Photo Gallery: 2013 Thru The Eyes of Blues411′s Leslie Joseph

With over 25 major festivals and shows this year, we covered a whole lot  of ground keeping the Blues thriving.

Leslie shot over 18,000 photos at these and we decided to give her some space to present her very best, or at least some of her favorites from the past year. There were many more that could be here, trust me, but we needed to whittle down to give a super and not too lengthy overview of the year.
Thank you to all the festivals, shows and artists that allowed us to be part of the framily for the day we appreciate you so much.

Otis Taylor

Otis Taylor
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Bobby Rush & The Booty Girl

Bobby Rush & The Booty Girl
Pennsylvania Blues Festival

Zac Harmon & Ana Popovic

Zac Harmon & Ana Popovic
Amelia Island Blues Festival

Ms. Mavis Staples Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Ms. Mavis Staples
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Watermelon Slim Savannah Jazz Festival

Watermelon Slim
Savannah Jazz Festival

John Primer & Melvin Smith Carolina Down Home Blues Festival

John Primer & Melvin Smith
Carolina Down Home Blues Festival

Devon Allman & Mike Zito (RSB) Chenango Blues Festival

Devon Allman & Mike Zito (RSB)
Chenango Blues Festival

Samantha Fish Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Samantha Fish
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Davina Sowers (Davina & The Vagabonds) Rum Boogie Cafe

Davina Sowers (Davina & The Vagabonds)
Rum Boogie Cafe

Victor Wainwright Ace's Lounge

Victor Wainwright
Ace’s Lounge

Ms. Irma Thomas Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Ms. Irma Thomas
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Reggie Smith & Dwayne Dopsie Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Reggie Smith & Dwayne Dopsie
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

Lisa Mann, Eden Brent & Karen Lovely Great to be with friends.

Lisa Mann, Eden Brent & Karen Lovely
Great to be with friends.

Anthony Gomes Bradenton Blues Festival

Anthony Gomes
Bradenton Blues Festival

Karen Lovely Holy City Blues Exchange Blues Dance

Karen Lovely
Holy City Blues Exchange Blues Dance

Selwyn Birchwood Bradenton FL

Selwyn Birchwood
Bradenton FL

Sista Monica Parker Pennsylvania Blues Festival

Sista Monica Parker
Pennsylvania Blues Festival

A Long Day at a Blues Festival, there's one in every crowd. Camden, SC

A Long Day at a Blues Festival, there’s one in every crowd.
Camden, SC

One last time for this year,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease,

chefjimi
©Blues411.com 2013
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

Chef Suggestions: September 9, 2013

A Main Course of Blues

A Main Course of Blues

Hopefully we are all settled and back to the serious routines of daily life now that the holidays are over. Hope that y’all had some big fun with the long weekend, and took in some great live music as we did. Never miss the opportunity to get out and support these musicians live it is well worth the effort.

Looking at this weeks selections we see Too Slim Langford pulsating at the top of the chart with “Blue Heart” – Tim has relocated to Nashville but brought his Pacific Northwest sensibilities and married them into the Nashville music community very nicely. This release might get some Blues Music Award interest – let’s hope so.
Nice to see Cassie Taylor at #2 spot – the daughter of a bluesman extraordinaire she has carved out her own path (go figure) in her music and style. We are very happy to see her success as an artist and a person. Just one addition to the main menu this week, guess it shows how tough the competition is to get into the upper bracket here.

But the ‘Tasty Additions’ segment has three new plates to sample.  They cover a wide range of tastes each outstanding as they are different. Doug MacLeod, Sugar Ray Rayford, and Frank Bang & The Secret Stash all have something that y’all should be listening to.

If ya got some time later tonight, stop by Music on The Couch (you can find the link almost anywhere, like on the side bar to the right) as I make my monthly appearance to talk about what we have upcoming in  our little section of the blues world. Hope to see ya there.

Chef Suggestions: September 9, 2013

This Week Last Week CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Record Label
1 2 “Blue Heart” Too Slim and the Taildraggers Underworld Records
2 3 “Out of My Mind” Cassie Taylor Yellow Dog Records
3 4 “Just Gettin’ By” The Cazanovas Apple Picker Music Records
4 5 “Mississippi Hill Country” Homemade Jamz Blues Band Independent
5 6 “Tangled Road Again” Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band with Erica Brown P&C Plan-It Records
6 8 “That’s When the Blues Begins” Ruff Kutt Blues Band Vizztone
7 7 “This, That & The Other Thing” The Rusty Wright Band SadsonMusic
8 9 “Great Day In The Morning” Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans ManHatTone
9 12 “Before The Beginning” Anthony Gomes Up2 Zero Entertainment
10 10 “A Sunshine State of Mind” The Soul of John Black Yellow Dog Records
11 12 “Runnin’ With The Wolf” Omar Dykes Provogue
12 13 “Coming Out Swinging” Candye Kane Vizztone
13 ~ “Remembering Little Walter” Arnold, Musselwhite, Hummel, Norcia, Harman Blind Pig Records

