A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: September 29, 2014

BakersDozenAs we quietly slipped in Autumn last week, we managed to sit a spell longer here in SC. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t get our share of live blues music. Shemekia Copeland, Bob Margolin, Eric Culberson all busted out their brand of blues at the Savannah jazz Festivals Free Blues Night last Thursday. Great crowd in spite of the iffy weather, but all in all, as my buddy Ron Tanski would sing, ‘It’s a marvelous night for the blues‘.

This week we got ourselves three new CD’s for your enjoyment in our Baker’s Dozen. A superb guitar player (who plays National Guitars) Catfish Keith offers us a riff full of blues with his latest release ‘Honey Hole‘. Our very good friend Murali Coryell, has his latest release out titled ‘Restless Mind‘ and his cut is ‘Kiss Me First’ (heh heh). Our lady of the day is none other than, Bridget Kelley and her ‘Forever in Blue‘ release – this girl has energy to spare. Check her out.

Our number one spot is occupied by IBC winner and master mind of the Alligator Crawl, Selwyn Birchwood. Folks from Florida certainly know how good this cat is (and his band) and now the rest of the blues world is getting some of that too. Congrats!

Blues411-Animated-BannerComing up October 10,11, 12th is the Annual Daytona Blues Festival. It was founded in 2009 and is a qualified 5013c corporation in Florida. All folks who work it, put it together etc., do it for the love of the music – no salaries, nuthin’. Proceeds go to various charities, and is held at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. This year they will feature a super line up, plus after parties and, dig this – the line up is so good that they will have me do the master of ceremonies all weekend…

So with that being said, the Amuse Bouche this week is featuring the bands of the Daytona Blues fest. Sit back and enjoy and maybe get yerself a ticket to ride and join us there.

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues, on MojoWax Radio presented by Blues Music Magazine 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 Don’t Call No Ambulance Selwyn Birchwood 11 Falling From The Sky
2 6 Emergency Situation Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers 2 Emergency Situation
3 4 Bad Taboo Carolyn Fe’ 2 Kitty Cat
4 8 Wide Open Jimi Thackery & The Drivers 12 Pondok
5 7 Heavy Water Fo’ Reel 7 What’s Going On In My Home*
6 9 Real People Music Lady Bianca 7 Fryin’ Pan*
7 10 A Day In Nashville Robben Ford 3 Ain’t Drinkin’ Beer No More
8 11 Hard As It Gets Larry Griffith 1 Hard As It Gets
9 12 The Tattood Lady & The Alligator Man Marcia Ball 6 The Squeeze Is On
10 13 Cross That Line House of Dues 1 Addicted
11 ~ Honey Hole Catfish Keith 4 Weed Smoker’s Dream-Why Don’t You Do Right*
12 ~ Restless Mind Murali Coryell 2 Kiss Me First*
13 ~ Forever In Blues Bridget Kelly Band 2 Blues In The Kitchen*

*new tracks

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Livin It Up Andy T & Nick Nixon Band 1 Baby Right Now
Calling All Blues Duke Robillard 2 I’m Gonna Quit My Baby
Havin’ Nothn’ Don’t Bother Me Harmonica Shah 8 Honey I Ran Out Of Lies
Goin’ Home Kenny Wayne Shepard 12 Born Under A Bad Sign
The Hustle Is Really On Mark Hummel 3 The Hustle Is On
Son & Moon John Mooney 1 Death Letter
Get Back In Davis Coen 5 Get Back In
Soul Brothers Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls 2 Momma Didn’t Raise No Fool
Hey Hey Markey Blue 6 Play Me
All In Dave Fields 6 Black Dog
Self Made Man Mike Wheeler 9 Get Your Mind Right
Heart of Chicago Liz Mandeville 4 So Called Best Friend Feat. Billy Branch
Memphis Grease John Nemeth 12 Elbows on the Wheel
A New Day E.G. Kight 7 Bad Times w/Greg Nagy

Amuse Bouche:  The Annual Daytona Blues Festival: October 10, 11, 12th

  SONG ARTIST Daytona Blues Festival Oct 10, 11, 12th
1 11 You Hurt Me For The Last Time Lucious Spiller Born To Sing The Blues
2 7 Crosseye Cat Jeff Jensen Band Road Warm and Ragged
3 11 Come Together Matt Isbell/Ghost Town Blues Band Once There Was A Cigar Box
4 9 Heartbreaker Samantha Fish Black Wind Howlin’
5 12 Elbows on the Wheel John Nemeth Memphis Grease
6 1 Southern Living Southern Hospitality Easy Livin’
7 11 Losing Cool Little G Weevil The Teaser
8 1 Red Shoes DieDra & The Ruff Pro Band Red Shoes
9 11 Jody Didn’t Take Your Woman Bobby Rush Show You A Good Time
10 13 Some of These Days I’ll Be Gone Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band Peyton on Patton
11 4 Check My Baby’s Oil Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials Full Tilt

