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Who's on First -- September 17, 2014    •    BEST 50 Blues/Blues Rock releases from 2013



            Just back from the U.P. after spending a week in a small cabin with my main squeeze on the edge of the Sylvania Wilderness Area.  Can we all say beautiful??  Got somewhat caught up on some of my reading, a little canoeing, biking and hiking plus views of waterfalls on the cooler rainy days of which there were TOO many!  The hardwoods in the U.P. are starting to turn especially the maples.  It's the same thing every Summer in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest - where did the Summer go??? 



            I'm STILL looking for Blues gigs, festivals and related events that you know about but aren't reflected in the most recent "Who's On...".  If you have information about an event, upcoming gig or Blues happening 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.


            WALTER TROUT:

           Is now back at home in California.  He's starting to practice and play again getting his body back in shape for a return to touring.  Things are REALLY looking UP!  All our best continue to go out to Walter and his family.    

            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'm told the Farmer's Almanac has predicted a Winter similar to what we had last year for 2014 - 2015 - may they roast in the fires of Hell!  Should that become reality AND/OR if you just want a break from the shoveling and below zero temps ya might want to consider joining the Jimmy's January 24th thru the 31st, 2015 at Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.  Young Mr. Voegeli and Company are returning to the VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort there for some music plus fun in the sun! 

            The resort is all-inclusive and located on the sands of Playa Dorada in Puerto Plata.  All-inclusive means ALL meals, snacks and drinks (including BEER, wine and cocktails), daily bikes, tennis, snork-eling, windsurfing, kayaks, sailing, entertainment (including Spanish & Merengue lessions), fitness center and LOTS more.  All that and ya get the Jimmy's eight piece band!  Did I mention the almost FREE Beer!!!  Don't know if they have free cheese.

            If the above floats your boat contact Middleton Travel at 800 688-8785 for reservations and more detail.  Then ya can ask em' if there's free cheese.  The Doc would REALLY like to go you all but will probably be in Memphis for the IBC instead.  So ya know I'm not getting any kickbacks here.  Wouldn't take em if offered but only those who know me well know that's a fact ya can take to the bank.  Have a fantastic time to all that go!       


            The Roots Music Top 50 Blues radio chart dated September 9th shows Selwyn Birchwood'sDON'T CALL NO AMBULANCE moving to 1st, Jarekus Singleton's REFUSE TO LOSE dropping to 2nd,   Janiva Magness' latest ORIGINAL still in third place, Grady Champion's newest BOOTLEG WHISKEY jumps to 4th from nowhere and JP Soars FULL MOON LIGHT IN MEMPHIS remains in 5th.

            Albums by RUTHIE FOSTER, DAVE SPECTER, ALEXIS P. SUTER, JOHN HIATT and SUGAR RAY & THE BLUETONES round out the top ten for this week.  The Wisconsin Roots Music chart from September 9th STILL has TWEED FUNK's "First Name Lucky" in 1st place for yet ANOTHER WEEK!! Congrats AGAIN to Tweed for a 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 two editions of "Who's On..."!   At that time the Mannish BoysWRAPPED UP AND READY was 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 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 really winding down FAST but there are STILL a few left to go.  Added MANY a fest to the attachment this year 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 the pond.  Know I didn't get them 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, Older Budweiser Blues Band at Wausau's Intermission Sept. 20th, Cadillac Pete & Howard Luedtke as the Delta Duo Nov. 23rd in Stevens Point at the Elbow Room, Howard & Blue Max Sept. 26th in Iola's Iola Mills, Donnie Pick & the Road Band at the Deja Vu in Appleton October 18 and Big Dog Michael Murphy & the Mob Sept. 19th at the Fanclub in Neenah's Holiday Inn.


            Among BLUES or other special musical events further afield - to pick a few - Mojo Perry, Sue DeBaco, Misha Siegfried and others at Milwaukee's Shank Hall Sept. 19th, the CASH BOX KINGSSept. 20th at the Harmony in Madison, SHANNON CURFMAN Sept. 26 at Shank Hall in Milwaukee,SELWYN BIRCHWOOD in Appleton at Lawrence Univ. Sept. 27th, J.J. GREY & MOFRO at Turner Hall in Milwaukee Oct. 1st, the CHAIN OF LAKES BLUES FESTIVAL October 3 & 4 in Wautoma's Indian Crossing Casino with Howard Luedtke & Blue Max, The Jimmy's, Paul Filipowicz, JIM LIBAN WITH JOEL PATTERSON and Tweed Funk and ZZ TOP Oct. 7th at the Riverside in Milwaukee with the Ben Miller Band.


            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 17th dispensing Blues medications for all your aches and pains from Son Seals, David Vest, the Legendary Blues Band, Kaye Bohler, Kip Anderson, James Armstrong and LOTS more plus this weeks featured artist will be NICK MOSS!!! 

            During "New & Blue" we'll sample two cuts each from recent new albums including Ray Bonneville's EASY GONE from 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 this week's Blues Baby Birthday celebrants include Billy Boy Arnold, B.B. King, Fred Below, Snooky Pryor and Brook Benton and perhaps more should we have time.

            On September 24th the "Clinic..." will have treatment plans from B.B. King, Robert Wilkins, Ruthie Foster, Ty Curtis, Jaye Hammer, Buddy Guy plus many others.  In addition the featured artist will be EDDIE SHAW!

            The recent releases featured during "New & Blue" will be Al Blake's BLUES ACORDING TO BLAKE on Soul Sanctuary, Kenny Brown's latest GOIN' BACK TO MISSISSIPPI from Big Legal Mess, the Alastair Greene Band's TROUBLE AT YOUR DOOR via Delta Groove, the Bridget Kelly Band'sFOREVER IN BLUE released by Alpha Sun and Laura Rain & the Caesars CLORER from LRC.

            Birthday celebrants for that week include Albert Ammons, Chick Willis, Jessie Austin, Bobby Radcliff, Roosevelt Barnes, Joe Louis Hill, Ray Charles, Roy Buchanan and maybe a few others should time allow.

            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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