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A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: March 23, 2015

10268447_651772031568994_3919915663374175131_nA wonderful week in South Carolina & Georgia. The Savannah Music Festival is going on strong and last week was a fab one for the fest. Thursday night we got to enjoy Mavis Staples and her fine band, and Saturday we were treated to a twin bill of Jarekus Singleton and The Heritage Blues Orchestra. This coming week they are featuring Irma Thomas, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more super music. I must say that the audience at these events are music-savvy. They come to hear the music and appreciate when the bands share their talents with them. Blues bands take notice of this festival and get your credentials into them, well worth the trip.

This festival has made me think of the ‘back in the day’ festivals. Ya know the ones where you could see James Brown, The Staples Singers and The Jefferson Airplane weaved together to expose the audience to various types of music. It all seemed healthier back then, no segregation of genres, no looking down the noses and hearing folks spout “that’s not (insert genre here”…. maybe it would be good for blues festivals to open them doors up somewhat and let some sun in, maybe more folks would come.

Our top spot this week is Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers and their “Living By The Minute” release. A solid mix of funk, soul and gritty vocals make this baby a keeper.

New to the play chart we have a solid trio as any….Tinsley EllisBrandon Santini & Barbara Blue. Look for these artists to stick around for the long haul on our chart and if ya coming to Memphis for the Blues Music Awards be sure to  check out Brandon & Barbara who make Memphis-town their home.

For Women’s History Month we want to feature some of the fore-mothers of the Blues in our Amuse Bouche segment. These ladies were vital to the blues staying alive & well at various times and we are thrilled to offer some music from them to you, enjoy it!

Speaking of women, one who is very special to me posted a story/want ad on our web site last week. Help her out if you can by reading the post http://blues411.com/leslie____-joseph-asks-whats-in-a-nickname/ and chiming in.

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

IMG_3045-MOh, lest I forget be sure to check out the smug-mug collection of photos from the Savannah Music festival on our page  http://blues411.smugmug.com/ open up the ‘music pictures’ folder and scroll to the desired folder.

 

 

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

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Track#/Title
1 4 Living By The Minute Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers 8. 11-11-333
2 5 Decisions Bobby Rush/Blinddog Smokin’ 5. Funky Old Man
3 6 One Heart Walkin’ Austin Walkin’ Cane 10. Living, Working Dying*
4 8 Spaghetti Juke Joint Fabrizio Poggi 9. Mojo (feat. Bob Margolin)
5 7 Loretta Shaun Murphy 11. 24 Hours From Memphis
6 9 LIVE from the Park Theatre Jimmi & The Band of Souls 2. Pretty Sugar Mama
7 10 Morose Elephant Jeff Jensen 2. Get Along
8 11 Fat Man’s Shine Palor Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King 1. Got My Heart Broken*
9 12 Stranded Greg Nagy 8. Been Such A Long Time
10 13 Terraplane Steve Earle & The Dukes 7. Go Go Boots Are Back
11 ~ Memphis Blue Sweet, Strong & Tight Barbara Blue 1. Hands Off*
12 ~ Live & Extended Brandon Santini 12. Come On Everybody*
13 ~ Tough Love Tinsley Ellis 1. Seven Years*

*new track

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Lucky Dog Brad Absher & Swamp Royale 5. Miss Your Water
Double EP Dave Muskett 1. Pet That Thing
For A Change Brad Hatfield 2. Back Door Scratchin’
Faded But Not Gone Big Dave MacLean 5. Sittin On A Fencce
Shaman Lover Mary Hott 2. Shaman Lover
Too Many Men Eight O’Five Jive 7. Feed The Monkeys
Can of Gas & A Match The Bush League 10 Death of Robert
Hard Road To Hoe Ghost Town Blues Band 7. Tied My Worries To A Stone
In The Mix Bernard Allison 7. I Had It All The Time
Down By The Bayou JeConte 1. Down By The Bayou
Brother Sun Sister Moon Brother Sun Sister Moon 8. My Memphis Blues

 

Amuse Bouche: Women In Blues-Foremothers

ARTIST SONG
Dinah Washington I Won’t Cry Anymore
Big Mama Thorton Hound Dog
Memphis Minnie In My Girlish Days
Etta James I’d Rather Go Blind
Bessie Smith Dying Gamblers Blues
Billy Holiday All Of Me
Precious Bryant Fool Me Good
Sister Rosetta Tharp I Want A Tall Skinny Papa
Mattie Delaney Down The Big Road Blues
Geeshie Wiley Skinny Legs Blues
Ruth Brown A Good Day For The Blues
Alberta Hunter Beale Street Blues
Big Maybelle Candy
Katie Webster Money Honey or Honey Hush
Koko Taylor The Hunter
Odetta Jack Of Diamonds
Ida Cox Cold & Blue

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

Leslie”____” Joseph asks: What’s In A Nickname?

hello-my-name-tags-14803391In blues music, many people have nicknames.  

