BLUES FANS, MUSICIANS, SOCIETIES AND FELLOW MUSIC TRAVELERS
I'm late, I'm late for a very important date! I know, I know! Well - life is complicated and messy. Suck it up! Whatever - this should have been out a few days ago. I'll endeavor to do better.
Fall colors up here in the Northland are a bit past prime but still spectacular. Temps mostly in the high 50's or 60's - life is good. Still time to change the oil in the snow blower! NO - I didn't get that done either!
NEW BLUES GIGS & FESTIVALS?
I'm STILL looking for any Blues gigs, festivals and related events that you know about that aren't reflected in the latest "Who's On...". If you have information about an event, upcoming gig or Blues happening - PLEASE - drop me a line with the who, where, when and other details and I'll consider adding it to the next edition! If you know of a CHANGE (date, location, artists appearing) in a listed event not shown in the latest edition that will STILL be relevant in the NEXT please let me know as well. This goes double for Blues/Blues Rock bands in or not shown in "Who's On..."!
BIG BILL HICKEY:
At one time Big Bill owed Blues Excreta in Chicago. He also backed Jimmy Rogers on harmonica. Sadly Bill Hickey passed on September 27th after suffering a heart attack.
DUSTY HILL & ZZ TOP:
Dusty injured his hip causing Z.Z. Top to cancel or reschedule some concert dates until he can recover. Mr. Hill is going through rehabilitation now so the band can hit the road early in 2015. The injury effected their date at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee which will now stands as March 29th starting at 8 PM.
Seems to be getting better and better! Per his wife his guitar playing is stronger than it's been for some time. Looks like he's well on the way to total recovery. SO - don't think we'll be tracking his every move any longer in "Who's On...".
A POSSIBLE WINTER BLUES ESCAPE:
I'm told the Farmer's Almanac has predicted a Winter similar to what we had last year for 2014 - 2015 - may they roast FOREVER in the fires of Hell! Should that become reality AND/OR if you just want a break from the shoveling and cold temps ya might want to consider joining the Jimmy's January 24th thru the 31st, 2015 at Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. Young Mr. Voegeli and Company are returning to the VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort there for some music plus fun in the sun!
The resort is all-inclusive and located on the sands of Playa Dorada in Puerto Plata. All-inclusive means ALL meals, snacks and drinks (including BEER, wine and cocktails), daily bikes, tennis, snork-eling, windsurfing, kayaks, sailing, entertainment (including Spanish & Merengue lessions), fitness center and LOTS more. All that and ya get the Jimmy's eight piece band! Did I mention the almost FREE Beer!!! Don't know if they have free cheese.
If the above floats your boat contact Middleton Travel at 800 688-8785 for reservations and more detail. Then ya can ask em' if there's free cheese. The Doc would REALLY like to go you all but will probably be in Memphis for the IBC instead. So ya know I'm not getting any kickbacks here. Wouldn't take em if offered but only those who know me well know that's a fact ya can take to the bank. Have a fantastic time to all that go! Wonder who's taking care of the Brown Swiss on the Voegeli farms???
BLUES RADIO CHARTS:
The most recent Roots Music Top 50 Blues radio chart is October 6th and shows Marcia Balls THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN 1st, Johnny Winters (unfortunately) last album STEP BACK moving to second, Janiva Magness' ORIGINAL moving to 3rd, Elvin Bishop's latest CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT in 4th place and Alexis P. Suter's LOVE THE WAY YOU ROLL 5th.
Albums from DAVE SPECTER, J.P. SOARS, LUCINDA WILLIAMS, SELWYN BIRCHWOOD, and JAREKUS SINGLETON complete the top ten for the latest report. The Wisconsin Roots Music chart of October 6th STILL has TWEED FUNK's excellent "First Name Lucky" in 1st place for ANOTHER WEEK!! Congrats AGAIN to Tweed for a marathon run and a great recording!
The Living Blues Magazine Radio charts are done just once a month covering the PREVIOUS month. The listings for September compiled October 1st show Elvin Bishop'sCAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT first, Johnny Winter's STEP BACK in second, Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson's joint effort FOR POPS: A TRIBUTE TO MUDDY WATERS via Severn third, Marcia Ball's THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN 4th and Sugar Ray & the Bluetones LIVING TEAR TO TEAR climbing to 5th. The Remaining September top ten slots are held by efforts from Ruthie Foster, J.P. Soars, Grady Champion, E.G. Kight and Rick Estrin & the Nightcats.
