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

uncle-sam3Our number one in the sun this week is an amazing duo from Canada, Diane Braithewaite & Chris Whiteley. It is especially fitting that song we re featuring is called “Florida” since we have just about returned from the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival. in Florida. It was a great weekend of friends, music and sunshine. A shout out to The Otis Taylor Band for being so kind, to ‘my nephew’ Jarekus Singleton Band and his superb band for always bringing it hard and true.  thrilled to finally get to see Robben Ford who did a surperb job and did not disappoint.

Oh yeah can’t forget RJ Howson for throwing a great jam on Saturday night (he’s playing at the Bonita Blues Fest in two weeks, so get there if ya can) and most of all our travelling partner ‘Father Ringo’, Bo Ely. We have a ton of snaps from there on our facebook page, if you weren’t following our escapades you can go and see all sorts of fun stuff that went on!

Our Amuse Bouche features February Birthdays – some good stuff in there!

 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 Blues Stories Diana Braithewaite & Chris Whiteley 2. Florida
2 3 Cryin’ Mercy Altered Five 2. I’m In Deep
3 4 Bluesamericana Keb’ Mo’ 5. Move
4 5 You Keep The Money Tas Cru 9. Count on Me
5 6 Empire Roots Band Music From ‘The Harlem Street Singer’ Empire Roots Band 9. Twelve Gates to the City*
6 7 The Other Side Niecie 1. Strange Way
7 8 All Night Long Aaron Burton 5. Don’t Talk Bad About Me*
8 9 A Long Way From Home The Suitcase Brothers 2. Poor Black Mattie
9 10 Living By The Minute Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers 9. Blood and Bone
10 11 One Heart Walkin’ Austin Walkin’ Cane 10. Sweet Mama Brown*
11 12 Spaghetti Juke Joint Fabrizio Poggi 1. King Bee
12 13 Loretta Shaun Murphy 2. I Pity The Fool
13 ~ Decisions Bobby Rush/Blinddog Smokin’ 3. Bobby Rush’s Bus*

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
LIVE from the Park Theatre Jimmi & The Band of Souls 7. Lord I Tremble
Morose Elephant Jeff Jensen 2. Get Along
Terraplane Steve Earle & The Dukes 7. Go Go Boots Are Back
Fat Man’s Shine Palor Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King 10. Lone Star Lap Dance
Faded But Not Gone Big Dave MacLean 5. Sittin On A Fencce
Shaman Lover Mary Hott 2. Shaman Lover

Amuse Bouche: February Birthdays

SONG ARTIST
8. Blue Monday Antoine ‘Fats’ Domino
2. Goin’ Up The Country Bob ‘Bear’ Hite
10. Let It Bleed Johnny Winter
8. “E” Blues Francis ‘Scrapper’ Blackwell
3. A Little Sugar In My Bowl Nina Simone
3. Hip Shakin’ Mama Irma Thomas
14. A Certain Girl Ernie K-Doe’ Kador
10. A Certain Girl Warren Zevon
11. Careless Love Josh White
7. Come On (Part 1) Earl King
6. Turn Back The Hands of Time Otis Clay (with Johnny Rawls)
16. Gangster of Love Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson
You Really Got A Hold On Me William ‘Smokey’ Robinson
3.Could You Be Loved Bob Marley
9. The Blues and My Guitar Phillip Walker

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

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

BakersDozen15With Leslie still in the Pennsylvania Gulag, it’s been a rather quiet week here. But, it has allowed me to catch upon lots of new music that has been arriving at our little HQ in South Carolina. Take a look at the ‘Chef Suggestions’ for a sample of some of the newer stuff.

As soon as Leslie returns we are off to Clearwater, FL for the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival. Featuring two of my very favorite bands, yep – Jareus Singleton & Otis Taylor. Also a dynamic singer, Sena Ehrhardt will also bring it on Saturday.
Sunday is equally as good with IBC finalist, Betty Fox, Robben Ford, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Robert Randolph. It will be great to see everyone there and my buddy from Sacremento, Bo Ely will join us – now we gotta find some fried chicken in Clearwater!

