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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Donna Summers RIP

Donna Summers has died.  While she was known as a disco diva her songs much like the Tramps and a few other disco artists, had a strong basis in Soul and Funk.  For more information Click HERE.

Bob Corritore Blues News

Thursday May 24, 2012
-Bob Corritore
  • World Of Harmomica featuresBob Corritore in Artist Spotlight.Thanks to theUK's World OfHarmonica Website run by Shaun Monument May, for its artist spotlight feature ofBob Corritore with rare and historic photos sound clips, and videos, presented on a wonderful page. To see this feature clickhere. ThanksWorld of Harmonica!
  • Little Walter,Baby Face Leroy,Muddy Waters unissued Parkway alternate takes released!Louis Records from the UK has recently issued two limited edition collector's 45rpm vinyl records of great interest to fans of classic Chicago blues. In 1950Parkway Records produced a session featuring the amazing trio ofLittle Walter,Baby Face Leroy andMuddy Waters. Most of these have been reissued onDelmark Records compilation called The Blues World of Little Walter. But low and behold, thanks to UK blues artist and collectorBig Joe Louis and hisLouis Records, we are now treated to some previously unheard material from this historic session, . One single features previously unreleased alternate takes ofLittle Walter's "Just keep Lovin' Her" andBaby Face Leroy's "Boll Weevil". A second single features extended versions, without fade outs of parts 1 and 2 ofBaby Face Leroy classic version of "Rollin' and Tumblin" with the amazing harmony of Leroy, Walter, and Muddy all moaning the melody line! This is simply top shelf blues that was inovating at the moment it was being recorded. To hear these great sides, and to order, you can clickhere. If you live in the USA it might be easier to order these fromNorton Records. Thanks Big Joe for making this priceless music available!

Illinois Blues Blast

Bob Dorr And The Blue Band Update

How many Genarians do we have here tonight?? It's Sex-A-Genarian Summer! Sex me baby...This is gonna be fun...
Saturday night we're playing a wedding celebration for a family that has been following our band for 20+ years. Because his parents have been Blue People for so long, the groom has literally grown up with us. It's always fun to be part of these multi-generational gatherings of Blue People. Congrats Jeff and Brenda!...
And Sunday is the kick-off to Sex-A-Genarian Summer, on the bank of the Wapsipinicon River, in the beer garden of FB & Co. in beautiful downtown Wabeek IA. (about 20 minutes NE of Cedar Rapids) If we could get 200 people to stop out, we'd more than double the population of Waubeek! Over the years, we have played seven different stage locations on the FB grounds (ok, the details of those first 20 years of Memorial Day blowouts are a little sketchy, but I'm pretty sure there were seven locations including the ball field, the "community center", which was scary because there were so many people in that little building that, standing on stage, I could literally see the floor bouncing up and down by inches! (that building has since been demolished) We've also played both stages that are out there now, The Whittier Community Center (5 miles south of Waubeek) the original "on the ground on the ledge" stage and the little stage in the bar) (hmmm, I think we set up on the deck of the bar one year too. Do you remember any other stage locations for this event?) Also, for years, this summer kick-off was on Memorial Day Monday. Because us Genarians need a little more "recovery time" it's now on the Sunday before the holiday. Iowa Rock'n'Roll Hall of Famers The Mississippi Band start the music at 2:30p, The Blue Band at about 5:30p and we'll play til dark. An added highlight for me will be that Al is going to bring out the trumpet, giving us a THREE piece horn section! Oh yeah, baby. There's nothin' like a horny Sex-A-Genarian! Now if someone could just bring CAKE, I just might reach nirvana! (do you know how hard that is for a man my age to reach?) If you need more info, the phone number at FB & Co is 319-438-6582...
Some cool shows coming up next week too. Friday June 1 we're part of the Art Walk celebration in the downtown square in Fairfield, 7:30-10pm and Sunday June 3 we return to THE TROLL CAPITOL OF THE WORLD!! (their words, not mine) Mt. Horeb Wisconsin's Summer Frolic, 4-7pm, which is always topped off by host Mark Webber singing Not Me with the band. I guess that means we'll be playing for anyone from levitators to cheese heads next week! I TOLD you this was gonna be fun. The complete summer schedule (so far) can always be found at: You'll notice that we still have a few summertime Saturdays open for that neighborhood block party or family celebration...
And speaking of fun, do you have your tickets for the annual Riverboat Ride in Dubuque? I was told that ticket sales picked up after last week's reminder, so get your tickets soon. There's only 300 spots on the boat. All tickets/reservations are being handled directly through The Spirit of Dubuque River Boat We only do one blues cruise a year, DON'T MISS THE BOAT, Friday June 8, board at 6:30p, cruise the river 7-10pm...
For the Memorial Day weekend, all the radio shows are remembrance programs, remembering those artists who have passed on. More info, Backtracks: Blue Avenue:
In case you did not stop by the Post-a-Note page or my Facebook page, Sam Salomone's wife says that Sam has improved enough to be moved from the ICU to a regular hospital bed, but is not out of the woods yet. However, she finds it encouraging that his cantankerous attitude is returning! I check in with her every few days and will post what I know. Keep vibin' for the B3 player...
Today (Friday) is the day I'm told the Sex-A-Genarian CDs should arrive from the pressing plant. We'll have some with us this weekend (even tho' the "official" release date isn't until next Tuesday) (I have no idea why the music industry officially releases new records on Tuesdays, do you?) Tour shirt + CD = $20. Get the new CD and any other back catalog CD/DVD for $15! How do we do it? VOLUME!!...
See yas on the Holiday Blue Highway, rub yer washboard to the tune of The Summer Time Blues, remember that the reason for the 3-day weekend is for remembrance of those who gave their lives for our freedoms, don't drink and drive (call yourself a cab) (YOU'RE A CAB!!) and always know that we love you. Bob Dorr & The Blue Band

