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We are one week out from the festivities at the Blues Blast Music Awards at Buddy Guy's Legends next Thursday in Chicago.
There is still time to get your tickets to see Candye Kane w/ Laura Chavez, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Marquise Knox, Shaun Murphy Band,Mississippi Heat, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, Zora Young, Quintus McCormick, Cash Box Kings w/ Joel Paterson and Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers w/ Little Ray Neal and Eddie Shaw.
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EDITORS NOTE: Due to the awards show, there will not be a regular weekly edition of Blues Blast Magazine next week. We will send out information on the winners next Friday and return with our regular weekly edition of the magazine on November 4th. See you at the show!
For those of you not lucky enough to make this great event, you can still listen to all the great music and fun next Thursday. Our sponsor WGLT Blues Radio 24/7 will be broadcasting the Live audio of the 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards as they happen.
To listen in, visit their website at http://wglt.org and click on the Blues Blast Music Awards logo.
Blues Blast Magazine would like to thank WGLT and Mike Grimm of CSS Audio for all their hard work to make this happen!
Deep Blues Innovators Blues Festival
Tomorrow, Saturday October 23rd, our good friends atwww.monmouthblues.com are are having their annual Deep Blues Innovators Blues Festival at the Rivoli Theatre in Monmouth, Illinois. Blues Blast Magazine will be there to witness all the great music that includes performances by the Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Dave Specter Band, Scott Ainslie, Little Joe McLerran and Charlie Hayes & Joel Fleming. Visit their website or see their ad below in this issue for tickets and complete information. See you there!
We made it out to hear Florida Bluesman Sean Chambers. He played an inspired set for the River City Blues Society.
In This Issue
This week we feature more videos of 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards nominees including clips from 2010 nominees Mike Zito , Alabama Mike, Ruthie Foster and Mississippi Heat. Check out these videos to see why these great artists were nominated. For more information and to purchase tickets to the 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards on Thursday October 28th 2010 atBuddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, CLICK HERE or see the ad below in this issue.
We have five new CD reviews this week! James "Skyy Dobro" Walker reviews a new CD by Joe Louis Walker’s Blues Conspiracy . John Mitchell reviews a new CD by Francesco Greggio & Sucker Punch. Sheralyn Graise reviews a new CD from James Cotton. Zeke reviews a new CD by Eran Troy Danner. Greg “Bluesdog” Szalony reviews a new CD by J Edwards. All this and MORE! SCROLL DOWN!!!
Featured Blues Review 1 of 5
Joe Louis Walker’s Blues Conspiracy - Live on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Stony Plain Records
11 tracks; 73:52 minutes; Suggested
Styles: Modern Electric Blues, Chicago Blues, Rock and Roll, Soul
“Attention ladies and gentlemen: Please remove your life vests, recline your deck chairs, pour yourself a tall drink, and light up a smoke. This cruise on the ocean-in-your-mind is about to set sail, and your music captain, Joe Louis Walker, promises to rock your world, not your boat! Our vessel for this journey is the finest in newly released CDs. This guitar powered vehicle will free your mind from your body, allowing it to pleasurably cruise along for the next 74 minutes. On this excursion, expect steady rhythms and a steady stream of guest artists like Johnny Winter and Tommy Castro joining Walker riding the cresting waves of original and select songs. The crew, consisting of twenty guests plus Walker’s band, is ship shape and tuned to please. So, sit back and enjoy and let nothing matter but the music!”
The CD “was not about money, ego, and so-called fame. It was about the MUSIC,” Says Joe Louis in the liner notes. Recorded live on two nights aboard the January 2010 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, this CD saves you thousands of dollars compared to a cruise ticket.
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Joe Louis Walker has been a mainstay on the blues scene for many years putting out twenty-one acclaimed albums, since 1986. He is nominated for two 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards, and Walker was selected as the 2010 Living Blues Magazine Critics Poll’s Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar). This live album draws on the many friendships he has developed.
“As you can see, these artists [nine guitarists, three harmonica players, three sax players, two vocalists, a trumpeter, an organist, and a piano player] are a mixture of ages and styles. The one thread running through us all is the Blues. ...what you hear on this CD is what the audience heard....no enhancements or overdubs,” Joe Louis reported. It’s Walker’s show throughout, but the different guests make each song style unique.