Howell Devine Modern SoundsOur number one in the sun this week is the little band that could HowellDevine and their sterling release ‘Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju’. The sure got it down to an artform and want y’all to dig into that plate of blues they be serving up cos you will like it for sure.

Our two new additions this week are from different parts of the real world. We got Fabrizio Poggi from Italy and Shaun Murphy from Nashville (USA). Along with them we also have six other new songs this week for you to enjoy.

Our Amuse Bouche this week features IBC bands and solo acts that we saw. Many shared their music with us as we hit the clubs and this is our way of saying thank you to them and hope that some of you will want to visit their sites and purchase their music, and get out there and support them in your area.

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 Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju HowellDevine 2. It Won’t Be Long Now
2 3 Blues Stories Diana Braithewaite & Chris Whiteley 2. Florida*
3 4 Cryin’ Mercy Altered Five 2. I’m In Deep
4 7 Bluesamericana Keb’ Mo’ 5. Move*
5 6 You Keep The Money Tas Cru 9. Count on Me*
6 10 Empire Roots Band Music From ‘The Harlem Street Singer’ Empire Roots Band 1. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
7 8 The Other Side Niecie 1. Strange Way*
8 9 All Night Long Aaron Burton 10. Statesboro Blues
9 11 A Long Way From Home The Suitcase Brothers 2. Poor Black Mattie*
10 12 Living By The Minute Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers 9. Blood and Bone*
11 13 One Heart Walkin’ Austin Walkin’ Cane 1. Sweet Tea & Bourbon
12 ~ Spaghetti Juke Joint Fabrizio Poggi 1. King Bee*
13 ~ Loretta Shaun Murphy 2. I Pity The Fool*

* 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
Inside Out Roly Platt 10. Funk Shui
Decisions Bobby Rush/Blinddog Smokin’ 3. Bobby Rush’s Bus
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
LIVE from the Park Theatre Jimmi & The Band of Souls 7. Lord I Tremble
Morose Elephant Jeff Jensen 2. Get Along
Terraplane Steve Earle & The Dukes 7. Go Go Boots Are Back

Amuse Bouche: IBC Artists II

SONG ARTIST ALBUM
1. Memphis Blues Blue Jay Slim & The Tone Blasters Leaving the Cold Behind
6. Bippidee Bopp Balken Brothers Redrova
1. Angels & Devils Cary Morin Tiny Town
13. Till The Memories Gone Brother Sun Sister Moon Brother Sun Sister Moon
1. Pet That Thing Dave Muskett Double EP
8. Built For Comfort CD Wooodbury Band Sunbanks Live
3.Future Blues Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers Love Whip
9.Blow My Blues Away Gaetano Letizia Voodoo Doll and Other Blues Lessons
9. Not Playing Your Game Rick Randlett Nothing To Do
2.Come Down Slow No Refund Band The No Refund Band
12.Lay Me Down Sweet Jesus Pair of Six’s James Boraski
1. Ida Mae Ben Rice & Lucy Hammond Destination Clarksdale

We want to thank the Red Dirt Revelators for becoming a Tier 1 Supporter, so now ya gots to check them out and show them some love. Also thanks to Shaun Murphy for her continuing support of our efforts here.

The Blues Foundation released their nominees for the Blues Music Awards. You can vote on who you think is most deserving by visiting www.blues.org and joining the foundation and the accesing the voting page. You can also see a list of those nominated right here Blues411 covers the nominees.

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

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

BakersDozen15As you might know from our last update here. We got to see Bob Seger and The J. Geils Band in Atlanta last weekend. Well, I just had to get me some more of my ‘nephew’ Jarekus Singleton and the band in Savannah this past Friday.

