A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: June 9, 2014

A Baker's Dozen Of Blues

A Baker’s Dozen Of Blues

Well it’s that time of year for the Chicago Blues Festival. The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” We will be there in force along with many many of our friends all day and all of the night as some British Invasion Band so aptly put it. Look for us there or grab some of our yellow buttons and stand out in the crowd (it really goes with any outfit you might be wearing). Also look to our facebook page for updates from the festival. IMG_4315_edited-2

Last week we did a review and photo gallery of the Lauren Mitchell Band, take a moment to read it and get the low down on this up and coming lady who sings the blues. You will be glad you did. Ladies top the chart three weeks straight! ! ! With two Lisas’ and now Sunday Wilde looks like they are having their way with us in the blues world, and that’s a good thing. Sunday is a captivating vocalist and songwriter who hails from the Canoeing Capital of Canada, you can google that for more information.



We have some exciting news in that Janiva Magness‘ new release original‘ has made it debut in our Chef Selection portion. You can pre-order now from her site and help it debut high on the charts on June 24th. You know ya wanna do that! We got us three newbies on the Baker’s Dozen chart this week. One is well known and recovering nicely from his liver transplant - Walter Trout. We all wish him well and send love to his dear wife Marie. The other two  may not be that well known among the rank and file bluesaholics. Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers bring the funk and soul stew to the stage and Ron Tanski composer of the ‘Blues for Jimi‘ theme song heard on our Internet Radio show. Both bring a fresh and exciting approach to the blues and are sure to please. In case you are wondering who won our ‘Fore-Mam’s of the Blues’ contest, ya just got to tune in to our show this week and hear who got the prizes.

Congrats to our 2 winners, yep 2 of them, see we had so many that we decided to prize out to two folks, they know by now who they are – but are sworn to secrecy till show premiered on Monday. So we would like to congratulate Brian Cornish & Chris Lyons who will be receiving some great CDs and maybe a few other things too, gotta check the stash of swag!

bcradio_edited-1A Baker’s Dozen of Blues, on MojoWax Radio presented by Blues Music Magazine 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

Our Amuse Bouche should be no surprise here, featuring artists who will be appearing at the Chicago Blues Festival.  Enjoy ! ! !

A Baker’s Dozen:

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Record Label Track#/Title
1 3 “He Digs Me” Sunday Wilde Self 13 Walk With Me
2 5 “Drivin Me Wild” Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Sean Carney Self 11 Shake That Thang
3 7 “Blues With Friends” Dixie Peach Big Shew Records 6 BOTTLE Hymn Of the Republic
4 6 “First Name Lucky” Tweed Funk Self 4 Hoodoo Power
5 10 “Black Crow” Cathy Lemons Vizztone 9 Texas Shuffle
6 8 “Refuse To Lose” Jarekus Singleton Alligator Records 5 Keep Pushin’
7 9 “This House” Shane Dwight Blues Band Electro Groove Records 6 Devil’s Noose
8 11 “Bad Attitude” Johnny Drummer Earwig Records 8 Don’t Call Me Trash
9 12 “Betsy’s Kitchen” Back Pack Jones Self 6 Even God Sings The Blues
10 13 “Laying It Down” Arthur Migliazza Hobemian Records 12 Professor Calling Me
11 ~ Never Pet A Burning Dog Ron Tanski Self 9 What’s Cookin’
12 ~ “Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers” Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers Self 3 Illusion
13 ~ The Blues Came A Calling Walter Trout Provogue/Mascot 8 Born In The City

