BLUES FANS, MUSICIANS, SOCIETIES AND FELLOW MUSIC TRAVELERS
Hope each and every one of you is keeping snug and warm during this cold snap. Looks like it's going to continue for awhile in our area but if you're from Wisconsin, Upper Michigan or Minnesota you know what REAL cold is! It's not -10 degrees - that's just cool. COLD is more like -30 with a wind chill of -50 degrees - BURR!!
Is it just me or do the News and Weather reporters make a lot more fuss about weather events then they used to? Cold and snow are normal for the Upper Midwest as well as New England this time of year. Now two feet of snow in one time followed by another two feet a week later may not be - at least on a regular basis. Still it strikes me they exaggerate and pump weather events up much more than in the past. And ya - I know and agree about global warming and increased severe weather events.
NEW BLUES GIGS & FESTIVALS?
I'm ALWAYS 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..."!
MICHAEL GARRITT OF THE BLUES IMPERIALS HEALTH ISSUES: Long time member of Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials on Rhythm Guitar - Michael suffered a heart attack recently and was rushed to the hospital. Upon examination it was discovered he had 95% blockage in 4 major arteries and had quintuple bypass surgery was performed successfully. Michael is recovering nicely but can't resume touring for awhile and has major hospital bills to repay. To help go to www.gofundme.com/kbeon0 and make a donation.
WILLIE "POPSY" DIXON OF THE HOLMES BROTHERS PASSES: Willie left us January 9th, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia. He was both drummer and one of the vocalists with the band. Back in 1979 Willie and brothers Sherman & Wendell Holmes combined to found the group. Willie was 72.
VICTOR WAINWRIGHT SIGNS WITH BLIND PIG RECORDS: Victor's a leader in the Roots music movement in the U.S. He's completed a new recording for Blind Pig titled Boom Town which should reach the streets in late May.
MORE BLUES IN THE SCHOOLS IN WAUSAU: The Great Northern Blues Soc. has arranged for the Everett Smithson Band to do a Blues In The Schools (BITS) program March 6th at UWMC. The program will take place starting at 1 PM in the UWMC auditorium. Everett does a mix of Blues and Zydeco and puts on a great show. Later that night he and his band will be at the Intermission Bar downtown starting around 9 PM.
WALTER TROUT TO COME TO WAUSAU: Walter is mostly recovered from his kidney problems and I've been informed will be on the bill for the 2015 Bull Falls Blues Festival on Fern Island.
ALBERT CUMMINGS TO RELEASE A NEW RECORDING: Mr. Cummings has completed a new recording for Blind Pig Records. Still not titled as of this writing it's scheduled to come out early this summer. A few years back Albert and his band performed in Wausau at the Big Bull Falls Blues Festival and later jammed at Malarkey's Pub.
36 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS VOTING: If you're a member of the International Blues Foundation - you can vote. If you're not but would like to vote join. NOTE that voting ends March 2nd of this year.
36 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS: Will be held in Memphis, TN May 7th at the Cook Convention Center. Thinking of going? If so I recommend you start looking for lodging NOW. More info available at the Blues Foundation web site.
SHEMEKIA COPELAND RESIGNS WITH ALLIGATOR: Ms. Copeland began her recording career with Alligator and recently resigned with the label. She's reported to be recording material NOW for a new album that will hopefully be released in the fall.
NEW LEAD BELLY COMELATION: Smithsonian Folkways has announced it will release a NEW Box set of Lead Belly's work. Included will be FIVE CD's containing 108 tracks plus a 140 page large format book. Hopefully they've improved the sound. Some of the compilations out there including the vinyl set from Folkways are pretty rough.
ZAC HARMON TO RELEASE NEW RECORDING: Recently signed to Blind Pig Records out of Chicago Zac has a new recording ready for release. Titled Stand Your Ground it's scheduled to come out sometime in early Fall.
BLUES RADIO CHARTS:
The latest available Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues albums chart dated is from Feb. 10th and has Tas Cru's YOU KEEP THE MONEY #1, Tinsley Ellis' newest TOUGH LOVE from his own label Heartfixer 2nd, WISCONSIN'S OWN Altered Five Blues Band's CRYIN' MERCY 3rd, Eric Bibb's newest BLUES PEOPLE 4th and Brad Hatfield's self release FOR A CHANGE remains in fifth.
Albums from MAGNUS BERG, SMOKIN' JOE KUBEK & BNOIS KING, GARY CLARK JR., BILLY BOY ARNOLD and ELVIN BISHOP complete this weeks top ten for the Roots Music Report.
The Wisconsin Roots Music chart of the same date has Altered Five's CRYIN' MERCY remaining at #1 for yet ANOTHER week! Congrats ONE MORE TIME to the guys in Altered Five for another excellent recording! I'll probably be saying the same thing next week.
The Top Five Blues Songs from the Feb. 10 Roots Music Report's were "You Keep The Money" by Tas Cru, "In From The Cold" by Tinsley Ellis, "Homecoming" done by the Bruce Katz Band, "Bringing Out the Beast" - another by Tas Cru and "Midnight Ride" another from Tinsley Ellis.
