Opinion: Baseball & Blues Bound by the Seams

Hope springs eternal for every team.

Hope springs eternal for every team.

This past week was quite the roller-coaster for baseball fans. While we had spring training in full bloom and the news wires and internet world alive with box scores and bits about each team, we also suffered two major loses.

Carmen Berra,  wife of the much loved and mal-apropped person to ever misspeak the English language, Yogi Berra.  They had a love affair that spanned parts of eight decades, and the couple just celebrated their 65th anniversary this past January 26th.
At one point a few years ago, Carmen Berra related how her husband once sent her an anniversary card signed, “Yogi Berra.” She said she was glad he signed it that way because it eliminated any confusion about all the other Yogis she knew.

The second, somewhat less personal to me, but overall more relating to baseball as we know it was the passing of Dr. Frank Jobe. Who was this guy, read on.

On a July night in 1974, Dr. Frank Jobe, the orthopedist for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was sitting in the stands at Dodger Stadium watching the ace left-hander Tommy John face the Montreal Expos. In the third inning, John threw a pair of wild pitches and heard the sound of a “collision,” as he put it, coming from his arm. He had torn an elbow ligament, which almost certainly meant the end of a pitcher’s career. But Dr. Jobe performed a pioneering operation, transplanting an unneeded tendon from John’s right wrist into his left elbow, where it functioned as a new ligament. John went on to win another 164 games over 14 seasons, retiring from the game at age 46. Dr. Jobe, who died on Thursday, March 6,  in Santa Monica, Calif., at 88, was renowned as the father of Tommy John surgery, a landmark in sports medicine that has been duplicated thousands of times and has saved the careers of numerous athletes, most of them pitchers.

Scrappy guitarist dons uniform for other love besides music.

Scrappy guitarist dons uniform for other love besides music.

So I have been working on the idea of the baseball & blues tie in since I first interviewed George Thorogood back in 2010. George and I discussed baseball and it’s relation to his career in the blues. He liked to think of himself as that pesky utility infielder who always made the play when needed, may not get the big headlines but has a long career and several World Series rings on his fingers. Here is the link to that interview because if I were to pull out a few quotes, one would lose the overall effect of the relationship that we established there. George Thorogood interview.

Purists vs. Modernists:
Baseball & the Blues have certain things that link them together, both have ‘Purists v. Modernists’ – we really don’t need to go too deep there. We know the Blues purists are staunchly in their corner, reinforced by their belief that the blues world is going to wrack & ruin and its just not the same anymore. In baseball we have the DH (Designated Hitter) and non DH camps, plus I am sure expansion freaks and wanting to cut back the playing in foreign countries and all.

Dilution of Talent Pool:
The dilution of the talent base is an interesting one, we see that in both of these endeavors, In baseball the opponents claimed that the dilution of talent has lessened the entire field of it’s high quality level. In the blues we hear much about the same effect happening in certain circles.

Okeh Records

Okeh Records

Segregation:
The initial segregation of these art forms is also a common thread, in baseball it took Branch Rickey’s signing of Jackie Robinson to break the color line. In the Blues it was basically ‘colored music’ and the white establishment would actively seek to ban or discourage their audience (white) from buying or listening to ‘race records‘. Yes they were specifically marketed to black audiences, but there was no interest in assimilating them into the broader market by the white record labels or producers because it would then cut into their part of the pie. I think that with any ‘institution’ that has been around for so long we can see these fissures occurring. But to see them side by side makes for interesting observations. Hopefully this will open up some thought and conversations between us.

So with Spring training well into it’s very own special season, and the weather turning sweetly warm I figured I would ask around and get some input on what if any baseball and the blues has. So enjoy these comments and insights from some folks ya know and others ya might not have heard of, they range from artists to fans, to friends – but we all love the blues and baseball…

Pedal Steel and Baseball Blues

Pedal Steel and Baseball Blues

Sterling Koch:
I asked Sterling Koch about the relationship between baseball and the blues and how they seem to be similar in many ways. Purists v. modernists, what appears to be a very simple endeavor to take on but most difficult to master….

