Interview: Vinny Marini Sits On Our Couch

butt-joinThe Blues Foundation has announced a new CEO, replacing Jay Sieleman starting in October 2015. The Foundation is in better shape than when jay took over, both financially and in popularity, that is a good thing, thanks Jay.

Ms. Barbara B. Newman now has the reigns, and what can we expect from her, where is her focus?
Well our 
guest has scooped her, and Paul Benjamin, for a live music on the couch session in two weeks. September 8th you will have the opportunity to listen, call in and otherwise add positive input into the show.
We want to thank Vinny Marini for taking some time to chat about what we can expect and he hopes that all of you turn out and participate in the event.
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B411:
 So Vinny Marini, host of Music on the Couch, Musician’s You Should Know. I think you now need to add ‘And Other Affiliated Movers & Shakers’ to the title.
In the past you have had PR reps, producers, club owners and other music officials, now you go and scoop up the new CEO for the Blues Foundation, Barbara Ballin Newman.
How did you manage this?

VinnyVinny Marini: LOL, as they say, it was simple. I asked. About a month back I asked a member of the Board Of Directors if they would assist in making it happen. Then, once Paul Benjamin was announced as Chair, I reached out to him and made my proposal. He was interested, but we had to wait for Barbara to be approved by the board (I want to make it perfectly clear, I had no foreknowledge of Barbara’s selection by the committee). Last weekend in San Francisco, when the Board approved her, she was asked about appearing on the show and immediately said yes. Then it was just coming up with a date she and Paul could both accommodate.

B411: Yeah my Mom always said, “you don’t know till ya ask”, a perfect example right here. 
This interaction between people sounds so much more like the blues world that we know, accessibility being the key and people helping people toward the same goal.
Yes, a cosmic polar shift from the previous times and leadership. I like it.
She has an impressive business background and her music base sounds equally impressive.

VM: Without rehashing her resume, I believe Barbara’s background in the non-profit and financial management world will advance the Blues Foundation, bringing new membership and spreading the word further than before, allowing the Blues to “Thrive” – to borrow your favorite word! Add to that a history of membership in other music organizations and concert production, and being Executive Director of a Synagogue with all the responsibilities that entails, yes, she is a selection I believe all members of the Blues Foundation should cheer.

B411:
  So what can we expect you to ask her? I mean is it gonna be a ‘friendly’ like in soccer, or softball interview or will you go into some serious issues that confront her and the genre as we move forward? Yes allowing for her newness I don’t expect her to be able to analyze and break down the entire scheme of the blues universe, but on the other hand I am sure she has some ideas and directions she is wanting to move to.

VM: My hope is that we can talk about her background more go beyond the press release for a better understanding of the woman and then discuss her thoughts for the future. Let’s not forget, Paul Benjamin, the new Chair, who has been involved with the Blues and the Blues Foundation for years is also going to be on The Couch that evening.
The Board is as responsible for the overall vision and direction of the Foundation. As you pointed out, Barbara will not have even begun her new position, which occurs on October 1
st. She will spend the month of September working with outgoing President/CEO Jay Sieleman (who will be my guest on my August 31st show, by the way – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/musiconthecouch/2015/09/01/jay-sieleman-jay-stoller-couch-kid-new-music-brad-wilson (http://goo.gl/I9Q5Vt ) getting up to speed.
Do I expect Barbara to be able to share her entire vision; I do not. But I will explore why she took the position and what she sees as the major items to tackle over the coming years, whether they be about the growth of the organization or the issues that the membership see as needing attention. There were 30 candidates interviewed for this position, the vetting process was rigorous, I am sure Barbara knows some of the issues she is going to face. She is a smart woman. As far as the interview itself, not ‘softball’ nor will it be a Democrat on Fox News.

