A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: November 24, 2014

BakersDozen15Well hope that everyone’s Thanksgiving will be a great one. Many of us are fortunate to have families and friends to gather ’round, but many others do not have friends or family, or memories that are not that sweet – to them we send out hugs and wish you the very best of times even though these are hard moments. Thank you Joseph Veloz for mentioning this to us.

Next week we head back home to SC and then turn around and scoot to Florida for the Bradenton Blues Festival. Always a fave of ours, we also get to spend time with good friends and visit with the corporate headquarters of Blues Music Magazine. Ya know we share their airwaves on Live365.com and Mojowax radio so y’all be good to them cos they help bring A Baker’s Dozen of Blues and many more cool shows to your ears.

The new addition is from The John Weeks Band.
Our ‘Amuse Bouche’ this week features the artists that are performing at the Bradenton Blues Festival. Always a favorite of ours, it is a one day fest (with a free Friday) featuring some of the top artists around the blues block. So we thought we would give y’all a chance to get your Bradenton on via our Amuse Bouche.
BUT WAIT – there’s more! When we spoke of the Otis Taylor Trance fest we had lots of mail an messages about what exactly is Trance Blues. Well we offer a short explanation but then give you the song the Otis and the Trance Fest Soul Choir sang at the concert… 10 Million Slaves ….

COOLBLUESOne other thing that we are doing on MojoWax Radio — we have a new show called ‘Classic Blues’. It features blues songs that are classic in nature and scope. Most will be familiar but not all are moldy oldies, some are contemporary versions of classics, while others may surprise you. It will run Friday starting at 3:00 am, and again at 7:00pm, Saturday starting at 10:00am and once more time at 8:oopm, Sunday starts at Noon, and Monday 6:30pm. It’s four hours of music to help satisfy your soul.

 

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues, on MojoWax Radio presented by Blues MusicMagazine at LIVE365.com.

bcradioBroadcast times are as follows:
Monday - 1pm EST ALWAYS A NEW SHOW
Tuesday
 10pm EST
Wednesday – Noon EST
Thursday
  11pm EST
Friday
  4pm EST
Saturday – 2pm EST

Baker’s Dozen: Current Chart & Playlist on Radio Show

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Track#/Title
1 2 Restless Mind Murali Coryell 6 Crime Of Opportunity
2 2 Calling All Blues Duke Robillard 5 Emphasis on Memphis
3 6 Heart of Chicago Liz Mandeville 9 Why Would a Women Sing The Blues
4 5 Forever In Blue Bridget Kelly Band 4 I’ll Take The Blues
5 7 Memphis Grease John Nemeth 2. Sooner or Later*
6 9 A New Day E.G. Kight 2. Graveyard Dead Blues
7 8 All In Dave Fields 9. Got A Hold On Me
8 10 Between The Ditches The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band 12 Between The Ditches
9 11 The Rub Red Dirt Revelators 8 Change*
10 ~ Warning Shot Mississippi Heat 8 Warning Shot*
11 12 Life Happens Candi Staton 3 Commitment
12 13 Hey Hey Markey Blue 12 Baby I’m Cryin’
13 ~ The John Weeks Band The John Weeks Band 5 I Want To Get Back Home*

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James Rory Block 9 I’m So Glad
Love The Way You Roll The Alexis P. Suter Band 1 Nuthin’ In The World
Bluesamericana Keb’ Mo’ 9 More For Your Money
Live My Life Stacy Mitchhart 1 I Drink Whisky
Man & Guitar Ian Siegal 1 The Silver Spurs
Gotta Keep Rollin’ Rob Stone 11 Blues Keep Rollin’ On
Belmont Boulevard JW Jones 7 Magic West Side Boogie
100% Pure Sauce Boss 5. Delta 9 Blues
Let Me Prove It To You Steve Strongman 5. Let Me Prove It To You
A Long Way From Home The Suitcase Brothers 5. Kidney Stew
Cryin’ Mercy Altered Five 10 Urgent Care
Blues Stories Diana Braithewaite & Chris Whiteley 9. Hard Time Killin’ Floor
Natural Born That Way Nathan James & The Rhythm Scratchers 3. Natural Born That Way

