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Who's on First -- July 16, 2014    •    BEST 50 Blues/Blues Rock releases from 2013



            Who would have thought we'd have temps in the 50's and 60's during the DAY in mid July?  Ya got to love Wisconsin - always something new.  If it's not the weather it's something else.  NOTE:  The Doc's going to take a few weeks off from the "Clinic..." Radio show on WNRB to catch up with some other aspects of his life.  Plan to return to the air August 6th.  There WILL be a show this week.



            I'm STILL looking for any & all Blues gigs, festivals and related events that you come across that 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're aware of aCHANGE (date, location, artists appearing) a listed event that's not reflected in the most recent edition please let me know also.


            WALTER TROUT

           Trout continues to recover from his successful liver transplant.  He's still in pain but beginning to gain back some of the massive weight lost during the illness.  Based on an interview he did with Classic Rock Magazine his sense of humor is returning as well.  He plans to spend the rest of this year recovering his health.  

            Provogue records has released their compilation album celebrating Walter's 25th anniversary as a solo artist in Europe and the U.S.  It's titled THE BLUES CAME CALLIN' and includes a CD and a DVD.  The Doc's received his copy and plans to air a cut or two soon.            


            The Roots Music Top 50 Blues radio chart was updated July 15th with Jarekus Singleton's REFUSE TO LOSE still in first, Janiva Magness' ORIGINALsecond, Selwyn Birchwood's DON'T CALL NO AMBULANCE  3rd, WRAPPED UP AND READY by the Manish Boys 4th and Vanesse Thomas' BLUES FOR MY FATHER moving to 5th.

            Albums by KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD, JOHN NEMETH, THE NIGHTHAWKS, DAVE SPECTER and JOHN MAYALL complete the current weeks top ten.  The Wisconsin Roots Music chart (also July 15) has TWEED FUNK's latest "First Name Lucky" STILL in 1st place for ANOTHER WEEL!  Congratulations keep going out to Tweed Funk for a stellar performance! 

            The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart is done JUST once a month covering the PREVIOUS month and there STILL is no chart covering June dated July 1st.  Maybe someone's on vacation?  Thus there's no change from last week or the week before. 

            At that time Jarekus Singleton's REFUSE TO LOSE was 1st, Mark Hummel's latest THE HUSTLE IS REALLY ON 2nd, the Holmes Brothers BROTHRHOOD out on Alligator 3rd, Bob Corritore's TABOO from Delta Groove 4th and John Mayall'sA SPECIAL LIFE 5th.  The Remaining top ten included releases by Bobby Rush & Blind Dog Smokin', Rip Lee Pryor, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, John Nemeth and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. 


           LOTS of Summer Blues Festivals have their 2014 dates out and most bills or partial bills.  I've added MANY a fest to the attachment showing at least the name, date/s and location!  This year the Doc's added 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.  I've added a few Canadian festivals as well that are closest to Wisconsin for those looking for a International Blues road trip.   


            Musical or Blues happenings coming up in the near future around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (about a 100 miles) including the Robert Allen Jr. Band in Merrill's Normal Park July 17th, Cadillac Pete & Howard Luedtke as the Delta Duo for 1/2 hr FOUR times at the Big Bull Falls Blues Festival in Wausau August 16th plus all the other great acts, the Bobby Evans Band August 3rd at Appleton's Flagstone Bar, Hip Pocket at the Musky Jamboree in Boulder Junction August 8th and Jimmy Voegeli & the Jimmy's at the Fond du Lac County Fair July 17th.  Check out the attached pages for even more.


            Among BLUES or other special musical events further afield you can choose from Billy Flynn with Rick Holmes at the American Legion Post in Brookfield July 16th, HOT TUNA July 18 in Milwaukee at the Pabst Theater, BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY at Regner Park in West Bend July 18th with Reverend Raven with Westside Andy opening up, DAVE & PHIL ALVIN July 25 in Madison at the High Noon Saloon and BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY again July 20 at Bayfield's Big Top Chautauqua!!  Don't forget the festivals!  The PRAIRIE DOG BLUES FESTIVAL is coming up in Prairie du Chien July 25 & 26 with TONS of great Blues talent and on July 26 St. Germain hosts the JOE BUCHER BLUES FEST!  Details on both plus MANY more gigs follow in the pages of "Who's On First".


            A reminder that the "Clinic..." starts at 7 PM Central standard time and runs until 11 PM.  About a month back we started a review of Blues artists recorded by Paramount Records in Grafton, WI and plan to continue playing one Paramount artist every week until we run out.

            This weeks edition of the "Clinic of Boogie & Blues" features Blues medications by Muddy Waters, Tommy Malone, Lightnin' Hopkins, Sammy Lewis, Donny Pick & the Road Band and more.  Further to ease those aches and pains of life in the early 21st Century this weeks featured artist will be MITCH WOODS!! 

            During the New & Blue segment dedicated to NEW releases we'll hear two cuts from Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters latest on Stony Plain - GOOD NEWS, Kelly Hunt's THE BEUTIFUL BONES released on 88 Records, Keb' Mo's BLUES AMERICANA via Kind Of Blue, Pork Chop Willie's self produced LOVE IS THE DEVIL and Kenny Wayne Shepherd's GOIN' HOME from Concord.

            The last hour of "Clinic..." operations is mostly dedicated to celebrating the birth of musicians & music industry folks 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'll play a selection chosen from their body of work.  This weeks cake eaters number Washboard Sam, Dion, Lonnie Mack, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Denise La Salle, Luther "Guitar Jr." Jackson and maybe a few more should there remain time. 

            Our station link to the worldwide web remains up and working!  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 athttp:// 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!

            Recent weather excepted the Wausau area is in FULL SUMMER mode with temps in the 70's & 80's and the last snow is LONG GONE from Granite Peak!  So there's really NO better time to get out of the house, apartment, cave or whatever and support LIVE & local music!!!  Warm up by boogieing to the BEST of AMERICAN MUSIC - the BLUES!!!!  I'm writing prescriptions for that medication in everyone's name and you can fill 'em this week or next at a venue of your choice!     



Yours in the music;

Blues Doc




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