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Live Contemporary Celtic music at its very best - RUNA to perform in Marietta
The Msgr. Donal O'Carroll Division of The Ancient Order of Hibernians is sponsoring a Celtic music concert in Marietta featuring RUNA at the Adelphia Music Hall, 203 Second Street, Marietta, Ohio on Thursday evening, June 14th. Doors will open at 7pm with RUNA performing at 7:30. Admission is $15.
RUNA is a fast rising Celtic band featuring vocalist Shannon Lambert-Ryan from Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist Fionan de Barra, Canadian percussionist Cheryl Prashker, and fiddler Tomoko Omura from Japan via NYC. Members of RUNA have performed with SOLAS, Riverdance, Slide, Clannad, Fiddler's Bid, Moya Brennan, Eileen Ivers, Hazel O'Conner, Full Frontal Folk, Tommy Fleming, and the Guy Mendilow Band, among others.
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Honeyboy Turner Update

Honeyboy Turner Band This Week !

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Friday June 1st 9:00PM-1:00AM

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Saturday June 2nd 9:00PM-12:00AM

South Skunk Blues Society Update

Hello again, I am sending an email update for members and friends of the South Skunk Blues Society.

Congratulations to The Pain Killers, winners of the 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge Band competition held last Saturday May 26th at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines. Newton native Jeff Banks is the lead guitar player for this group. See attached press release.

Solo Duo Call for Acts: The South Skunk Blues Society is one of the co-sponsors for the Iowa Solo Duo competition. I have attached the “Call” (announcement) to this email. Last year this competition was won by Bryce Janey. As noted earlier the Pain Killers won the 2012 band competition, this is the solo duo part of the competition; for a solo act or a duo act. The deadline for registering is July 15th, 2012. The Solo/Duo Challenge will be held August 26, 2012 at Zimm’s in Des Moines, IA. Feel free to let others know about this competition.

The Pinetop Perkins Foundation Youth Workshop Series Guitar Masterclass: I am very proud to announce that my 12 year old grandson, Brady Geilenfeldt, has been awarded scholarships to attend the Youth Guitar Workshop in Clarksdale, Mississippi June 12-15. I will accompany him to Clarksdale where he will learn, with twelve other youth ages 12-21, about playing the blues on the guitar from Muddy Waters former guitar player Bob Margolin. The scholarships are made available by the Pinetop Perkins Foundation and the Blues Foundation Generation Blues Program Brady is thrilled with this opportunity and so am I! This is part of what he wrote when he applied for the grants: ...“ My grandpa is trying to keep the blues alive in Jasper County, IA; he is the president of the South Skunk Blues Society and this workshop would be a way for me to help him with that. I want to learn to play more songs, learn how to get different sounds to come out of my guitar, and learn different rhythms. I also want to learn more chords and how to play blues music. I want to attend the workshop in Clarksdale because it is the home of the blues.”...

South Skunk meeting: The next South Skunk meeting is Monday June 4th at 6:30 PM at the VFW in Newton. We have changed the dates and times for our meetings and will be meeting the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM at the VFW in Newton. Hope to see some of you there.
Upcoming Shows:Bryce Janey and Curry Harter – Friday’ June 1st at The Speakeasy in Newton, 8-12 No Cover (see attached poster)

Bob Pace Band – Saturday, June 9th at The Speakeasy in Newton 9-1, No Cover

Bryce Janey Trio and special guest Curry Harter Saturday, June 16 at Anspach Stage in Women’s Club Park - 13 East Division Street, Colfax – 7 PM, No Cover

Bob Dorr and the Blue Band, Saturday June 30th at Baxter Fun Days, gates open at 7PM, $5.00 cover to benefit the Baxter Fun Days (see attached poster).

Bob Pace Band – Saturday, July 7th at The Speakeasy in Newton 9-1, No Cover

Bob Dorr and the Blue Band, Friday August 10 at the Thunder Nights bike night on the square in Newton 6-10 PM, No Cover

Bowful of Blues - Labor Day Weekend, September 1 and 2. History

PS- If you know of an upcoming blues show here in Skunk Land please let me know so that I can alert everyone to the event.

And lastly please support our corporate sponsors!!! If not for them we could not keep the blues alive:

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Sugar Grove Vineyards and Gathering Place - Newton
The Vernon Company - Newton
Barney's - Newton
Gass / Great American Stock Car Series - Newton
State Farm Insurance / Chad Wempen - Newton
The Arts Connection - Newton
VFW, Mens Auxillary Club Post 1655 - Newton
Revolution Cycle - Baxter
August Bergman Inn – Newton
Town and Country Sanitary Services- Baxter

Yours Bluely,
Craig PetersonPresident, South Skunk Blues Society P.O. Box 951
Newton, Iowa 50208