Amuse Bouche: Bradenton Blues Festival

SONG ARTIST
To Die For Love Bridget Kelley Band
Dr. Feelgood Lauren Mitchell
A Pretty Girl, A Cadillac and Some Money Doug Deming
My Little Machine Dennis Gruenling and the Jewel Tones
Koko’s Song EG Kight
Louisiana Rain Samantha Fish
Crazy Mixed Up World Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues
Check My Baby’s Oil Little Ed & The Blues Imperials
It’s My Own Fault Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers
Lazy Blues Marcia Ball
She Can’t Give Me The Blues Dave Muskett
TRANCE SPECIAL
10 Million Slaves Recapturing The Banjo

HART_Cover_FinalQuestion: What does ‘Big Mama Ryder’s Shrimp Crab and Corn Chowder’ have in common with ‘Couch Chili’?
Answer: They are both in the ‘Cooking With HART‘ (click title to order)  cookbook from the Blues Foundation and Blues411.

It’s ready for pre-ordering now and makes a great gift for blues friends in your life.  This hard cover cookbook features 124 recipes from Blues artists and fans around the world, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund.  You will not find a collection of recipes like this anywhere else!  The cookbook itself is spiral bound, and features a colorful hard cover and section dividers for lasting durability. Buy it for yourself, buy it for blues friends, or anyone who likes to cook.  It also makes a great autograph book.  Cooking with HART is the gift that keeps on giving.  Order you copies now to receive in time for the holiday gift-giving season!

The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund assists musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses.

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
©Blues411.com 2014
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: November 17, 2014

It’s the week before the Thanksgiving migration starts, maing, where did the time go?

Number one this week is a gritty, down in the alley blues band outta Nashville, where there is a thriving Blues community that is second to none. The band is Andy T. & Nick Nixon, with Andy T on guitar and Nick taking on the lead singing, incredible energy here and these cats were the first to take me under their collective wing in Memphis several years ago when at my first IBC, always and forever grateful guys.

One new addition is also from Nashville, go figure, and she was a lso a part of the welcoming committee, Markey Blue. Markey is a gifted vocalist who can cover a wide range of styles but is always sultry and sensuous in her singing. She joined forces with guitarist, Ric Latina and as they say the rest is history, check them out.

DrinkOur ‘Amuse Bouche‘ this week is the opposite of last weeks. It’s called Tiny, Teeny, Lil’, Little’s & Small. Featuring the short stature names – but large in talent.
Included is a South Carolina gem, Drink Small, a genuine, real deal blues doctor. There is a new book out about his life, written by our friend Gail Wilson Giarratano,  so, if you want to know the truth about deep rooted blues and an originator, not imitator, then ya better get yo’self a copy of it.
You can click on the photo if the cover to order, 100& of royalties go to Drink.

 

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues, on MojoWax Radio presented by Blues MusicMagazine at LIVE365.com.

bcradioBroadcast times are as follows:
Monday - 1pm EST ALWAYS A NEW SHOW
Tuesday
 10pm EST
Wednesday – Noon EST
Thursday
  11pm EST
Friday
  4pm EST
Saturday – 2pm EST

 