   ” Jimi I think you hit it right on the head there. Simple to play yet difficult to master. Only as I’ve gotten older have I had an appreciation for the intricacies of baseball. Hitters working the count, pitchers throwing a pitch to set up the next pitch, etc. The blues may be only 3 chords and 12 bars but there IS a particular way to play them and the subtleties and intricacies of the blues are what separate the wanna be players from the true blues musicians.
     I’ve always loved the blues and wanted to play them even back in the 80′s when I was doing the hair metal thing I wanted to play blues but I felt I was too young at the time. I didn’t understand them or appreciate how to properly play them. I’m not sure it works this way for everyone but I only fully understood playing the blues as I got older and more experienced as a musician. When I was younger I played baseball too. I was a pitcher and was quite good in my area. My last year of Teener ball I had a 10 and 1 record as a starting pitcher. Yet I didn’t understand all the ins and outs of pitching. I just basically rared back and “let her fly.” Much in the same way I would solo on my guitar back in the 80s. Just let it rip. Now I have come to realize that there’s SO much more to both pitching a baseball and playing the blues than just rearing back and “let it fly.”
    The subtleties and nuance of both, things that escape the novice or inexperienced baseball enthusiast and blues enthusiast, are what makes playing the blues and following baseball now for me so much more rewarding. Hope any of this will help Jimi and thanks for asking.”

Helena, Arkansas. King Biscuit 2012.

Helena, Arkansas. King Biscuit 2012.

Ricky Stevens:
Making it a habit to check out Ricky’s post about baseball and his keen insights into just about everything, I asked him for his thoughts on Blues and baseball.

   “This hit me as I was driving to work this morning. Here is the link between blues and baseball. Specifically, hope in the midst of failure. The best blues songs have an element of hope; the hope that things will be better no matter how bad they may seem today. A ballplayer who fails to get a hit 70% of the time is a .300 hitter and has a chance to be an all-star. That same player may get on base 200 times in the course. If he scores 100 runs, 50% of the times he is on base, he has had a great year. Despite knowing he’s more likely to fail than succeed, every ballplayer walks to the plate with an element of hope. Want more evidence? Look at Chicago, one of the great blues towns. Every year, the folks there maintain hope that THIS year, the Cubs will win it all.”

Self proclaimed slap-hitter who can clear the bases with his power.

Self proclaimed slap-hitter who can clear the bases with his power.

Watermelon Slim:
Having spent many hours talking about any, and everything under the sun with Slim, I knew he was the go-to guy. Now ya just don’t get a simple answer from someone as loquacious as Slim. The man sent me an entire article on his growing up, and feelings about baseball, the DH, plus other insights that I have yet to publish here. So please allow me to selectively edit a few things in relation to his wonderful song ‘Max The Baseball Clown‘, which can be found on the “No Paid Holidays” release.

   “I grew up in a Class A minor-league town, Asheville, NC, and refer to that upbringing in my song, Max the Baseball Clown. Max Patkin was the Clown Prince of Baseball. Some will say Al Schacht, a former major-league pitcher, was the King, because he clowned in major-league ball parks, including 28 years as an entertainer for the World Series, from 1927 to 1952, and 18 at the annual All-Star Game.
   But Patkin’s career of clowning, after a minor-league career cut very short by injury, spanned 51 years, from 1944 to 1995. I watched Patkin twice in Asheville. Patkin’s clowning career partly overlapped Schacht’s, but Patkin never clowned for the major leagues, instead barnstorming around the country in minor league ballparks.

