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Who's on First -- March 18, 2015    •    BEST 50 Blues/Blues Rock releases from 2014


Things DID warm up a bit in North Central Wisconsin! Especially Saturday March 14th at 2015's BLUES CAFE! If you didn't make it down to the Rothschild Pavilion you missed a great one! All the artists put on a fantastic show and the sound overall was spot on.

The Doc especially liked Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders as well as the Chris O'Leary Band. Took in Crankshaft at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis a few years back and to be truthful didn't care for the group. Saturday's show converted me into a fan! He got the crowd off of their chairs and onto the dance floor and kept them there. Did one song that sounded to these old ears much like European Electronic Dance music! Somehow he made it work at a Blues event.

Had a great time and enjoyed all the other acts as well. Thanks from the Doc go out to all the artists and especially to the folks at the Great Northern Blues Soc. for putting together another fine show.

NOTE: There's NO Clinic March 18th since the Doc's been called upon to babysit his Grandkids. Hope to return to the studio March 25th


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..."!


UNRELEASED JOHN MAYALL'S BLUESBREAKERS RECORDINGS TO SEE LIGHT OF DAY: Forty Below Records announced an April 21 release date for JOHN MAYALL'S BLUESBREAKERS - LIVE IN 1967 with the John McVie, Peter Green and Mike Fleetwood lineup. These are all NEVER heard by the general public performances. The recording will be distributed by Sony/RED.

BIG BULL FALLS 2015 BILL ANNOUNCED: Well area Blues fans you're in for a treat! Actually a couple of em!! Mark down August 14 & 15 on the calendar - it's gonna be a barn burner!

Full bill is in "Who's On..." but some of the highlights are the BLUES DISCIPLES opening Friday night. Just listened to their latest album BIG BEAT and it's a killer. They've been around since the 90's but I think this may be their first appearance up our way. They're followed by local favorite Howard Luedtke and Blue Max. Last JIM LIBAN performs with the Jimmy's. Jim's the best Harp player in the state (per the Doc) and one of the best in the country.

On Saturday you get at least THREE awesome guitar players. First SELWYN BIRCHWOOD then WALTER TROUT and SONNY LANDRETH!! Of course there's lots more - check "Who's On..." for the FULL bill.

NORTH MISSISSIPPI BLUES SYMPOSIUM ANNOUNCED: Living Blues Magazine and the University of Mississippi recently announced the theme for this year's symposium. The theme is "North Mississippi Hill Country Blues" and will include presentations by a number of speakers.

If this lights your fire you can mate it with the JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL in Clarksdale, MS set for April 10 thru the 12th.

ALLIGATOR RECORDS TO RELEASE VINYN ONLY JOHNNY WINTER COMPILATION: Titled IT'S MY LIFE BABY: THE BEST OF THE ALLIGATOR YEARS this collection of eight classic tracts from Winter's Alligator catalog will be released April 18th - Record Store Day on 180 grain VIRGIN vinyl.

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 and make a donation.

BOB DYLAN SCHEDULED TO COME TO MILWAUKEE: Just announced! Bob Dylan is to bring his band to Milwaukee's Riverside Theater May 13th. Bob's played a lot of Blues over the years as well as many other styles of Americana. Doors should open at 6:30 with music starting at 8 PM. Tickets go on sale next week.

NEW CASH BOX KINGS: Blind Pig Records has announced a new Cash Box Kings release titled HOLDING COURT will hit the streets in late April.

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.

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.

PAUL FILIPOWICZ WORKING ON NEW RECORDING: Stellar Wisconsin guitarist, song writer, band leader and all around great guy Paul Filipowicz will be working on a new release early this summer. Sounds like it may be available in the Fall in time for stuffing Christmas stockings! Can't wait!


The current Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues albums chart available at press time is from March 11th and shows Steve Earle's TERRAPLANE still in first while Tas Cru's YOU KEEP THE MONEY is now 2nd, Jorma Kaukonen's AIN'T IN NO HURRY moved into 3rd from 13th last week, 4th is held by Tinsley Ellis's TOUGH LOVE and REDROVA by the Balkun Brothers is in 5th.