Opening the cruise show, Joe’s own rocking “Slow Down GTO” peels off the starting line with some smoking slide guitar and Mike Finnigan’s deft finger work on the keyboard.
My favorite track, Walker’s “Ain’t That Cold,” has a dynamic pairing where Joe Louis and the great Johnny Winter trade some energized guitar licks. Also the M.C. throughout, Walker first speaks of his influence from Winter’s Blues playing and then allows Johnny to perform on his Lazer guitar one of those metallic sounding, upper stratosphere slide solos that made him famous.
Other standouts are the ballad, “You’re Gonna Make Me Cry,” with Curtis Salgado on soul-drenched vocals; the hopping “Eyes Like a Cat,” with Tommy Castro, Tom Poole, Joanna Bogart and Keith Crossan; and the Nick Gravenites classic, “Born in Chicago,” with award winning harmonicist Jason Ricci and killer guitarists Nick Moss and Paris Slim.
Thanks to Joe Louis Walker’s energy, undeniable personality, and high caliber talent, “Blues Conspiracy” creates a very friendly and fun atmosphere. It is a great “cruise” and you won’t even need Dramamine.
Reviewer James "Skyy Dobro" Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ, Master of Ceremonies, and longtime Blues Blast Magazine contributor. His weekly radio show "Friends of the Blues" can be heard Saturdays 8 pm - Midnight on WKCC 91.1 FM and at www.wkccradio.org in Kankakee, IL. To See James “Skyy Dobro” Walker's CD rating system,CLICK HERE
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Held at the brand new Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, confirmed artistsCandye Kane w/ Laura Chavez Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Marquise Knox, Shaun Murphy Band,Mississippi Heat, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, Zora Young, Quintus McCormick, Cash Box Kings w/ Joel Paterson and , Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers, Little Ray Neal and Eddie Shaw will all join in to celebrate the Best in Blues Music for 2010.
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The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society - Marietta, OH
International Blues Band to Appear at The Adelphia Music Hall! The Sean Carney Band is coming back to Marietta for a special show on Friday, October 22 at The Adelphia in Marietta, Ohio, the beautiful new music hall located inside The Galley restaurant. The SCB has been in town before to play for The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society’s River City Blues Festival, but this is the first opportunity to see them in an up-close and personal night club atmosphere like The Adelphia. Show time is 9:30PM and admission is $10. For more information visit our website at www.bjfm.org of call Steve Wells at 304.295.4323.
Colorado Blues Society - Boulder, CO
The Colorado Blues Society is holding their 1st Annual Holiday Party & Benefit December 11 at the Boulder Outlook (800 28th St. Boulder, Co). Headlining the show will be 2009 IBC winners, JP Soars and the Red Hots. Opening the event will be 16 year old guitar wizard Taylor Marvin, the Colorado Blues Society two-time Youth Showcase performer at the IBCs in 2010 and 2011. Show starts at 6PM. Tickets are $10. In addition to seeing a great show this is for a great cause. We are collecting for the Food Bank, so please bring a can of food (as many as possible!). All net proceeds donated to the Food Bank.www.coblues.com
The Golden Gate Blues Society - Redwood City, CA
The GGBS will hold the finals of its International Blues Challenge on Sunday, November 7, at Club Illusions in Palo Alto, California. This fundraiser will help pay expenses to send the winning band to Memphis. The four finalists are The J.C. Smith Band, Twice As Good, Wendy De Witt, and Tip of the Top.
We have a distinguished panel of judges: Barbara Hammerman, veteran judge of International Blues Challenges and 2009 recipient of The Blues Foundation's Keeping the Blues Alive award; Kathleen Lawton, KCSM Blues DJ; and Lee Hildebrand, Journalist for Living Blues and other publications.