©Blues411.com 2014Love, Peace & Chicken Grease

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Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

Photo Gallery: Savannah Jazz Festival-Blues Night

SavannahJazzFest2It was quite the night in good old Savannah, Georgia. That bastion of all things Southern, in it’s splendor and charm busted out the blues for the people this past Thursday – free!  It was part of the Savannah Jazz Festival’s 2014 program that takes place all week throughout the city and surrounding area. It was some kind of wonderful to see the hand of friendship extended from one genre to the other – Jazz to Blues – and I would like to see more of this, even within our own family of the blues.

This is our second, and NOT final year, that we have attended the blues party in the park! This year we were treated to the The Savannah State University Wesleyan Gospel Choir giving us the rhythm and soul of Gospel in an outstanding performance. Followed by local blues master and exceptional guitar player Eric Culberson, who plays locally and almost single-handed keeps the blues alive & thriving in Savannah.

img_3468Then they big guns came out.  Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin brought the crowd a taste of Muddy Waters, Chicago electric blues, and as a surprise he treated us with a guest appearance from a young Aidan Hornaday. Mr. Hornaday accompanied Bob on harp and won the crowd over from the start when he threw off his jacket and got down to his shirt sleeves and play them blues we can use.

img_3533The headline act was the amazing Shemekia Copeland. Always fabulous and energetic her and her band rocked the blues to the joy of the crowd. Her storytelling and interaction with the fans created a bond that could not be broken. As she left the stage to tumultuous applause she smiled and waved in genuine appreciation of the folks who she carried on her songs.

Thank you to all the sponsors who have continued to provide funding for this annual event – thirty three years strong. To the Coastal Jazz Association and to Mr. Skip Jennings, who has opened up his ‘house’ to us at Blues411.

Please click here visit our Blues411 Smug Mug site for full portfolio of snaps from this event.

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease

©Blues411.com 2014
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: September 22, 2014

 

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We like to be in America, Ok by me in America . . .That about sums it up as we have settled back into our ‘regular’ life back in the USA. Some great thunderstorms in our parts as summer moves slowly into Autumn, temps are in the mid to high 80’s all is well here

Speaking of home front, starting this Sunday September 21st, the Savannah Jazz Festival kicks off it’s 32+ years of bringing fine music to Savannah. Each year they offer a free night of Blues in Forsyth Park (the Forrest Gump park). This coming Thursday, they are featuring Shemekia Copeland, Bob Margolin, Eric Culberson and the Savannah State University Choir in concert – hope to see many of our local blues friends there.

Davina SunshineOur new #1 spot is held down by a big favorite of ours, Davina & The Vagabonds. Congratulations and Mazel Tov to Davina on her engagement, may you guys be together at least as long as we have (35 years in October). Sunshine features a super variety of sounds and moods, but all are in the Vagabondian style that we have come to know and love over the past few years.

The remainder of the top five is Mick Kolassa, Selwyn Birchwood, Carolyn Fe’ and John McVey.

Our Amuse Bouche this week features Living Harp Players. Yep, cats who you can go see and support as they tour and play for you around the world. Some will be familiar to you, others may not. The majority of these cats have studied the likes of Little Walter, Junior Wells, Sonny Boy and more to refine, their technique. So if ya like these living guys, take a second to check out their inspirations.
I can heartily recommend any and all of these cats to you ‘cos they all are THAT GOOD. Enjoy and hope ya find some new ones to add to your list of must haves.  Keep looking on your own, for there are more that we did not have room for this go round.

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

 

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

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Track#/Title
1 3 Sunshine Davina & The Vagabonds 2 Flow
2 2 Michissippi Mick Mick Kolassa 1 New Beale Street Blues
3 4 Don’t Call No Ambulance Selwyn Birchwood 11 Falling From The Sky
4 5 Bad Taboo Carolyn Fe’ 2 Kitty Cat
5 6 Meet Me In Houston John McVey 5 Blue Guitar
6 7 Emergency Situation Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers 2 Emergency Situation
7 8 Heavy Water Fo’ Reel 3 Leave Your Love Alone
8 9 Wide Open Jimi Thackery & The Drivers 4 King Of Livin’ On My Own
9 10 Real People Music Lady Bianca 1 Missing You
10 11 A Day In Nashville Robben Ford 3 Ain’t Drinkin’ Beer No More
11 12 Hard As It Gets Larry Griffith 2 Help I Don’t Need
12 13 The Tattood Lady & The Alligator Man Marcia Ball 6 The Squeeze Is On
13 ~ Cross That Line House of Dues 1 Addicted