Max The Baseball Clown

Max The Baseball Clown

   Patkin accomplished (and not just once, but every time he did it) the greatest baseball feat I have ever watched, or have any knowledge of. One of his highlights involved an air-gun that shot baseballs. To demonstrate the power of this gun, Patkin would first shoot a baseball from the pitcher’s mound of Tourist Stadium (also known as McCormick Field) all the way into the Asheville High School football stadium, somewhere between a quarter and a half mile away.
   Then, he would turn the gun straight up, and fire a ball into the night above him (I never watched him in a day game, though I assume he also clowned for day games). There is no telling how high that airgun shot the ball into the air, but I never saw that he had adjusted the gun for a shorter shot. The report of the gun sounded the same as when he shot the ball for near a half a mile.
   Researchers have determined that the highest that any batter ever hit, or ever could hit, a pop fly is a little over 200 feet. The balls Patkin fired into the sky took far longer than the time for even a very high pop fly. Might have been 15-20 seconds in the air. Surely the air-gun had fired the balls at least hundreds of feet into the dark sky. It is a mystery how Patkin could know where that ball was going to come down. But when it finally did, Patkin would turn his back to the ball and catch it in a way-oversized back pocket of his uniform! I saw him do it twice, in the early 1960s.
   I never watched Al Schacht– he was before my time– and I am sure that he was a hilarious baseball clown, by the fact of his own long major-league clowning career. But I doubt that he ever performed anything like what I must now consider the miracle of baseball skill that was a regular part of Patkin’s clowning show. My song, ‘Max The Baseball Clown’, which I recorded for my CD No Paid Holidays in 2008, is my tribute to the greatest baseball entertainer I ever saw, and perhaps– probably–  that ANYONE ever saw. In 1988, Patkin was named King of Baseball at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Atlanta, GA.”

Mysterious man of Facebook.

Mysterious man of Facebook.

Gerry Lo:
Gerry is a great supporter of the Blues. We met on Facebook (where else), and he has always had a pointed insight on almost any topic. A master crossword puzzle cat, I instinctively knew he would have some golden insight for us here. Enjoy…

   “Well, I will be very much obliged to you for any excuse for playing more of Miss Julia Lee, who was wed to Mr Frank Duncan for a while. Julia Lee, of course, was the Empress of the “Songs Her Mama Taught Her NOT to Sing” and Frank Duncan was a Negro Leagues star. 
   Baseball, like the blues, is something to be taken in and not merely observed. We absorb and are absorbed by only a few aspects of existence, and to me these two schools represent not only the quintessence of America but the respective tops of their forms.
   Sure, jazz and football might claim to appeal to greater numbers, and I like them both just fine, but they seem to me to lack that essential quality that demands a greater level of emotional investment and appreciation that comes from baseball and the blues.”

Gerry and I also talked about the Single A Short-Season baseball that goes on in Savannah and many other cities around the country. These folks play for the love of the game. Gerry pointed out that they were akin to gladiators in caps, playing for nothing but for their own personal reasons, it was something they had or wanted to do. This is much like the local blues musicians who play to nearly empty clubs at times, but they return every night lugging their equipment to and from the car. In both these cases there may be no truer expression of commitment to either art.

So to bring this around to the heart of the matter, baseball and songs about baseball have a section in the American Treasuries of the Library of Congress. No these are not blues songs but the fact that they exist shows the connection between the sport and music.  This alone is pretty cool.

Sonny & Brownie

Sonny & Brownie

So here are some links to some blues music about baseball. Check them out, find some more and go down this path that we have set before you.

The Robby-Dobby Boogie - recorded by Brownie McGhee about the first two black players in the major leagues – Larry Doby, Cleveland (AL) and Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn (NL)

Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball? - performed by Buddy Johnson, also done by Count Basie Orchestra. Here is a link to the Baseball Almanac’s  listing of lyrics.

Say Hey – The Treniers, their tribute to Willie ‘Say Hey ‘ Mays. Willie appears on the recording to settle a dispute on who’s ball it was!

Life Is A Ball Game - Sister Wyn0na Carr, a gospel singer works the path to righteousness into a baseball song. This song was featured in the movie ‘42‘ about Jackie Robinson. Personally I love this one!