We are pleased to announce that the winner will open for the Robert Cray Band at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City on November 12, 2010. For more information visit www.tggbs.org
Mississippi Valley Blues Society - Davenport, IA
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents Chicago's Mississippi Heat on Friday October 29 at The Lodge in Bettendorf! This will be a fundraiser for the MVBS, including a silent auction with signed guitars, posters, photographs, and more. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the music starting at 8. Admission is $20, $15 for MVBS members. The Lodge will be offering stay-over packages. www.mvbs.org for more info
Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh, PA
The Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania is hosting "Blues Goes Pink" ...The Blues Divas Return Concert to benefit Adagio Health to provide Breast Cancer Screenings. The event will be held Sunday, November 7, 2010 at Cefalo's Restaurant and Nightclub, 428 Washington Avenue, Carnegie, PA from 2 pm- 9 pm. The lineup will include The Patti Spadaro Band, Katie Simone, Angelica Pietranton, Roseanne Matthews Band, Pamela Bick and the Warehouse Blues Band, Jill Simmons and theCAUSE, Andrea Pearl, Marcy Brown, Angel Blue and the Prophets, Jill West and Blues Attack, Miss Freddye and Blue Faze, Ann Kerstetter, the "Duchess of Duke Street," w/ JT Thompson and Mitch Ivanoff Admission is $12 to public, $10 to blues members from any blues society. For more information call 724-378-8926 or visit www.bswpa.org
Windy City Blues Society - Chicago, IL
The Windy City Blues Society (WCBS) is proud to present the 2010 Chicago Blues Challenge (CBC). The winner of this competitions will represent Chicago and WCBS at 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. All proceeds from the CBC events will be used to defray a portion of the cost of sending the winners to Memphis.
Challenge dates include: Sunday, October 24 at the Heartland Café – Band Competition Round 2, Sunday, November 7 at Buddy Guy’s Legends – CBC Finals. For more information about the WCBS and the CBC please visit http://www.windycityblues.org or the WCBS Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter Sites
Southern California Blues Society - Los Angeles, CA
The Southern California Blues Society presents The Battle of the Blues Divas concert on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the Proud Bird, 11022 Aviation Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. The show will begin at 7 PM, free parking and excellent food and drinks are available. This is one of seven major events presented each year by the Southern California Blues Society and will benefit Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Featured will be ten amazing blues singers, including Barbara Morrison, world-renown blues, jazz and soul singer, Audrey Madison Turner, hot sassy vocalist and partner of the late Ike Turner, Lady GG, gutbucket blues Diva from south central Los Angeles and seven more outstanding singers. Joe Kincaid and the Soul Brothers Blues Band will backup these Divas. Reserve advanced tickets at:www.socalblues.org or call (714) 209-7347
Crossroads Blues Society - Rockford, IL
Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King will be Big Cities Lounge at 905 E State St in Rockford on Thursday night, November 18th at 8 PM. Tickets ar $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Contact Joe G at 815-218-6359 or email@example.com for tickets and info. This will sell out fast so get your tickets early!
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 $3 cover. October 25 - Perry Weber & the Devilles. http://icbluesclub.org/
The Friends Of The Blues - Watseka, IL
2010 Friends of the Blues shows - 7 pm , Kankakee Valley Boat Club, October 26, Perry Weber & DeVilles, 7 pm , Bradley Bourbonnais Sportsmen’s Club. For more info see:http://www.wazfest.com/JW.html
Featured Blues Review 2 of 5
Francesco Greggio & Sucker Punch – Blue Homework
Self Release 2009
11 tracks, 48.59 minutes.
This is the first CD release from Francesco Greggio, a 28 year old Italian guitarist from Padova. His band Sucker Punch consists of Giorgio Bradaschia on bass, Gianmatteo Lucchin on drums and Chris Boulet on vocals. The CD offers a good mix of material, blending original material with some classic instrumentals from the blues canon.
The overall sound is clear and Francesco is a good player, as is well demonstrated on straight ahead versions of Freddie King’s “The Stumble” and SRV’s “Rude Mood”. There are five instrumentals in all, with a very nice take on Ben Tucker’s “Comin’Home Baby”, a hit for Herbie Mann in the 60s, and two originals by Francesco, “Chicken For Breakfast” and “Coffee And Lime”. The former offers an opportunity for Francesco to work on the chicken scratch style of guitar, but “Coffee And Lime” is a definite keeper – a mid-paced, latin feel to the tune allows Francesco to stretch out on guitar which remains very clear and clean throughout.
