Photo Gallery: Pennsylvania Blues Festival

PABlues200Just an amazing festival that Michael Cloeren put together. Featuring bands that you may not have seen, may not have known and know about and can’t wait to see.

The infrastructure once again proved to be an essential part of the whole scheme as the rains came on Sunday, but with the indoor stage and the existing tent all shows went on  and were comfy & cozy! When the weather broke back to sunny we picked it up back at the main stage to the phunk of Ivan Neville, the soul of Ruthie Foster and the grease of the Bobby Rush (Bobby Rush) Revue.

A most amazing thing happened Sunday morning, as Alexis P. Suter (and band) joined with the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir (directed by Pastor Frank Haye) for a communal spiritual uplifting that may never be topped anywhere.

Please visit the Pennsylvania Blues festival site on Facebook, as well as the Blues411 site there to see more photos and read the praises of what was an outstanding event.

Thank you Michael, Ginny and sound crew, workers, stage hands, security peeps, artists and fans for it is all of us that make it as good as it is.




Love, Peace & Chicken Grease

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

CD Reviews – One-A-Day Holiday Challenge Week Three

What a great time it was, the CD Challenge lasted 30 days with 31 reviews for your holiday shopping assistance.

We covered a broad range of musical style but all housed under our big blues tent (which was one of the finalist names for the web site before Blues411 won) and we are thrilled to have done it.

What we are doing is reposting these in 5 sections each covering a span of 7 days so that artists, fans, and promo peeps can easily find their reviews. It also helps cos it allows me to tag posts and they turn up on feeds etc., so it’s a win win for all involved.

Remember all of these reviews will be up on Amazon,com under the name Bluesuitspeaks (dat be me – and that was another possible name for the site before Blues411 won out).

David Maxwell: Blues In Other Colors (Shining Stone Records)

Let’s start with a quote from Mr. Maxwell, “Blues In Other Colors represents a snapshot of the melding of traditional blues with music from other countries to which I’ve been drawn. Relax and enjoy the trip!”

Starting with the opening sounds coming from the speakers, it’s Jerry Leake who is a master percussionist of the West African and Indian stye of beats. Mr. Maxwell enters the scene and plays it jazzy but with blues overtones – there is a familiarity in this cut, ‘Movin’ On’, and the scope of the sound only bodes well for what is to follow.

We visit lands far away in ‘Interlude A’ where he swirling styled Oud playing by Boujmaa Razgul, accompanied by Max’s soft toned piano surely does feel like the blues from far off places. Be sure to visit ‘Interlude B’,  for some brain music.

Big Sky’ might feel a little closer to home, as Mr. Maxwell sets the tone with some crisp and pleasing piano work and then joined by a United Nation of musicians and instruments. Harry Manx is a stellar artist who plays the Mohan Vina (Veena) which is a hybrid styled guitar/sitar (no stomp box here) and rings true with exotic notes. Further on in the track we Troy Gonyea adding his excellent guitar work to the mix as Eric Rosenthal joins Mr. Leake on drums and the double bass of Marty Ballou create an aural painting that any museum would be proud to hang on their walls. Just beautiful, and familiar in an uncanny way.

There are quite a few ‘straight up’ blues numbers here, ‘Rollin’ On‘, ‘Cryin’ The Blues’ (quite exciting)and a few more to keep your blues head in the game, but even these have surprises and twists to them.

I have come to learn that the blues is in every culture, it is – for the most part – indigenous music. Music of the people and their struggles, of their pride in their heritage that acts both as medicine and as storytelling. It would be a great disservice to the talents of these folks to ignore this release.
Get it for yourself, get it for a Jazz loving friend, for a younger person who is digging Bollywood music – I don’t care who or why – just get it.

Mr. Maxwell is always close to home here:

Suzie Vinnick: Live At Bluesville (independent)

With the release of her first acoustic blues release “Me ‘n Mabel” Ms. Vinnick ventured to the studios of Bluesville where she was invited by Mr. Bill Wax to lay down some tracks and just have a good ol’ time. The day and music turned out so well that she decided to share them with all of us.

The first strums of ‘Mabel’ (Ms. Vinnick’s trusty guitar) fills the room with a soulful sound as Ms. Vinnick starts to sing it only amplifies the soul drenched moment in which we are caught.