Albums from HARRISON KENNEDY, MIKE HENDERSON, ERIC BIBB, the IGOR PRADO BAND and DOUG MACLEOD complete this weeks top ten.

The Wisconsin Roots Music chart of the same date has Altered Five's CRYIN' MERCY STILL at #1 for yet ANOTHER week! Congrats YET AGAIN to the band for another excellent recording! Tweed Funk appeared TWICE on the latest Wisconsin chart - 3rd place for FIRST NAME LUCKY and fifth for their 2012 release LOVE IS.

The Top Five Blues Songs from March 11th's Roots Music Report's are "You Keep The Money" by Tas Cru, Eliza Neals "Jekyll And A Hound", Steve Earle's "You're The Best Lover I Ever Had", "Half The Time" - another by Tas Cru and "Kiss Me Like Whiskey" by Shaun Murphy.

The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart covering February airplay and compiled March 1st has Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King's FATMAN'S SHINE PARLOR on the Blind Pig label first, Tinsley Ellis's TOUGH LOVE from Heartfixer second, Igor Prado and the Delta Groove All Stars WAY DOWN SOUTH 3rd, Junior Wells reissue from Delmark SOUTHSIDE BLUES JAM fourth & Brandon Santini's LIVE & EXTENDED released by VizzTone took the fifth spot.

The rest of February's top ten are composed of works from Mike Henderson, Jeff Jensen, Tas Cru, Steve Earle & the Dukes and D.A. Foster.


Things are warming up and some of the Summer festivals should have at least the dates out VERY soon. The next issue should add a few more.


Blues happenings coming up in the near future around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (about a 100 miles) include Big Mouth & the Power Tool Horns March 20th at Jimmy Sea's in Green Bay, Cadillac Pete & the Heat April 4th at Wausau's Intermission, the Bobby Evans Band March 20th at the Deja Vu Lounge in Appleton, Wausau's own Goddamns March 21 at the P.I. right here in town, Mike Murphy & the Mob March 18th at the Ten O One Club in Green Bay, Donnie Pick & the Road Band March 21st at E.T.'s Dog Pound in Kaukauna and America's Party Band March 20 at the Intermission in Wausau


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!), NIKKI & MATT HILL in Milwaukee at the Potawatomi Casino March 19th and on the 20th in Fond du Lac at the Thelma Sadoff Center, the Velveetatones along with Rev. Raven, Westside Andy and Tony Menzer March 23 at the Badger Bowl in Madison, JIM LIBAN playing with Rockin' Johnny Burgin and the Third Coast Blues Collective at Tonic in Milwaukee April 5th, WILLIE PORTER March 27 in Milwaukee's Pabst Theater, BENJAMIN BOOKER also on March 27 and Milwaukee at Turner Hall and THE GRAFTON BLUES CHALLENGE March 28th in Port Washington with a WHOLE LOT OF BLUES ARTISTS. For details and LOTS more see the attached!


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.

There will be NO CLINIC March 18th cause the Doc's babysitting the Grandkids. The "Clinic..." re-opens with Blues medications March 25th with Part V (and last) of the Best Blues Albums of 2014 including Selwyn Birchwood, Dave Specter, Matt Schofield, Albert Castiglia, Duke Robillard and others. We'll also hear from Eric Bibb, the South End Blues Band and this weeks Featured Artist JW JONES!!

New releases premiering on the "Clinic..." that date will come from Blue Lunch's ABOVE THE FOLD out on Rip Cat, Jeff Chaz's CHRONICLES from JCP, D.A. Foster's THE REAL THING - a VizzTone release, ROAD TRIP SONGS - self released by Dave Manning and Brendon Santini's LIVE AND EXTENDED also on VizzTone.

The weeks cake eaters and candle blowers include Juke Boy Bonner, Boogie Bill Webb, Leroy Carr, Curley Weaver, Johnny Copeland, Sarah Vaughan, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Louisiana Red, Rufus Thomas and perhaps a few more.

On the April 1st show I don't yet know what will air. So it'll be a surprise for both you and me!

Our station link to the worldwide web has been having some problems. If you're outside of WNRB-LP's broadcast area and want to give it a try for a dose of Blues remember the "Clinic..." IS AVAILABLE at 7 PM Central Standard time 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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