Monday, April 30, 2007

Music News Nashville (

April 30, 2007

Vol. 2, Issue 6

Greetings, all

The next issue of Music News Nashville is waiting for you today. To view it, visit

Who are the Hit Men and why were they hitting Atlanta? Dynamite explodes, so what about 'Little Miss Dynamite?' Why is Randy Kohrs checking out 'Old Photographs?' To answer these questions, visit the latest newsletter at the link above. We have new articles, new CD reviews and new pictures in the magazine. We also have several new contests for FREE CONCERT TICKETS (including two that close this Friday for John Legend and Cowboy Junkies).

Click to see the latest newsletter, or click to go directly to the magazine's front page.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Dusty Woods - Canadian Country Musician

All proceeds from the song, "Memory Lane", from Dusty Woods' No Rocks CD, will be donated to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada.

For more information, visit

Ton-Aufnahmen - "Patchwork on the Blues Sessions"

Friday, April 27, 2007

Sedrick (

Revv Engine (

Rob Szabo's newest CD release - Like a Metaphor
Visit for more information.

Steve Strongman's latest blues-rockin' CD, Honey, is now available.

Visit for more information.

The Deacons - Hamilton's Rock'n'roll stalwarts 1980-1999

Replica @ The Slye Fox - Burlington, ON - Friday, April 27/07

Hey, Everybody.

So the weekend rocked our asses off again. Slainte (in Hamilton, ON) on Friday, April 20, was amazing as usual. There was a whole nursing unit congregated in front of the stage for the whole night. I believe they administered some meds before they left the hospital. Crowd was great and we can't wait to get back there in May.

Frank N Steins (in Guelph) was a mess...literally. It was more packed than we'd ever seen it and the crowd was crazier than a European death metal festival crowd. Thanks to Gerard and Dario for having us that weekend and allowing us to rock on such great stages.

We're at the Slye Fox in Burlington this Friday night, Apr. 27. It'll be great to see all of our Burlington friends again!! Let's have some drinks and be merry (not too merry, Jesse).


Replica (
Paul Fenton (left) and Marty Murray (right)

Marty Murray @ Clancy's and Coco's and The Madhatters @ Sandstone

Niagara Falls, ON - Apr. 27-29

Hi, Everyone.

Tonight (Apr. 27) I will be playing at Clancy's on Stanley Ave. in the Falls starting at 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday nights I will be at Coco's across from the new casino, starting at 7 pm.

Tonight is also the grand opening of the new After Hours, called The Sandstone Grillhouse & Lounge, right across the street from the old place on Victoria Ave. The Madhatters are playing. I'll be going there after my gig tonight.

Marty Murray

Thursday, April 26, 2007

News from The Brown Hornets

Hi, Everybody.

We got a ton of stuff happening in the next few weeks ….. Read on!

Debut CD on Sale

The Brown Hornets' debut CD will be going on sale the first week of May. It will be available online at both the website and The Hornets' myspace page. You will also be able to get it at most major music stores (HMV, etc.) and lots of indie stores. If digital is more your thing, you can also download it on puretracks - and many other digital download services. Even better yet, you will be able to buy it at all our upcoming shows.

The BROWN HORNETS CD Release Party

May 4

The Horseshoe

Join us at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on May 4th for our CD release. It’s going to be a kick-ass show with lots of surprises. Hornets hit the stage at midnight.

For those of you outside Toronto, check our myspace page or website. We have a bunch of shows coming up in May and June, with more being added all the time.

Please vote to get us on the Vans Warped Tour.

You can really help us out by voting for us to get on the Warped Tour. It doesn’t take long and only hurts a little bit. Just go to this link:

The vote link is well hidden just under the bottom of the music player, right below the heading "profile navigation". Once you vote, they will send you an email with a link that you have to click on to confirm that you voted (or it will not count).

The Vans Warped Tour has lots of great bands playing, such as Killswitch Engaged, Sum 41, etc.

Check out new songs and Danny’s recent blog rantings at

'hope to see you out at a show soon.

The Brown Hornets

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

For Immediate Release: TRACY K - Old, New, Borrowed & Blues


Canadian blues songstress Tracy K delivers her second recording with a one-two punch of electric blues and organic roots rock. The twelve-song CD showcases her songwriting on ten tracks, along with powerful vocals, harmonica and acoustic guitar.

Old, New, Borrowed & Blues was recorded in Thunder Bay, Ontario, with her award-winning "Right Hand Band", featuring Tony Desmarteau on guitar, Vaughan Poyser on bass and Ty Rogers on drums, augmented by guest musicians Jack de Keyzer on guitar, Jamie Steinhoff on dobro, acoustic guitar and banjo, Damon Dowbak on mandolin and Arden Bruyere on background vocals.

