On the Anniversary of Blues411 Becoming a Reality…

smoker jimiNo, I did not start out as a ‘Blues’ fan, I was, and still am a rock & roll child. That was the music that spoke to me back when I was maybe 5 or 6 years old. Little Richard, Fats Domino, yeah even Bill Haley & The Comets … then the Beatles, Stones & Animals appeared and it exploded.


But these bands and music laid the stones for my passage into the Blues, though much later in life as the emergence of British Blues Bands took over featuring Jeff Beck, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin John Mayall and more tried to show me where it was really at, but it is well known that it’s not up to you it’s up to the Blues to make the call.


Somewhere around 1993, in Rochester NY, there was no music that spoke to me, and that’s a pretty sad thing. To paraphrase the late Lou Reed, “one fine morning I turned on a radio station, and couldn’t believe what I heard at all” it was the Blues pure, simple & sweet.


Fast forward to late 2010 when I had been listening to Sirius/XM radio and it’s Bluesville station and had attended a few festivals and shows it was then that I knew what I was going to do with the rest of my natcheral life.


Blues411 was realized September 7, 2010. Our first post had little acclaim or notice, it was about what I believed (and still do) was a wonderful example of how to explain the Blues through music. It was a report on Spencer Bohren‘s release of “Down The Dirt Road Blues”. In it he took a 39simple field holler and progressed it through to modern times – musically explaining the changes in form that the Blues went through on its journey. It spoke volumes to me, and I still recommend it to anyone who has ears.

Four days later, we are vacationing in SC (before it was home) and a dear lady whom I fell head over heels for called me to offer support for my new blog with a story that I had to write. The lady is Janiva Magness, the story is about Robin Rogers.  Janiva left me no doubt that I could and would write this story and that she stood behind me 100%.


There was no turning back; it was after all these years of looking I had finally found where I belonged.


Look Out ! ! ! This month marks our 6th year of striving to make the Blues vital and, as often heard from me, ‘Thriving’. Some people say I/we have given much, but what we have gotten in return has been one thousand fold. The artists, ever so kind and humble and welcoming it IS all about you. The fans, you are all pretty special – true to the term Wendy Schumer and I coined at the Bluestock Festival ‘framily’ (yeah way before Verizon or whoever adulterated it). The blog has changed in any ways, yet its focus has remained on point – get the word out about the Blues to all the people not just preach to the choir.



I thank my wife Leslie, for allowing me to pursue my middle aged dream, and also for joining me in my, which is now our ‘publication’. Her camera work, ideas and personality are as much a part of Blues411 as mine is (if not more). She has blossomed as a photographer developing a certain style that sets her apart from others, and many can identify her photos based on lighting, angle of view and all that other stuff I know nothing about. Heck I use the cell phone for pictures, she takes photos.


Special thanks to all the artists who have shared a story, a joke, a drink or a slap of the hands – for you are the light of the world. Bless each and every one of you. Thanks to the clubs and festivals who have allowed us to be part of their events. Thanks to each and every one of you folks who are fans or friends or both who have given of yourselves to boost us up, to help us and gave the encouragement we needed to keep going. 


We look forward to keep on doing what we do for as long as we can and hope you stay with us for the ride.


As our treat to y’all we have re-designed the web site, we hope ya enjoy the new look and keep coming back for more. 


Love, Peace & Chicken Grease

Chef Jimi Patricola
Leslie K. Joseph
Where Blues Thrives
©Blues411.com 2015
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411

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
©Blues411.com 2015
Where Blues Thrives
Photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411



A Baker’s Dozen of Blues: August 3, 2015

IMG_0131An epic weekend! Thank you Riverfront Blues Festival, Diamond State Blues Society, City of Wilmington Delaware, all the volunteers and everyone involved at any level for a great time. IMG_9706

Many hi-lites but big ones were Lowrider Band closing the show and leaving folks dancing in the grass and aware that this band is the REAL BAND that made the music of WAR (not the one touring under that name).

