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Who's on First -- April 15, 2015    •    BEST 50 Blues/Blues Rock releases from 2014


Hope everyone voted! Remember - "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance" (T. Jefferson). We need to watch our elected officials, watch the issues and ALWAYS vote!

Starting to wonder if we've gone directly from Winter to Summer? Gotta love these warm & sunny days. NOTE: There will be NO radio show April 15th. Did get my taxes done and sent to the IRS but ran short of time to finish up the show the way I like it. Doc will be back in the studio April 22nd!

BLUES FLASH: JONNY LANG & INDIGINOUS are coming to the North Star Casino in Bowler! Date is April 24, the show starts at 7 PM and reserved seating runs $40.


I'm STILL looking for any Blues gigs, festivals and related events that you know about that aren't reflected in the latest edition of "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 the latest copy!


35TH WISCONSIN AREA MUSIC AWARDS: The WAMI's are coming to MILWAUKEE!!! April 19th the awards program comes to Historic Turner Hall in Cream City. Doors open up at 6 and the show starts at 7 PM. Featured performers include Delta Routine, Consult The Briefcase, Plasticland (Hall of Fame Inductee), Sigmund Snopek III and LOTS more.

BLUES ART CONTEST: Are you a Blues fan with an artistic side or do you know an artist that may be interested in the following? The Madison Blues Soc. has announced a contest for an artistic design to promote their 13th upcoming Annual Blues Picnic. The winning artwork will be printed on T-shirts and possibly posters promoting the event scheduled for June 20th in Madison's Warner Park.

The winner will receive $100, an event T-shirt featuring their design and the society would like to honor the winner at the Blues Picnic if possible.

Design should be connected to Blues music, culture or history of the art form. Artists are encouraged to include multicultural elements in the submission, use three (3) colors or less, produce a design able to fit on a T-shirt incorporating the Madison Blues Soc. name and the 13th annual Blues Picnic.

ALL designs should be submitted NO LATER than May 1st of this year. They can be mailed or E-mailed to OR Art Contest, 2892 Mickelson Pkwy, Suite 206, Madison, WI 53711. The society will return mailed artwork if requested by the sender. If you have questions go to the Madison Blues Soc. website - - or call 608 381-0008.

BILLY HECTOR TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM: New Jersey Blues legend Hector is scheduled to release his 11th album titled OLD SCHOOL THANG on June 27th. The recording features ten originals and a cover tribute to Freddie King and will be out on the Ghetto Surf label. Doc loves that name!

SHERMAN HOLMES LAUNCHE'S THE SHEMAN HOLMES PROJECT: With brother Wendell's retirement from performing plus the January death of long time drummer Willie "Popsy" Dixon Sherman has decided to start a new music group. The new group is titled the Sherman Holmes Project with Brooks Long on guitar and vocals and Eric Kennedy on drums. They're now excepting bookings.

UNRELEASED JOHN MAYALL'S BLUESBREAKERS RECORDINGS TO SEE LIGHT OF DAY: Forty Below Records announced an April 21 release date for JOHN MAYALL'S BLUESBREAKERS - LIVE IN 1967 with the John McVie, Peter Green and Mike Fleetwood lineup. These are all NEVER heard by the general public performances. The recording will be distributed by Sony/RED. Just got my copy and plan to give it a listen soon.

ROLLING STONES TO OPEN MILWAUKEE'S SUMMERFEST: This could be the last time to see these classic Blues-Rockers perform live! Some of these cats are older than Doc (that's OLD)! Mick, Keith and company open the festivities in Cream City June 23rd. I'm afraid to see what a ticket costs.

NEW LAZER LLOYD RECORDING: Lloyd, Israel's Blues-Rock King, has recorded a new self titled album to hit the streets June 9th on the Chicago based LL Records label. I'm told the recording will contain 11 NEW originals - both electric & acoustic - plus a cover of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on the) Dock of the Bay". Lazer Lloyd kicks off his 2015 tour at Chicago's House of Blues April 20th.

BIG BULL FALLS 2015 BILL ANNOUNCED: Well area Blues fans you're in for a treat! Actually a couple of em!! Mark down August 14 & 15 on the calendar - it's gonna be a barn burner!

Full bill is in "Who's On..." but some of the highlights are the BLUES DISCIPLES opening Friday night. Just listened to their latest album BIG BEAT and it's a killer. They've been around since the 90's but I think this may be their first appearance up our way. They're followed by local favorite Howard Luedtke and Blue Max. Last JIM LIBAN performs with the Jimmy's. Jim's the best Harp player in the state (per the Doc) and one of the best in the country.

On Saturday you get at least THREE awesome guitar players. First SELWYN BIRCHWOOD then WALTER TROUT and SONNY LANDRETH!! Of course there's lots more - check "Who's On..." for the FULL bill.