This piece of work celebrates life's carefree ups, common challenges and celebrated love. Blues with a feeling that weaves virtuosity with simplicity.

Media Contact:

Gary Kendall
Bluestime Productions

CDs available on request at:
Blues Alliance may have left the building, but let's invite them back in!

Bullseye Canada News - David Henman Band releases CD single

The DAVID HENMAN BAND is offering a limited edition Mother's Day CD single of their original song, "Mother Of Mine" right now. Get it before May 8...or an MP3 of same.

Hear the track here:

Order the CD here:

Order the MP3 here:
April 27-28 gig notices from Jeff Nicely (of Blues Therapy)

Hey, folks.

While making plans for this weekend, please consider joining me, Jeff Nicely, and some friends as we make some fine music for our mutual enjoyment.

Friday evening, April 27, at 7 pm, I have the pleasure of playing harmonica with Real Folk, at Brindles Marketplace on Camano Island (I-5, Exit 212, west through Stanwood to the fork in the road – Terry’s Corner – 848 N. Sunrise Blvd. Building C, Camano Island, Phone: 360.722.7480).

On Saturday, April 28, from 9 'til midnight, I’ll be performing with The Gryffyn Band, at The Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery (320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, WA, 360.588.1720)

Live music…still good therapy for all.

Jeff Nicely
(of Blues Therapy, Real Folk, The Gryffyn Band)
Okay, okay - there certainly are some musicians playing the blues at the Ottawa Bluesfest...that wasn't my point, though, in a previous posting.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Leo Kottke - Thursday, May 3/07 - 8 p.m. - The Tralf - Buffalo, NY

Three tickets available @ $22.50 each.

Contact or visit for information.
Shawn Brush, This Saturday, April 21 @ Nascar Pit Sports Bar
370 Main Street East
in Milton, ON

Fun, fun, fun, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

with special guests YEAH !!!! YAHOO.


Shawn Brush's 38th B-Day Bash!

Details yet to be announced!

Shawn Brush
The Krooked Cowboy

Thursday, April 19, 2007

In Jack (Pedler) We Trust
[Poster forwarded by drummer Tony Furtado of Jamhouse, Hamilton, ON]

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! @ New Orleans - April 20-21/07

Hey, Blues fans!

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! will be at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in downtown Seattle's Pioneer Square this Friday and Saturday nights, April 20-21, beginning at 9 pm both nights.

On Sunday, April 22, we will be in Tacoma's northend (near the waterfront) at The Spar Tavern from 7-10pm.

Our new CD, Big City Blues, is in the mastering stage and should be available soon, hopefully by June 1. We will be announcing some CD release parties when it gets closer to reality. We can't wait!
Rita Chiarelli Update

Hello, everyone...we've had a great tour of Europe and Western Canada... six weeks of hotels, restaurants ...'planes, boats and trains'... certainly one of our best tours ... every gig magical ... for highlights (if you have a minute) ... go to

Check out Rita's ramblings .... pictures from the tour are coming too...!

On May 5, we are performing at Hugh's Room in Tronto ... ... If you've never been there, it is an absolutely great venue ... please spread the word and good news ... many thanks and keep well...

'til soon...

Rita Chiarelli

Z-Trip - May 17 - Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB

Subterranean Sound, Foosh, Black & White, Jeepney Clothing and Brent Oliver presents


With Degree, Shortround & Echo, Agent Orange and Sweetz

Thursday, May 17
Starlite Room
Edmonton, AB
18+ Doors at 9pm

Z-Trip is one of the biggest DJs of our time. Doing over 100 shows a year, every year, he is also known as the founding father of the mash-up movement. His early independent releases have become highly sought after collectibles. Uneasy Listening fetches as much as $500.00 on eBay.
No other DJ can claim playing to 500,000 people opening for the Rolling Stones in Toronto, playing the Bonaroo main stage to over 70,000 people 2 years in a row, in addition to headlining a tent at Coachella twice. He's also been busy around the world doing the Good Vibrations Festival in Australia 2006, as a headliner. All of this in addition to his US and international headlining sold out shows, and multiple club residencies.