Walter Trout’s return to the stage was emotionally charged for everyone, the fans, the band and especially Walter. He was outstanding and stayed till the last person in line was chatted with, picture taken with and autograph signed, great to have you back brother.

IMG_9902From the turning lemons into lemonade department, Biscuit Miller & The Mix improvised an acoustic back porch tribute to B.B. King when the generator blew, amazing stuff. Here is the link  to Wendy Schumer’s little video of the performance.

This was my first big outing for me since knee replacement and it went well, thanks to all the folks who stopped by to say hi, and it was great to see Roger Nabor and the Land Yacht there, and we will see you guys in October abound the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.

On to the show!
#1 this week is New Orleans artist Peter Novelli, he brings a unique blends of rhythms to his music that crosses over into many other styles of music, definitely a cat you should check out.
Two new debuts this week, Ronnie Earl, and the duo of Billy Price & Otis Clay two ends of the spectrum here, each as good as the other. Be sure to check out or Chef Suggestion list for up and coming stuff that ya might want to get ahead on, located right below the main BDOB chart.

Amuse Bouche features birthdays for September, some super music here, be sure to listen and learn.

A Baker’s Dozen of Blues, on MojoWax Radio presented by Blues MusicMagazine at LIVE365.com.

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 2 St. Amant Sessions Peter Novelli 2. Boudin
2 3 Southside SugarRay Rayford 1. Southside of Town*
3 4 Wonder Man Rusty Wright Band 6. Gonna Come Some Day
4 5 Boom Town Victor Wainwright 3. Stop Bossin’ Me Baby
5 6 Lighting Fried Reno Jack 14. Such A Funny Little Thing
6 8 Holding Court The Cash Box Kings 2. Download Blues
7 9 Into The Wild Blue Roy Rogers 2. Don’t You Let Them Win*
8 10 Crossroads of My Life Johnny Riley 4. Lonely Is The Night
9 11 Hey Joe Opus Red Meat Otis Taylor Band 2. Sunday Morning A*
10 12 Sugarcane Revival Beth McKee 1. Long Road Back
11 11 Feel These Blues Slam Allen 9, When The Blues Comes Around*
12 ~ Ronnie Earl Father’s Day 4. What Have I Done Wrong*
13 ~ Billy Price & Otis Clay This Time For Real 8. Broadway Walk*

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
Bay – Paule Band Not Going Away 3. Kiss Me Like You Mean It
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)
Johnny Sansone Lady On The Levee 1. Lady On The Levee
Albert Cummings Someone Like You 1. No Doubt

Amuse Bouche: August Birthdays

Artist Song
Ron Tanski Marvelous Night For The Blues
Magic Slim Champagne & Reefer
John Lee Hooker Dimples
Luther Allison Don’t Start Me Talkin’
Kelley Wade Hunt I’ve Got a Good Feeling
Debbie Davies It’s All Blues
Roy Gaines Sweet Pig Porker
Jimmy Witherspoon Kansas City
Percy Mayfiled Please Send Me Someone To Love
Wynonnie Harris Good Morning Judge
Ladee Bianca Stealin’
Annika Chambers It Hurts Me To My Heart
Hadden Sayers Lap Of Luxury

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

Opinion: Happy Birthday Blues411 & Thanks To All Y’all

It was September 7, 2010 that fetus-like Blues411,com posed the question “What are the blues anyway?” It’s answer was a very interesting release by Spencer Bohren, a splendid musician who has covered a lot of ground as a musician, and educator. I still think it works today as much as it did then.

It was a quiet start, a few took notice, others (and more) could care less about what I thought. The second article held more sway and was an act of serendipity in a true sense of the word. ‘In Our Collective Thoughts was about Robin Rogers. It was not an easy write, but it was something that had to be done. Urged on by Janiva Magness it appeared on September 11, 2010 and I look at that as a major point in my decision to keep going forward with the site.