There are five songs with vocals. All are composed by Francesco and vocalist Chris Bouchet and they offer a good variety of styles, not all blues. One of the problems that bands from non-English-speaking backgrounds often have is singing in convincing English, but Chris Boulet does so very well. “The Fork” has a good lyric about choices in life and a vocal performance that reminded me of Steppenwolf’s John Kay in his prime. Opener “Time For Me” is more of a rock song with a good guitar break. One feature I did not like was the use of a sort of ‘radio commentary’: this occurs at the start of the first track and is again used during two other tracks. I found it a distraction from the music. Indeed, “Sucker Punch”, a jazzy feeling tune, is definitely marred by the final section of mock boxing commentary – a pity.
“Only Lover” is greatly enhanced by atmospheric, swirling guitar. In another era this might have been a radio-friendly single. Again, not blues, but pleasant. In contrast “Old Dog” is a classic slow blues, well played and sung.
Final track “Out Of The Nest” is a gentle ballad which might have found a place as a quiet tune on a Prog Rock album in the 70s. By the way, don’t eject the CD too soon as there is a hidden track at the end of the CD, another instrumental workout with excellent guitar.
Overall this CD grew on me as I listened to it. It has variety, good playing and decent vocals. It is available from CD Baby..
Reviewer John Mitchell is a blues enthusiast based in the UK. He is currently looking forward to attending the Blues Blast Awards in Chicago in October.
Featured Review 3 of 5
James Cotton - Giant
James Cotton is back with Alligator Records! His latest CD is Giant, an apt title for a bluesman of his stature. Most reviews read that “so and so” played with the giants of the industry. With James Cotton, this is also true, but more importantly; James Cotton is a giant of the industry. On Giant, Cotton is joined with Slam Allen on vocals and guitar and Tom Holland also on vocals and guitar. Two members of the Neal family provide the rhythm section; Noel Neal on bass and his nephew Kenny Neal, Jr. on drums. There is also a guest stint by Ronnie James Weber on the track, “Sad, Sad Day.”
It’s refreshing to listen to blues done right and with excellent production values. Not only does Cotton blow the harp but the sound soars in the mix. The harp is front and center as it should be. The guitars are panned left and right so that listening to the CD feels as if one is hearing the music in a concert hall without the distracting crowd noises. The rhythm section is tight (of course). Not only are they family but they have played together as band mates with Kenny Neal. Bottom line, add Giant to your James Cotton collection.
In the 1990s, Cotton battled throat cancer and now leaves the singing to his band mates. But, he can still blow and blow he does. He has earned the nickname “Mr. Superharp”. In June 2011 he was feted by fellow luminaries and fans at the Lincoln Center in New York City. As long as he can perform, he will and we will benefit from this giant’s presence.
Reviewer Sheralyn Graise graduated from the University of Akron a while back. A former Social Services professional, she is now pursuing other interests such as music history, writing, and photography. She has been a member of the Blues Foundation since 2001.
Featured Blues Review 4 of 5
Eran Troy Danner - Lucky Day
Eran Troy Danner’s new 10 song CD has excellent lyrics, great storytelling, wicked shredding and unique takes of 3 classic covers. On his third CD Eran’s voice is like fine wine. It improves with age. Eran plays for his dough (250 gigs per year) and it sounds like practice makes perfect! His pronounced “chops” are tight, bawdy and bold. Eran is a chameleon of the Blues and can tackle any genre. Eran’s core band these days features Billy Bileca (bass), Larry “Buzzy” Falstrom (keys) and Nick Longo keepin’ time.
Lucky Day opens with a sort of modern ragtime, “Allison Pond”. There is cool amplified slide Dobro and interesting lyrics. Eddie Seville makes his presence felt here on drums and with the horn arrangements for; Cole Christie (sax), Jake Rego (trumpet), and Pete Sanders (trombone). “Following you” is a melodic Lounge Lizard rumba that establishes love as a theme. There is More Eddie Seville with Billy K. (bass) and Marty Q. (tenor sax). Billy K. stays on bass for the 12 bar title track “Lucky Day”. This swingin’ tune is good for cuttin’ a rug with your sweetie. Hey Eran I’m coming for that drink!