Jarkeus was in town for a pre-party and announcement for the Savannah Music Festival which runs March 19-April 14, 2015. They feature a wide varoety of musical genres and styles – yes one of them the Blues – along with Jarekus the Heritage Blues Orchestra will be there, as well as others who fall under our big tent. Check them out and maybe we see ya round the streets of The Hostess City – Savannah Georgia.

10988523_853074914751879_1969780722283713055_nA quick take or Jarekus, I still don’t know how he did not make it to the finals of the IBC two years straight. Thankfully Bruce Iglauer, of Alligator Records saw the obvious talent and signed him and, as they say, the rest is history. Every show I have attended the mix of race and age has been pretty much a great site to see, and that’s a good thing. There was a palpable feel of community, as  African-American fans alongside Caucasian fans joined together celebrating his music. This is not something I am used to seeing at blues events. Y’all know what I am saying, let’s not play dumb or naive here. From Mississippi to Pennsylvania to Georgia, and coming up in Florida, he brings the folks to the blues with his original lyrics and solid blues content that, from here, looks like the future of the blues.  To see our smug mug link visit here http://blues411.smugmug.com/Music-Pictures/Jarekus-Singleton-2015-Savanna/ .

This week we have Stacy Mitchhart and his ‘Live My Life’ release at the top spot.  We have one new addition to the play chart, BMA nominated Austin Walkin’ Cane and his song ‘Sweet Tea & Bourbon’, hah I can relate to that.

Our Amuse Bouche this week features IBC bands and solo acts that we saw. Many shared their music with us as we hit the clubs and this is our way of saying thank you to them and hope that some of you will want to visit their sites and purchase their music.

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 2 Live My Life Stacy Mitchhart 7. Live My Life
2 3 Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju HowellDevine 2. It Won’t Be Long Now
3 4 Blues Stories Diana Braithewaite & Chris Whiteley 5. Blues March
4 5 Cryin’ Mercy Altered Five 2. I’m In Deep*
5 6 100% Pure Sauce Boss 7. Chicago Combat Zone
6 7 You Keep The Money Tas Cru 7. One Bad Habit
7 8 Bluesamericana Keb’ Mo’ 2. Somebody Hurt You*
8 9 The Other Side Niecie 8. Live For The Music
9 10 All Night Long Aaron Burton 10. Statesboro Blues*
10 11 Empire Roots Band Music From ‘The Harlem Street Singer’ Empire Roots Band 1. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning*
11 12 A Long Way From Home The Suitcase Brothers 5. Kidney Stew
12 13 Living By The Minute John Hoyer & The Shadowboxers 5. Let It Out
13 ~ One Heart Walkin’ Austin Walkin’ Cane 1. Sweet Tea & Bourbon*

 

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Lucky Dog Brad Absher & Swamp Royale 5. Miss Your Water
Spaghetti Juke Joint Fabrizio Poggi 1. King Bee
Inside Out Roly Platt 10. Funk Shui
Decisions Bobby Rush/Blinddog Smokin’ 3. Bobby Rush’s Bus
Dust My Broom Preston Shannon 9. The Feeling Is Gone
Double EP Dave Muskett 1. Pet That Thing
Cornbread Moan Willie J. Laws 6. Cornbread Moan
For A Change Brad Hatfield 2. Back Door Scratchin’
Tough Love Tinsley Ellis 1. Seven Years
LIVE from the Park Theatre Jimmi & The Band of Souls 7. Lord I Tremble
Loretta Shaun Murphy 2. I Pity The Fool


