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Who's on First -- August 20, 2014    •    BEST 50 Blues/Blues Rock releases from 2013


PLEASE NOTE:  This edition continues the NEW every TWO WEEKS schedule for "Who's On...". 



            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.


            21st LIVING BLUES AWARDS

            James Cotton claimed ALBUM OF THE YEAR, BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Male) and MOST OUTSTANDING MUSICIAN (Harp).  BEST (Female) BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR was won by Irma Thomas, MOST OUTSTANDING MUSICIAN (Guitar) went to Lurrie Bell, Eddie Shaw received MOST OUTSTANDING MUSICIAN (Horns), BEST LIVE PERFORMER honors went to the great Bobby Rush, Bob Stroger was MOST OUTSTANDING MUSICAN (Bass), MOST OUTSTANDING MUSICIAN (Drums) was picked up by Kenny Smith, Barrelhouse Chuck got MOST OUT-STANDING MUSICIAN (Keyboards) and MOST OUTSTANDING BLUES SINGER came to Johnny Rawls

            Johnny Rawls also collected honors for NEW RECORDINGS - SOUTHERN SOUL, BEST DEBUT went to Leo "Bud" Welch for Sabougla Voices, BEST TRADITIONAL award to all  that worked on The Walter Davis Project, Lurrie Bell picked up BEST CONTEMPORTY.  Congrats from the Doc & everyone at the "Clinic..." to all the above plus all the other winners not mentioned.

            WALTER TROUT

           Trout continues to gain in his recovery and was allowed a six hour pass from the rehabilitation center for a date in the real world with wife Marie.  They enjoyed dinner and dessert out and saw the movie "Get On Up" which Walter greatly enjoyed.  Better news is his release from rehab August 12th after which he'll continue to be treated on an outpatient basis.  

            Provogue released their compilation album celebrating Walter's 25th anniversary as a solo artist in Europe and the U.S.  Titled THE BLUES CAME CALLIN'including a CD and a DVD it's doing well in the charts.  The Doc's plans to air a cut or two VERY soon. 

            Walter's band is out on the road touring with Danny Bryant taking Walter's spot.  Jon Trout, Walter's son, is along as a Special guest.


            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 latest Roots Music Top 50 Blues radio chart from August 10th shows Selwyn Birchwood's DON'T CALL NO AMBULANCE still in 1st, Janiva Magness' latest ORIGINAL moving up to 2nd, Dave Specter's MESSAGE IN BLUE moving to 3rd, Jarekus Singleton's REFUSE TO LOSE 4th and Vaneese Thomas' BLUES FOR MY FATHER still 5th.

            Albums by THE MANNISH BOYS, ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS, MUD MORGANFIELD w/KIM WILSON, RUTHIE FOSTER and KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD complete the top ten for this week.  The Wisconsin Roots Music chart (Aug 10th) has TWEED FUNK's "First Name Lucky" REMAINING in 1st place AGAINfor ANOTHER WEEK!  Congrats ONCE MORE 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 and totals are now out for July with the Mannish Boys WRAPPED UP AND READY in 1st, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers EMERGENCY SITUATION2nd, 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 are taken 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 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 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.   


            Musical or Blues happenings coming up in the near future around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (about a 100 miles) number ERIC HUGHES all the way from Memphis August 21 at the Intermission in Wausau, Howard Luedtke & Blue Max at Malarkey's Pub August 16th, the Goddamns August 17 at Butters Brickhaus in Stevens Point, Steve Meyer & True Heat at Wausau's Intermission Aug. 22, Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo do an after party at Wausau's Intermission Aug. 15 as does the Misha Siegfried Band on the 16th following the BIG BULL FALLS BLUES FEST!!

            And of course there's the fest itself August 15 - 16 with Aaron & the Hoodoo, Rev. Raven, the Jimmy's, Cadillac Pete & Howard Luedtke as the Delta Duo between Main stage acts, Quinn Sullivan, JW JONES, CANDYE KANE, JOHN NEMETH and the ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD!!!  See the attached pages for even more Blues goodies.


            Among BLUES or other special musical events further afield - to pick just a few - we have the POKEY LA FARGE CENTRAL TIME TOUR coming to Stoughton's Opera House August 20, the Paul Thorn Band at Milwaukee's historic Turner Hall August 21, while Madison puts on the ORTON PARK FESTIVAL August 22 thru 24 with ALL kinds of music including the DIRTY  DOZEN BRASS BAND!   As well Madison hosts the UW Terrace Blues Festival at the University Union with Johnny Chimes & the Natch'l Blues Band, the Queenie McCarter Band and PAUL FILIPOWICZ!

            Up in the U.P. you'll find the PORCUPINE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FEST with tons of talented folk including C.J. CHENIER JR. & THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND plus Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders.  Details on the above plus MANY more gigs follow in the pages of "Who's On First".  So many fine performers and so little time!!  See even more in "Who's On First" attached.


            A reminder that the "Clinic..." starts at 7 PM Central standard time and runs until 11 PM.  A few months 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 exhaust what we have in the library.

            The "Clinic..." opens again for patients August 13th dispensing Blues medications for all your aches and pains from Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Canned Heat, Corey Harris, Jimmy Witherspoon and more PLUS we'll sample the upcomingBIG BULL FALLS BLUES FESTIVAL with songs from ALL the artists taking part.  Further to ease those aches and pains of life in the early 21st Century that weeks featured artist will be the BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND!! 

            During the New & Blue segment dedicated to NEW releases we'll hear two cuts each from Craig     Brenner's self produced LIVE AT THE OLD MINT, Davina & the Vagabonds latest SUNSHINE on the Roustabout label, Fo' Reel's HEAVY WATERfrom Domizio, the Nighthawks latest 444 out on Eller Soul and Bob Stroger & Kenny "Big Eyes" Smith's joint effort KEEPIN' IT TOGETHER released on Big Eye.

            The last hour of "Clinic..." operations is largely devoted to celebrate 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 play a selection chosen from their body of work.  On August 13th the cake & ice cream eaters number Eric Bibb, Son Seals, Albert Castiglia, Jimmy McCracklin, Percy Mayfield, Eddie Kirkland & maybe a few more if time allows. 

            Since "Who's On..." now comes out every two weeks the August 20th "Clinic" has medications concocted by Ana Popovic, Lurrie Bell, Jesse Mae Hemphill and lots more PLUS RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS as the featured artist/group!!  The Doc has also put together a Special Segment of Railroad Blues songs.

            During "New & Blue" we'll hear new releases by Dave Specter, the Back Porch Blues Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Indigenous and Travis Haddix.  Some of the Blues Baby Birthday celebrants for that week are Count Basie, Debbie Davies, Matt Schofield, Luther Allison, John Lee Hooker and more.

            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 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!

            Now we're in FULL SUMMER mode 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 Doc




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