The First Baseball Game - similar to the Wynona Carr tune, but more biblical references, by golden voiced Nat King Cole.
Catfish - While not technically the Blues, Bob Dylan doffs his cap to Jim ‘Catfish ‘ Hunter. This version is by Joe Cocker  with guitar solo by Eric Gale.

Baseball Boogie - Mabel Scott in a classic double entendre baseball song, it’s the blues baby!

Baseball Blues - Toby Walker’s double entendre where a Louisville Slugger is more than just a bat!

The Last Home Run 
a tribute song to Hank Aaron’s breaking of Babe Ruth’s home run record. Written by Willie Dixon,   recorded by McKenley Mitchell, with Billy Branch on harp. Could not find a video of this, but there are some copies around of release.
These are just a few samples of Blues songs that are about baseball and easily found. There are a bunch more around.
Plus we did not even touch all the bases on just plain ol’ baseball songs. John Fogerty’s ‘Centerfield’, Terry Cashman’s ‘Talking Baseball’ and many many others.

So batter up! Pick up that bat or guitar and feel the thread that runs thru our National pastime and what should be our National Music. Thank you Sterling Koch, Ricky Stevens, Watermelon Slim,Gerry Lo for your time and contributions to this little bit of passion that we share.

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
chefjimi
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A Baker’s Dozen Of Blues: February 24, 2014

A Baker's Dozen Of Blues

A Baker’s Dozen Of Blues

As we close out February, just a little reminder that it’s getting close to the end to join the Blues Foundation and cast your vote for the Nominees for the Blues Music Awards.  Yes, your vote does matter, it has equal weight and pull as anyone’s and you CAN make a difference.

Coming off a week of firsts, we have another – Annie Mack’s release ‘Baptized in the Blues’ has claimed the #1 spot. With Bobby Murray hanging on to it for two weeks straight there was considerable rumblings that she would peak at #2 and then give way.  Not this girl!!!  Congratulations.

Debuting on the Baker’s Dozen play chart is Niecie, and Michael Packer,  about as different as you can get. But all good and all blues people. Be sure to checkout who just got listed on the Chef Suggestion portion of our menu, yes indeed!

Our Amuse Bouche section is once again a tribute tot he artists we saw and enjoyed in Memphis. Some of them competed, one won, others just added value to the whole thing. I urge you to check these folks out and buy some music from them.

One extra special spot is Michissippi  Mick Kolassa and his new release, all proceeds go to the HART Fund and Generation Blues – so give it a listen and buy it and do the right thing. You can find out more about these parts of the Blues Foundation at the above link to their site.

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A Baker’s Dozen:

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Record Label Track#/Title
1 2 “Baptized In The Blues” Annie Mack Independent 2 Baptized In The Blues
2 3 “No Fluff, Just The Stuff” Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings E Natchel Records 6 More Things Change
3 4 “Soul Changes” Dave Keller Independent 9 Don’t Look Back
4 6 “Right Here Right Now” Dave Keyes Self 4 Shadow Boogie
5 7 “Making My Mark” Annika Chambers Montrose Records 8 Put It Where You Want It
6 8 “Log Cabin Blues” Micah Kesselring Self 6 Mean Uptown Mama
7 9 “Laying Down Our Blues” Andra Faye & Scott Ballentine Self 3 Slow Burning Love
8 10 “Might Just Get Lucky” Deb Ryder BeJeb Music 6 Ce Soir Ce Soir
9 11 “Midnight Blue” Tinsley Ellis Landslide Records 5 See No Harm
10 12 “Happy For Good” Ori Naftaly Band Acum Records 5 Happy For Good
11 13 “Roosters Happy Hour” The Blues Doctors Modern Blues Harmonica 1 Put It Where You Want It
12 ~ “Wanted Woman” Niecie Ride The Tiger Records 7 Just Can’t Walk Away
13 ~ “I Am The Blues” Michael Packer img 5 Bad Time Jackson

