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
have fun and stay tuned for upcoming events like the
European Blues Cruise at end of month.

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



A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: July 27, 2015

BakersDozen15Starting out we want to give a big shout out to Martin ‘Party Marty’ Goettsch, who was our eyes at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival this past weekend. Thise of you who checked out our Facebook page saw his photos live from the scene (all three nights and two days). So next time ya see him tell him thanks and buy him a sasparilla.

This week we got a repeat offender at #1, Ben Rice & Lucy Hammond. Their joint effort has resounded deeply with our audience and takes the top slot two weeks straight – congrats !

With them holding court that means we have only one new debut this week. That is Slam Allen. Slam played guitar for eight years with James Cotton and has that built in blues feel that no one can deny, check him out.

Our Amuse Bouche features various versions of a song. We are calling it “Same Wine, New Bottle” and we have some great stuff here for ya to hear.

We are off to the Riverfront Blues Festival in Wilmington Delaware. We will see a wide and super variety of artists over these two days and three night festival. Brandon Santini, Gary Allegretto, Walter Trout, LowRider Band and many more top flight bands that will excite and incite us. BE sure to check Blues411 on fcebook for pics.

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

Broadcast times are as follows:
 – 10pm EST
Wednesday – Noon EST
 –  11pm EST
 –  4pm EST
Saturday – 2pm EST

Baker’s Dozen: Current Chart & Playlist on Radio Show

CW LW CD TITLE Artist/ Web Site Track#/Title
1 1 Destination Clarksdale Ben Rice & Lucy Hammond 2. Oh Lord*
2 2 St. Amant Sessions Peter Novelli 2. Boudin
3 3 Southside SugarRay Rayford 3. Live To Love Again*
4 5 Wonder Man Rusty Wright Band 6. Gonna Come Some Day
5 7 Boom Town Victor Wainwright 3. Stop Bossin’ Me Baby
6 6 Lighting Fried Reno Jack 14.Such A Funny Little Thing*
7 7 Blues Gotta Holda Me The Texas Horns 7. Sing Sing Sing
(Let’s Make A Better World)
8 8 Holding Court The Cash Box Kings 2. Download Blues*
9 9 Into The Wild Blue Roy Rogers 9. High Steppin’
10 10 Crossroads of My Life Johnny Riley 4. Lonely Is The Night*
11 11 Hey Joe Opus Red Meat Otis Taylor Band 1 Hey Joe (A)
12 12 Sugarcane Revival Beth McKee 1. Long Road Back
13 ~ Feel These Blues Slam Allen 9,.When The Blues Comes Around*

Chef’s Suggestions: The Stuff Ya Gotta Watch

Hans Theessink & Terry Evans True & Blue 2. Mother Earth
Spencer Bohren Seven Birds 2 Blues on The Ceiling
Ian Siegal The Picnic Sessions 12. Hard Times (Come Again No More)
Billy Price & Otis Clay This Time For Real 8. Broadway Walk
Bay – Paule Band Not Going Away 3. Kiss Me Like You Mean It
Ronnie Earl Father’s Day 4. What Have I Done Wrong
Lucky Losers A Winning Hand 1.Change In The Weather
The Bettye Fox Band Slow Burn 8. Take A Walk With Me
Christian Colliin Spirit Of The Blues 8. Blues For You
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)

Amuse Bouche: Same Wine, New Bottle

Artist Song
Willie Dixon 29 Ways
Sean Carney 29 Ways
Marc Cohn 29 Ways
Robert Johnson Love In Vain Blues
The Rolling Stones Love In Vain
Big Bill Broonzy You’ve Got To Hit The Right Lick
Scat Springs You’ve Got To Hit The Right Lick
Gary Allegretto You’re The One
Dion You’re The One
Sam Cooke Little Red Rooster
Jeff Jensen Little Red Rooster
James Blood Ulmer Little Red Rooster

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

Photo Gallery/Festival Review: Riverfront Blues Festival, Wilmington, Delaware

Sometimes things don’t go as planned.

There are times when it takes so much just to take a breath.

This weekend was one of them, as we planned our annual visit to the Riverfront Blues Festival we learned of my brother, Emil’s early passing. All bets were off, and who knew what was in store, most likely it was not gonna be the best of times.

