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Who's on First -- April 16, 2014    •    BEST 50 Blues/Blues Rock releases from 2013


Some of you at least are getting this edition of "Who's On..." somewhat early. The Doc's Grandkids (and you didn't think he had any now did ya!) are coming for a visit so he's got to do some things sooner than normal. Need to leave lots of play time!

I'm still looking for any Blues gigs, festivals and such that you may be aware of for "Who's On..." that I haven't come across. If you have information about a fest or event and DON'T see it listed - drop me a line with the who, where, when and other important details and I'll be happy to add it.

Walter Trout's remains very ill and looking for a kidney transplant. His family and friends are asking for donations to help and if you can assist go to for more info and/or to donate.

Checked they've raised well over their initial goal but medical problems like Walter's often run MUCH higher than estimates. Plus he can't tour to feed his family or pay the normal bills we all have while in a hospital bed and recovery from surgery takes time. If you can't help with $'s - send Walter and his family a card and/or prayers for a full and complete recovery. Do whatever you can - Walter's got a lot more music in him and many of us including the Doc want to hear it.

Walter and Provogue records will release a compilation album June 2nd celebrating his 25th anniversary as a solo artist. The Doc still plans to check it out and you may wish to as well.

As of this writing this weeks Roots Music Top 50 Blues radio chart HAD NOT been published so last weeks remains the only one available. So JOE LOUIS WALKER's "Hornet's Nest" remains in 1st, TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS "The Devil You Know" 2nd, DAMON FOWLER's "Sounds Of Home" 3rd, the NICK MOSS BAND's "Time Ain't Free" 4th and JOHN NEMETH's "Memhis Grease" in 5th place.

Albums from KIM SIMMONDS & SAVOY BROWN, the HOLMES BROTHERS, BILLY BRANCH & THE SONS OF BLUES, the TERRY QUIET BAND and ROBERT CRAY complete the top ten from last week. The Wisconsin Roots Music chart for last week had TWEED FUNK's new album "First Name Lucky" in 1st place.

The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart is done once a month for the PREVIOUS month so the April 1st chart HAS NOT CHANGED. It had John Nemeth's MEMPHIS GREASE 1st, Joe Louis Walker's HORNET'S NEST 2nd, Billy Branch & the Sons of the Blues BLUES SHOCK in 3rd, Nick Moss's TIME AIN'T FREE in 4th and Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers THE DEVIL YOU KNOW 5th. The Remaining top ten in Living Blues Magazine are releases by Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Drummer, James Armstrong, Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown and Damon Fowler.

Blues Festivals are STARTING to post their 2014 dates and in some cases bills or partial bills. I've added MANY to the attachment showing at least the name, date/s and location! This year the Doc's also added fests a bit further away around the Midwest - including some in Ohio, Indiana and the Dakota's - locations that can be reached in about a day's drive. I plan to include a few Canadian festivals that are closest as well.

Musical or Blues happenings coming up in the near future around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (under 100 miles) include the Velveetatones at the Intermission April 18th, the WAMI's (Wisconsin Area Music Awards) April 27th in Appleton, Hip Pocket June 6th at the Bar in Rothschild, Cadillac Pete & the Heat April 27th at Renee's Red Rooster in Stevens Point, Queenie Mc Carter's Band (formerly of Queenie & the Blue Cats) in Stevens Point July 4th during Riverfront Rendezvous, LEVEE TOWN April 22nd at Wausau's Intermission and .

Among BLUES or other special musical events further afield we have BILLY FLYNN performing with the Westside Andy/Mel Ford band April 17th at the Hody in Middleton, the STEEPWATER BAND & Delta Routine at Shank Hall in Milwaukee April 26th, BARRELHOUSE CHUCK playing with the Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band April 18th at Madison's Knuckledown, DICKEY BETTS April 17 at the Northern Lights Theater in the Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee and the CASH BOX KINGS at the Overture Cent. for the Arts in Madison April 19th. Details plus MANY more gigs follow in the pages of "Who's On First".

The April 16th "Clinic of Boogie & Blues" has planned many helpful doses of Blues by Mighty Mo Rodgers, Richard Ray Farrell, Damon Fowler, Eddie Clearwater, Mikey Jr. and many more. PLUS to help you with those aches and pains of life in the early 21st Century this weeks featured artist will be BIG BILL MORGANFIELD!!

During our New & Blue segment dedicated to NEW releases we'll hear two songs each from Lisa Biales BELLE OF THE BLUES on Big Song, Terry Davidson & the Gears SONIC SOUL SESSIONS out on the Bangshift label, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT from DapTone, John Nemeth's newest MEMPHIS GREASE from Blue Corn and Matt Schofield's FAR AS I CAN SEE by Provogue.

In the last hour of "Clinic..." operations we celebrate the birth of some of musicians who entered the world this week with our "Blues Baby Birthday" portion of the Doc's treatment plan. To mark each artist's special day we'll play a selection from their body of work. Among this weeks cake eaters & candle blowers are Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Artie "Blue Boy" White, Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, Byther Smith, Frank Frost, Jimmy Nelson, Alexis Korner, Bessie Smith and perhaps a few more is we have the time.

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!

Wausau's seeing warmer temps into the 50's recently and much of the snow has melted! So there's NO better time to get out of the house, apartment, cave or whatever and support LIVE & local music!!! Warm up with some dancing to the finest of AMERICAN MUSIC - the BLUES!!!! I'm writing prescriptions for that medication in every one of your names and you can fill 'em this week or next at any venue of your choice!

Yours in the music;
Blues Doctor




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