The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart dated Feb. 1 covering January, 2015 won't change until March. Currently it shows Eric Bibb's BLUES PEOPLE first, Tas Cru's YOU KEEP THE MONEY second, Junior Wells SOUTHSIDE BLUES JAM 3rd, Mississippi Heat's WARNING SHOT in 4th and D.A. Foster'sTHE REAL THING moved to the 5th spot.
The rest of January's top ten are composed of works from ALTERED FIVE from WISCONSIN, Billy Boy Arnold, Bruce Katz, Brad Hatfield and Marcia Ball.
Not much left in our neck of the woods Blues Festival wise but there are STILL a few - all indoor - to go. Of SPECIAL NOTE - check out "Who's On First" for the bill of 2015's "Blues Cafe". I think you're gonna like it!
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 Steve Meyer & True Heat at Wausau's Intermission Feb. 20, the Pumps at T&C's in Chippewa Falls Feb. 21, Cadillac Pete & the Heat March 7 at Buffy's Lampoon in Stevens Point, Bobby Evans Band March 10th at World of Beer in Appleton, Charles Walker & band Feb. 20 at Malarkey's Pub in Wausau, Dave Steffen Band Feb. 21 at the Arrow Sports Club in Weston, the Goddamns Feb. 28 in Appleton at the Cold Shot, Highway 414 March 7 at Wausau's Intermission, Michael Murphy & the Mob Feb. 18 at Green Bay's Ten O One Club, Donnie Pick & the Road Band Feb. 22 at Waverly Beach in Menasha and the Charles Walker Band Feb. 21 at Minocqua's Big Brown Jug.
EVENTS A BIT FURTHER AWAY:
Among BLUES or other special music further afield we have ZZ TOP RESCHEDULED at the Riverside in Milwaukee to March 29, 2015 (Doc's got a ticket!), Flat Broke Blues Band Feb. 28 at the Four Seasons Resort in Pembine, the GRAFTON BLUES BASH Feb. 21 at the Route 20 Outhouse in Sturtevant with Altered Five Blues Band, JIM LIBAN with the JOEL PATERSON TRIO and LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS!!, Roots Rock group CURRENT SWELL Feb. 23 at Turner Hall in Milwaukee, Rockin' Johnnywith Bennie Rickun in Brookfield at Parkside 23 Feb. 24 and WILD WOMEN OF THE BLUES sponsored by the Madison Blues Soc. March 5 at the High Noon Saloon and featuring Lisa Wenger & Her Mean Mean Men. Read the attached for LOTS more!
THE NEXT 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 to treat patients February 18th with musical treatment plans developed & implemented by Sunday Wilde, Strange Brew, Tommy Castro, Walter Trout and MORE! We'll continue the review of the Doc's picks for the best 50 Blues albums of 2014 including those of Elvin Bishop, Joe Louis Walker, Charlie Musselwhite, Hurricane Ruth and others. PLUS this weeks Featured Artist will beJUNIOR WELLS!!
New releases premiering on the "Clinic..." Feb. 18th include Devon Allman's RAGGED GLORYreleased by RUF, Deak Harps latest self effort CLARKSDALE BREAKDOWN, HOMECOMING by the Bruce Katz Band on the American Showplace label, the No Refund Band's CURRENT STATE OF BLUE - self produced and a new one from Popa Chubby I'M FEELIN' LUCKY via Cleopatra Records.
February 18th's Birthday celebrants include Kokomo Arnold, Nobel "Thin Man" Watts, Lou Ann Barton, Irma Thomas, Scrapper Blackwell, Corey Harris and if there's time a few others.
On February 25th the "Clinic..." features Part 3 of the Best Blues Albums of 2014 with efforts from Eric Bibb, Kenny Brown, Savoy Brown, the Nick Moss Band, Duncan Street and others. We'll also hear from Dana Fuchs, Bobby Spencer and Joe Bonamassa to name a few. In addition that weeks Featured Artist will be RENEE AUSTIN!!
In the "New & Blue" segment DEDICATED to the WNRB premier of recent releases we'll sample Magnus Berg's self produced CUT ME LOOSE, Howell Devine's new MODERN SOUNDS OF ANCIENT JUJU from Arhoolie, the Empire Roots Band's MUSIC FROM THE FILM HARLEM ST. SINGER on the Acoustic Session label, BUCKLE UP by Steve Krase - a Connor Ray release and Peaches and Crimes DO BAD THINGS - a self produced effort.
Artists celebrating a birthday this week that we'll hear from include Johnny Winter, Ida Cox, Fats Domino, Driftin' Slim and one or two more if there's time.
Our station link to the worldwide web is up and working. 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 at http://126.96.36.199:/listen.pls OR by going to the station web site - www.wnrblp.org - and following the prompts.
I'm always happy to play requests on the "Clinic..." if they're in the library. If you want to hear something special send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. If I got 'em - I'll gladly play 'em for ya!
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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