Who's on First -- December 31, 2014 • BEST 50 Blues/Blues Rock releases from 2014
The "Clinic..." returns to the air after a holiday break Jan. 7th. However this will be the ONLY "Live" broadcast for January. The International Blues Foundation has asked me to judge again (What are they thinkin'!) at the upcoming Blues Challenge in Memphis. Fool that I am I said yes. Hopefully the "Clinic..." will re-open for patients by February 4th.
Why so long you ask? Well I'm driving down and back and believe in enjoying the journey - not just the destination.
This edition of "Who's On First" has been extended to cover as many gigs as I could find into early February. However you should double check any and all listings at the artists web site before driving to a show - cause performances are cancelled AND new ones added that I can't update since I'm out of state.
To answer to the unasked question - ya, I got the zipper open!
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..."!
A POSSIBLE WINTER BLUES ESCAPE:
I'm told the Farmer's Almanac predicted a Winter similar to what we had last year for 2014 - 2015 - may they roast FOREVER in the fires of Hell! So far that prediction has mostly become reality (except for the December snow thaw in North Central Wisconsin!
If you need or 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 latest Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues albums chart is December 29th and has Lucinda WilliamsDOWN WHERE THE SPIRIT MEETS THE BONE STILL in first place, Gary Clark Jr.'s GARY CLARK JR. LIVE remains in 2nd, Eric Bibb's newest BLUES PEOPLE moved from 7th to 3rd, Marcia Ball's THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN remains in the top 5 in 4th and Devon Allman's RAGGED & DIRTY is in 5th.
Albums from ELVIN BISPOP, Wisconsin's own ALTERED FIVE, JOHN HIATT, BARKIN' BILL SMITH & DAVE SPECTER and MISSISSIPPI HEAT fill out this weeks top ten for the Roots Music Report. The Dec. 29th Wisconsin Roots Music chart has Altered Five's new CRYIN' MERCY remaining at #1! Congrats to the guys in Altered Five for another excellent recording!
The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart dated Jan. 1 of this year covering December of 2014 has Mississippi Heat's WARNING SHOT leading with Eric Bibb's BLUES PEOPLE 2nd, Billy Boy Arnold's THE BLUES SOUL OF BILLY BOY ARNOLD 3rd, Gary Clark Jr.'s latest LIVE up to 4th while the 5th spot goes to Marcia Ball's excellent THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN.
The Remaining December top ten slots are held by works from Linsey Alexander, Duke Robillard, Johnny Winter, Sean Costello and AGAIN - Wisconsin's Altered Five!
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 Cadillac Pete & Howard Luedtke as the Delta Duo Jan. 9, 2015 in Stevens Point's Rookies, the Remnants Jan. 9 at the Intermission in Wausau, Tweed Funk Jan. 9 & 19 in Bowler at the North Star Casino, Howard Luedtke & Friends Jan. 16 at Loppnow's in Wausau, ADD & the Normal's January 10 at the Intermission, Tom Jordan SOLO at Limerick's Public House in Wausau Jan. 9, Dave Steffen Band Jan. 10th at Minocqua's Black Bear, Donnie Pick & the Road Band Jan. 10 at Menasha's Cimarron and the Robert Allen Jr. Band Jan. 16th at Wausau's Intermission.
EVENTS A BIT FURTHER AWAY:
Among BLUES or other special music further afield we have ZZ TOP RESCHEDULED from Oct. 7th at the Riverside in Milwaukee to March 29, 2015 due to Dusty Hill injuring his hip, SENA EHRHARDT January 10th at Milwaukee's Shank Hall, EDDY "THE CHIEF" CLEARWATER January 9th at SPACE in Evanston, IL, the BOTTLE ROCKETS & MARSHAL CRENSHAW Jan. 9 at Shank Hall in Milwaukee and Mike Murphy and the Mob Jan. 8 in Green Bay at the Koko Sushi Lounge. Read the attached for LOTS more!
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..." reopens January 7th with musical treatment plans developed & implemented by the Knickerbocker All-stars, Cousin Joe Pleasant, Billy Pierce & Friends, Robben Ford, Skyla Burrell Band and others. In addition we'll have a artist KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD!!
The Recent releases featured during the "New & Blue" segment this week will be Billy Boy Arnold'sTHE BLUES SOUL OF... from Stony Plain, Otis Clay's TRUTH IS out on Ecko, Howard Glazer's latestLOOKING IN THE MIRROR released on Lazy Brothers, Jeremiah Johnson's self produced GRIND and yet another Jimmy Thackery release EXTRA JIMMIES - this time from Blind Pig.
Cake eaters and candle blowers celebrating a birthday this week are Johnny Adams, Ishman Bracey, Kim Wilson, Sam Chatman, Katie Webster, Eddy Clearwater, Tampa Red, Frank Hovington & more if time can be found to air them.
After the IBC I hope to broadcast on Feb. 4th with Featured Artist CHRIS WHITLEY, Koko Taylor, Lowell Fulson, Trampled Under Foot and lots more.
New releases premiered on the "Clinic..." that week include Linsey Alexander's COME BACK BABY on the Delmark label, Big Apple Blues ENERGY via Stone Tone, a new Terry Garland album REWIRED on Silver Moon, Marcus James HEAD FOR THE HILLS on the Firenze Rec's label and a compilation from Ecko RecordsBLUES MIX 14: TOTAL SOUL BLUES.
February 4th's Birthday celebrants include Phil Alvin, Curtis Salgado, Baby Face Leroy, Earl King, Joe Beard, Sonny Landreth and if there's time one or two others.
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 at http://220.127.116.11:/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 email@example.com. 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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