Well family, friends, everyone gathered and we did what we needed to do, be sad, and celebrate his life. It was great too see folks who were not family there to tell us how he touched their lives in a positive way and tome that was one of the high lights of that sad few days, but we decided to scoot down to Delaware for some of Saturday and all of Sunday’s shows.

We got there and was checking in when Gary Allegretto came walking out of the festival to cool down. Gary is an amazing cat, and seeing him and hearing his words of solace and a big ol’ hug, set me up for enjoying some music – didn’t know how long but we were in a good place. Zac Harmon was just finishing his set, his new release is “Music Is The Medicine” seemed so appropriate right now. He spoke of loss of family and of others losses too  and it seemed that we were all there at that spot for a reason. It was what I was looking for, some musical medicine.

I said hi to Chris Cain and Steve Evans (killer bassist) and they offered kind words and Chris promised to play something special. To me that is anything this cat plays. But thru the set he would look over and give me that toothy smile and I knew he felt the pain and did his best to offer some medicine of his own mixing. The band never ceases to amaze me, tight, solid, funky and all giving they are just incredible. I did not succumb to “Drinkin’ Straight Tequila” as his tender love song he wrote with a crayon suggests, just took it in aurally.

That was it for Saturday – we were pretty wasted and drained from the previous few days, so off we went to Leslie’s parents home for some comfort and relaxation, oh yeh and a Jimi-Do List ! ! ! !

Sunday was a new dawn and a new day – as the Blues411 buttons were passed out and stockpiled at the gates The Nighthawks took the stage. One solid set folks, these guys have been at it for more years than I can recall and they are always in stride and the vibe is pure party. The two Mark’s plus band whipped up the crowd and got them off their butts to dance.

The Royal Southern Brotherhood were next up. Now I have heard a lot of pub about these cats, all wearing their musical pedigrees and history like a badge or medal (Royalty?) so, as I am want to do, I was real curious about how they would be together. I must say it didn’t take me too long to fall right in line with everyone else – These guys are just flat out freakin’ good!

Featuring Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Cyril Neville, Charlie Wooten, and Yonrico Scott they tore the playhouse down – room by room, note by note! Devon is an amazing guitarist who also knows how to work the stage, pit, crowd and amps for the utmost in performance. Mike Zito seemed to have found his spot with these guys. He adds a swampy touch and his guitar work blends itself nicely with Devon and other cats in the band. Cyril Neville is a master percussionist and singer – when he hits it there ain’t no stopping the feelings. Combine his Afro-Latin mix to the drumming of Yonrico Scott and bass voyages of Charlie Wooten and what comes out of the RSB blender is a purely intoxicating mix of Blues, Rock, Jazz, Afro-Latin, New Orleans, St. Louis amalgam of unlimited possibilities.


Good friends are always welcomed, and the Brooks Family Dynasty are considered good friends. Featuring Ronnie & Wayne (as Father,  Lonnie could not fly) it was a slightly different set but a solid one all in all. Was nice to see Wayne being featured some more as his works contain just a little bit more soul R&B feel to them, and as always Ronnie is the Prince of the Blues – always fun and his guitar skills are to of the line.

We were dragging arse by halfway thru the set so we headed over to Harry’s Seafood to meet up with my nephew and his finance’ to relax and just have some quiet time with them. Next year we will have to try to get them to join us at the festival.

Thanks to everyone who offered condolences, prayers, thoughts and everything else to us during these times, thanks to the musicians for their music which truly is a medicine. It was a rough weekend and there are still things to deal with this week but I have to admit it’s getting better, little by little and since I found the Blues I’ve been in the pink.  Ok thanks to the Beatles, Junior Wells and Theresa James for these song titles.


Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
©  2012
Where the Blues Thrives
photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

Happy Birthday America, Entertainment Abounds From Sea To Shining Sea

Yesirre ! It is that time again, The Fourth of July, the middle of the summer holidays (Memorial Day early on, ending with Labor Day) and usually there is a heckuva lot going on to tempt and tease us music fans.
Well I have to admit that there are some great things going on at festivals, in the air waves and right her on the internet. So I’m just gonna run down the ones that got some serious import from this bird’s nest.