B411:
 Sounds fair enough, remember you will be graded for this interview by everyone who listens and others so bring your ‘A’ game.  If I might be direct for a moment, there is a thread that I started on a Facebook Group that asked for thoughts on where the BF should go, and or ideas that the new leadership should consider. It has been well received with over 200 replies by artists and fans there are some solid questions and ideas there. That might be a spot to visit in preparation for her appearance.

VM: As you are aware, I have been a part of this thread. I will certainly be using some of the thoughts shared there during my talk with Barbara and Paul. There are some interesting ideas on the thread and some folks also pointed out some frustrations with The Blues Foundation that, I believe, need to be addressed moving forward. As always there are some personal gripes and those will be ignored as far as my research material is concerned. I also hope some of those who have expressed suggestions and frustrations will call in during the show.

B411: 
You said you would be taking phone calls from listeners, this is great. Also emails if one cannot be there. I think this is what separates what you are doing from the others in the field.
 How do you plan on controlling the questions, since there is a chance of some potential volatility there?

500x500HIVM: First, thanks for pointing out that Music On The Couch is Live, Uncut & Uncensored. It has always been important to me to let my guests talk and not color their opinions by pre-recording and editing.

As far as controlling the phone calls, there is a delay that would allow me to dump a caller who becomes abusive. I expect anyone who takes the time to call in to be respectful to my guests, on any of my shows, particularly this one, and will certainly not tolerate abuse or volatility. So many people use the world Framily when speaking about our Blues World, and framilies do not always agree on things, but I believe that treating each other with respect will move us forward quicker than rudeness.

If someone cannot be there live, they can send their question or comment to vinnybond@musiconthecouch.com – The phone number for the show is 347-633-9400.

B411:
This will happen two weeks from today – Tuesday, September 8 at 9:00pm CDT. Do you have a link to go to for the live show?
Anything else we can look forward to from you? since we got ya pinned dwon here.

VM: The link for the Live Stream on Tuesday September 8th will be:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/musiconthecouch/2015/09/09/presidentceo-barbara-newman-chair-paul-benjamin-from-the-blues-foundation (http://goo.gl/WfiyuD).

If you can’t listen Live, the show will be archived along with all my other shows at http://www.musiconthecouch.com/#!internet-radio/cfa5.

Of course, I am gearing up for my IBC Shows. Three preview shows this year and then the Live Shows from fuBAR on the second floor of The Rum Boogie Café during The IBC Week. 7 Shows, one on Tuesday evening and then two a day, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, and everyone who is in Memphis are invited to come up and visit. My page is already up at http://www.musiconthecouch.com/#!2016-ibc/cusc – you can find the schedule of shows and more there.

If you are reading this and you won your local challenge, please send me an email at 2016ibc@musiconthecouch.com and include the name of your society and which category you are representing Band, Solo/Duo, Youth Showcase and even Best Self-Produced CD.

Thank you Chefjimi for allowing me to share all this news with your incredible fan base… As you stated above “people helping people toward the same goal” – the key to keeping the Blues Alive AND Thriving! Have fun in Europe, have room in your luggage for me?

B411: Ahh no sorry, need room for MC outfits and shoes. Thanks for stopping by on our couch, break a leg.

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
©Blues411.com 2015
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Provided by guest

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: August 24, 2015

10991102_405683456261761_7173799174486758930_nThis is a short week for us at Blues411, we are headed to France for the 2nd European Blues Cruise. This is an amazing trip on the Mediterranean Sea with stops in exotic islands and Barcelona, Spain this year. We will be staying over in Barcelona for a spell to take in much of what that first class city has to offer in terms of everything. Plus it is my honey’s birthday so being a good husband I’m taking her to Europe.
So we will be running this show for the next two weeks, so you will be sure to get your fill of these songs in the next few days.

To find out more about the European Blues Cruise and get a leg up on everyone for next year visit them here: http://europeanbluescruise.com/?lang=en

Our new #1 is the Rusty Wright Band and their new release ‘Wonder Man’, we are featuring yet another track called “You Know I Know”.
Joining our chart and radio show is a dynamic singer Betty Fox, and her release ‘Slow Burn’, I know you will dig this lady’s delivery and style.

