A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: June 29, 2015

uncle-sam3Congrats to Anthony Gomes, he reaches the top spot for this Fourth of July week BDOB chart. No one better to ignite the electricity and sparks with his hybrid form of blues. Congrats my brother, wear them cuff links well. :-)

With a new #1 brings a new debut, The Texas Horns and their title track ‘Blues Gotta Hold Of Me’, should put ya in the mood to get your groove on.

Our Amuse Bouche is all about Summer. Yep, diggin’ thru them voluminous archives to find us some summer songs that fit in nice n tight in our Blues tribute. Check it out and get comfy in the heat!

Oh yeah in case ya missed it this past week, we chatted with Michael Cloeren about the Pennsylvania Blues Festival. Coming up July 24, 25, 26th they are in their 24th year, so turn out to support them for all they have done for the Blues. A whole lotta love to E.G. Kight and the Blue South Band  for an uplifting and exciting evening in SC, this past Saturday. Smugmug gallery here.

We’d like to give a shout out of thanks to Savannah Soundings, for allowing us to be part of their programming pitch session this past week. We are excited at what you are doing and hope to be a part of it in the future.

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

Broadcast times are as follows:
bcradioMonday  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 Track#/Title
1 2 Electric Field Holler Anthony Gomes 4. Blueschild*
2 3 Heavy Breathing Mark Telesca 6. Cross The Dog
3 4 Hard Road To Hoe Ghost Town Blues Band 4. My Doggy (f/Brandon Santini)*
4 5 Destination Clarksdale Ben Rice & Lucy Hammond 1. Ida Mae
5 6 St. Amant Sessions Peter Novelli 6. Woman in My Dreams
6 6 Southside SugarRay Rayford 2. Miss Thang
7 7 Where Evil Grows 24th Street Wailers 13. Can’t Fight It*
8 8 You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down Low Society 4. Son House Says
9 10 I Saw The Blues Jackie Payne 1.Back To Normal*
10 11 Wonder Man Rusty Wright Band 3.BlackHat Boogie*
11 12 Reno Jack Lighting Fried 4. Trying To Get to You
12 13 Victor Wainwright Boom Town 11. Reaper’s On The Prowl
13 ~ The Texas Horns Blues Gotta Holda Me 9. Blues Gotta Holda Me*

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Johnny Riley Crossroads of My Life 1. Crossroads of My Life
Hans Theessink & Terry Evans True & Blues 2. Mother Earth
Spencer Bohren Seven Birds 2 Blues on The Ceiling
Ian Siegal The Picnic Sessions 12. Hard Times (Come Again
No More)
Rick Vito Mojo On My Side 2. Easy Baby
Johnny Max LIVE 6. Brown’s Line
The Cash Box Kings Holding Court 3. Gotta Move Out To The Suburbs
Billy Price & Otis Clay This Time For Real 8. Broadway Walk
Bey-Paule Band Not Going Away 3. Kiss Me Like You Mean It
Roy Rogers Into The Wild Blue 0. Last Go-Round

Amuse Bouche: Summer Songs

Artist Song
WAR Summer
Biscuit Miller Summer Time Blues
Johnny Riley Cold Cold Summer
Deanna Bogart Hot Fun In The Summertime
Polly O’Keary Summer
Janis Joplin Summertime
Anders Osborne Summertime In New Orleans
Jim Suhler Long Hot Summer
Ana Popovic Summer Rain
The Soul Of John Black Summertime Thang
Curtis Salgado Summertime Life
Rich DelGrosso Summertime Is Here
Jimi Hendrix Long Hot Summer Night
Phil Gates Summer In The City

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
©Blues411.com 2015
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

Let The Healing Begin: E.G. Kight In Port Royal SC

IMG_8744For Blues fans this is probably not an unusual occurrence. There are some of our friends may not like, or understand the blues and since it is not available on commercial radio (well, it is but, not easy to find) it is hard to get them to shake off their demons concerning the music and it’s style and place in their lives. So we preach and cajole and hope that one day they join us and see the difference that exists with these artists that places them atop our list.