Some are variations on their real name – Pinkney ‘Pink’ Anderson, Keb’ Mo (Kevin Moore), BB King, UP Wilson (an interesting case since his given name was Huary Perry Wilson – the ‘H’ was never pronounced so it became ‘U’ as in Uary “U-R-A”), and Walter Brown ‘Brownie’ McGhee.

Some are “earned” like Super Chikan, ‘Champion’ Jack Dupree, James ‘Superharp’ Cotton, and Watermelon Slim. I think these are the highest level of nicknames.

Peg+Leg+Sam+peglegOthers, well, deal with physical characters like “Blind” Willie Johnson, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Ben “Gifted Hands” Sterling, “Peg Leg” Sam Jackson or “Too Slim” Langford. These are the most common form of nicknames around.

Then there are the ‘geographical’ ones. “Georgia” Tom Dorsey, “Kansas” Joe McCoy (who was NOT from Kansas), “Memphis” Minnie and “Louisiana” Red each are good examples of this type. Red had many nicknames before he settled on ‘Louisiana’ – chosen because of his love of that Louisiana hot sauce.

There are even some that combine various attributes such as Cincinnati Slim and Hollywood Fats. How ingenious!

Sww_Burnsideome go the initial route – JP Soars, RJ Howson, JD Optekar, RL Burnside. . .

I’m not sure what category some nicknames fall into like Mudcat, Shrimp City, or Mad Dog. (Maybe Mad Dog is really a physical characteristic?)

There was a game on Facebook for a while that had you pick an infirmity/physical characteristic + a fruit + a dead president. Remember that one? I think I ended up with Bunion Mango Tyler (10th President). Not exactly a name to inspire people, nor one that I would wish to be known as!

cjChef Jimi has had a nickname for most of his life. When he was younger, it was variations on his last name Patricola, which became Pepsi Cola, then Pepsi then Pep. His friends from the old neighborhood still call him Pepsi. Then, for a while, he didn’t have a nickname, unless you count “Honey” and “sweetie” as a nickname. (Oops, forgot about Honey Piazza and Sweet Betty).
In 1992, Jimi went to the French Culinary Institute, so people started calling him Chef Jimi, and that’s been his nickname ever since.

When I was a kid, I had a nickname that fell into the variation of my real name category. My younger sisters could not say the letter “L”, so instead of Leslie, I was Essie. All thru grade school and middle school, all my friends called me Essie. But in 8th grade, we moved. So after that, except for an occasional “Essie” name tag ironed into my T-shirts from summer camp, I became Leslie again.

So I’ve been nickname-less for a number of years. This makes me yearn for a good nickname: B3something clever and smart, suitable for a photographer as well as an internet radio show host.

Since a good nickname isn’t really one you can pick yourself, I’m turning to my friends for assistance. I already have had some passed on to me “The Eyes of Blues411”, Leslie “B3” Joseph, “The Source” but…still looking for the one that you know is just right!

So please, help give me a good nickname (and be kind).

Wishing you love, peace & chicken grease,
Leslie “____” Joseph

©Blues411.com 2015
Where Blues Thrives

 

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: March 16, 2015

Our place holder at the top this week is the Empire Roots Band. Featuring Bill Sims, Dave Keyes, Woody Mann and Brian Glassman. These fine musicians have put together a sterling collection of Reverend Gary Davis songs that will please the real deal blues lover in you.

New to the chart this week is Steve Earle & The Dukes and their ‘Terraplane’ release, yeah as you can tell by the title it’s about the blues. Be sure to give this one some ear-time.

leprecaunOur Amuse Bouche this week features artists who have (like all of us) have a wee-bit of the Irish in their surnames. After digging around on ancestry sites we found common surnames that are of Irish background and came up with some artists who fit the category. So enjoy or tribute to the Irish in the blues.

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

Broadcast 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 Empire Roots Band Music From ‘The Harlem Street Singer’ Empire Roots Band 11. Orangitang Rag
2 3 The Other Side Niecie 3. God’s Got This
3 4 A Long Way From Home The Suitcase Brothers 12. Knock Me A Kiss
4 5 Living By The Minute Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers 8. 11-11-333
5 6 Decisions Bobby Rush/Blinddog Smokin’ 5. Funky Old Man
6 7 One Heart Walkin’ Austin Walkin’ Cane 10. Sweet Mama Brown
7 8 Loretta Shaun Murphy 2. I Pity The Fool
8 9 Spaghetti Juke Joint Fabrizio Poggi 9. Mojo (feat. Bob Margolin)
9 10 LIVE from the Park Theatre Jimmi & The Band of Souls 2. Pretty Sugar Mama
10 11 Morose Elephant Jeff Jensen 2. Get Along
11 12 Fat Man’s Shine Parlor Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King 10. Lone Star Lap Dance
12 13 Stranded Greg Nagy 8. Been Such A Long Time
13 ~ Terraplane Steve Earle & The Dukes 7. Go Go Boots Are Back*

 

