Who's on First -- December 10, 2014 • BEST 50 Blues/Blues Rock releases from 2013
BLUES FANS, MUSICIANS, SOCIETIES AND FELLOW MUSIC TRAVELERS
I carry music for every program in a rolling suitcase and a funny (upon reflection) thing happened at the studio last Wednesday. Tried to open the case and COULD NOT get the zipper to budge! Wasn't able to get to ANY of the music brought for the show so the "Clinic..." was cancelled. Cancelled due to a failed zipper!
SO - the Dec. 3rd show became the Dec. 10th program with only a change of the Blues Baby Birthday people.
NEW BLUES GIGS & FESTIVALS?
I'm STILL 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..."!
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND:
Announced they won't be playing anymore live gigs! Makes a guy like me way too aware of mortality. Got to see Gregg live but never with the band. In a couple of weeks I'll include an Allman retrospective with some of their live performances.
A POSSIBLE WINTER BLUES ESCAPE:
I'm told the Farmer's Almanac has predicted a Winter similar to what we had last year for 2014 - 2015 - may they roast FOREVER in the fires of Hell! Should that become reality AND/OR if you just want a break from the shoveling and cold 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! Wonder who's taking care of the Brown Swiss on the Voegeli farms???
BLUES RADIO CHARTS:
This weeks Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues albums chart from December 10th has Lusinda Williams latest DOWN WHERE THE SPIRIT MEETS THE BONE in first place, Gary Clark Jr.'s GARY CLARK JR. LIVE up to 2nd, Marcia Ball's THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN in 3rd, Wisconsin's own Altered Five CRYIN' MERCY up to 4th and Johnny Winter's STEP BACK 5th.
Albums from DEVON ALLMAN, TRIGGER HAPPY, JOHN HIATT, JANIVA MAGNESS and ELVIN BISHOP complete the top ten in the same Roots Music Report. The Dec. 10th Wisconsin Roots Music chart has Altered Five's new CRYIN' MERCY at #1! Congrats to the folks in Altered Five for an excellent recording!
The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart dated December 1st covering November plays shows Mississippi Heat's WARNING SHOT leading with Billy Boy Arnold's THE BLUES SOUL OF BILLY BOY ARNOLD in 2nd, Marcia Ball's THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN moved to 3rd, Eric Bibb's latest BLUES PEOPLE shot to 4th and 5th place is held by the Sean Costello recording IN THE MAGIC SHOP rules 5th.
The Remaining December top ten slots are made up from releases by Gary Clark Jr., Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls, Johnny Winter, Linsey Alexander and JW Jones. Wisconsin's Jim Liban joint effort with the Joel Paterson Trio I SAY WHAT I MEAN continues in the top 25 Blues albums at #19 with Altered Five's latest CRYIN' MERCY holds the 22nd spot.
Not much left in our neck of the woods Blues Festival wise but there are STILL a few left - all indoor - to go. Of SPECIAL NOTE - check out "Who's On First" for the bill of 2015's "Blues Cafe". I think you're gonna like it!
WAUSAU AREA MUSIC:
Musical or Blues happenings coming up in the near future around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (about a 100 miles) include the BOBBY MESSANO BAND for Blues in the Schools (BITS) at UWMC and later at Wausau's Intermission Bar December 10th, Big Mouth & the Power Tool Horns Dec. 13th at Jimmy Sea's in Green Bay, Cadillac Pete & Howard Luedtke as the Delta Duo Jan. 9, 2015 in Stevens Point's Rookies, Mike Murphy & the Mob at the Ten O One Club in Green Bay Dec. 17th, the Charles Walker Band Dec. 12th at Minocqua's Big Brown Jug, Rev. Raven with Westside Andy at the Deja Vu Lounge in Appleton Dec. 13th, Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo Dec. 12th at the Intermission and the Alex Wilson Band Dec. 20th in Appleton at the Deja Vu.
EVENTS A BIT FURTHER AWAY:
Among BLUES or other special music further afield we have ZZ TOPRESCHEDULED from Oct. 7th at the Riverside in Milwaukee to March 29, 2015 due to Dusty Hill injuring his hip, the CASH BOX KINGS Dec. 13th at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, IL,DAVINA & THE VAGABONS down in Milwaukee Dec. 13 at Shank Hall, DAVE SPECTER WITH DONALD KINSEY Dec. 16th at SPACE in Evanston, IL, the ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD at the same venue Dec. 17th and LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALSDecember 19th at Milwaukee's Shank Hall.
THIS WEEKS CLINIC:
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..." reopens December 10th with treatment plans developed & implemented by Lucinda Williams, Gary Clark Jr., Mississippi Heat, Coco Robicheaux and others. In addition we'll have a SPECIAL salute to the Allman Brothers Band PLUS featured artist BRYAN LEE!!
The Recent releases featured during the "New & Blue" segment that week will be Altered Five's latest CRYIN' MERCY, George Bonds' STEPPING INTO TIME, the joint effort by Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls SOUL BROTHERS, Ingrid Gerdes' HIGH PRIESTESS and the Duke Robillard Bands CALLING ALL BLUES from Stony Plain.
Some of the cake eaters and candle blowers celebrating a birthday this week are Gregg Allman, Joan Armatrading, Lurrie Bell, Catya, Robert Covington, Blind John Davis, Guitar Slim, Lucky Peterson, Jimmy Smith, Big Mama Thornton, Junior Wells & more if we have time.
On December 17th tune in for our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BLUES program and hear Roy Milton, Eartha Kitt, Charles Brown, Otis Redding, Canned Heat and many more! And not a one will sing the Little Drummer Boy! Our featured artist will be none other than PAUL RISCHELL!
New releases premiered on the "Clinic..." that week include Billy Boy Arnold's latest THE BLUES SOUL OF BILLY BOY ARNOLD, Otis Clay's TRUTH IS, Howard Glazer's LOOKING IN THE MIRROR, Jeremiah Johnson's self produced GRIND and Jimmy Thackery's EXTRA JIMMYS released on Blind Pig.
That weeks Birthday celebrants include Jessie Belvin, James Booker, Lonnie Brooks, Paul Butterfield, Albert Cummings, Robben Ford, Professor Longhair, Eddie "Clean Head" Vinson and if we can get them in - a few more.
Our station link to the worldwide web is STILL up and working when I checked earlier this week! If you're outside of WNRB-LP's broadcast area and need a dose of Blues remember the "Clinic..." IS AVAILABLE at 7 PM Central Standard time on the web athttp://220.127.116.11:/listen.pls OR by going to the station web site - www.wnrblp.org - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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;