Tasty Additions:

“Live at B.B. King’s Bluesville” Warner Williams & Jay Summerour with Eric Selby Soul Stew Records
“Bull Goose Rooster” Watermelon Slim & The Workers Northern Blues Music
“John The Conquer Root’ Toronzo Cannon Delmark Records
“Tomorrow” Andy Poxson Ellersoul Records
“Road Worn And Ragged” Jeff Jensen Swingsuit Records
“Born With The Blues” Bea B & The Axxmann Independent
“Rhythm & Blues” Buddy Guy RCA Records
“Blues And Trouble” Grand Marquis Independent
“Mule” Port City Prophets Independent
“Wishing Well” Hans Theesink Blue Groove
“The Return of Petey Whitestraw” Aaron Burton Independent
“Drink Up” Eric Hughes I-55 Productions
“Can You Stand The Heat” Ana Popovic ArtistXclusive Records
“Mama Soul” Janet Ryan Malaco Records
“Once Upon A Time In The South Loop” The Planetary Blues Band Independent
“Juba Dance” Guy Davis w/Fabrizio Poggi M.C.Records
“There’s A Time” Doug MacLeod Reference Recordings
“Double Dare” Frank Bang & The Secret Stash Blue Hoss Records
“Dangerous” Sugar Ray Rayford Delta Groove Music

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease

chefjimi
©Blues411.com 2013
Where Blues Thrive

 

Opinion: Happy Birthday Blues411 & Thanks To All Y’all

It was September 7, 2010 that fetus-like Blues411,com posed the question “What are the blues anyway?” It’s answer was a very interesting release by Spencer Bohren, a splendid musician who has covered a lot of ground as a musician, and educator. I still think it works today as much as it did then.

It was a quiet start, a few took notice, others (and more) could care less about what I thought. The second article held more sway and was an act of serendipity in a true sense of the word. ‘In Our Collective Thoughts was about Robin Rogers. It was not an easy write, but it was something that had to be done. Urged on by Janiva Magness it appeared on September 11, 2010 and I look at that as a major point in my decision to keep going forward with the site.

Shortly thereafter, September 20, 2010 I was thrilled to be able to chat up Rock ‘n Blues legend George Thorogood. In what remains one of my favorite interviews George and I almost forgot to talk about music as our common love of baseball set the stage for great analogies and side steps.

We ended the month with a super deep talk with Ms. Karen Lovely. She had just released her second album (is that vinyl?) ‘Still The Rain’ and we spoke about childhood, hurt, love, children and the path that life takes.

Pretty decent for a first month of officially documented work.

Back to the future if we may. Tomorrow (September 7th) begins the fourth anniversary of the birth of Blues411. Never in my wildest dreams would I dare to think that it would be all this AND a bag of chips!
From working with SiriusXM Bluesville, and being in their studio and with them on air at the BMA’s, to making so many friends who are genuine and kind – artists and fans alike – who share the passion and fever that possessed me for this music.

There is a depth of support and (dare I say) love that exists in this community and being a native New Yorker I was skeptical at first, well was I wrong. The relationships that I have developed with folks around the world has made me one of the happiest folks I know. Y’all keep telling me I got a great smile, well hell yeh I do, I am that blessed that it can’t help but show.

The 'eyes' of Blues411

The ‘eyes’ of Blues411

I do not do this alone, first off there is my wife and best friend, Leslie. Who encouraged and supported me from before Day1. I had been toying with the idea of this for some time and had several incarnations and assignments before branching out on my own. She stood by me and still does, even though she is now retired and is reigning over me and keeping me in line a tad more than usual, but it’s all good.

The artists are wonderful. They open up to some of my odd or difficult questions. They think and respond with real feelings and at times emotions. My interview with Zac Harmon was a landmark for me and an eye opener for many as we spoke of things that normally do not get passed the gated doors of the inner sanctum or back rooms of the music industry. My interview with a, then, not very well known one man band, Ben Prestage, who excited me with the content and imagery inside his song writing.

Folks related to the blues world, not necessarily musicians but those who work along the side lines, Vinny Marini, Bill Wax, Tony Colter – these on air personalities who allow me to share their stage with them, thanks to each of you. Betsie Brown, Frank Roszak, Mark Pucci and many other kind souls who work the media end and supply the music to me so I can let get you the new word on the street.

The festival folks who strive to put on stage for us all the very best of national and local talent. Eric Larsen at the Chenango Blues Festival, my first festival and always will be my favorite, and Michael Cloeren of the PA Blues fest for allowing me to be part of their team. A special thanks to Earl Thomas for asking me to be MC for his ‘Raise The Roof Concert’ in California, and the artists who performed that day. Yes, Roger Nabor for bringing his dream, the Bluescruise to us all so that we may share in it. That was a critical jumping off point for me as I saw and interacted with so many on my first cruise that I knew that I had to spread the good word.