UNRELEASED KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS/JOHNNIE JOHNSON CD TO COME OUT: Alligator records will release MEET ME IN BLUESLAND June 2nd. The tracks were originally put down in 2003 with the Kentucky Headhunters and Johnson on the 88's. For reasons known only the Gods they've sat in the vaults until now.

ALLIGATOR RECORDS TO RELEASE VINYN ONLY JOHNNY WINTER COMPILATION: Titled IT'S MY LIFE BABY: THE BEST OF THE ALLIGATOR YEARS this collection of eight classic tracts from Winter's Alligator catalog will be released April 18th - Record Store Day on 180 grain VIRGIN vinyl. Isn't the word virgin somewhat overused? Don't hear virgin milk, virgin water, virgin iron no do ya.

MICHAEL GARRITT OF THE BLUES IMPERIALS HEALTH ISSUES: Long time member of Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials on Rhythm Guitar - Michael suffered a heart attack recently and was rushed to the hospital. Upon examination it was discovered he had 95% blockage in 4 major arteries and had quintuple bypass surgery performed successfully. Michael is recovering nicely but can't resume touring for awhile and has major hospital bills to repay. To help go to and make a donation.

BOB DYLAN SCHEDULED TO COME TO MILWAUKEE: Just announced! Bob Dylan is to bring his band to Milwaukee's Riverside Theater May 13th. Bob's played a lot of Blues over the years as well as many other styles of Americana. Doors should open at 6:30 with music starting at 8 PM. Tickets go on sale next week.

NEW CASH BOX KINGS: Blind Pig Records has announced a new Cash Box Kings release titled HOLDING COURT. The OFFICIAL release date is NOW set at April 28. You can always place advance orders!

36 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS: Will be held in Memphis, TN May 7th at the Cook Convention Center. Thinking of going? If so I recommend you start looking for lodging NOW. More info available at the Blues Foundation web site.

NEW LEAD BELLY COMELATION: Smithsonian Folkways announced it will release a NEW Box set of Lead Belly's work. Included will be FIVE CD's containing 108 tracks plus a 140 page large format book. Hopefully they've improved the sound. Some of the compilations out there including the vinyl set done by Folkways decades ago are pretty rough.

PAUL FILIPOWICZ WORKING ON NEW RECORDING: Stellar Wisconsin guitarist, song writer, band leader and all around great guy Paul Filipowicz will be working on a new release this summer. Per Paul it will be a LIVE album to be recorded July 25th in Madison's Knuckle Down Saloon.

So mark your calendar and join Paul and his band providing cheers, clapping and sing along if you know the lyrics! Might be available in time Xmas stocking stuffers! Can't wait!


The current Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues albums chart available at press time is April 8th shows TERRAPLANE by Steve Earle remaining at first, Tas Cru's YOU KEEP THE MONEY moving up to second, Wisconsin's own Altered Five Blues Band's CRYIN' MERCY in third, JJ Grey & MOFRO's latest OL' GLORY fourth while 5th is remains nailed down by Tinsley Ellis's TOUGH LOVE.


The Wisconsin Roots Music chart of the same date STILL has Altered Five's CRYIN' MERCY at #1 for yet ANOTHER week! Congrats AGAIN to Altered Five for another excellent recording! Tweed Funk makes the state chart AGAIN for their 2012 release LOVE IS and Willie Porter scored for HUMAN KINDNESS put out by Weasel Records.

The Top Five Blues Songs from the April 8th report are "You're The Best Lover That I Ever Had" from Steve Earle, "You Keep The Money" by Tas Cru, "So Close To It" recorded by Breezy Radio, "Can't Do Wrong Right" by Elvin Bishop and Tinsley Ellis' "In From The Cold".

The latest Living Blues Magazine Radio chart out covers March airplay as compiled on April 1st. It has Igor Prado & the Delta Groove All Stars WAY DOWN SOUTH first, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King's FATMAN'S SHINE PARLOR on the Blind Pig label second, Harrison Kennedy's THIS IS FROM HERE released on Electro-Fi third, Doug MacLeod's latest EXACTLY LIKE THIS from Reference in fourth and Tinsley Ellis's TOUGH LOVE from Heartfixer pulling down the fifth spot.

The rest of March's top ten are made up by Toots Lorraine, Wisconsin's Blues Disciples, Brandon Santini, Mike Henderson and Greg Nagy.


Things are REALLY starting to warm up in the Midwest Summer festival area with many posting their dates, partial bills or full ones. In this issue I've added a few more and will continue to do so in future issues until we've got most of them listed in the Upper Midwest and a few beyond. Performance bills will be added or extended as they become available if not already shown. Read on and mark the calendar with whatever takes your fancy!! Can't have too many Blues Fests!