Chef Suggestions:

original Janiva Magness Fathead Records 1 Let Me Breathe
“Jigsaw Heart” Eden Brent Yellow Dog Records 8 Let’s Go Ahead and Fall In Love
St. Louis Times Jim Byrnes Black Hen Music 6 The Ducks Yas Yas
Hollywood Blvd. Raoul &The Big Time Big Time Records 5 Amphetamine
The Beautiful Bones Kelly Hunt 88 Records 7 The Beautiful Bones
Taboo Bob Corritore Delta Groove Records 3 Ruckus Rhythm
Unfinished Business Lil’ Ronnie & the Blues Beats Ellersoul Records 11 You Don’t have To Go Home
Happy Little Songs About Futility & Despair Bob Eike Soul Stew Records 2 My God’s Better Than Your God
Giles Corey Stoned Soul Giles Corey’s Stoned Soul Delmark 7 Rita
Bluez of My Soul Dexter Allen Deep Rush Records 7 Bluez Party
Meet Me In Houston John McVey Artists International 11 Freddie King Goes Surfing
The Last Laugh The Asylum Street Spankers Yellow Dog Records 2 Never Going Back
A Different World Carmen Grillo Big Surprise Music 7 Transatlantic Boogie
All The Right Moves Little Mike & The Tornadoes Elrob Records 6 Fool Too Long

Amuse Bouche: Chicago Blues Festival Spotlight

3 You’re So Fine Billy Boy Arnold Remembering Little Walter
9 They Got Me Messed Up Mr. Sipp The Mississippi Blues Child It’s My Guitar
2 Honey Do Woman Mark Hummel Golden State Blues
9 Blues Ain’t Nothin’ James Armstrong Guitar Angels
3 I’ve Got Blood In My Eyes For You Carolina Chocolate Drops The Great Debaters
7 Back Alley Cat Billy Branch Blues Shock
1 The Devil’s Gonna Lie Otis Taylor Otis Taylor’s Contraband
1 Addicted Selwyn Birchwood Don’t Call No Ambulance
Crawfish Boogie Chris Gill Harmony Street
8 Let’s Go Ahead and Fall In Love Eden Brent Jigsaw Heart
5 When The Hurt Comes Down Dorothy Moore Blues Heart
9 So Many Tears Homemade Jamz Blues Band Mississippi Hill Country
9 How Come My Dog Don’t Bark Dr, John Goin’ Back To New Orleans
7 Bluez Party Dexter Allen Bluez Of My Soul

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
©Blues411.com 2014
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

Photo Gallery: Candid Shots From Memphis BMAs

Vinny Marini

Vinny Marini

With the move and all we managed to get some of the small camera shots up and available for y’all here.

Hope ya enjoy them, as much as we did taking them.




Love, Peace & Chicken Grease

©Blues411.com 2013
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Blues411

CD Reviews: Travel Music

Here is a review of some of the music I have been exposed to during my recent jaunt from Chicago, to the Bluescruise and Caribbean, to Memphis and finally back home.

Mr. ‘Sax’ Gordon Beadle is an amazing sax player and walking knowledge bank of saxophone history. He is the consummate professional, exciting, talented and his abilities make everyone better. We spent time together in Chicago and I got to know this man and I am just flat out honored to have had the opportunity to share words, food and music for a short time with him.

Bobby Lindstrom’s music appeared one day in the mail, with a note to someone else so I was not sure I was supposed to get it. So time passes and he is on the Bluescruise, we meet – laugh at the mix up. Seems another person got my mail with my note in it – it’s all good. So as the cruise goes on one day I pass where Chris Gill is playing guitar, and he motion me over to play, I push back not wanting to offend the ears of cruisers gathered. Chris insists, and Bobby offers up his gorgeous Breedlove Acoustic/Electric guitar ‘Belle’ for me to use. What a sweet lady she was, and thanks to Bobby for allowing her to play me.

Ms. Sunday Wilde and I became friends on Face Book a few short years ago, in that time she has won the 2011 Jimi Award for Best International Recording (http://blues411.com/blues411-the-jimi-awards-for-2011/) as well as high praise from those in the know. I finally met her on the streets of Memphis at the IBC this year where she was part of the first Blues Women International recording in Clarksdale, MS. Look for this historic very soon.




Sax Gordon: Showtime! (Continental Blue Heaven)

Showtime! INDEED. Mr. ‘Sax’ Gordon Beadle goes for the throat and then never lets go. One of the most entertaining and able saxophonists in the world today. With this release he flat out kills it and the title says it all.