The first cover is Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine”. It has a Spanish style electric guitar with Larry and Billy Bileca doing mirror image melody. Eran’s fine pipes are featured here along with Bongos! “Trouble” is harder edged and shredding with Funky Time rhythm. #6 is a joyous, ambitious cover. Does it work? You’ll have to buy the CD to find out. “That’s All Right” has more love in 4/4 time with nice riffage, tasty keys and bawdy sax from Cole Christie. Andy Karlock plays upside down left handed bass. ”Hurt Myself” is southern blues/rock with more love and an excellent finish. It sounds like there are 2 guitars.
“Under The Sun” is surf/swamp with smokin’ Telecaster. It’s the soundtrack for a spaghetti western right down to the rattle. Eran re-unites with Mark Schuyler (drums) and Chris Anielo (bass) for this cool tune. Making the last cover, Hendrix Voodoo Chile, truly his Eran plays it amplified acoustic.
A great disc with solid lyrics and cool storytelling Lucky Day is a hit. The CD packaging/design is Perfect! John Bailey laid it out brilliantly. It’s clear, concise and tastefully done. The colors pop and everything is where it needs to be. Lucky Day is dedicated to the US TROOPS. Other bands should take note of this CD design/packaging. Lucky Day was recorded at Cottage Sound Studio in Middlebury, CT. Arrangements are by Eddie Seville with Eran and Eddie producing. Paul Orofino mastered it at the House Of Correction in New York.
It’s a “Lucky Day” when we get to hear Eran’s new CD or see him live!
Reviewer Zeke is a published columnist and reviewer. He is a tireless promoter/supporter of Blues in CT. and beyond.
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Featured Blues Review 5 of 5
J Edwards - LuLu’s House
Oh s**t!!! I threw this disc into my player without looking at the liner notes. From the cover shot of J Edwards sitting with an acoustic guitar, I was thinking this was going to be a run-of-the-mill reworking of country blues. My jaw dropped when I heard driving electric blues music supporting a gravelly, world weary voice. J Edwards sounds like the second coming of the underrated Brit R&B belter Frankie Miller. “You Said You Loved Me” really drives the Miller comparison home, as his drawn-out rasp is complimented by scorching guitar. Throughout the recording the musicians’ solos contribute to the overall strength of the songs, rather than showboating. What follows is a blues-R&B-Memphis stew worthy of the best seasoned musicians.
“New Shoes” is an addictive and positive new attitude tune…”I got a new coat and it’s a fancy coat and I’m leaving as I’m puttin’ it on”…He can’t wait to get out the door. Food is used as a metaphor for sex in the funky, sax driven “Supper’s Waiting”. When Edwards reins in his vocals a bit the resemblance owes more to Bob Seger, especially on the R&B-inflected rock of “Taste”, which also features a Seger-like lyrical hook. Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” riff is used to good effect on “Still The King”. Larry Van Loon and Kenne Cramer supply the honky-tonk piano and slide guitar respectively, that propel the groove of the self-explanatory “Come On In The Bedroom”. Cramer once again shows off his skills with a slow-burning guitar intro on “I Got A Woman”. “Eatin’ At Lulu’s” closes out this introduction to an extraordinary talent that somehow got under my blues radar, with the accompaniment of only tuba, acoustic guitar and what appears to be a snare drum. It’s an ode to a fine southern cook who also operates a cat house. The narrator seems to be a supplier of good skills to Lulu, as he pays 65 cents for a meal while the regulars pay 3 dollars.
As soon as J Edwards becomes known to a larger audience, I can see nothing stopping him from international recognition. The music on display here is on a par of the greats who had to struggle to reach stardom, not the pre-packaged drivel that seems to be the norm in our present superficial times. The work and hard knocks show in every word and riff. This is the stuff of tunesmith’s, while retaining a natural feel. For a guy from Columbia, South Carolina he has that grit that originates from Chicago and is filtered through British blues sensibilities.
Reviewer Greg “Bluesdog” Szalony is from the New Jersey Delta. He is the proprietor of Bluesdog’s Doghouse at http://bluesdog61.multiply.com
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