Growling, semi-breathless and undoubtedly in the mood she sings ‘You’ll Be Mine’. Well, she leaves no doubt in my mind that what Suzie wants Suzie gonna get.

In a shuffle with added raking of the strings Ms. Vinnick offers us the sagely advice of “Everybody’s Gotta Walk”. She offers us truth and wisdom in a steady rolling way with the line”there ain’t no free ride…everybody’s gotta walk”. Moaning the blues could be a sub-title for this track as Ms. Vinnick explores the deep soulful side of her voice and we and her find it pleasing.

When I her people covering “Can’t Find My Way Home” I usually turn away fro the train wreck that ensues. Not the easiest song to sing let alone cover adequately. Ms. Vinnick boldly takes it on with an understanding that by adding your own style and voice to it – it can become yours. Not since Ellen McIllwaine’s version on her release ‘Honky Talk Angel’ has an artist nailed this song so perfectly. Well done.

Another cover is Buddy & Julie Miller’s “Shelter Me”. A truly great song, it gained popularity with Tab Benoit’s version a few years back (which is where I first heard it). There is something vulnerable about Ms. Vinnick and her acoustic guitar sing pleading to the Lord to shelter her ‘neath his wings. But within that vulnerability and pleading there is the inner strength and courage that one gains from knowing that the power of all the universe is on her side as she defiantly calls upon the forces to bring it on.

Painted in traditional singer songwriter colors Ms. Vinnick has created a new color – one of herself – with this release. With roots trailing from her vocals and guitar work she gives us all a work that should be listened to and enjoyed by all in the family for it reaches across all borders and genres.

Cross over the musical border and visit Ms. Vinnick at:

Altered Five: Gotta Earn It (Conclave Records)

Dang the Midwest mush have a hold on the soul of this nation, every time I take notice of a band that’s got the funk and R&B thang down they seem to be from up that way. Well Altered Five fits that mold and then breaks outta it.

So first cut, ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’ the classic soul song by Marvin Gaye, is done up with a thick slab of funk bacon and greased rock guitar. Hottdamn this mutha gets it on, had to check it twice cos it was so nice. Just wasn’t sure it was the same song.

Lead vocalist Jeff “JT” Taylor has that voice that gets down in the grit of the street and only comes up when he wants it wants to. Take the title track “You’ve Got To Earn It”, a life lesson to one and all, telling the tale of how everything has a system to make it succeed, and to be loved you got to earn it. Sassy and funky guitar work by Jeff Schroedl keeps us in the groove as does the hypnotic beats of his brother Scott (and they do work well together). Note this bad boy song was done originally by the Temptations.

Stepping out of the alley and into the street for a rumble we get “Older, Wiser, Richer”. A fast paced blues burner that features the throw back keyboard work of Raymond Tevich, (think Return to Forever meets Sly Stone – wit don;t think that your mind will explode!). This bullet train of a track we hear JT asking for a rewind button as life rolls on and all he has for it is the fact that if he had done it right he woudla been more than just older, wiser and richer.

With a wide variety of grooves that are flat out fun to listen to these tracks are great for a Saturday night House party, put them on and kick out the jams – be sure to stock some catfish and cold beer too cos y’all gonna need it.

Take five and check them out at:

Omar and The Howlers: TOO MUCH Is Not Enough (BGM) 

To quote the disclaimer on the release..”Yes I know, I know I have already released a tribute to Jimmy Reed. Let me be the first to say I know this.
Glad we got that out of the way, now on to what we have here.

The opening strains of “Too Much” played perfectly by Omar, leads us into a totally new experience of his takes on Jimmy Reed. Featuring the late Gary Primich on harp. This has more of a true feel of Jimmy Reed music, better blend of harp, guitar and rhythm it speaks of the simple depth that is so hard to master.

Take a listen to “Honest I Do”. Omar sings it with a true purpose, it almost seems like it was written for him to give voice to. Mr. Primich hi-register harp tweedles has the soul of Mr. Reed in it. Jay Moeller on drums keeps time like a swiss timepiece as they end in unison.

In the same vein is “Going To New York” as Gary hits spots on the harp that people only dream about. Mr. Dykes rhythm guitar work is such an important component to the overall feel of this release without it being a showcase for his ample talents – well at least they don;t slap ya in the face like a cold shower. They weave their way into each track and set a perfect table for the meal of harp and rhythms that occur in each of them.