So let’s start with ‘Showtime!’ Strap on the seat belt and lock the doors because Sax starts in high gear leaving tire tracks on the pavement and takes the curves at warp speed. Blowing, honking and super charged attacks fill this track and is an apt description of what you get with Mr. Gordon. Who better than Mr. Jr. Watson to play guitar and match Sax’s pace and energy and he does so with equal passion and verve – a great pairing.

Slowing it down (phew) we get treated to the Sonny Knight tune ‘Coldest Cat in Town’. With the opening horns recalling Junior Parkers’ ‘Driving Wheel’ we hear the lament of one who was loved and too cool for school to quickly becoming the one left aside as things turn sour, yet there is the last verse which warns of his remembering how ti was and is now but when the good times roll again he will still be the ‘Coldest Cat in Town’. Matt Stubbs provides tasty and appropriate guitar work with just the proper amount of R&B feel to the track as Mr. Beadle shows his range musically and artistically here.

Let’s give an ear to ‘Big & Hot’ with it’s vintage stroll feel and lyrics that are as sweet as a Carolina Pine. Penned by Mr. Ed ‘Duato’ Scheer, this geographical and subtle love song is kept together perfectly by the assembled band members with Mr. Scheer on the background vocals testifying that she is all that.

Mr. Gordon gives all the posers and others fair warning in his wonderful tribute to the badness of himself with ‘Don’t Mess with Me’. Rolling trombone by Jeff Golindo then add some baritone sax from Mr. Tino Barker makes this a track a dance master for any time of day. Citing all the things in the world that are just too bad to mess with, Mr. Beadle adds his name to the list and then mentions that Mr. Jr. Watson may be the only one who can really mess with him. Mr. Jr, then proceeds to establish that as truth as he just tears apart his guitar solo and them relinquishes it to Sax for his turn.

One last track – for straight out blaring killer rock and roll listen to ‘That Girl’ featuring Mr. Matthew Stubbs coercing the guitar into giving him everything and more that it could offer.

Great fun, tasty sax music – tribute to but keeping it alive and thriving is what Mr. Beadle is about. His understanding of the instrument and of how to coax the very most out of it is a study course for all artists follow. See this cat live, he will slay ya.


Between A Rock and A Blue Spot

Between A Rock and A Blue Spot

Bobby Lindstrom Band: Between A Rock and A Blue Spot (independant)

There is so much rock in the blues these days it seems like the paradigm has shifted, child is now father to the man (thank you Al Kooper BS&T). So upon putting this release in system, I was pleasantly surprised to hear ‘Corrina’ to the strains of some beautiful acoustic guitar. Reminescent of Ry Cooder & Taj Mahal back in the early days of Blues rediscovery this version is refreshing and very pleasant on the ears.

‘Come In M y Kitchen’ offers up some Robert Johnson in a nice combination of acoutic and electric fireworks. Mr. Lindstrom seems at home when he massages ‘Belle’s’ neck and gets her to sing wonderful notes that would fit in anywhere in any genre.

Another RJ tune, ‘Steady Rollin’ Man’ starts in a nice spot, tight riff work on the frets and a not to distant acknowledge to some of the blues that came out of the Delany & Bonnie camp (along with Mr. Clapton). It is solid, well mixed and has enough beat to it to make us understand why they be steady rollin’.

Mr. Lindstrom approaches Willie Dixon’s ‘I Aint Superstitious’ in a funky way. Bobby has a way of approaching riffs that are at once familair but not quite overworn. With the help of his band they are clean and tight and offer what one should hear when hearing a band play. No over domination by onen instrument – but a nice almagam of all instruments and talents working for the better good.

On a disc of ten covers ranging from Little Walter, Sonny Boy to Paul Butterfield and a very nice version of Peter Green’s ‘Long Grey Mare’. We were just discussing when and where Mr. Green’s name would pop up. It seems as we move forward we also look back and Mr. Green’s contributions are slightly underappreciated these days. I hope this is a good sign.

Mr. Lindstrom is an accomplished guitar player who knows the hows, whys and wherefors of his chosen instrument. He is a true example of where the blues is most dear, hard working, self-employed musician where every day and every night the blues is so much more than music – it is a way of life. Whether he is volunteering at a juvenile detention center, or waking up each new day clean and sober, Mr. Lindstrom is a case in point of how the blues can get ya down and the redeeming power that they possess.