Chef Suggestions: 

“You Better Mind” Mudcat 30 Miles UP 1 When Mama’s Happy
“Baptized By The Mud” Kat Danser Independent 10 Prove It On Me Blues
“Blue Yonder” Hard Garden Hard Garden Music 2 Depot Blues
“Far As I Can See” Matt Schofield Provogue 2 Clean Break
“Cry Of Love” Shaun Murphy Vision Wall 2 Gotta Mind To Travel
“New Attitude” Root Doctor Self 1 Rear View Sight
“Sounds of Home” Damon Fowler Blind Pig 9 TV Mama
“Guitar Angels James Armstrong Catfood Records 8 Saturday Night Women
“It Feels Good” Randy Oxford Band Figgleblall Records 1 Trouble
“30th Anniversary Special Edition” Blue Lunch Special Rip Cat Records 10 Sixty Minute Man
“Goin’ To The Delta” Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown Ruf Records 2 Nothing Like The Blues

Amuse Bouches:

IBC/Memphis      
Account To Me Hank Mowrey Best Self Produced CD 5. Banana Oil
Canned Heat Blues Duo, Tracy K & Jaime Steinhoff Canadian Blues Duo 3. Atlanta Moan
Harder Than Blues Zamba Croatian Blues Entrants 1 Love
DieDra & The Ruff Pro Band DieDra & The Ruff Pro Band Finalist 1 Red Shoes
Back In The Blues Bridget Kelly Band A Woman in The Blues 8 Texas Tea
Drivin’ Me Wild Jonn Del Toro Richardson & Sean Carney IBC Jam Hosts 6 Sit Back Baby
Go Ahead and Sang The Blues Brick Fields & The Chosen Ones Semi Finalist 3 Go ahead & Sang The Blues
Drink, Drank Drunk Andy T & Nick Nixon Galaxie Artist Showcase 3 Drink Drank Drunk
Special Treat:      
Michissippi Mick Mick Kolassa Self 1 New Beale Street Blues

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
chefjimi
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A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: February 17, 2014

A Baker's Dozen Of Blues

A Baker’s Dozen Of Blues

We have all survived Valentine’s Day, managed to make the right choice and just maybe take an honest look at the one we love and appreciate them beyond the commercial crap that we always get fed.

Soap box off….on to this weeks Baker’s Dozen of Blues. Well it had to happen at some point, and this is the time! Bobby Murray has held on to the coveted #1 spot on the chart with his release and title track “I’m Stickin’ With You” That’s a pretty good hold with hard pressure from Annie Mack, Tom Holland and new folks like Annika Chambers & Micah Kesserling nudging folks out the way. Congrats Mr. Bobby Murray cos we are indeed “like white on rice, like cool on ice” we are stickin’ with you. Oh yeah thanks for the very cool promo spot, I’m a play that at parties, that a great bit of music. Hey y’all be sure to catch it just before the #1 release is played.

Two very cool and different artists fill out the bottom end of the Dozen. The Ori Naftaly Band out of Israel, and The Blues Doctors from Mississippi. These releases and tracks show us just how different the blues can be, and that’s what keeps it thriving and always evolving.

This week we are featuring one of our Blues Festival Media Partners, The Tampa Bay Music Festival. It has established itself as one of the world’s preeminent blues concerts and was the recipient of the Blues Foundation’s 2011 “Keepin’ the Blues Alive” award for Best U.S. Blues Festival. Over the years their stage has welcomed legends such as Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, Delbert McClinton, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Los Lobos, Jerry Lee Lewis, Koko Taylor, Jimmie Vaughan, Irma Thomas, Susan Tedeschi, and others, in what has truly become a magnificent celebration of music!