Upbeat and swinging for the fences we have “You Don’t Have To Go”. Listen to this track – in the background at first, there’s this thick syrupy slide guitar happening there. That’s Gary Clark, Jr. using all his talents to create a sound that instantly recalls Mr. Reed’s passionate but laid back work on the slide, but adding his own twist of hot sauce on top of that. Thick, hearty, slightly spicy and very good for you.

Man, this is the perfect accompaniment to Mr. Dykes’ earlier release of Mr. Reed covers “On The Jimmy Reed Highway” – they are different enough that they can be enjoyed separate or alongside one another.

Get this for yourself and a for a fan of Jimmy Reed’s music, even if they don’t know they are.

Omar can always be found on:

The Billy Thompson Band: 
Noel Noel/Christmas Will Never Be Blue

This download only special holiday release from the Billy Thompson Band that adds the good blues to a Blue Christmas. It consists of two tunes, “Noel, Noel” and “Christmas Will Never Be Blue“.

Noel, Noel’ is written by Billy & Kirsten Trump and is a slow blues burner that opens up with a hard edged guitar intro and proceeds to feature Billy doing passionate vocals over solid from the ground up sound from the band. With the steady bottom of Gene Monroe on bass, and organ work from Ricky Wilkins we get our Yule on and begin to understand what the true meaning of the season is.

Billy is a tasty guitar player who knows how to pick it and when to stick it. He can blaze a riff out or can sit on the note for what seems like forever. This is a great cut and builds to a thumping crescendo as Eric Selby beats the drums like they owe him money.

The second cut is Christmas Will Never Be Blue’ which kicks off with Eric throwing the second-line rhythm down and Billy bringing on the guitar with fat tone like that big turkey or Christmas ham sitting right there on the plate.

Quoting Howlin’ Wolf, Freddy King, and Jimmy Witherspoon  lyrics, Billy provides the beauty and joy that we recall as children. With splendid piano rolling by Ricky Wilkins a la Billy Payne, and Billy T. channeling his Paul Barrere with a dash of Lowell George we get us a Virginia Gumbo based on the flavors of Little Feat back in the day. Hard rockin’, foot stomping good – no greater holiday music than right here.

For the cost of  Brussell Sprouts, Chestnuts or some PBR you can get yourself a holiday gift that will keep on giving. Think about sending this little ditty to a friend on iTunes and that will make their holiday bright.

Get it at iTunes:
check out The Billy Thompson Band at:

Scottie Miller: Rise Up (Independent)

Some of us know Mr. Miller as the keyboard player for the great Ruthie Foster Band, but few of us know his ability to rise up and shine on his own.

The title track (and first cut) ‘Rise Up‘ states flatly that we need to rise up, join together and be as one as one united nation. Thrilling and quite poignant words, with a steady beat and soulful background vocals by Jennifer Grim make this an anthem for the future of us all.

Mr. Miller is much at ease with whatever style he takes on. ‘On My Way’ features Dr. John styled vocals and subtle yet complex piano work that adds to the second line feel of this track. In the next instance on ‘Grace’ he utilizes a bowed upright bass, nylon stringed acoustic and some piano to create a song-prayer that is beautiful and sincere. One which is delivered with a haunting clarity that sets the scene of the road and life’s crazy hectic pace and our need for a safe haven.

Until The End of Days’ is an authentic Puerto Rican Cuarto which has the warmth and rhythm of the islands including all the smiles and lazy-happy feel that is indigenous to  the soon to be 51st state. Mr. Joe Cruz adds some wonderful work on said Cuatro as Mark O’Day, on drums,  effortlessly throws in background rhythms to make your hips move with out you knowing it.

Rolling piano sets us up for a toodle-loo of a St. Louis styled piano blues number about poor Joe who left too soon, and the pining that accompanied that departure. Addressing Mr. Joe’s fatal issues, Scottie states “he should laid off the cocaine and stuck to the beer” There is a New Orleans funeral feel to this track which has traveled up the Mississippi and come to roost in the Upper Regions of the headwaters of said river but maintained all the influences that it passed through.

The only cover contained here is a great version of ‘Dixie Lullaby’ written by legendary Leon Russell and Chris Stainton. With vocals that do justice to the original and then some, Mr. Miller builds the tune in a loose, but connected rhythm and groove that is a perfect spot for Harold Tremblay to work some harp mojo into it. You can almost hear Mr. Russell singing along and tipping his hat to this version of his classic tune.