He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown

He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown

Sunday Wilde: He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown (Socan)

Oh Canada, ya surely now how to nurture Blues artists. Especially lady blues artists. Here we re-visit a friend Sunday Wilde and it’s like old friends getting together again, good times guaranteed.
First off I am drawn to ‘No Matter How Far’. From the wilds of Northern Ontario we hear traces of Patsy Cline, as the band works it’s melancholy mood over the music as Ms. Wilde thickly vocalizes the depths of the love for her man and in spite of the distance, that it still is strong and burns hot inside her.
A short while later we hear the other side of the life with ‘Tell Me To Hush?’ Opining about why should a man tell a women like her to ‘honey hush hush’ as she counts the ways that he is out of line and how he has no need to confront her about anything. Smoky, haunting guitar work perfectly fills in the dark corners with just enough light but not too much. After all some things are better with less than more light.

The eternal appreciation of how her chosen man does what he does is apparent in ‘He Thrills Me Up’. Ms. Wilde’s vocals provides a jaunty ride down the country road as the acoustic and slide guitar play about like two cabbage moths dancing in the breeze. There is a feel good tone to this track that just makes one smile.

We get to take a peek ‘down the alley’ and into the world of obsession and the total commitment that it takes to live and appreciate it. Shadows of Billie Holiday and the many other Blues Ladies stir to greet Ms. Wilde as she sings of having not eaten, or taken care of herself since she found this love. She is on a ‘Love Bender’. The similarity to serious drug addiction is not lost on Ms. Wilde as she rides the waves of ecstatic emotions – yet wonders why it fades so fast, and at what final cost. ‘Love Bender’ is, simply put, an amazing song.

Thirteen tracks, twelve originals of remarkable depth and feeling with the only cover being a totally unique version of ‘Amazing Grace’. I have never heard such an approach to this song. It is often said that when an artist covers a standard (or any song) they should add something of their own self to it, to make it their own, well here it is in spades. Give this ‘cover’ some ear, you won’t believe how fresh and new it sounds, it’s totally Sunday and totally great.


So there ya have it. There was so much that I didn’t report on, review or give ‘props’ to during this stretch, but the best way is to get yourself out to these events and become part of it.

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease,
©Blues411.com 2013
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Blues411

Blues 411 Office Music: Post Holiday Edition

With the first official three-day weekend of Summer 2011 in the rear view mirror, I did what a lot of people do – hang with friends, old friends and some new ones, but tended to gravitate towards the reliable ones that have been around awhile. Oh yeh and did the same with the music in the somewhat busier than expected office.
Good thing I hung around and got some of it done before the weekend cos this boy got slapped upside his head by his body and was down for the count and just got back on track last week.
So here’s what mostly I was listening to while working then recovering . . . .

Chris Gill & D’Mar: Real Good Friend (self released)

This is one of those ‘sleeper’ releases that people need to seek out and listen to. It expands the boundaries of current Blues releases by (reintroducing ?) incorporating a strong African feel with a hybrid drum kit from D’Mar, over top of some slick National steel guitar and effective vocals by Mr. Gill.
This ten cut release features one cover “My Babe’ with Derrick Martin (D’Mar) doing the vocals. The other nine are Chris Gill original tunes with Mr. Gill taking lead vocals with a pleasantly laid back vocal style that suits his swampy guitar work.
D’Mar is an exceptional drummer from Little Richard’s band, his self designed drum kit includes congas, kick and hi-hat. What he weaves within the framework of the songs (and release) makes it so organic and sensual it seems to be rooted in what may very well have been the very originals of the Blues. Combine this with Mr. Gill’s exemplary guitar work and we get the overall feel of rural American Blues meets it granddaddy from the old country over a still of good ol’ likker on a moonlit night – not too loud, not too laid back, but just at that point where you know it’s right.
Oh yeh if y’all are going to the Chicago Blues Festival they are playing on Friday, June 10, 1:30PM on the Mississippi Swamp Stage. Stop by and give a listen, and tell them I sent ya ! Really.