Blues happenings coming up in the near future around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (about a 100 miles) include Bobby Evans at Appleton's World of Beer April 16th and Wausau's Inter-mission April 17, the Blues Disciples come to Appleton & the Deja Vu April 18, the STEEPWATER BAND comes to Wausau's Malarkey's Pub April 16, Flat Broke Blues Band out of the UP come to Pembine's Four Seasons Resort, Highway 414 is in Fond du Lac April 18th, Michael Murphy & the Mob play the Ten O One Club in Green Bay April 15, April 24 INDIGENOUS and JONNY LANG are in Bowler at the North Star Casino, Donnie Pick & the Road Band come to Oshkosh and the Nickle April 19, LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS play the Park in Hayward April 24, Misha Siegfried is in Wisc. Dells at the Showboat Saloon April 23 and Reverend Raven w/Westside Andy play Becket's in Oshkosh April 17. There's even more in the attachment.


Among BLUES or other special music further afield you have BILLY BRANCH & SONS OF BLUES April 13 thru 17th doing Blues in the Schools programs in Waupun, JAMES HUNTER SIX do the Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee's Potawatomi Casino April 15th, JOE BONAMASSA tearing up the Riverside in Milwaukee April 22nd, BOB DYLAN is at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee May 13th, Wisconsin artists WILLIE PORTER, GREG KOCH & SAM LLANAS share the stage at Milwaukee's Turner Hall May 3, Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders are scheduled to play Shank Hall in Milwaukee April 16, MADELEINE PEYROUX will be at the Dakota in Minneapolis, MN April 29 & 30, Harp master RJ MISCHO with Rockin' Johnny & Jimi Schutte perform at Straight Shots in Milwaukee April 14th, Rockin' Johnny with Guy Fiorentini is in Brookfield at Parkside 23 April 21, the STEEPWATER BAND at Shank Hall in Milwaukee April 17th, STEVE WINWOOD with backing from Barrelhouse Chuck graces the Riverside in Milwaukee April 19 and RHIANNON GIDDENS plays Milwaukee's Turner Hall April 26th and Madison's Capitol Theater on the 27th. For details and LOTS more goodies read the attached!


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..." RE-OPENS April 22nd for the treatment of patients using Blues medications provided by Donald Ray Johnson, the Lucky 3 Band, Greg Nagy, Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown plus Part III of Classic Blues Divas - More Divas of the Modern Age. In this special segment we'll hear from Ruthie Foster, Janiva Magness, Marcia Ball, Shawn Murphy and MORE! PLUS this weeks Featured Artist is SUPER CHICKEN!

New releases premiering on the "Clinic..." April 22 include Neil Barnes self produced effort HIDE AND SEEK, another self effort - this time by Chris Daniels & the Kings titled FUNKY TO THE BONE, Harrison Kennedy's newest THIS IS FROM HERE out on Electro-Fi, Spain's the Travelin' Brothers MAGNOLIA AVENUE on the Gaztelupeko Hopsay label and a compilation from Ecko Records BLUES MIX 15: DOWN HOME SOUL.

The weeks cake eaters and candle blowers total 13 but we'll need to limit musical selections to ten or fewer due to time constraints. Numbering in those ten you'll find Earl Bostic, George "Harmonica" Smith, Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, Gary Primich, Pee Wee Ellis, Alexis Korner, Bill Geremia, Albert King and perhaps a few more.

On the April 29th clinic we'll hear selections from the Latvian Blues Band, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Ghost Town Blues Band, the Blue Turtles, Glass Cherry Breakers and more PLUS Part IV of Blues Divas - Forgotten Stars. During Part IV we'll here from Lorraine Walton, Mattie Hite, Edmonia Henderson, Mary Johnson and many others rarely heard today. April 22nd's Featured Artist will be BIG JOE WILLIAMS!

In the New & Blue segment we'll air selections from Tomislav Goluban's BLOW JUNKIE on the Menart/Spona labels, Isaiah B. Brunt's self released JUST THE WAY THAT IT GOES, Galloway & Kelliher's WILD DOGS from Lakehouse Records, J.B. Hutto's rediscovered CHICAGO SLIDE FINAL SHOW on the Rock Bear label and Eric Noden's self produced SOLID GROUND.

Musicians or folks in the industry born sometime during that week include Wayne Baker Brooks, Little Walter, Rev. Gary Davis, Frankie Lee Sims, J.B. Hutto, "Ma" Rainey, Big Maybelle, Otis Rush and maybe one or two more if we have the time.

Our station link to the worldwide web has been having problems recently. If you're outside of WNRB-LP's broadcast area and want to give it a try for a dose of Blues remember the "Clinic..." IS AVAILABLE (hopefully) at 7 PM Central Standard time 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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