Scottie Miller’s “Rise” will make everyone smile, make them shake their hips and just possibly refocus their energy to positive cause that;s the only way we gonna ‘Rise’ from these doldrums.

Scottie is here on the web:

Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods: Candy Store Kid (Nugene)

Straight outta the sleeve with the first drum beat and guitar notes you will be lured into this release. ‘Bayou Country’ written by Duke Bardwell, sets the stage with Cody & Luther Dickinson kickin’ in with guitar and drums with a soul chorus that add depth and groove to this track.

Mr. Siegal has a unparallelled talent for snappy, rhyming couplets of songs. His craft is well displayed with “Loose Cannon’. A heavy grooved track that features some golden words that we all know and, to this point haven’t heard in this way. With Mr. Alvin Youngblood Hart on guitar there is a level of urgency at play here that makes it all the more enjoyable to listen to and dig.

A story from the backyard farm is ‘Kingfish’. A hypnotic track with a wall of sound that tells the tale of that Banty Rooster and Kingfish and the inevitable outcome when one finds the other in their yard or hen house. It’s an age old story done up tasty with a side of deep fried soul.

Sittin’ in with Ian on ‘So Much Trouble’ is the author of the song, Lightin’ Malcolm. With sitar by Luther Dickinson functioning on the ethereal level pleading for sanity in the background, and a hard rock beat made soulful by Stefanie Bolton, Sharisse and Shontelle Norman we fully grip the almost hopeless situation put to words ad beat here.

The other cover here is Little Richard’s ‘Green Power’. With a deep funk that takes it’s shape and form from the wah-wah effected guitar work. Nasty as you want to be is the approach here, as Ian and cohorts flatly state the desire and lure of ‘green power’ over any other type of power – black, white whatever if it ain’t green it’s not worth it. An interesting take on those dead presidents for sure.

One other sterling example of Mr. Siegal’s songwriting beauty is ‘Hard Pressed (what da fuzz?)’. Fuzz-faced guitar work and lyrics containing antonyms and thought provoking comparisons that show the simple complexity of who he is in song. Or as he proudly states “the best damn mistake you ever made’. Amen to that.

Originality abounds with Mr. Siegal, his work with the Mississippi Mudbloods allows him to be his best. The feel and groove that they put on vinyl is unpretentious and forceful. If you like your Blues original with ties to the past and stated matter of factly then do yourself a favor and get this one.

Mr. Siegal hides in plain sight here:

Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
© 2012
Where Blues Thrives
Photos courtesy of Artists

The Blues411 Annual ‘Jimi Awards’ 2012 Edition

This is the third edition of the Blues411 Annual Awards, somehow they seem to have taken on the name of ‘The Jimi’s which is fine with me. Yet whatever we call them, they serve as a vehicle to pay tribute to all the fine musicians and friends that have come into contact with Blues411 this past year. Remember only releases which have been received at our headquarters are eligible for an award, so if ya wanna get one of these babies then get your stuff to us for review.

This third year has seen many changes, new look for site, a 200+ fold of readers, fancy-schmanzy email campaign, regular appearances on Music On The Couch, festival and media partnerships, Tier1 Supporters and so on. It has been unbelieveable to me the growth and success of this venture, thank you all.

The Special Drink of 2012:
Two years we sat back and poured a straight Jameson, last year we were kicking back with a pitcher of  The Gingerbread Housewrecker – this year we are imbibing with a classic cocktail ‘The Manhattan‘. This is mostly due to the fact that it was my departed brother Emil’s long standing favorite. We now raise a glass to him whenever we get together. . So here’s to you ‘old  man’ rest well. For info (

….and away we go (winners in Bold)!

Best Live Recording:
Colin Linden “Still Live”
Suzie Vinnick: “Live at Bluesville”
Sauce Boss: “LIVE at the Green Parrot”
Harper & The Midwest Kind: “LIVE at the Blues Museum”
Sybil Gage: “NOLA Calling”
there was something inside this recording that captured the soul of Harper and the band.

Acoustic Blues Album:
Steve Strongman: “Natural Fact”
Brandon Isaak:  “Ghost Town”
Rory Block: “I Belong To The Band: A Tribute to the Reverend Gary Davis ”
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King: “Close To The Bone”
Eric Bibb: “Deeper In The Well”
an absolute stunning release featuring the voice of B’nois King and guitar work of Smokin’ Joe Kubek (who shares my birthday).

