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.

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Wednesday – Noon EST
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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

Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

Friday Photo Gallery: Chenango Blues Festival

Leslie is sporting a Chenango Blues Fest shirt to say we care and miss ya's.

Leslie is sporting a Chenango Blues Fest shirt to say we care and miss ya’s.


Well what can we say about the very best one day festival around. The Chenango Blues Festival was our very first Blues Festival and has been a favorite for many years.

This year we cannot be there as we have commitments at the another festival, but we just want to say hi to everyone there and send out hugs to Eric & Pam Larsen and the crew of volunteers who keep it going in a natural and proper  way. We earned so much from these folks, as we were attending before we even thought of Blues411, so that says a ton about them and their festival.

So here are some photos from last years festival as our way of saying thanks and hope that there is a 100:1 ratio of folks going to take our spots there.

So click on her picture and see some great shots from last year, have fun y’all and hoist one for Marty’s birthday!
Or click the link here .

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease

©Blues411.com 2014

Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph

2011 Riverfront Blues Festival – Smack Dab in the Middle of Everything !

Blues411 had the chance to catch up with Mr. Gene Fontana of the Diamond State Blues Society. We talked about what might be one of the most comfortable and friendly Blues festivals on the East Coast. This year the Riverfront Blues Festival will be held August 5th – 7th, at The Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington, Delaware.
We were there last year and had a blast, so if you are anywhere near Delaware next weekend, come on out !


B411: Gene, maybe a bit of history on the festival – how long has it been running?

GF: The Festival has been running for 15 years now. First as the Cool Brews & BBQ Fest for the first six years and for nine years as the Riverfront Blues Festival.

B411: It seems to work well with the state and city, is that difficult to accomplish? How did the Diamond State Blues Society get involved with it?
GF:The tie-ins with the City of Wilmington came about when the person booking the festival was not getting it together . The city did not know what was going on, and Tina Betz, working for the City of Wilmington was very knowledgeable about Jazz, but did not know enough about the Blues. The Diamond State Blues Society was somewhat involved by having after-parties, and Tina called me and said Gene I thought I would let you know that there will be no Blues Festival this year so I do not think you can have an after-party.
Stunned by what she was telling me after telling me the reason for canceling it four weeks before I said is there anything that we the blues society can do ? Would you like me to book it for you ? Tina asked how much did I want to get paid ? I said I wanted nothing, I just want this festival to keep going. So in two weeks I put together a stellar lineup with Lonnie Brooks , Chris Cain , Bluestime with J. Geils & Magic Dick , Little Charlie and many other fine acts. In the eight years since, the festival has grown to be one of the best on the East Coast if not in the Country. But all in all the City of Wilmington funds the festival while I do all the bookings for both stages and help out with volunteers. I do have the Boss on site at all times, Tina Betz from the Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs, who keeps me calm when it’s needed. Tina is a great leader and she does know how to iron out issues when they arise. Also we need to mention Bev Zimmerman who also plays a huge role in the festival, getting hotel, gate volunteers. and vendors together and Tanya Philips who is in charge of Hospitality, Vending & Tenting and Ground Transportation for the Artists.

B411: Now some of the acts you have had there in the past are quite amazing, I am just starting to get familiar with the fest, so who were some of the outstanding ones to you?
GF: Bernard Allison, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Charlie Musselwhite, Larry Garner, Marcia Ball, Lonnie Ronnie and Wayne Baker Brooks. Last year alone we had Pine Top Perkins, Bob Margolin, Mojo Buford, Hubert Sumlin, Mike Zito and John Lee Hooker Jr.

B411: Who is on tap for the current festival, I know Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks, Tab Benoit, James Cotton who else ?
GF: Well, first is Vasti (vast -eye) Jackson from Mississippi. A great performer who goes way back to days of the juke joints. He is a blues guitarist with a sweet soulful sound.

B411: Oh yeh, I saw him last year, what a fun performer !
GF: Then you got that triple threat from New Orleans. Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, what a harmonica player, Accordion & Guitarist, and his new CD “The Lord Is Waiting & The Devil Is Too” WOW ! It is produced by Anders Osborne. On the release it is Anders, Johnny & a drummer on this CD no bass player. It’s some deep Louisiana sound, something the likes I have never heard before.

B411: Yeh, the drummer is Stanton Moore of Galactic (Cyril Neville plays with them).
Joanne Shaw Taylor is opening the festival Friday right ?

GF: What an up and coming artist she is. Voted Female Blues Artist of The Year, once you see her performance you will agree. Two years ago at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival I had a chance to catch her performance. She got the only standing ovation all weekend. We all looked at one another and said she’s coming to Wilmington.

B411: I am quite excited about seeing the Lowrider Band, this will be great !
GF: Yes, it’s Howard Scott, Lee Oskar, BB Dickerson, Harold Brown along with baby brothers Lance Ellis on Sax , Keith Vinet on Keyboards and Chuck Barber on percussion bringing us the sound fusion from East LA that we all know and love. These are the original composers of the hits: Lowrider, Why Can’t We Be Friends, Spill the Wine, Cisco Kid, Slippin’ Into Darkness, The World is a Ghetto and more. So make their day by flashing the three fingers salute, smile and get your groove on.

B411: Gary Allegretto, native of Wilmington DE., will be there performing and with his ‘Harmonikids’.
GF:  Gary is very excited this year winning the “Keepin’ The Blues Alive Award ” for his Harmonikids Project which he takes around the world and thank Hohner for being a big part of his accomplishment.

B411: I even took part in his lesson last year, and I was able to play! He is playing on which of the two stages?
GF: Gary will be performing on what we call the Tweener Stage. Local & Regional Bands doing 30min sets in between the Main Stage Sets. Performing are Kenny Jones & Blues Streak, Randy Lippincott (Former Band Leader for the Late Great Johnny Clyde Copeland), April Mae & The June Bugs , Gary Allegretto, Mikey Junior & Stone Cold Blues (Diamond State Blues Society’s IBC Entry in 2011), Blue Cat Blues, Flamin’ Harry, Venom Blues and Zydeco A Go Go.
Oh don’t forget both Friday Aug 5th, and Saturday Aug 6th we will have after-party jams featuring Travis Haddix on Friday and Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots on Saturday night.

B411: Thanks for doing this talk, and for the festival. Anything else we need to know about the Diamond State Blues Society or their activities?
GF: The Diamond State Blues Society 501c3 is a non profit Organization dedicated to keepin the blues alive in the Tri State Area. Stay tuned to our website (www.diamondstateblues.com) for the line up for September 24th 2011 – Battle Of The Bands: Goin’ To Memphis. and November 10th Blues Harvest 2011 @ J.B McGinnis Pub & Grille.
Some exciting news in mid to late 2012, a new blues club will be coming to Saint Georges Delaware attached to The Saint Georges Country Store this will be the new home for the Diamond State Blues Society. Anyone can become a member of the blues society by sending a check or money order to:
DSBS P.O. Box 863 Middletown , Delaware 19709 $15 single membership /$25 family /$50 Corp.
Let’s all help to keep the blues alive ! See ya the Festival.

Until next time, Love, Peace & Chicken Grease,
©Blues411.com 2011

photos: Leslie K. Joseph