Baker’s Dozen: Current Chart & Playlist on Radio Show

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Track#/Title
1 2 Livin It Up Andy T & Nick Nixon Band 8 Last To Leave
2 3 Restless Mind Murali Coryell 6 Crime Of Opportunity
3 4 Cross That Line House of Dues 4 Cross That Line
4 6 Calling All Blues Duke Robillard 5 Emphasis on Memphis
5 5 Forever In Blue Bridget Kelly Band 4 I’ll Take The Blues
6 7 Heart of Chicago Liz Mandeville 9 Why Would a Women Sing The Blues
7 8 Memphis Grease John Nemeth 7 Crying
8 9 All In Dave Fields 9. Got A Hold On Me*
9 10 A New Day E.G. Kight 2. Graveyard Dead Blues*
10 11 Between The Ditches The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band 12 Between The Ditches*
11 12 The Rub Red Dirt Revelators 11 Pseudo Blues
12 13 Life Happens Candi Staton 3 Commitment
13 ~ Hey Hey Markey Blue 12 Baby I’m Cryin’*

*new featured track

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Warning Shot Mississippi Heat 8 Warning Shot
Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James Rory Block 9 I’m So Glad
The John Weeks Band The John Weeks Band 5 I Want To Get Back Home
Love The Way You Roll The Alexis P. Suter Band 1 Nuthin’ In The World
Bluesamericana Keb’ Mo’ 9 More For Your Money
Live My Life Stacy Mitchhart 1 I Drink Whisky
Man & Guitar Ian Siegal 1 The Silver Spurs
Gotta Keep Rollin’ Rob Stone 11 Blues Keep Rollin’ On
Belmont Boulevard JW Jones 7 Magic West Side Boogie
100% Pure Sauce Boss 5. Delta 9 Blues
Let Me Prove It To You Steve Strongman 5. Let Me Prove It To You
A Long Way From Home The Suitcase Brothers 5. Kidney Stew

 

Amuse Bouche: Tiny, Teeny, Lil’, Little’s & Small

SONG ARTIST
1. Train Kept A Rollin’ Tiny Bradshaw
7. Shoes Teeny Tucker
5. First I Look At The Purse Lil’ Ed
27. I’m Gonna Copyright Your Kisses Lil’ Green
13. I Just Met A Man Lil’ Ronnie & The Grand Dukes
5. Off The Wall Little Walter
17. Nobody’s Sleeping In My Bed Little Milton
2. Talkin’ Boogie Little Brother Montgomery
5. Little Freddie King Little Freddie King
13. Miss Ann Little Richard
7. Duck’s Yas Little Joe McLerran
5. Iraq Blues Little Victor
7. You Don’t Love Me Baby Little Smokey Smothers
3. Don’t Matter Where It Come From Little Bobby
11. Travellin’ Blues Little Mike & The Tornadoes
4. Something In The Milk Ain’t Clean Drink Small

HART_Cover_FinalIs an ‘Absolute Road Dog’ a drink, appetizer or main course?

What country does a ‘Pancit Bihon’ originate from?

Is ‘Eat A Peach’ more than just an Allman Brother’s Release?

These answers can be found in ‘Cooking With HART‘, the blues cookbook from the Blues Foundation and Blues411. It has 125 recipes from blues artists and fans from around the world.
All the money – 100& – no skim here, goes to the HART Fund which helps artists in need of medical and emergency care.
Pre-order it now from:
http://www.shopbluesfoundation.org/cooking-with-hart/

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
©Blues411.com 2014
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

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Photo Gallery/Review: Otis Taylor Trance Fest & Workshops

Lawdy, lawdy, lawdy seems like a year ago that we attended the Otis Taylor Trance Blues Fest & Workshops in Boulder, Colorado. The weather was better than we had hoped for, the city was beautiful, skies clear and temps about 70…perfect.
So now it’s 19 degrees there, snowy and cold enuf to freeze mountain oysters in their proper place. But let’s not dwell on the current – let’s look back on what was a wonderful learning experience for everyone involved, from the ‘artists-teachers’ to the ‘student-performers’.

img_6104The goal of this event was to promote folks playing music together, in an open and encouraging environment regardless of abilities or age, without genre restrictions. About fifty of us gathered at the ETown Hall  early Saturday morning (10:00 AM) to go over the goals of the sessions and get us all familiar with what, exactly is ‘Trance Blues’.