Best Soul, R&B Release:
Lady Bianca: “Servin’ Notice”
Dorothy Moore: “Blues Heart”
Johnny Rawls: “Soul Survivor”
John Lee Hooker, Jr.: “All Hooked Up”
Barbara Carr: “Keep The Fire Burning”
Mr. Hooker pulls no punches with this one and beats out some very, very excellent releases.

Best Roots Album:
Paul Thorn: “What The Hell Is Goin’ On?”
Little Joe McLerran: “Facebook Blues”
Peter Novelli: “Louisiana Blues & Roots”
Corey Lueck & Smoke Wagon  Blues Band: “It Ain’t Easy”
Tas Cru: “Tired of Bluesmen Cryin'”
Davis Coen: “Hard Luck Cafe”
Davis is a modern day songwriter who covers all his bases with a wide brush and a vocal pallete that is unmistakable. 

Best New Debut Release:
Sena Ehrhardt: “Leave The Lights On”
Ron Tanski: “Dragged You Down”
Royal Southern Brotherhood: “Royal Southern Brotherhood”
Tyler Mac: “Already Home”
Little G Weevil: “The Teaser”
Memphis Cradle: “Love, Lies, Burning”
Cassie Taylor: “Blue”
Solid and formidible start to what may be the next ‘super-group’ of the Blues. Lots of good first releases this year.

Female Vocalist:
Ruthie Foster: “Let It Burn”
Dorothy Moore: “Blues Heart”
Janiva Magness: “Stronger For It”
Cee Cee James: “Blood Red Blues”
Lawrence Lebo: “The Best of Don’t Call Her Larry”
All these ladies are deserving of the award, but Ms. Moore brought something just the other side of ‘spot on’ perfection in all her vocal treatments.

Male Vocalist:
Ian Siegal
Mike Finnigan (Phantom Blues Band)
Bnois King
Freddie Cunningham (Root Doctor)
Dion’s voice has not faltered at all since his younger days, in fact it has mellowed and grown along with his understanding of how to deliver a song.

Guitar Hero (Electric):
Debbie Davies
Jimmy Thackery
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Anders Osborne
Rick Holmstrom
Anthony Gomes
Ms. Davies and Mr. Thackery stand apart from these other worthy folks, I can see no arguement here. Each of these folks brings a new light to the guitar-hero phase of rockin’ blues.

Badass Bass:
Todd Edmunds: Otis Taylor Band
Larry Fulcher: Phantom Blues Band
Joseph Veloz: Mississippi Heat
Lisa Mann: Lisa Mann Band
Mark Bumgarner: Jimmy Thackery Band
This cat can flat out play any style, pace or pattern, a true badass bassist.

Radiating Them 88′s Piano Player:
David Maxwell: “Blues In Other Colors”
Scottie Miller: “Rise Up”
Lee Pons: “Togged To The Bricks”
Joe Fingers: “Tales of Love and Coffee”
Ron Tanski: “Dragged You Down”
Some new, some familiar here, but Mr. Miller showed me much with his versatility and prowess and takes this one home.

Harmonica Player:
Dennis Gruenling
Pierre LaCocque
Sugar Blue
Marco Pandolfi
(Peter) Harper
Mr. Blue still is the most original harp player anywhere on this earth.

Drum Thumper Award:
Eric Selby: Billy Thompson Band
Drum Counselor (Go-Go Ray): Samantha Fish Band
Justin Headley: Sauce Boss/Fatty Waters Band
Larry Thompson: Otis Taylor Band
D’Mar: Paula Harris Band, Chris Gill
His work with Samantha Fish adds such power and feel to her music that he is the rock-solid foundation that all else is built upon.

Instrumentalist Other:
(Peter) Harper: Didgeridoo
Anne Harris: Violin
Phil Parlapiano: Accordian
Harry Manx: Mohan Veena
Chris DiFrancesco: Saxaphone
Ms. Harris has  revitalized the violin in blues music restoring it to a place of prominence.

Coolest Release Title:
JR Clark: “Icicles On My Ceiling”
Mighty Sam McClain: “Too  Much Jesus (And Not Enough Whiskey)”
Kerry Kearney: “Ghosts of Psychedelta”
Paula Harris: “Turning On The Naughty”
RJ Knapp & Honey Robin: “Don’t Blame The Dynamite…If You Can’t Light The Fuse”
Some great titles here, but gotta go with Mr. McClain’s.

