saturday January 23rd
Films - at the St Paul Eagles Club 287 Maria Ave St Paul MN
noon - Wayne County Rambling
2pm - Moments and Truths
3pm - The Hand Of Fatima
4:30pm - It Came From Detroit
6pm - The Folksinger
7:45pm - Can't Take It With You When You Die
Live Music - at the St Paul Eagles Club 287 Maria Ave St Paul MN
9pm - Teague Alexy (Moments and Truths)
10pm - Reverend Deadeye (Folksinger and Can't Take It With You)
11pm - Possessed By Paul James (Folksinger)
Saturday January 30th
Films - at the St Paul Eagles Club 287 Maria Ave St Paul MN
noon - NOT TBA - CEASE AND DESIST (7 hours of private collection)
Live Music - at Palmer's Bar 500 Cedar Ave S Minneapolis MN
9pm - Kenny Brown
11pm - Mark Porkchop Holder
We're requesting a $5 donation at the door. Reserved advance admission is available with a Deep Blues Festival Membership $20. You can also help support the festival by purchasing additional memberships for your friends or sponsoring a membership for a musician.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Karen Wolfe: Blues

Here is ten minutes of great soul blues from Karen Wolfe playing in Memphis this weekend.

Archie Love: Should 'a Been There For You

Here is Archie Love who is playing in Memphis this weekend.

HUGE GIG ALERT!! Memphis Tenn

I wish I lived in Memphis. This sounds like a huge show! Ten bucks to get in the place! If you live anywhere near this you have to go and let us know how it went!

Friday, December 4th, 2009


1427 North Thomas Street
Memphis Tennessee
Admission $10.00

CC Blues Club Presents....

The Biggest Blues Show to Hit Memphis, Tennessee


Archie Love
Booker BrownBooker Brown : A New Beginning /Featuring The Smash Hits,
Karen Wolfe
Larome Powers
Miz BMiz B : My Name Is $$$
Mr. SamMr. Sam : Lookin' 4 Love
Nate Dogg
Preston Shannonimage
Roy Hughes
Sheba Potts Wright
Sweet AngelBold Bitch! by Sweet Angel: CD Cover
Terry WrightTerry Wright : Anytime Man
The DuchessThe Duchess : It's My Time Now

Please contact venue at (901) 526-5566, artists may change.

Soul Searchers Update

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

wednesday, december 2, 9pm

greenwood lounge
3707 ingersoll ave, des moines

saturday, december 5, 8pm
trostel's dish
12851 university ave, clive

"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

Top 50 Blues And Soul Releases From Blues Critic Media






1 1 Love, Romance & Respect Willie Clayton C & C
2 NEW A Tribute To The Legends Sir Charles Jones Mardi Gras
3 NEW Your Babies Need A Daddy TJ Hooker-Taylor CDS
4 4 The Evolution Of Soul T.K. Soul Soulful
5 NEW Christmas Southern Soul Style** Carl Marshall CDS
6 2 It's My Time O.B. Buchana Ecko
7 NEW I'm In Love With A Man I Can't Stand Nellie "Tiger" Travis CDS
8 3 It's BYOB Donnie Ray Ecko
9 8 Blind Snake Bobby Rush Deep Rush
10 5 All About The Rhythm & The Blues Latimore LatStone
11 6 Woof Woof Meow J. Backfoot JEA Music
12 9 Unfinished Business Lenny Williams Lenlon
13 NEW Get In Touch With Me Jesse James Gunsmoke
14 11 Truth Be Told Vick Allen Soul 1st
15 10 Dirty Woman David Brinston Ecko
16 7 Change It Up Walter Waiters CDS
17 12 Mr. Booty Do Right Jody Sticker CDS
18 22 A Woman Needs A Strong Man Karen Wolfe B & J
19 13 CDS Records Southern Soul Smashes 1 Various Artists CDS
20 15 Southern Soul Blues Sisters** Barbara Carr & Uvee Hayes Aviara Music
21 NEW Everybody Needs Love James Smith B & J
22 16 Jerri Curl Muzik Bigg Robb Over 25 Sound
23 17 Unleashed Shirley Brown Malaco
24 19 Who's Got The Power Marvin Sease Malaco
25 20 How Sweet Is Your Candy Terry Wright Mac Wright
26 26 Finally Made It Stephanie Pickett Aviara Music
27 14 The Bleeding Edge The Revelations feature Tre Williams Traffic Ent.
28 31 Look Good For You Carl Marshall CDS
29 24 Lacee's Groove Lacee Advantage
30 23 Pay Myself First Charles Wilson CDS
31 25 Fire Lebrado Make Cents
32 18 I'm Comin' Back Stan Mosley CDS
33 41 Time Served Omar Cunningham Soul 1st
34 21 For Real This Time Chuck Roberson CDS
35 40 The Real Deal Betty Padgett Brimstone
36 36 Another Level L.J. Echols Neckbone
37 28 Soul Tapestry General Johnson & Chairmen Of The Board Surfside
38 30 Keepin' It Real Jeff Floyd Wilbe
39 44 Caught By The Cat Donnie Ray Ecko
40 RE It's Christmas Baby** Various Artists Ecko
41 27 Hit & Run Blues Chick Willis Benevolent Blues
42 33 It's A Ms Jody Thang Ms. Jody Ecko
43 50 I'm A Woman Nellie "Tiger" Travis CDS
44 41 Fully Loaded Ricky White Brimstone
45 42 Southern Soul Pimpin' Simeo Simeo Enterprises
46 35 Southern Soul Hits 1 Various Artists Ecko
47 43 Slammin' Southern Soul: Remixes & Dance Jams Various Artists CDS
48 46 Straight From The Heart Andre Lee Capetown
49 NEW The Strongest Man Charlie Brown CLM
50 NEW I Can Play Da Blues BB Queen Hearon

Chick Willis Update

The great Chick Willis is on the cover of Living Blues!

Chick Willis
"Hit & Run Blues"



Billy Jones Bluez Update

Just got this email from Billy Jonez. This is for all his French fans, and my French readers:-)

This magazine interview is in French!
Here is a link to an online language translator :

--Forwarded Message Attachment--
To: ;
Subject: Blues Again!
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2009 21:13:53 +0100

Le site Blues Again ! est mis à jour.

Billy Jones - entre coup de cœur et coup de gueule.

Philippe Langlois - retour sur la Dixiefrog blues night.

Bob Dylan - à la loupe, énigmes et évidences.

Mon cahier du blues - pour les enfants sages …et ceux qui ne le sont pas.

Colette Magny - subversive et sans compromis.

Clifton Chenier - ‘Bon Ton Roulet’ : un disque de légende.

Les chroniques CD :

Ana Popovic, Big Dez, Bo Weavil, Candye Kane, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, Eddie C. Campbell, Harry Manx, Jack Bruce & Robin Trower, Leadfoot Rivet, Mary Lou, Point Blank

Monday, November 30, 2009

Blues Movie Alert!!!

A new documentary about the blues, Full Moon Lightin by John Gardiner, is now available on DVD. Check out the website HERE for more info, and watch the trailer below.

Full Moon Lightnin' Trailer from John Gardiner on Vimeo.

Smokin Aces Update