This weekend
The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Davenport, IA:
Friday: Super Chikan, Liz Mandeville & Donna Herula, Kenny Neal.
Saturday: Preston Shannon, Guitar Shorty, Coco Montoya, Doug MacLeod, Moreland & Arbuckle, Kelley Hunt.
Sunday: Lady Bianca, Trampled Under Foot, Paul Geremia, Johnny Rawls, Brooks Family Dynasty, Bobby Rush plus workshops Saturday & Sunday check it out at:

The Safeway Waterfront Music Festival July 4-8th,  Portland, OR.  So many first rate bands here so here is a quick list:
Elvin Bishop, The California  Honeydrops, Cedric Burnside Project, James Cotton, James Hunter, The Mannish Boys, The 44’s, Otis Taylor Band, Marquise Knox, Lisa Mann and Her Really Good Band hell I could go on but y’all get the picture.

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Nescopek, PA July 6-7th
For those on the East side of town we got a killer line up in store for ya’s;  Alexis P. Suter, Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, Mikey Junior, Bernard Allison, Rory Block, Michael Packer, Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
That should take care of the outdoors portion of the long weekend back to back stuff, if not I am sure you can find more.

Next up are a few things happening on the air waves that might interest y’all and we will call it. . .

Spirit of the Radio:
SiriusXM Bluesville 
will broadcast their recent interview with Buddy Guy about his new autobiography “When I Left Home: My Story” on Saturday July 7 at 6:30PM, and rebroadcast it on Sunday July 8, at 9:30PM. Bill Wax will talk with Buddy and weave some musical selections through the talk.
The 2012 Blues Music Awards will be re-broadcast on July 1st in it’s entirety starting at 6PM East Side of town, featuring Tab Benoit, Johnny Sansone, Grady Champion, Eric Bibb and many many more outstanding performances and commentary from your favorite Bluesville DJ’s, Bill Wax, Tony Colter, and Big Llou Johnson (with special guests).

Music On The Couch ‘Musicians You Should Know’
July 2, 10:00PM East side of town, Vinny Marini always features two exciting bands who will be taking questions from the audience, this week The Strata-Tones & Sue Palmer.

This week marks the debut of myself and Blues411 as a monthly guest talking about the state of the blues/roots music scene and other interesting things. So tune in, call in and take a seat on the couch.
The direct link for the show is  check it out, I’m excited and only hope I don’t bring the show down with my presence.

Affiliates & Other Navigation
If ya notice those ‘tabs’ across the page  with different navigation spots, there is a wealth of linkage and friendly info there for you to call up and use as needed. From The Blues Foundation main site, to B.B. King’s Bluesville for show schedules (plus a separate tab for the Picks to Click) and further on to connection to The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise and all they offer. Not to be overlooked are other affiliated friends such as Blues Festival Guide (good thing to have handy for the summer season)  D’Mar’s music blog and Cathy Lemons blog about life in the blues, and our good friend Vinny Marini & his “Music On The Couch” site.
All these fine folks and organizations provide superb services in one form or another and support the Blues in so many ways, so get familiar with them.
Yes one of those tabs is for the Tier One Supporters of Blues411. These folks (and others) have chosen to help keep Blues411 alive and kicking on the internet and they do so without any strings maintaining our independent and powerful voice in the arena. Please support them as much as you can.

Further On Down The Road:
Looking past the holiday week we see The NY State Blues Festival  coming up July 13- 15, The Bucks County Blues Society R&B Picnic  the week after rounding out the month of July on the East side. If we go way up North to Rockland, Maine on July 14 and 15th we can get a dose of John Mayall, Tab Benoit, Royal Southern Brotherhood and a tribute to Koko Taylor at the North Atlantic Blues Festival
One non-east side festival that you might want to check out is the Tall City Blues Festival, July 26-29, in Midland Texas  which is looking strong on talent and activities.  To round out July we have a big favorite the PA Blues Festival  July 27-29th camping under the stars and blues music to boot, it don’t get much better than this.

Into August we have The Riverfront Blues Festival in Wilmington, Delaware , followed by the 20th Anniversary Chenango Blues Festival in Norwich NY( Out in Colorado we have the 2nd Annual Blue Star Blues Fest sponsored by the Blue Star Connection Charity which is a great way to help out a great cause and see super bands
As I said earlier, there’s so much out there to enjoy and get to – support live music whenever you can and keep it alive and thriving. 

Extra Note of Joy:
Speaking of Buddy Guy, please stay tuned to Blues411 for some exciting news concerning him and his new book. I would expect the news to break after the 4th of July holiday. A super opportunity for one lucky fan, plus opportunities for others and guaranteed fun for all involved.

Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
© 2012
photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411, courtesy of artists