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Who's on First -- July 23, 2014    •    BEST 50 Blues/Blues Rock releases from 2013



            NOTE:  This edition begins a NEW schedule for "Who's On...".  Going forward an edition update will come out every TWO weeks.  Thus the next should arrive in your in-box on or about August 5th.  Also be aware that the Doc's taking two weeks off from the "Clinic..." to catch up with other aspects of his life.  We hope to re-open the "Clinic..." to patients on August 6th.



            Sorry to say we've lost another GREAT Blues performer - one of the best singer, songwriter and guitar player to come out of Texas in the last 60 years.  JOHNNY WINTER passed on to the Big Blues Jam up above July 16th in Switzerland while on tour.  Johnny was 70 and ranked 63rd on the list of the top 100 guitarists.


            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 a CHANGE (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 been transferred from the hospital in Omaha, NE to the Rehabilitation Center on the same grounds.  His wife wrote that she and Walter took a walk in the center and she could barely keep up!  Walter 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 from July 20th has Jarekus Singleton's REFUSE TO LOSEstill in first, Selwyn Birchwood's DON'T CALL NO AMBULANCE  2nd, Vanesse Thomas' BLUES FOR MY FATHER moving up to 3rd, Ray Bonneville's EASY GONE 4th and Janiva Magness' ORIGINAL in 5th place.

            Albums by ROD PIAZZA, THE MANNISH BOYS, EDEN BRENT, JOHN NEMETH and TOO SLIM & THE TAILDRAGGERS complete this weeks top ten.  The Wisconsin Roots Music chart (also July 20) hasTWEED FUNK's "First Name Lucky" STILL in 1st place for ANOTHER WEEK!  More congrats to Tweed Funk for a stellar run and a great recording! 

            The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart is done JUST once a month covering the PREVIOUS month and there STILL is no chart covering June.  Maybe someone's still on vacation?  Thus there's no change from the May results dated June 1. 

            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's A 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 even MORE Canadian festivals for those looking for a International Blues road trip without flying over a ocean.   


            Musical or Blues happenings coming up in the near future around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (about a 100 miles) have 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, BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY August 1st in Oshkosh at the E.A.A. Fly-in, Hip Pocket at the Musky Jamboree in Boulder Junction August 8th, the Goddamns at Project Mayhem in Rhinelander August 8th, the Charles Walker Band in Oshkosh July 25th at Becket's, Unity doing reggae July 23rd at Concerts on the Square in Wausau, the Dave Steffen Band in Mishicot July 24th and the JOE BUCHER BLUES FEST July 26th in St. Germain featuring Bryan Anderson & the Olderbudwiser Blues Band, Joe Bucher's own Top Raiders and Michael "Big Dog" Murphy & the Mob.  See the attached pages for even more.


            Among BLUES or other special musical events further afield include DAVE & PHIL ALVIN July 25 in Madison at the High Noon Saloon, the PRAIRIE DOG BLUES FESTIVAL in Prairie du Chien July 25 & 26 with TONS of great Blues talent, BLUES ON THE CHIPPEWA in Durand August 1 to 3 with BERNARD ALLISON, DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS, KELLEY HUNT and tons more, the Wisconsin Stage Fair July 31 thru Aug. 10 with all kinds of music, the CASH BOX KINGS in Beloit's Harry C. Moore Pavilion July 25th, ROBERT STROGER with Perry Weber & Jimi Schutte at the Curve in Milwaukee July 25th, theLowertown Blues Fest in St. Paul July 26 featuring LAMONT CRANSTON, SENA EHRHARDT and HAMILTON LOOMIS, Paul Filipowicz July 26 at Madison's East Side Club, Queenie McCarter and her band at the same location July 27th and ERIC JOHNSON July 31 at Turner Hall in Milwaukee  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.  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 Doc's taking TWO WEEKS OFF to catch up with other aspects of his life so the next show will hopefully be August 6th.  Then we'll dispense Blues medications from Mark Hummel, Big Bill Broonzy, Junior Kimbrough, Snooks Eaglin and more.  Further to ease those aches and pains of life in the early 21st Century that weeks featured artist will be the Great RUTH BROWN!! 

            During the New & Blue segment dedicated to NEW releases we'll hear two cuts each from Rev. Shawn Amos THE REVEREND SHAWN AMOS TELLS ALL out on the Put Together label, Fast Eddie Clarke's MAKE MY DAY, BACK TO BLUES from Secret Rec's, Janiva Magness' newest ORIGINAL on Fatheads, the Forest McDonald Band's latest TURN AROUND BLUES on World Talent and Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers EMERGENCY SITUATION released by Blind Pig records.

            The last hour of "Clinic..." operations is mostly dedicated 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 play a selection chosen from their body of work.  On August 6th candle blowers & cake eaters include Jimmy Witherspoon, Louis Arm- strong, Mose Vinson, Willie Brown, Robert Shaw, Trudy Lynn, Magic Slim & maybe a few more should  time allow. 

            Our station link to the worldwide web is 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 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!

            Recently we've been in FULL SUMMER mode with temps in the 80's!  So there's really NO better time to get out of the house, apartment, cave or whatever and support LIVE & local music!!!  Boogie to theBEST 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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