You can purchase a single day or three day VIP package. You will enjoy front stage seating, large VIP shade tents, complimentary beer, foods, and drinks, in a private area on the beautiful shores of Tampa Bay. When you do please mention that Blues411 sent ya! Then send us an email or Facebook private message telling us you brought your VIP pass and we can let ya in on an exclusive reward for our reads only. Trust me you will be thrilled.
So check them out – listen to the featured artists on the radio show and see ya soon!

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A Baker’s Dozen:

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Record Label Track#/Title
1 1 “I ‘m Sticking With You” Bobby Murray motorcitykidz 2 I’m Stickin’ With You
2 2 “Baptized In The Blues” Annie Mack Independent 2 Baptized In The Blues
3 5 “No Fluff, Just The Stuff” Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings E Natchel Records 6 More Things Change
4 7 “Soul Changes” Dave Keller Independent 9 Don’t Look Back
5 6 “Barrelhouse Stomp” Chris James & Patrick Rynn Earwig 3 I Feel So Good
6 8 “Right Here Right Now” Dave Keyes Self 4 Shadow Boogie
7 9 “Making My Mark” Annika Chambers Montrose Records
8 Put It Where You Want It
8 10 “Log Cabin Blues” Micah Kesselring Self 2 Preachin’ The Blues
9 11 Laying Down Our Blues” Andra Faye & Scott Ballentine Self 4 Less of You
10 12 “Might Just Get Lucky” Deb Ryder BeJeb Music 3 Really Gone
11 13 “Midnight Blue” Tinsley Ellis Landslide Records 9 That’s My Story
12 ~ “Happy For Good” Ori Naftaly Band Acum Records 5 Happy For Good
13 ~ “Roosters Happy Hour” The Blues Doctors Modern Blues Harmonica 1 Put It Where You Want It


Chef Suggestions:

“I Am The Blues” Michael Packer img 5 Bad Time Jackson
“Yes I Believe I Will Steve Howell & The Mighty Men Out of the Past Music 6 Wasted Mind
“Wanted Woman” Niecie Ride The Tiger Records 7 Just Can’t Walk Away
“Baptized By The Mud” Kat Danser Independent 10 Prove It On Me Blues
“Blue Yonder” Hard Garden Hard Garden Music 2 Depot Blues
“You Better Mind” Mudcat 30 Miles UP 1 When Mama’s Happy
“Far As I Can See” Matt Schofield Provogue 2 Clean Break
“Cry Of Love” Shaun Murphy Vision Wall 2 Gotta Mind To Travel
“New Attitude” Root Doctor Self 1 Rear View Sight
“Sounds of Home” Damon Fowler Blind Pig 9 TV Mama


Amuse Bouches:

TAMPA BAY FESTIVAL
   
“Live at Legends” Buddy Guy 2 Best Damn Fool
“Never Going Back” Shemekia Copeland 4 Never Going Back To Memphis
“Back In Style” Tad Robinson 2 Full Attention Blues
The Dream Pam Taylor The Dream

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
chefjimi
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A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: February 10, 2014

A Baker's Dozen Of Blues

A Baker’s Dozen Of Blues

So spent the past week being heavily medicated, not by choice, but out of necessity. I might finally admit to being almost a ‘Delta Crud’ free zone.  So it was that epic, the Crud, that it inspired Tracy K & Jamie Steinhoff to creating musical odes to its effectiveness and longevity. These are only on Facebook but if they become available elsewhere I will try to get them to ya. I Got the Honey  &  Delta Crud - enjoy them.

This week we are thrilled to see Bobby Murray at the #1 slot, Bobby has been around for a few ya know, and this release is a real fine one that deserves to be in everyone’s collection. Tinsley Ellis moves up into the big time here with his Midnight Blue release, an extraordinary guitar player he can play any style in any form.

Plus new additions to the Chef Selections listing featuring two very talented folks who can sang the blues with the best of them, Ms. Shaun Murphy & Mr. Freddie Cunningham (aka Root Doctor).