Our Amuse Bouche this week is a bit different from our normal ones. We are also headed on the LRBC in October and one of the reasons is to get the chance to see Allen Toussaint in person.This cat has had such an enormous effect on the music business that we felt he deserved a bit of a tribute to his music, much of it you know. Check it out and tell us we’re wrong about his impact on the music of the last 50 years…..you won’t.

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

Broadcast times are as follows:
bcradioMonday  1pm EST 
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 Wonder Man Rusty Wright Band 4. You Know I Know*
2 4 Lighting Fried Reno Jack 3. Say Self
3 3 Holding Court The Cash Box Kings 12. I’m A Real Lover
4 5 Into The Wild Blue Roy Rogers 8. Into The Wild Blue
5 6 Crossroads of My Life Johnny Riley 3. Anger Sets In*
6 7 Hey Joe Opus Red Meat Otis Taylor Band 4. Red Meat*
7 8 Sugarcane Revival Beth McKee 11. Trouble The Waters
8 9 Feel These Blues Slam Allen 8. Can’t Break Away From That Girl*
9 10 Father’s Day Ronnie Earl 10. Follow Your Heart*
10 11 This Time For Real Billy Price & Otis Clay 12. You Got Me Hummin’*
11 12 A Winning Hand Lucky Losers 1. Change In The Weather
12 13 Christian Collin Spirit Of The Blues 8. Blues For You
13 ~ The Betty Fox Band Slow Burn 8. Take A Walk With Me*

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

California Honeydrops A River’s Invitation 2. When It Was Wrong
Buddy Guy Born To Play The Blues 7. Crying Out Of One Eye
Bay – Paule Band Not Going Away 3. Kiss Me Like You Mean It
Samantha Fish Wild Heart 8. Show Me
Kern Pratt Broken Chains 10. Handcuffed To The Blues
John Ginty No Filter 3. Old Shoes (feat. Alexis P. Suter)
Johnny Sansone Lady On The Levee 1. Lady On The Levee
Albert Cummings Someone Like You 1. No Doubt
Robben Ford Into The Sun 5. Justified (w/Keb Mo’)
California Honeydrops A River’s Invitation 2. When It Was Wrong
Chris James Patrick Rynn Trouble Don’t Last 8. Good Idea At The time
Noah Wotherspoon Band Mystic Mud 2, Two Faced Woman
John Mayall Find A Way To Care 4. I Feel So Bad

Amuse Bouche: Music of Allen Toussaint

Artist Song
Chris Kenner I Like It like That
Lee Dorsey Workin’ In A Coal Mine
Irma Thomas It’s Raining
Ernie K. Doe Mother In Law
Warren Zevon A Certain Girl
Cyril Neville Fortune teller
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass Whipped Cream
Boz Scaggs What Do You Want The Girl To Do
Dirty Dozen Brass Band Everything I Do Goin’ Be Funky
The Pointer Sisters Yes We Can Can
Joan Osborne Shoorah! Shoorah!
Wallace Johnson Whoever’s Thrilling You, Is Kiling Me
Shawn Kellerman Get Out Of My Life Woman

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

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: August 17, 2015

BakersDozen15A good week overall, have been released from PT, and now am in charge of recovering my tennis game. Which I have played several times this week, in moderation, just to get the body to remember that I CAN run, well almost. Thanks to the folks at Cornerstone Physical Therapy for all the care and attention they gave me on this long (12 weeks) road to recovery.

Had a great time over the weekend with the Shelly Waters Band in Port Royal, SC. There are snaps on our Facebook page, if interested.  Free music on the streets eight times a year, and always a great time. New friends are always good to have, and we made a few.

Victor WainwrightOur #1 this week are the amazing Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots. Their “Boom Town” release is epic and should be in everyone playlist. Congrats and see ya in October at The Daytona Blues Festival.