Trance blues is a sub-genre of blue music defined as blues music with an electronic component. Often staying on the I (one) chord and working the music outwardfrom the beat. Trance blues artists have included  Otis Taylor, Skip James, John Lee Hooker, and RL Burnside.

With the basics laid out Mr. Taylor and band members set up an example of a ‘Trance’ Blues’ song  – accommodating all instruments present including banjos, dulcimers, violins, tubas, trombones and more guitars or every type and style one could think of. Once the rhythm was established and the key set, the band just kept laying it down for all to hear. Led by the artist-vocalists, who scatted lead over the music it set the stage for the students to step up and take lead on their respective instruments. The key point was to understand that the music is there to allow us to experiment and explore the possibilities within it – without being concerned about chord changes or other elements that can get in the way of creativity.

img_6289After a lunch break we were sorted into groups to work under the tutelage of one of the ‘artist-teachers’ and create a song that we would then perform at the workshop. The artist-teachers were Janiva Magness, Erica Brown, Sofie Reed, Jessica & Paul Rogalski, who took the youngest group of attendees to work with. After about thirty minutes, we all reassembled and one by one we presented our songs complete with lyrics, leads and singing. It was great to see how each group went about their project and how different each one came out. The children’s group had Brandon Niederauer sharing eights with Grace Kuch on their respective guitars. If you do not know Brandon, do get familiar with this young man.  Amazing is all I can say. Our group consisted of violin, conga, steel guitar, bass, ukulele and four guitars – all under the spiritual and forward thinking leadership of Janiva Magness. One of the guitar players changed out the guitar for a cabasa to add more rhythm to the Rhumba-styled blues song.

img_6346Everyone supported each other, it was great to see and be part of. Loud applause resonated through the workshop space and smiles were painted on everyone face. Many of the  students were later to appear on stage with the artists in the form of the ‘ETown Masters of Space and Time Choir‘ supporting Otis, Janiva and the other teachers in their performance later that night. We broke for dinner and reconvened in the auditorium to watch the concert and enjoyed watching our fellow students on stage assisting the artists in their music.

The night’s concert featured wonderful performances by Sofie Reed, Jessica Rogalski, Erica Brown, Janiva Magness and the Otis Taylor Band, all playing to a packed house. A memorable workshop and concert that we hope to return to next year, and I can only wish for many of you to attend and be part of the keeping the blues thriving.

Please visit our smug mug gallery of nearly one hundred photos from the event. These cover the range of activities that occurred on Saturday from settling in to groups to the final performance of the day on the big stage. We had a blast and thank you again to Otis and extended framily who made this possible.

http://blues411.smugmug.com/Music-Pictures/Otis-Taylor-2014-Trance

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
©Blues411.com 2014
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: November 10, 2014

BakersDozen15On Saturday November 8th, we were honored to take part in the Otis Taylor’s Trance Blues Festival. A great gathering of artists from all walks and genres learning to play outside of themselves and to stretch their creative limits beyond the standard acceptance of what is blues and music. A very special thanks to Otis and his band and management for asking us out to Boulder. It was great to hear folks explore and release their musical abilities in a friendly open and encouraging environment. If you play, or if you love music in a pure sense, then you should plan on attending one of these years.

Catfish keith Honey HoleOur number one hombre this week is Catfish Keith, and his superior release Honey Hole. ‘Fish is one amazing guitar player, and he showcases his differet styles and sensibilities on this release. With the Blues Music Awards coming up wouldn’t it be nice to see an acoustic artist on the list of Guitar Player Award???? Jus’ sayin’!

Our two new additions are from Candi Staton, and the Red Dirt Revelators. Opposite ends of the spectrum but deep down all blues. I know you will enjoy these fine artists and enjoy theor music as they work their way up the chart.