So, here we were urging many of our friends who had not yet experienced a blues concert to come to the Street Music Festival in Port Royal SC, this past Saturday to see E.G. Kight.

With the prospect of some heavy summer rain in the Lowcountry it posed an even harder push, but sometimes theIMG_8683 ever present one smiles upon us in funny ways. The organizers made the call early to bring it indoors, a good call at that since right before the first note the skies were cryin’ with the force of 1 million butterfly sneezes. So we wound up inside a metal shed called, appropriately The Shed, complete with air conditioning, nice bathrooms, vending and a super sound cat making it all hum in just the right way.


Gary Porter, E.G.’s drummer, starts it out with a flurry and the band breaks into a jam reminiscent of The Allman Brothers, with a heavy Chuck Leavell influence from the gifted fingers of Mike Harrell. When Ken Wynn on guitar and Johnny Fountain on bass kick it in gear they meander down uncharted riffs you can hear the crowd’s alertness rise and they build to the moment when E.G. takes the stage.

IMG_8699As if planned by the ever present omnipotent one, E.G. begins to sing, and a palpable gasp arose from those in attendance. Her voice and music is a mix of country and blues and a good dash of church to go along with it. It is a universal voice, it may very well be the voice of everyone collected over the ages and funneled or channeled into hers. It was that voice and the first few words she sang that turned this large metal shed into her, and the bands living room.


Doing mostly originals, which are splendid pieces of work, and some covers – including ‘I Saw Her Standing There‘ – she took everyone to the church of the Blues. There has been a lot of talk here in South Carolina (and US) about healing and Ms. Kight and band made much headway in that area via their performance. The audience was right there, on every note, pause and stop. The light had been shown, and is now followed by the congregation and I do believe that there are now many more Blues fans in the vicinity of Port Royal, Bluffton and Beaufort SC.

It really is that easy just get them to a show – a good show. There is something within the Blues that makes it the music of the people, and it is present in the artists that play it for us. Her stage presence, as well as the bands, IMG_8634accomplished what volumes of books and countless hours of recordings could never do – show people the light that emanates from within the music.


After a short break, where folks flocked to meet her and band, and purchase CD’s and some of her most excellent photos. But to also meet her and learn more about the music. Their second set was of the night was rollicking as often as it was awe inspiring. Leaving to a standing ovation, all you could hear from the crowd was how wonderful they were and how many of them never knew that the Blues could be like this and that they wanted more.

IMG_8748Our friends by the way, danced, clapped, spoke praise about them and clamored to meet her as well. Most common was “Oh my they were so good, how come I don;t know about this band”, along with “Everyone of them are great musicians, how can they play at a free show”. I offered some thoughts and urged them to seek out the music everywhere, internet, streaming, local radio, public radio and in the papers.

For in the giving you shall get, in the teaching you will be taught, and in the Blues it all starts with you. Thank you to the town of Port Royal, SC for keeping the music alive.

IMG_8755To see some super snaps from the epic performance please visit
http://blues411.smugmug.com/Music-Pictures/2015-EG-Kight-at-Port-Royal-SC/

 

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
©Blues411.com 2015
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

Friday’s Festival Preview: The Pennsylvania Blues Fest

It’s festival time thru much of the nation, and as always, we like to spotlight those outstanding festivals and folks who IMG_1718_1810_edited-1Awork so hard to bring you the mot outstanding Blues music events around town. 
The Pennsylvania Blues Festival is in it’s 24th year, and this year has moved to a new fan friendly location. Read more as we chat with Michael Cloeren about what’s in store for the folks this year . . .
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Blues411: Michael, it’s great to talk with you again, it’s been a while. We’re looking ahead to the Pennsylvania Blues Festival on July 24, 25 and 26th. Congratulations on celebrating 24 years of Blues in the Poconos! After 4 years at Blue Mountain, you’ve moved the festival to Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, PA. Tell me about this new location.
Michael Cloeren: Thank You, we all keep pretty busy in the Blues.. Twenty-four consecutive years of real deal blues in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania is something that myself and our staff are very proud of!