 

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Livin It Up Andy T & Nick Nixon Band 1 Baby Right Now
Forever In Blue Bridget Kelly Band 2 Blues In The Kitchen
Havin’ Nothn’ Don’t Bother Me Harmonica Shah 8 Honey I Ran Out Of Lies
Goin’ Home Kenny Wayne Shepard 12 Born Under A Bad Sign
The Hustle Is Really On Mark Hummel 3 The Hustle Is On
Restless Mind Murali Coryell 2 Kiss Me First
Son & Moon John Mooney 1 Death Letter
Get Back In Davis Coen 5 Get Back In
Soul Brothers Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls 2 Momma Didn’t Raise No Fool
Hey Hey Markey Blue 6 Play Me
All In Dave Fields 6 Black Dog
Honey Hole Catfish Keith 4 Weed Smoker’s Dream-Why Don’t You Do Right
Calling All Blues Duke Robillard 2 I’m Gonna Quit My Baby
Self Made Man Mike Wheeler 9 Get Your Mind Right

 

Amuse Bouche: Harp Happiness Alive & Well Harp Players

  SONG ARTIST Harp Happiness Alive & Well Harp Players
1 1. Scratch My Back Omar Coleman Louisiana Swamp Stomp
2 12 Crazy legs Mark Hummel The Hustle Is Really On
3 3 If You’d Help Me Please Jordan Patterson Back On Track Recording Project
4 3 Blues Overtook Me Charlie Musselwhite One Night In America
5 1 Krystalline Sugar Blue Code Blue
6 10 Help Me With The Blues Brandon Santini This Time Another Year
7 3 Needed Time Fabrizio Poggi & Chicken Mambo Spirit of Mercy
8 6 Harp Blast Bob Corritore Taboo
9 11 Keep The Love A Comin’ John Nemeth Memphis Grease
10 13 That’s It Dennis Gruenling I Just Keep Lovin’ Him – A Tribute to Little Walter
11 8 You Make Me Fly Chris Harper Four Aces and a Harp
12 5 Ptryptophan Pterodactyl Jason Ricci Done With The Devil
13 11 Blues Keep Rollin’ On Rob Stone Gotta Keep Rollin’
14 Tequilla The Blues Doctors Single

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease

©Blues411.com 2014
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

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Photo Gallery: European Blues Cruise

European Blues Cruise Photo Gallery

bluescruiseWell the epic trip to France was a tour de force of blues. How’s that for mangling two languages together and still getting the message out! There was a lot of that by Chef Jimi, as he spoke no French, and tried Spanish (which worked with many) and then by day two of cruise he was busy hitting the internet for translation in order to speak the native tongue to the cruisers. Which went pretty well, they appreciated the effort, and not once was he corrected on pronunciation! Well, except by some cat from England, but what do they know HAHAHAHA. 

EBC1Lisa Panoyan decided to bring the blues to more people in Europe, especially France in a setting that they would be comfortable in. As many take their ‘holiday’ aboard cruise ships she thought it would be a perfect match.  She had no idea how well it would work. She sold out her allotted rooms and more, many of the cruisers who were just ‘plain cruisers’ were thrilled to have the Blues aboard. They attended the concerts/shows at the various venues aboard the ship. The bought CD’s, got autographs and partied til the wee hours all in the name of the blues.  Lisa books the cruise through her travel agency Voyages Byblos and she will be getting the next cruise in place very soon.  So bookmark her page and check them out on facebook also.

EBC3We are thankful to her and her 24 hour a day working staff, Hope  and Radjaa for allowing us to be part of their effort to keep the blues alive & thriving in Europe, and are thrilled to say that Blues411 will be back aboard next year, and providing the MC work, reporting, and photography. Since we are thanking Lisa, we would also like to thank the Delmark Records artists John Primer, Toronzo Cannon, Mike Wheeler, Demetria Taylor, Peaches Staten, Omar Coleman, Ronnie Hicks, Christopher Alexander, David Forte for adopting us into their family and making our Virgin European Blues Cruise a memorable one.

EBC2The collection of photos is a tad large, about 120 or so, give or take. But they are all unique – some are candid shots of the artists, others capture them performing. We had a bunch of dancers everywhere, children and the sight seeing at ports is included too.
Click title at top or group photo to access gallery.

There will be a separate gallery of Marseilles photos to follow in the very near future.

So until next year, keep the blues thriving – Jusqu’à l’année prochaine , garder le blues en plein essor

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
L’amour , la paix et la graisse de poulet

©Blues411.com 2014
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411