Tickets on sale today (April 19/07) at 10 am at Ticketmaster, Blackbyrd, Listen, Foosh, Treehouse, Soular & Colourblind

Choke - THE FINAL SHOW - June 9 - Starlite Room

Starlite Room & Brent Oliver presents



With Ghosts of Modern Man & many, many more

Saturday, June 9
Starlite Room
Edmonton, AB
18+ Doors at 8pm

After thirteen years of blood, sweat, and forty-hour drives, Smallman Records stalwart, Choke, has announced their final tour. Beginning May 2 Choke will be hitting the road for an extensive good-bye tour that will take them across Canada from Moncton, NB, to Victoria, BC.

This June 9th performance at the Starlite Room, will be the very last.
Critics and fans alike have praised Choke for their incomparable, innovative, and experimental approach to post-hardcore and punk. Intricately layered, complex and technical, Choke’s sound managed to remain distinct and original throughout their entire discography.
Originally forming in 1994, Choke released Lotion in 1995, followed a year later by Give’er.

Choke signed to Smallman in 1997 after sending a cassette that had been lodged under the seat of their car for what must have been months. Crinkled, covered in mud and barely audible, that cassette was enough to seal the deal and Smallman released Needless to Say in 1998. Foreword followed in 1999, There’s A Story to this Moral in 2002, and Slow Fade OR: How I Learned To Question Infinity in 2005.Now, thirteen years later, this seminal force in Canadian punk has sadly come to an end.

Tickets go on sale today at 10am at Ticketmaster, Blackbyrd, Listen, Foosh, Treehouse, Soular & Colourblind

Get them for this final farewell from one of Canada ’s best bands.
Blues Orbiters @ The Rockfish Grill
Saturday, April 21 9 PM
320 Commercial Ave. Anacortes, WA

The Blues Orbiters return to the one and only Rockfish Grill, Anacortes' home to great Blues and Brews! With a great sounding room, fine food, and beers brewed on site, the Rockfish is a great venue. Add fine tunes from the Blues Orbiters and you've got all the ingredients for a great night out!

Hope to see you there!

Brian Lee Dan Taylor Ron Baker Roger Smith Conrad Ormsby
Blues Orbiters
The Crossroads Band is back at The Chalet - 5515 Pioneer Way E., Puyallap, WA - 253-845-3860 - Thursday, April 19, from 7-10 pm. This is a real fun gig and the band will really be havin' a ball. You won't have to stay up late!

Friday, April 20, The Crossroads Band will rock, boogie and swing The Highway 99 Blues Club, 1414 Alaskan Way on downtown Seattle's waterfront. The band always has a real good time cruisin The Highway. Music starts at 8:45 pm. We hope to see ya. 206-382-2171.

Saturday, April 21, Crossroads will let it all hang out at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds in Port Townsend, WA, from 8-11 pm. This is a community dance and the ages of folks can range from 8 to 80. You know that's gotta be a blast.

Pick up The Crossroads Band's BB-award-nominated CD, I Want It Right Now, at any of our shows for just $10. Check out our web site at to see where we've been and where we're headin' , anytime day or night! Have a great weekend. Peace!

John Lee
George Olliver & Gangbuster @ JUKEBOXLIVE - Pickering, ON, April 27

George Olliver & Gangbuster, complete with a horn section, returns to the FINEST niteclub in Durham Region, "JUKEBOXLIVE", Fri., April 27, 9:30 pm to 1:30 am in Pickering, ON.

This is George and the boys' second time in this beautiful 300-seat niteclub, complete with couches, huge dance floor, VIDEO SCREEN, big stage for George to do the moves and an avant garde-type of design that's cozy and cool.

George Olliver's band features Tony Padalino (keys) and Peter Mueller (guitar) from Canadian Idol, Vito Retza (no.1 Canadian Jazz, r&b dummer) along with Scott Trowbridge on sax (a young prodigy from George's gospel band, Caught Away).

It's going to be a great nite of r&b/soul, so don't miss this one. George rarely uses his 3-piece horn section at the clubs any more, so this is special. There is a $10. cover and dress code is in effect. Come early and have something to eat..........their kitchen is great!


Jukeboxlive Restolounge (
1211 Kingston Road, west of Liverpool Rd
Pickering, ON
(905) 422-0091

Get directions - More information

God Bless,
Hunter-Hughes Prods
Whitby, ON

Ottawa Bluesfest???

Blues" fest, schmooz fest....they might as well just call it "booze" fest!

What an embarrassing insult to bona fide blues musicians (and Canada has hundreds of them)!


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Mark Hummel (wearing the hat) talking to fans outside the Rainbow Bistro in Ottawa, ON (March 2007). Bistro soundman Dave (wearing glasses) is on the right. The picture below is of Mark's fantastic sidemen - what a jivin' boogie night it was! (A video is available.) D.D.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Alice Cooper's classic Love It to Death album cover (produced by Bob Ezrin)

Essay from Producer Bob Ezrin (on Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails), etc.