Best Traditional Release:
Liz Mandeville: “Clarksdale”
Guy Davis: “The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed With The Blues”
Mississippi Heat: “Delta Time”
Tim ‘Too Slim’ Langford: “Broken Halo”
Brad Vickers & The Vestapolitans: “Dallas Blues”
A recreation of an old timey songs- done with the perfect feel and sense of timing that deserves the award. 

International Release of the Year:
Hans Theessink & Terry Evans: “Delta Time”
Philipp Fankhauser: “Try My Love”
The 24th Street Wailers: “Unshakable”
Ian Siegal: “Candy Store Kid”
Marco  Pandolfi: “Close The Bottle When You’re Done”
This was an amazing year for International releases, if I could, I would put them all up for an awards. No shame in not winning but Mr. Frankhauser gets this award for his stunning release.

Song of The Year:
“Turn Off Your TV”: Walter Trout
“Running From The Devil”: Zac Harmon
“Hard Pressed (Wha Da Fuzz?)”: Ian Siegal
“Hard Times”: John Lee Hooker, Jr.
“I Won’t Cry”: Janiva Magness
“Coming Down With The Blues”: Dorothy Moore
“Mind of A Junkie”: Anders Osborne
This sing-song track whose simple structure and catchy beat hides a deep rooted problem, wins in a very tough category.

Album of the Year:
Otis Taylor: “Contraband”

Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps: “Come On Home”
Lady Bianca: “Servin’ Notice”
Anders Osborne: “Black Eye Galaxy”
Zac Harmon: “Music Is Medicine”
John Lee Hooker, Jr. “All Hooked Up”
Overall Mr. Taylor (and band)’s work on this release sets him atop the pinnacle of his career.

22st Century Distribution Channel Award:
Bea B & The Axxemann: “Born With The Blues”
Franc Robert: “Why Do I Never Win”
Beth McKee: “Next To Nowhere”
spice packet included in press kit wins it!
Lawrence Lebo: “Don’t Call Her Larry”
Gaye Adegblola: “Blues In All Colors”
Some great new ideas out there, but Ms. McKee wins it with the spice packet and instructions for a god time. 

Blues Book of the Year:
When I Left Home: Buddy Guy w/David ritz
Blues Highway Blues: Eyre Price
The Language of The Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu: Debra Devi
The Beautiful Music All Around Us – Field recordings and the Amercian Experience: Stephen Wade
Mr. Price has given us a thriller full of blues, rock and roll and music history complete with rapscallions, thugs, and bad people too!

Outstanding Fan/Supporter of Blues411:
Martin Goettsch
Billy Thompson
Vinny Marini
Pete Enright
Marcia Goodwin Adams
Host of ‘Music On The Couch’ Mr. Marini is live every Monday with Musicians You Should Know, and has found time to feature Blues411 every first Monday of the month.

There were so many great releases and songs this year I am thrilled to have had them in my life. Thanks to Mark Pucci, Frank Roszak, Betsie Brown, Doug Deutsch and all the artists who took the time to feed me the goods so that I may share with all of you.Thank you  to my readers and supporters (as well as artists) who make this worth the  effort. So until next time, this edition of “The Jimi’s” is signing off, see ya in cyber-space.

Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
© 2012
Where Blues Thrives


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Photo Gallery: LRBC 19, October 2012 Artists Snaps

Sorry we won’t be on board for this Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, but here are some photos of the artists you will be seeing and enjoying.
There is nothing quite like the LRBC, for you virgins don’t try to see everything everywhere – you can’t !
Go easy on the drinking the first day till ya get yer sea legs, and after that party like it was your last few days on earth! There is so much to do and learn there, from hanging with the artists, finding new lifelong blues friends, to the sites/sounds and smells of the LRBC experience.

Don’t forget to attend the virgin party and repeat offender party – the workshops are insightful and great learning tools also!

Thanks to Roger Nabor and his Legendary krewe, to Scrap Iron the Master of Ceremonies for real, the photographers and everyone who helps make this a life changing experience. Oh yeh say hi to everyone ya see there from us at Blues411.




Until next time,
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
© 2012
Where Blues Thrives
Photos by: Leslie K. Joseph