Amuse Bouche:
 IBC Artists

SONG ARTIST ALBUM
3. Pay To Play Eddie Cotton Here I Come
1. 292 Nashua Street Arthur James Me, Myself & I
1. Ida Mae Ben Rice & Lucy Hammond Destination Clarksdale
4. Hot Blues Mess Bobby BlackHat Waters Hot Blues Mess
1. Ain’t Gonna Cry The Blue Turtles Band Blue Turtles EP
9. Drinking Muddy Water The Jim Shaneberger Band Work In Progress
2. I’ll Feed You Real Good Terrie Odabie Evolution of the Blues
5. Stealin’ Lady Bianca Servin’ Notice
1. Hwy 49 Red Dirt Revelators The Rub
7. Lord I Tremble Jimmi & The Band of Souls LIVE from the Park Theatre
8. I Don’t Belong Angela Esmeralda & Fsebastiano Lillo Deltasoul
7. I Need You To Leave Me Alone Eef All Rivers Run Into The Sea
3. Honey Doll Michael Schatte Turn Back The Vikings
8. I Called Your Mama Charlie Love Charlie Love

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

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Performance Review/Photo Gallery: Rock ‘n Roll House Party

After spending just over a week in Memphis to experience and enjoy the International Blues Challenge. An epic event with over 250 acts from around the world performing and competing for some tasty prizes. Not that it’s all about the prizes, it really is about networking and getting the word out about your music to the hordes of fans who, in turn, support your music.

Afterward we were thrilled to get invited to the Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band perform in Atlanta. The opening band was the J. Geils Band, another somewhat old school rock n roll band (with a touch of blues added).

While I am not usually attending these Rock n Roll shows, as many of the bands are just a shadow of themselves either in energy, personnel, performance ability or all of the above. This show by these two bands was as good (if not better) than when they first hit the concert trail back in the 60’s.

IMG_6281-XLThe J. Geils band was electric as they kicked off the night – high energy with Peter Wolf ramba-lammin’ and prancing around the stage, while the master Whammerjammer himself, Magic Dick was energized and spot on in his rendition of his classic blues/rock tune. A 45 minute set was just about right, they got the spirit level up with the crowd and set us up for Mr. Seger and his band.

Walking out to the stage in semi-darkness, raising his hands to acknowledge the cheers from the crowd Mr. Seger set off into a splendid collection of his hits. It was amazing to IMG_6325-Lsit there and hear so many songs that we have lived with in our lives. From ‘Night Moves’ to ‘We Got Tonight’ to the upbeat and still funky ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’ (which he did not write) and the express train shuffle of ‘Hollywood Nights’. He deftly paced the show for two and one half hours and even added his cover of the Willie Mitchell tune, ‘Come To Papa’ – which of course made his own.

Each member of the band was at their very best. They shared their enthusiasm with the crowd and the crowd returned it right back. Mr. Alto Reed, Bob’s long time sax player was cheerleader, impresario and downright dirty sax player. The Motor City Horns accompanied the regular band and they filled the arena with sounds that ranged from the sweet and funky style of Memphis Stax to the gritty muscle car sounds of Detroit. Another fine addition to the stage was the Soul Trio of ladies who sang back up. Including, our very own blues lady Shaun Murphy. Two encores later the effervescent Mr. Seger bid all good night and no one felt cheated or wanted more.

IMG_6352-XLThere was that certain energy that only rock n roll provides. It’s strong and driven, like those nights in the cornfields or on the streets and alleys when the young look for the heart of Saturday night. That passion and live for today attitude did not die a quiet death with age – it was still sticking it’s middle finger out to the disbelievers and holding it’s ground as a true American form of music.

I’m thinking the blues could use some of that attitude. If it has to come from the younger bands then so be it, if it finds an emotional Viagra and gains a new lease on life that could be even better. The combination of showmanship and musicianship was spectacular. Not overdone, not an exaggerated obvious display but something found deep in the music. On this night Rock n Roll re-affirmed it’s position at the top pf the music order and was as vital and fresh as it has ever been. No one in the audience questioned whether or not it was rock n roll, no one bristled at the gyrations or enthusiasm of Alto Reed, everyone was on the same page and reveled in the music and the moment.

My Blues framily take note, we are never too old to learn.

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

Find our Smug Mug gallery from the show here:
http://blues411.smugmug.com/Music-Pictures/Bob-Seger-Concert-13115/