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Lucky Dog Brad Absher & Swamp Royale 5. Miss Your Water
Double EP Dave Muskett 1. Pet That Thing
For A Change Brad Hatfield 2. Back Door Scratchin’
Tough Love Tinsley Ellis 1. Seven Years
Faded But Not Gone Big Dave MacLean 5. Sittin On A Fencce
Shaman Lover Mary Hott 2. Shaman Lover
Memphis Blue Sweet, String & Tight Barbara Blue 1. Hands Off
Live & Extended Brandon Santini 12. Come On Everybody
Too Many Men Eight O’Five Jive 7. Feed The Monkeys

 

Amuse Bouche: We All Got A Little Irish In Our Blood

ARTIST SONG
Gary Moore 5 Walkin’ Thru The Park
Beth Hart w/Joe Bonamassa 2 Chocolate Jesus
U2 12 When Love Comes To Town
Harrison Kennedy 12 Caught You Creepin’
Sean Carney 1 Life of Ease
Polly O’Keary 1 Fool’s Gold
Beth McKee 7 Tug of War
Albert Collins 5 Cold Snap
Amy Hart 7 Rich Ass Daddy
Quinn Sullivan 2 Catch A Groove
Chris Cain 1 Drinking Straight Tequilla
Chris O’Leary 4 Blues Is A Woman
Van Morrison 2 Whinin’ Boy Moan
Rory Gallagher 7 Calling Card

SavannahJazzFest2Did I forget to mention that we have lots of good music this week in Savannah? The Savannah Music Festival is in town and we will be enjoying the incomparable Mavis Staples and her fine band, then this weekend Jarekus Singleton will do the do. Check them out as fine a music fest as there ever was.

 

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

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: March 9, 2015

BakersDozen15Wow, so this is what it’s like to be in SC in the winter – dang been 70 degrees most of the week, yeah had some rain, and some over night frost ‘warnings’ wooo I’m a scared like a little kid…not! now I recall why we moved here.

We shook up the Baker’s Dozen this week, bringing in three new releases into the playlist. Greg Nagy, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Benois King, and  Jeff Jensen. All  super releases which guarantees some fine music for the weeks ahead of us.

Our number one this week is a cat who has turned the corner in his career and is finally getting the much deserev accolades for his music as well as his dedication to the blues framily. Tas Cru, and his release ‘You Keep The Money’ – congrats my friend.

Our Amuse Bouche this week is a fun look at cover songs. We feature one original track and two other covers of it. It shows how many different ways the same song can be recorded. Thanks to Bill Wax for his ‘Wash-Cycle’ formerly on SiriusXM Bluesville for the idea, I always loved that segment.

Hope that everyone had a great time at the Bonita Blues Festival, remember next year it’s ten years old, so plan on joining Blues411 down there and partying till the music stops.

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 You Keep The Money Tas Cru 9. Count on Me
2 4 Empire Roots Band Music From ‘The Harlem Street Singer’ Empire Roots Band 11. Orangitang Rag*
3 5 The Other Side Niecie 4. Traffic Light
4 6 A Long Way From Home The Suitcase Brothers 2. Poor Black Mattie
5 8 Living By The Minute Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers 8. 11-11-333*
6 12 Decisions Bobby Rush/Blinddog Smokin’ 5. Funky Old Man*
7 9 One Heart Walkin’ Austin Walkin’ Cane 10. Sweet Mama Brown
8 11 Loretta Shaun Murphy 2. I Pity The Fool
9 10 Spaghetti Juke Joint Fabrizio Poggi 6. Way Down In The Hole
10 13 LIVE from the Park Theatre Jimmi & The Band of Souls 7. Lord I Tremble
11 ~ Morose Elephant Jeff Jensen 2. Get Along*
12 ~ Fat Man’s Shine Palor Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King 10. Lone Star Lap Dance*
13 ~ Stranded Greg Nagy 8. Been Such A Long Time*

* new track

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Lucky Dog Brad Absher & Swamp Royale 5. Miss Your Water
Double EP Dave Muskett 1. Pet That Thing
Dust My Broom Preston Shannon 9. The Feeling Is Gone
Cornbread Moan Willie J. Laws 6. Cornbread Moan
For A Change Brad Hatfield 2. Back Door Scratchin’
Tough Love Tinsley Ellis 1. Seven Years
Terraplane Steve Earle & The Dukes 7. Go Go Boots Are Back
Faded But Not Gone Big Dave MacLean 5. Sittin On A Fencce
Shaman Lover Mary Hott 2. Shaman Lover
Memphis Blue Sweet, String & Tight Barbara Blue 1. Hands Off

Amuse Bouche: Threesomes

  SONG ARTIST
1 Born Under A Bad Sign Albert King
2   Etta James
3   The Simpson’s
4 I Can’t Quit You Baby Otis Rush
5   Linsey Alexander
6   Led Zepplin
7 Champagne & Reefer Muddy Waters
8   Tyler Mac
9   Magic Slim
10 Nobody’s Fault But Mine Blind Willie Johnson
11   Como Mamas
12   Sax Gordon
13 When The Levee Breaks Memphis Minnie
14   Jimmi & The Band of Souls
15   Cary Morin

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