Allow me to take it back a step – to the indie artists, Lucy Hammond, Amy Hart, Mia Vermillion, The Port City Prophets and countless more who toil night and day to make their music their way and deserve our attention and support.

To our fans and friends, Martin Goettsch, Marcia Adams, Wendy Schumer, Pete Enright and all of you who tell me to keep going to stay the course, and support me and what I do. You pass out buttons, you comment on posts you turn me on to your fav bands – we are all in this together. I am but the conduit and you all are the energy. My extra set of eyes, and ears.

I just looked at the stats for this past month August 2013. Over 11k visitors to the site for the month! Holy spam blockers batman, that’s an amazing number. That plus all the fun on Facebook that we all have together helps me keep on keeping on. It also spurs me to make it all even better, I will strive to do so because everyone ‘deserves’ the very best from each of us, and by giving our best to each other we can make us all better.

Sorry for the ramble, I sit here amazed and humbled by the overwhelming success of this little web site that could and this week has been one of reflection, re-purposing and relaxing when I can. Drinks at the pool, a Friday tradition!

Look for changes, all for the better I hope, for continuity, for new ways to help everyone reach the common goal – to keep the Blues alive & thriving.

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease

chefjimi
©Blues411.com 2013
Where Blues Thrive

Chef Suggestions: September 3, 2013 (Labor Day Edition)

A Main Course of Blues

A Main Course of Blues

With the Labor Day Holiday this past weekend, we decided to hold off on our posting of the Chef Suggestions for this week. Given that many folks are enjoying the possible last fling of the summer with family and friends we did not want to intrude upon them.
But today is Tuesday, back to the grind and back to our ongoing and growing list of the hottest adn freshest CD releases from our favorite artists around.

With his incredible songwriting, vocal and harp talent, good friend, Johnny Sansone sits atop the list this week. Quite fitting as Johnny is one hard working blue collar kinda guy who has been toiling in the blues mines and has now reached a well earned level of success in the last few years. I am personally thrilled to see  him at top dog for this week. If you are not familiar with his legion of work do check him out.

Our Tasty Additions include a soul drenched R&B styled Ana Popovic release, a sure to be classic from the  superbly talented Guy Davis, and a band you may not know a darn thing about….but they certainly have a style and feeling going for them, The Planetary Blues Band.

Next week we are back to Monday postings, stay tuned and spread the word of this list and by the way thank you all for a new record for visits to our site, nearly twelve thousand for the month of August. I am humbled, grateful and committed to keeping the blues not only alive, but THRIVING!

Chef Suggestions: September 3, 2013

This Week Last Week CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Record Label
1 2 “Once It Gets Started” Johnny Sansone Short Stack Records
2 3 “Blue Heart” Too Slim and the Taildraggers Underworld Records
3 4 “Out of My Mind” Cassie Taylor Yellow Dog Records
4 5 “Just Gettin’ By” The Cazanovas Apple Picker Music Records
5 7 “Mississippi Hill Country” Homemade Jamz Blues Band Independent
6 8 “Tangled Road Again” Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band with Erica Brown P&C Plan-It Records
7 9 “This, That & The Other Thing” The Rusty Wright Band SadsonMusic
8 11 “That’s When the Blues Begins” Ruff Kutt Blues Band Vizztone
9 10 “Great Day In The Morning” Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans ManHatTone
10 11 “A Sunshine State of Mind” The Soul of John Black Yellow Dog Records
11 13 “Runnin’ With The Wolf” Omar Dykes Provogue
12 ~ “Before The Beginning” Anthony Gomes Up2 Zero Entertainment
13 ~ “Coming Out Swingin’” Candye Kane Vizztone

Tasty Additions:

“Remembering Little Walter” Arnold, Musselwhite, Hummel, Norcia, Harman Blind Pig Records
“Live at B.B. King’s Bluesville” Warner Williams & Jay Summerour with Eric Selby Soul Stew Records
“Bull Goose Rooster” Watermelon Slim & The Workers Northern Blues Music
“John The Conquer Root’ Toronzo Cannon Delmark Records
“Tomorrow” Andy Poxson Ellersoul Records
“Road Worn And Ragged” Jeff Jensen Swingsuit Records
“Rhythm & Blues” Buddy Guy RCA Records
“45 LIVE” Roomful of Blues Alligator Records
“Mule” Port City Prophets Independent
“Born With The Blues” Bea B & The Axxmann Independent
“The Return of Petey Whitestraw” Aaron Burton Independent
“Drink Up” Eric Hughes I-55 Productions
“Blues And Trouble” Grand Marquis Independent
“Mama Soul” Janet Ryan Malaco Records
“Monday Night”
“Wishing Well”
CD Woodbury Band
Hans Theessink
Wide Willie Productions
Blue Groove Records
“Once Upon A Time In The South Loop” The Planetary Blues Band Independent
“Can You Stand The Heat” Ana Popovic ArtistXclusive Records
“Juba Dance” Guy Davis w/Fabrizio Poggi M.C.Records

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease

chefjimi
©Blues411.com 2013
Where Blues Thrive