The Location is 2 miles from the original site (Big Boulder Ski Area) at Split Rock Resort-They host The Pennsylvania Wine Festival (1991 to the present) there for 25 consecutive years, so the festival layout is ideal for outdoor events with a concert size stage facing up the ski slope (sounds familiar?) and a 9000 square foot performance tent stage positioned at another location with plenty of food and non-food vendors in a shady grove between the stages.

Blues411: Hmm, lemme think, ahh, Bluestock. Let me say, I know when we went to Blue Mountain, lodging was IMG_3571always a little bit of a challenge. What are the hotels like at Split Rock Resort and are there other hotels that are close by? Will you still have a camping area?
MC: Split Rock Resort has a few hundred units on site either at The Galleria or The Split Rock Lodge all within walking distance of the festival grounds. Plus within a five mile radius of the site there are 12 hotels-all this info is on our new website pabluesfestival.com. There is no on site camping at this venue BUT there are 5 campgrounds within a 20 minute drive also at pabluesfestival.com

Blues411: Sounds quite a bit more ‘accommodating’. I know you’re always fine-tuning things at your festival. What are you doing different this year vs last year?
MC: This year the Friday Night, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning Brunch Showcases are going to be located inside a spacious ballroom a few hundred yards from the festival grounds. This venue has major room for growth and the local businesses are ecstatic to have the event back in the area after a four year absence!

IMG_1374_4663_edited-1Blues411: That really does make it easier to deal with weather incursions, for everyone involved, cool. So, do you have any bands that are playing for the first time at your festival?
MC: Yes – we have 8 Bands performing for the first time, which means almost half of the bands have never performed in the Poconos before! The new bands are:

  1. Dwayne Dopsie
  2. Selwyn Birchwood
  3. Sugar Ray & The Bluetones
  4. The Highway QC’s
  5. Vaneese Thomas
  6. Victor Wainwright
  7. The Peterson Brothers
  8. Alvin Youngblood Hart

Blues411: Holy shake the chandeliers Batman, those bands in themselves are top of the line. I see that you still have 2 stages. On Saturday night, Shemekia Copeland is playing opposite Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers. Then on Sunday, LiL’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are playing opposite Victor Wainwright & The Wild Roots. Wow! How’s a person supposed to choose which band to go see?
MC: The goal of any good programmer is to make tough choices for the guests – with Shemekia and Lil Ed playing 90 minute sets on the main stage and the tent acts playing 60 minutes, there is time to catch all of the acts but you have to plan ahead!

IMG_8395_3883Blues411: That’s a great way to allow folks to catch some of each set, cool. Who’s going to be the surprise band this year? Do you have anybody who you think will absolutely slay everyone? Anyone you can’t wait to watch from back stage and see the audience just turn into Jell-O?
MC: There are several events that should “slay” people.

MC: There are several events that should “slay” people.

1)The Saturday Night Showcase-9:45pm to 1:30am is truly a once in a lifetime event-The last time all of Johnny Copeland’s band members were all on stage together was June of 1997(Johnny passed 7/3/97). We will have up to 12 band members on stage with Shemekia Copeland singing her dads great songs–an event not to be missed. Tickets are $10 in advance!

2) The Highway QC’s are opening the main stage Sunday at 1 PM. They’re a Traditional Gospel group at its best, and have a Blind Boys of Alabama vibe.

3) Shemekia’s set Saturday night will be very emotional. Lake Harmony is her second home and The Festival is presenting Johnny Copeland a Lifetime Achievement Award to the Copeland Family prior to Shemekia’s Set. Tears will be rolling down my face for sure!

Blues411: The Gospel opening on Sunday has always been amazing, I want to thank you allowing a self-appointed sinner like me to bring these great artists to the stage in such an awesome event. Thanks Michael! Blues411 will be at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival taking and posting pictures, so be sure to follow us on Facebook. Everyone should “Like” The PA Blues Festival on Facebook. And for up to date information, visit their web site at pabluesfestival.com.