Not much left in our neck of the woods Blues Festival wise but there are STILL a few left - all indoor - events to go. Earlier this year I added MANY a fest showing at least the name, date/s and location including a few a bit further away around the Midwest - events in Ohio, Indiana and the Dakota's - locations that can be reached in about a day's drive. In addition MORE Canadian festivals were added for any of you looking for a International Blues road trip without flying over the pond. See the attached for details on the remaining festivals as outlined above.
WAUSAU AREA MUSIC:
Musical or Blues happenings coming up in the near future around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (about a 100 miles) include the Bobby Evans Band Oct. 24th at the Deja Vu in Appleton, the Goddamns VINYL release/Halloween Party Oct. 31st at the Polack Inn in Wausau with Antique Scream & the Mad Mad Ones, Cadillac Pete & the Heat November 2nd at Renee's Red Rooster in Stevens Point, Donnie Pick & the Road Band at the Nickel in Oshkosh October 19 and Highway 414 at Wausau's Intermission Dec. 5th.
EVENTS A BIT FURTHER AWAY:
Among BLUES or other special musical events further afield you have ZZ TOPRESCHEDULED from Oct. 7th at the Riverside in Milwaukee to March 29, 2015 due to Dusty Hill injuring his hip, the 2014 BLUES PARTY: A TRI-STATE THORWDOWN featuringCrankshaft solo, REVEREND RAVEN with WESTSIDE ANDY plus LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS at the Silverdome Ballroom West of Neillsville, the STEEPWATER Band Oct. 24th at Shank Hall in Milwaukee and BOBBY RUSH along with SELWYN BIRCHWOOD in Monmouth, IL for the Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival at the Rivoli Theater.
THIS WEEKS CLINIC:
A reminder that the "Clinic..." starts at 7 PM Central standard time and runs until 11 PM. Months back we began a review of Blues artists recorded by Paramount Records in Grafton, WI and plan to continue playing one Paramount Blues artist every week until we exhaust what the library holds.
The "Clinic..." opens - as usual - October 15th with injections of Tinsley Ellis, Andy T. & Nick Nixon Band, Duncan Street, J. P. Soars, Hosea Leavy and lots more. Plus this weeks featured artist is ZORA YOUNG!!!
During the "New & Blue" segment we'll sample a couple tracks from recent new albums including Etta Britt's self released ETTA DOES DELBERT, Grady Champion's latestBOOTLEG WHISKEY out on Malaco, the Terry Hanck Band's GOTTA BRING IT ON HOME TO YOU out on Delta Groove, Lucky Peterson's I'M BACK AGAIN via Blues Boulevard and Bobby "Blackhat" Walters HOT BLUES MESS on the GEM label.
A bit later during the "Blues Baby Birthday" segment of the program we'll commemorate the births of Mickey Baker, Johnny "Geechie" Temple, Chuck Berry, Victoria Spivey, Nappy Brown and perhaps more should we have time by playing a selection from their body of work.
On October 22nd the "Clinic..." will have treatment plans developed & implemented by Dave Specter, Sena Ehrhardt, Alexis P. Sutter Band, Al Blake and others. In addition we'll have BIG BILL BROONZY as our featured artist!!
The Recent releases featured during the "New & Blue" segment that week will include Marcia Ball's THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN, the Black Keys newestTURN BLUE, Generation Blues Experience's PRIVATE ANGEL, Marlow McClain's TEC on the Macman label and Wisconsin's own Reverend Raven's LIVE AT THE RED ROCKET!
Among the cake eaters and candle blowers that week are Elvin Bishop, Leslie West, Boozoo Chavis, Sonny Terry, Jimmy Dawkins and perhaps a few more if time allows.
Our station link to the worldwide web is STILL up and working when I checked earlier this week! If you're outside of WNRB-LP's broadcast area and need a dose of Blues remember the "Clinic..." IS AVAILABLE at 7 PM Central Standard time on the web athttp://18.104.22.168:/listen.pls OR by going to the station web site - www.wnrblp.org - and following the prompts.
We're still in FULL SUMMER mode even if it's September so there's really NO better time to get out of the house, apartment, cave or whatever and support LIVE & local music!!! Boogie to the BEST of AMERICAN MUSIC - the BLUES!!!! I'm writing prescriptions for that medication in your name to be filled at a venue of your choice!
Yours in the music;
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