We added a little table of the Amuse Bouches for the week, think that will help ya’s see who we are featuring and take ya to their web site if ya like them.

Remember to tune into the Radio version of A 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
please do the math for your own timezone.

A Baker’s Dozen:

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Record Label Track#/Title
1 2 “I ‘m Sticking With You” Bobby Murray motorcitykidz 2 I’m Stickin’ With You
2 3 “Baptized In The Blues” Annie Mack Independent 2 Baptized In The Blues
3 4 “Dangerous” Sugar Ray Rayford Delta Groove Music 3 I’m Dangerous
4 5 “The Good Book” Roy Bookbinder Pegleg Records 7 What You Gonna Do
5 6 “No Fluff, Just The Stuff” Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings E Natchel Records 6 More Things Change
6 7 “Barrelhouse Stomp” Chris James & Patrick Rynn Earwig 3 I Feel So Good
7 8 “Soul Changes” Dave Keller Independent 2 Seventeen Years
8 9 “Right Here Right Now” Dave Keyes Self 9 Delta Queen
9 10 “Making My Mark” Annika Chambers Montrose Records 1 Move
10 11 “Log Cabin Blues” Micah Kesselring Self 2 Preachin’ The Blues
11 12 “Laying Down Our Blues” Andra Faye & Scott Ballentine Self 4 Less of You
12 13 “Might Just Get Lucky” Deb Ryder BeJeb Music 3 Really Gone
13 ~ “Midnight Blue” Tinsley Ellis Landslide Records 9 That’s My Story

Chef Suggestions:

“A New Kinda Funk” Bo Dollis Jr., & The Wild Magnolias One More Time Music 3 New Kind Of Funk
“I Am The Blues” Michael Packer img 5 Bad Time Jackson
“Roosters Happy Hour” The Blues Doctors Modern Blues Harmonica 1 Put It Where You Want It
“Yes I Believe I Will” Steve Howell & The Mighty Men Out of the Past Music 6 Wasted Mind
“Wanted Women” Niecie Ride The Tiger Records 7 Just Can’t Walk Away
“Baptized By The Mud” Kat Danser Independent 10 Prove It On Me Blues
“Blue Yonder” Hard Garden Hard Garden Music 2 Depot Blues
“You Better Mind” Mudcat 30 Miles UP 1 When Mama’s Happy
“Happy For Good” Ori Naftaly Band Acum Records 5 Happy For Good
“Far As I Can See” Matt Schofield Provogue 2 Clean Break
“Cry Of Love” Shaun Murphy Vision Wall 2 Gotta Mind To Travel
“New Attitude” Root Doctor Self 1 Rear View Sight

Amuse Bouches:

Markey Blue 1. Play Me Sampler From Nashville – Galaxie Showcase
Brad Absher & Swamp Royale 1. Memhis On The Way Sampler IBC semi’s
Leonard Griffie 5. Damned If I Do Give it To Me IBC
Terri Odabi 1. Evolution Of The Blues Evolution Of The Blues IBC
Dave Fields 10. Lydia Detonation NYC Blind Raccoon Showcase
Tampa Bay Blues Festival April 11, 12, 13, 2014

Tampa Bay Blues Festival
April 11, 12, 13, 2014

PS: Look for an interview with Chuck Ross, the man with the plan for the Tampa Bay Blues Festival, Chuck was kind enough to sit with me and talk about the upcoming festival and the talent level that goes way beyond the headliners and deep into the roster. We also discussed some interesting and very appealing aspects of their VIP package, like chef prepared food, free wine & beer, 2 large shaded tents and more than I can mention without givin’ it all away. Plus we worked a deal for our readers so when you order VIP package tickets, tell them Blues411 sent ya and then send us an email with your name and we will secure for you a special event ticket that will have ya sittin’ on top of the world! That’s slated for this coming Wednesday February 12th, right here on Blues411.com
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
chefjimi ©Blues411.com 2014
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