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
©Blues411.com 2015
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

A Baker’s Dozen Of Blues, June 22, 2015

PA Blues Festival 2015We are gearing up for the Summer Festival Season. This is such a great time of year, so many festivals to get to, so many bands to see,and so many friends to see again. Looking forward to seeing bunches of ya’s at the festivals we will be at. Be sure to check our Festival Partner Page to see our preferred festivals this festival season.

One cool fest that has been bringing it home for twenty-four years is the Pennsylvania Blues Fest. It has always striven to bring some of the very best traditional blues artists mixed with rising contemporary bands and artists that don’t normally make it East – so put it on your calendar, July 24, 25, 26th and we’ll see you there. 


New to the BDOB this week is 2 time Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award winner and fabulous cat, Victor Wainwright, and his band, the Wildroots. They just popped out a fresh and very tasty release called ‘Boom Town’ get your ears around this baby cos it’s gonna be big. Another exciting occurrence is the reappearance of the Ghost Town Blues Band. The GTBB is a former #1 here on the chart and has reappeared at the #4 slot this week, congrats to the guys.

But all rise and salute our #1 for the week, the one and only Doug MacLeod. There are not too many superlatives that we would use that would not fit this cat, Blues Music award Winner and more – a great songwriter and COOLBLUESwonderful cat. Congrats my friend and it does go “Exactly Like This”.


Our Amuse Bouche this week features Classic Blues. OK all you purists and painting within the lines folk sit down ya might even agree with these choices. They all ain’t old dead folk, they all ain’t men but they all is classic blues in our book. So hope ya enjoy.

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

Broadcast times are as follows:
bcradio
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 Exactly Like This Doug MacLeod 2. Too Many Misses For Me
2 2 Electric Field Holler Anthony Gomes 3. Whiskey Train
3 4 Heavy Breathing Mark Telesca 6. Cross The Dog
4 ~ Hard Road To Hoe Ghost Town Blues Band 1. Hard Road To Hoe
5 7 Destination Clarksdale Ben Rice & Lucy Hammond 1. Ida Mae*
6 6 St. Amant Sessions Peter Novelli 6. Woman in My Dreams
7 9 Southside SugarRay Rayford 2. Miss Thang*
8 8 Where Evil Grows 24th Street Wailers 12. Where Is My Honey
9 10 You Can’t Keep A Good
Woman Down
Low Society 4. Son House Says*
10 11 I Saw The Blues Jackie Payne 4. When The Blues Comes
A Knockin’
11 12 Wonder Man Rusty Wright Band 1. Wonder Man
12 13 Reno Jack Lighting Fried 4. Trying To Get to You*
13 ~ Victor Wainwright Boom Town 11. Reaper’s On The Prowl*

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Johnny Riley Crossroads of My Life 1. Crossroads of My Life
Hans Theessink & Terry Evans True & Blues 2. Mother Earth
Spencer Bohren Seven Birds 2 Blues on The Ceiling
Ken Valdez The Hang 2. Far From Gone
Ian Siegal The Picnic Sessions 12. Hard Times (Come Again
No More)
Rick Vito Mojo On My Side 2. Easy Baby
Johnny Max LIVE 6. Brown’s Line
The Texas Horns Blues Gotta Holda Me 9. Blues Gotta Holda Me
The Cash Box Kings Holding Court 3. Gotta Move Out To The Suburbs
Billy Price & Otis Clay This Time For Real 8. Broadway Walk
Whisky, Wine & Water Stacy Jones 1. Can’t Do Nothin’ Right

Amuse Bouche: Classic Blues

Artist Song
Henry Gray & Bob Corritore That Ain’t Right
Denise LaSalle They Made A Blues Fan Out of Me
Austin Walkin’ Cane South Of Lonesome
The Allman Brothers Band Jelly jelly
JB Hutto 20% Alcohol
Benny Turner Breakin’ News
Barbara Carr I Got The Blues
Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter,
James Cotton
Can’t Be Satisfied
Ann Rabson & Bob Margolin How Long Blues
Amos Milburn One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer
B.B. King The Thrill Is Gone
Albert Collins When A Guitar Plays the Blues
Albert King Killing Floor

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
©Blues411.com 2015
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411