Gary Sellers Band: Soul Apparatus (Self Released)

Gary hails from Long Island, that’s like near NYC, but not quite. He didn’t pick up a guitar till he was seventeen, which led him to discover the Blues scene on ‘the Island’ – no chuckles, it’s always been pretty active. Loaded with his little black and white marbled note book, jotting down this and that, Gary worked the clubs learning like a sponge. Finally legendary LI blues man, Sam Taylor decided that the ‘boy with the book’ needed somew real Blues mentoring. This brings us to Gary’s second release.
Chewin’ Ice’ is a tune Gary and Sam wrote and it’s a killah track. Funky, super lyrics and Gary sets up behind the groove and gives us a super track to start us off. Interesting to me this has a Tommy Castro feel to it.
His treatment of the Stevie Wonder hit ‘Living For The City’ turns it from the keyboard driven, funky familiar tune to a jazzy slow-burner complete with background vocals. It’s always cool to see a young guy take on a classic and really put his stamp on it, Gary accomplishes this without a doubt.
One other big fav of mine is ‘Sideshow Blues’, you have to check out the lyrics and the way he treats this Todd Snider composition.
Gary is a highly skilled local Long Island musician, we need to keep supporting honest, hard playing guys like him (and others whom we all know) who have talent and drive and might just need a break, he is enjoyable and a promising young player.

Todd Sharpville: Porchlight 2CD’s (String Commander)

I have known Todd for awhile, he is one of the most affable chaps ever. Always quick with a quip, to buy a pint or to talk endlessly about the Blues. It hit me pretty hard when I listed to this release, because of the depth of darkness and personal tragedy that formed the basis for this release.
This is a very personal album, not that it isn’t approachable – it is very approachable, and enjoyable. With the humorously-titled ‘Lousy Husband but a Real Good Dad‘, to the deep blues ‘Misery‘, Todd shows off his impeccibly tasteful guitar work – from deep greasy blues (think fish and chips grease on the newspaper wrapping) to well thought out runs that excite and incite the listener.
On this release he features his close friends Joe Louis Walker, Duke Robillard, and Kim Wilson – Ok so if these guys think enough of Todd’s work so should we.

Rich DelGrosso & Jonn Del Toro Richardson : Time Slips On By ( )

Individually I absolutly adore these two guys. Rich is such a bad assed mandolin player, and Jonn is an exquisite guitarist (with Diunna Greenleaf) the thought of these two getting together just blew my mind. Each takes a turn in featured song, and they in turn compliment each others efforts seemlessly. The title cut is just one of the best cuts I have heard in quite some time. Covering American Roots Music in all it’s wide open ranges this is truly an American album to be played all summer long. These two Houston based masters know how to get it together and put it down.
Oh yeh ‘Summertime Is Here’ has earned a spot on my all-time summer songs list.
Folks,  you gots to check this one out, trust me.

Lloyd Jones: Highway Bound (Underworld Records)

I always have had a love for the acoustic guitar, it’s the first one I played; it doesn’t lie, it speaks the truth from its fabulously female form. Lloyd Jones understands this. With this 16 song release he treats us to modern interpretations of some classic blues/roots tunes.
‘Careless Love’ is dynamically presented as a up tempo shuffle, his work on walking bass lines and chordal harmony is not to be missed. Mr. Jones offers another look at ‘Key To The Highway’ a fast-paced almost running version as if this was more autobiographical than he would like us to know.
Lloyd has some fab guest artists in Curtis Salgado & Charlie Musselwhite blowing harp for one track each.
With other gems like “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl’ , ‘Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor’ and ‘Goodnight Irene’ Mr. Jones proves that he is aware of the traditions of the culture that he carries in his head and hands. In doing so establishes himself as a vital link between historic past and present. Our past is safe and future is certainly bright.

Please folks hit these artists up on their site or on Facebook, give them a listen. Yeh, it may not resonate with ya, not everything is for everyone but there is no denying that these artists are seriously talented and deserve a listen; who knows, maybe in another week you WILL like them enough to throw down some change for their release, or better yet go see them and say hi.

Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease,

photos: courtesy of  artists.