Our new addition to the BDOB charts is Christian Collin. His release “Spirit of the Blues” is a solid one and the track is ‘Blues For You’. Plus be sure to check out our ‘Chef Suggestions’ section,lots of activity going on there as up n comers are positioning themselves for a run at the BDOB chart.

Our Amuse Bouche this week is ‘Under The Radar- Part 2”. We like to feature some artists who might not be well known to the general public, but should be. These bands are putting out high quality music and by you hanging with us you can have a step on all the other folks who still don’t know about them. Hope you enjoy their music and support them in any way possible.

A Baker’s Dozen of Blueson 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 Boom Town Victor Wainwright 4.If It Ain’t Got Soul Part 1*
2 2 Wonder Man Rusty Wright Band 6. Gonna Come Some Day
3 4 Holding Court The Cash Box Kings 12. I’m A Real Lover*
4 5 Lighting Fried Reno Jack 3. Say Self*
5 6 Into The Wild Blue Roy Rogers 8. Into The Wild Blue*
6 7 Crossroads of My Life Johnny Riley 9. No Letter Blues
7 8 Hey Joe Opus Red Meat Otis Taylor Band 3. The Heart Is A Muscle Used
To Play The Blues*
8 9 Sugarcane Revival Beth McKee 11. Trouble The Waters
9 10 Feel These Blues Slam Allen 9, When The Blues Comes Around
10 11 Father’s Day Ronnie Earl 4. What Have I Done Wrong
11 12 This Time For Real Billy Price & Otis Clay 8. Broadway Walk
12 13 A Winning Hand Lucky Losers 1. Change In The Weather
13 ~ Christian Colliin Spirit Of The Blues 8. Blues For You*

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

California Honeydrops A River’s Invitation 2. When It Was Wrong
Buddy Guy Born To Play Guitar 7. Crying Out Of One Eye
Bay – Paule Band Not Going Away 3. Kiss Me Like You Mean It
The Bettye Fox Band Slow Burn 8. Take A Walk With Me
Samantha Fish Wild Heart 8. Show Me
Kern Pratt Broken Chains 10. Handcuffed To The Blues
John Ginty No Filter 3. Old Shoes (feat. Alexis P. Suter)
Johnny Sansone Lady On The Levee 1. Lady On The Levee
Albert Cummings Someone Like You 1. No Doubt
Robben Ford Into The Sun 5. Justified (w/Keb Mo’)
California Honeydrops A River’s Invitation 2. When It Was Wrong
Chris James Patrick Rynn Trouble Don’t Last 8. Good Idea At The time

Amuse Bouche: Under The Radar Part 2:

Artist Song
Brad Wilson Step By Step
Larry Griffith Get Up, Get Out
Franc Robert & The Boxcar Tourists Cheap Cadillac
Mick Kolassa Mama Told Me Not To Come
The Bush League Gimme My Money
John Ginty Elevators
Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine Coulda Woulda Shoulda
Mississippi Fever Out All Night
Evelyn Rubio
& Calvin Owens Orchestra
Hombres
JC Crossfire Working Man
RagPicker String Band Google Blues
Luther Badman Keith Bluesmen are Kings
Jay Stollman (feat. Debbie Davies) Tired of Tryin’

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

Photo Gallery: Riverfront Blues Festival, July 2015

Well with a week in PA/NH for Kali & Travis’ wedding, we finally got the complete three days of Riverfront Blues Festival in place on our smug mug site.

IMG_8941A great three day fest featuring non-stop music on two stages, and friendly folks from all walks of life. Shout out to Diamond State Blues Society  and the City of Wilmington for a great time yet again.

Advice – do this festival if you can, great location, real deal music and bands and super services like food and beer and all that there stuff.

Click on this text for quick link to three days of music and friends 
https://blues411.smugmug.com/Music-Pictures/2015-Riverfront-Blues-Festival
have fun and stay tuned for upcoming events like the
European Blues Cruise at end of month.

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