Our ‘Amuse Bouche‘ this week looks at the BIG’s in the Blues. Say what? Well cats like Big Joe Turner, Big Bill Morganfield, Big Daddy D, Big Shot Reub and some ladies like Big Mama Thorton and Big Maybelle. I hope you get a big thrill listening to these artists and look for the opposite end soon.

HART_Cover_FinalQuestion: What does Victor Wainwright, Bill Wax and Fabrigio Pozzi have in common?
Answer: You knew it, didn’t you? They are all in the Cooking With HART Cookbook. The book that gives 100% of all money raised to the HART Fund of the Blues Foundation. You can pre-order now at the Foundation’s store.
http://www.shopbluesfoundation.org/cooking-with-hart/

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues, on MojoWax Radio presented by Blues MusicMagazine at LIVE365.com.

bcradioBroadcast times are as follows:
Monday - 1pm EST ALWAYS A NEW SHOW
Tuesday
 10pm EST
Wednesday – Noon EST
Thursday
  11pm EST
Friday
  4pm EST
Saturday – 2pm EST

Baker’s Dozen: Current Chart & Playlist on Radio Show

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Track#/Title
1 3 Honey Hole Catfish Keith 14 Poor Howard/Green Corn
2 4 Livin It Up Andy T & Nick Nixon Band 8 Last To Leave
3 6 Restless Mind Murali Coryell 6 Crime Of Opportunity*
4 5 Cross That Line House of Dues 4 Cross That Line*
5 7 Forever In Blue Bridget Kelly Band 4 I’ll Take The Blues
6 8 Calling All Blues Duke Robillard 5 Emphasis on Memphis*
7 9 Heart of Chicago Liz Mandeville 9 Why Would a Women Sing The Blues
8 11 Memphis Grease John Nemeth 7 Crying*
9 10 All In Dave Fields 1 Changes In My Life
10 12 A New Day E.G. Kight 7 Bad Times w/Greg Nagy
11 13 Between The Ditches The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band 1 Devils Look Like Angels
12 ~ The Rub Red Dirt Revelators 11 Pseudo Blues*
13 ~ Life Happens Candi Staton 3 Commitment*

*new track

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Hey Hey Markey Blue 6 Play Me
Son & Moon John Mooney 1 Death Letter
Get Back In Davis Coen 5 Get Back In
Self Made Man Mike Wheeler 9 Get Your Mind Right
Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James Rory Block 9 I’m So Glad
The John Weeks Band The John Weeks Band 5 I Want To Get Back Home
Love The Way You Roll The Alexis P. Suter Band 1 Nuthin’ In The World
Bluesamericana Keb’ Mo’ 9 More For Your Money
Live My Life Stacy Mitchhart 1 I Drink Whisky
Man & Guitar Ian Siegal 1 The Silver Spurs
Gotta Keep Rollin’ Rob Stone 11 Blues Keep Rollin’ On
Belmont Boulevard JW Jones 7 Magic West Side Boogie

Amuse Bouche: BIG in the Blues

SONG ARTIST
The Blues Will Never Die BIG James & The Chicago Playboys
I Believe I’ll Go Back Home BIG Bill Broonzy
Tight Things BIG Bill Morganfield
Backroad Blues BIG Joe Williams
Shake, Rattle & Roll BIG Joe Turner
I’d Never Let Her Down BIG Joe Shelton
What The Hell Were You Thinkin’? BIG Joe &The Dynaflows
How Come BIG Mama Thorton
That’s A Pretty Good Love BIG Maybelle
Smack Dab In the Middle BIG Harp Gorge
I Need A Man To Love Me BIG Brother & The Holding Company
I Thought I Heard (My Baby Call My Name) BIG Daddy D & The Dynamites
Come In My Kitchen BIG Head Blues Club
Don’t Mess With Me BIG Pete Pearson
Got It Going On BIG Sam’s Funky Nation
So Much Inside Me BIG Shot Reub & the Reloaders

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
©Blues411.com 2014
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411