Shortly thereafter, September 20, 2010 I was thrilled to be able to chat up Rock ‘n Blues legend George Thorogood. In what remains one of my favorite interviews George and I almost forgot to talk about music as our common love of baseball set the stage for great analogies and side steps.

We ended the month with a super deep talk with Ms. Karen Lovely. She had just released her second album (is that vinyl?) ‘Still The Rain’ and we spoke about childhood, hurt, love, children and the path that life takes.

Pretty decent for a first month of officially documented work.

Back to the future if we may. Tomorrow (September 7th) begins the fourth anniversary of the birth of Blues411. Never in my wildest dreams would I dare to think that it would be all this AND a bag of chips!
From working with SiriusXM Bluesville, and being in their studio and with them on air at the BMA’s, to making so many friends who are genuine and kind – artists and fans alike – who share the passion and fever that possessed me for this music.

There is a depth of support and (dare I say) love that exists in this community and being a native New Yorker I was skeptical at first, well was I wrong. The relationships that I have developed with folks around the world has made me one of the happiest folks I know. Y’all keep telling me I got a great smile, well hell yeh I do, I am that blessed that it can’t help but show.

The 'eyes' of Blues411

The ‘eyes’ of Blues411

I do not do this alone, first off there is my wife and best friend, Leslie. Who encouraged and supported me from before Day1. I had been toying with the idea of this for some time and had several incarnations and assignments before branching out on my own. She stood by me and still does, even though she is now retired and is reigning over me and keeping me in line a tad more than usual, but it’s all good.

The artists are wonderful. They open up to some of my odd or difficult questions. They think and respond with real feelings and at times emotions. My interview with Zac Harmon was a landmark for me and an eye opener for many as we spoke of things that normally do not get passed the gated doors of the inner sanctum or back rooms of the music industry. My interview with a, then, not very well known one man band, Ben Prestage, who excited me with the content and imagery inside his song writing.

Folks related to the blues world, not necessarily musicians but those who work along the side lines, Vinny Marini, Bill Wax, Tony Colter – these on air personalities who allow me to share their stage with them, thanks to each of you. Betsie Brown, Frank Roszak, Mark Pucci and many other kind souls who work the media end and supply the music to me so I can let get you the new word on the street.

The festival folks who strive to put on stage for us all the very best of national and local talent. Eric Larsen at the Chenango Blues Festival, my first festival and always will be my favorite, and Michael Cloeren of the PA Blues fest for allowing me to be part of their team. A special thanks to Earl Thomas for asking me to be MC for his ‘Raise The Roof Concert’ in California, and the artists who performed that day. Yes, Roger Nabor for bringing his dream, the Bluescruise to us all so that we may share in it. That was a critical jumping off point for me as I saw and interacted with so many on my first cruise that I knew that I had to spread the good word.

Allow me to take it back a step – to the indie artists, Lucy Hammond, Amy Hart, Mia Vermillion, The Port City Prophets and countless more who toil night and day to make their music their way and deserve our attention and support.

To our fans and friends, Martin Goettsch, Marcia Adams, Wendy Schumer, Pete Enright and all of you who tell me to keep going to stay the course, and support me and what I do. You pass out buttons, you comment on posts you turn me on to your fav bands – we are all in this together. I am but the conduit and you all are the energy. My extra set of eyes, and ears.

I just looked at the stats for this past month August 2013. Over 11k visitors to the site for the month! Holy spam blockers batman, that’s an amazing number. That plus all the fun on Facebook that we all have together helps me keep on keeping on. It also spurs me to make it all even better, I will strive to do so because everyone ‘deserves’ the very best from each of us, and by giving our best to each other we can make us all better.

Sorry for the ramble, I sit here amazed and humbled by the overwhelming success of this little web site that could and this week has been one of reflection, re-purposing and relaxing when I can. Drinks at the pool, a Friday tradition!

Look for changes, all for the better I hope, for continuity, for new ways to help everyone reach the common goal – to keep the Blues alive & thriving.

Love, Peace & Chicken Grease

©Blues411.com 2013
Where Blues Thrive