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March 14, 2015

Rothschild Pavilion
Rothschild, WI


Tentative 2015 Blues Cafe Lineup


1 PM – Left Wing Bourbon


3 PM – Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders


5 PM – Bobby Messano


7 PM – Chris O’Leary Band


9 PM – Samantha Fish


Chippewa Valley Tuesday Night Blues Events



            Time for another bi-weekly edition of "Who's On First"!   The Doc's just back from seeing (not especially enjoying) Chekhov's play "The Seagull".  Who knew the Russians invented dysfunctional?  Another feather in their cap.  Also got to tour Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin.  Love his stuff but who builds a house in Wisconsin with NO central heating??  OR doesn't put lighting rods on a structure built near the top of a hill?  Makes one wonder about genius and Wright was defiantly one. 



            I'm ALWAYS looking for Blues gigs, festivals and related events that you know about but aren't shown in "Who's On...".  If you have information about a fest, upcoming gig or Blues event 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.



            I've got a few tickets for the 8th annual Sun Prairie Lions Club Blues Fest Sept. 13th in Sun Prairie that will be available to callers around the top of the hour (8 PM and later) during the program.  Call the studio (715 842-8900) and see if you can score one!

            WALTER TROUT:

           Attended his own tribute tour when his band stopped in Omaha last Sunday.  As of now he should be back at home in California.  Things are looking even better since he's eating well and walking mostly unassisted.    

            Provogue's compilation album celebrating Walter's 25th anniversary as a solo artist is doing well in the charts.  Titled THE BLUES CAME CALLIN' it includes a CD and a DVD.


            I know there are a lot of you out there that would LOVE to learn or improve on the harmonica.  You're chance has come!  A class in beginning Harp lasting 8 weeks will be offered in Madison at the Madison Area Tech. College downtown starting Sept. 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Instruction include Folk songs, hand effects, bending notes, Blues, improve and jamming.

            If interested - you can register by calling 608 246-6240.  The course number is 34602 & you DO NOT need to know how to read music!  Please register before Aug. 18th if at all possible.  If you have

questions - call De Wayne Keyes at 608 221-8495.      


            The Roots Music Top 50 Blues radio chart from September 1st has Jarekus Singleton'sRefuse To Lose moving up to 1st from 3rd place, Selwyn Birchwood's DON'T CALL NO AMBULANCE moving to 2nd, Janiva Magness' latest ORIGINAL in third place, Vaneese Thomas' BLUES FOR MY FATHER moving from 5th to 4th and JP Soars FULL MOON LIGHT IN MEMPHIS jumping from 15th to 5th.

            Albums by FATHEAD, DAVE SPECTER, RUTHIE FOSTER, ELVIN BISHOP and ALEXIS P. SUTER fill out the top ten for this week.  The Wisconsin Roots Music chart (Sept. 1st) hasTWEED FUNK's "First Name Lucky" REMAINING in 1st place for yet ANOTHER WEEK!  Congrats ONCE AGAIN to Tweed Funk for their marathon run and a great recording! 

            The Living Blues Magazine Radio charts are done once a month covering the PREVIOUS month so there's NO change from the last edition of "Who's On..."!   At that time the Mannish Boys WRAPPED UP AND READY was in 1st, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers EMERGENCY SITUATION 2nd, Janiva Magness' ORIGINAL 3rd, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats YOU ASKED FOR IT...LIVE in 4th and Dave Specter's MESSAG IN A BOTTLE 5th.  The Remaining July top ten slots were efforts from Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Bob Stroger & Kenny Smith, Selwyn Birchwood, Jarekus Singleton and Andy T. & Nick Nixon. 


           The Summer Blues Festival season is winding down but there are STILL a few left to go.  I've added MANY a fest to the attachment 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.  PLUS I've added even MORE Canadian festivals for those looking for a International Blues road trip without flying over an ocean.  Know I don't have em' all but there's just not enough time.  See the attached for details on the remaining festivals as outlined above.   


            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 Charles Walker Band in Minocqua at the Big Brown Jug Sept. 5th, thePARAMOUNT BLUES FESTIVAL in Grafton Sept. 5 & 6th with Mojo Perry, Altered Five, theMatthew Skoller BandDeb Callahan Band, Reverend Raven with Westside Andy, the JIM LIBAN BAND plus TINSLEY ELLIS, Hip Pocket Sept. 6th at Holiday Acres in Rhinelander, Jagged Highway September 6th at Wausau's Intermission and BLUES IN THE PINES at the Whispering Pines Campground in Osseo with Howard Luedtke & Blue Max plus Ross William Perry and two other groups Sept. 5th and 6th. 


            Among BLUES or other special musical events further afield - to pick a few - you have the Jimmy's at Harry's Place in Beloit Sept. 5th, RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT at Milwaukee's Shank Hall Sept. 5th, the Deb Callahan Band at the Knuckle Down in Madison Sept. 6th, the SUN PRAIRIE LIONS BLUES FESTIVAL Sept. 13th featuring Ken Saydak, Reverend Raven, Greg Koch and Lorenzo Menzerschmidt with W. C. CLARKTHE BLACK KEYS at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee September 9th, MORELAND & ARBUCKLE Sept. 11th at the Armory in Janesville and the NICK MOSS BAND Sept. 12th at Milwaukee's Shank Hall.


            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 again for patients September 3 dispensing Blues medications for all your aches and pains from Big Daddy Kinsey, Kaye Bohler, the Mannish Boys, Fathead, O.B. Buchana and LOTS more plus this weeks featured artist BLIND WILLIE MCTELL!!  I'll also try to throw in a few songs commemorating Labor Day if I can find some.   

            During the New & Blue segment dedicated to NEW releases we'll hear two cuts from Dexter Allen's BLUEZ ON MY SOUL released on Deep Rush, Khaz De Paolo's ONE NIGHT LIVE IN IONA from Rojer, Dave Fields ALL IN on the FMI label, A.C. Myles RECONSIDER MEfrom Daf and Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers newest WIDE OPEN put out by the White River label.

            The last hour of "Clinic..." operations is mostly devoted to celebrating the birth of musicians & music industry folks that entering the world sometime in the current week in our "Blues Baby Birthday" portion of the Doc's treatment plan.  To mark their special day we play a selection chosen from their body of work.  For the week of September 3rd the cake & ice cream eaters encompass Deanna Bogart, Jesse Yawn, Zuzu Bollin, Bobby Parker, Joanna Connor, Memphis Slim & maybe a few more if time allows.


            There will be NO SHOW Sept. 10th cause the Doc's out of state.  Since "Who's On..." now comes out every two weeks the September 17th "Clinic" will include medications concocted by Son Seals, the Legendary Blues Band, Kip Anderson and others as well as this weeks Featured Artist NICK MOSS!!

            During "New & Blue" we'll hear new albums including Ray Bonneville's EASY GONEfrom the Red House label, Murali Coryell's RESTLESS MIND out on Shake It Sugar, Steve Freund & Gloria Hardiman's SET ME FREE via Delmark, Nate the Great's self titled album from Bidness and Walter Trout's retrospective THE BLUES CAME CALLIN' from Provogue.  Some of that week's Blues Baby Birthday celebrants we'll hear from are Billy Boy Arnold, B.B. King, Fred Below, Snooky Pryor and Brook Benton and perhaps more should we have time.

            Our station link to the worldwide web is up and working when last I checked!  If you're outside of WNRB-LP's broadcast area and need a dose of Blues for your aches and pains remember the "Clinic..." IS AVAILABLE 24/7 on the web at OR by going to the station web site - - 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  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;

Blues Doctor



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