[Forwarded by Larry Leblanc - Bureau Chief for Billboard Canada]

The following is a letter from my long-time friend Canadian producer Bob Ezrin, which I feel should be noted by creative people working within the music industry--whether they are artists or songwriters in all genres of music or industry figures in publishing, radio, legal, studios, etc. or at a label or production house. I think the letter touches on the very core of why some of us love what we do and appreciate creative talent. Hopefully, you can relate to it. Feel free to pass it on.

Larry Leblanc (

Trent Reznor is a true visionary. He has broken and reinvented the rules of engagement on every level from recording to touring to interacting with his fans. He's an intensely determined person - aware and on top of everything that happens in his name from his music to his marketing. Trent controls all things Trent. Yes, he's had help along the way, but he's the captain of the Trent ship and his career is a product of his imagination and drive. He is not manufactured, homogenized, manipulated or packaged. He is Trent - and the rest of the folks get to react. There's a clue in here to how to run one's life as an aspiring artist. I can't tell you how many times I've been in situations where aspiring artists (as you know, I hate the designation but will grant it to a few sublimely talented folks like Trent) have created something and have had a vision that has not resonated with their "handlers" from management to producers, to the record company to even sometimes their lawyer - and have succumbed to the pressure to conform to the taste and judgment of these people at the expense of their own intuition - and have failed either immedately or ultimately because, in the end, they simply weren't distinguished enough to connect to a large group of people in a lasting way. They may have produced a "hit song" but they typically did not create a career.

If Trent had done what everyone wanted him to, he would not have become a better selling act or bigger star, as some of his advisors may have secretly thought. Instead, he would have disappeared long ago.

No one knows the heart or genius of true artists but the artists themselves. No one can predict them or imitate them or even steer them towards success. They are, by definition, single-minded people who cannot - and must not - see things the way the rest of us do.

Once upon a time, we had a business built by passionate amateurs who revered the artists and who became their protectors, advocates and promoters. These folks didn't presume to tell their artists what to do. Oh, every once in a while, they might beg and plead for more or different to help them to do their job, but they NEVER imposed their creative will on the people they most admired in all the world.

And, so, we had a landscape of determined individualists who made very individual music - lots of it. We all know who they were - and some still are. But now the biggest part of the business is run by cold-hearted professionals whose reverence is for the bottom line first and last - and who think nothing of imposing their ideas and will on the people they sign. And most of those signings are not because they are enthralled by genius or art but because they smell "a hit" or know that someone else does and that they'd better get in there first.

Now, when I say stuff like this, all the record company people get pissed off at me and say I'm an asshole and they are there because of their love for music, etc. And I don't doubt that this is what propelled them at the start (though I suspect the notion of getting rich and hanging with rock stars may have had a bit to do with it too). But how many of the new leaders of our industry are able to resist the pressures of making their numbers in favor of supporting their artists? In fact, isn't their primary job to "increase shareholder value"? So, they really can't resist those pressures honestly and still be doing what they're being paid to do.

The problem with this is that it takes more than a quarter to build something of value, and real art cannot be scheduled or projected - only commodoties can. But if we're just a commodities business, then, by definition, we cannot build anything of real value - for the shareholders or the world.

So, what's the biggest lesson here?

It is that, if we can all agree to do as Ahmet recommended and surround ourselves with brilliant people and help those people to develop their craft, their own voice and become artists making things of real value, we might see our way into the next golden age of popular music.

Thank God for Trent - and for all the others like him who will not compromise and will fight to realize their vision. In the end, they might save us all.

Bob Ezrin

Chuck Jackson @ Niagara Rhythm Section's Saturday Musical Improv

Niagara Rhythm Section's Saturday Night "MUSICAL IMPROV" Series

Every Saturday night from 10 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. - no cover

Reservations recommended.

This week's featured guest: SAT. APRIL 21 ST - CHUCK JACKSON

The Anchorage, 186 Ricardo St. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, 905-468-2141

Hey, boys and girls.

This week, we welcome back bluesman Chuck Jackson (

Chuck began his singing career applying his versatile voice to a wide range of musical styles. However, it was when he joined the Cameo Blues Band in 1978 that he really began to shape the distinctive rhythm and blues style that he has injected into many projects.

Armed with a hot blues harmonica, Chuck was a "hired gun" on soundtracks of the internationally acclaimed Canadian TV production of "Night Heat" and on the biggest hit of the '80s, "Miami Vice".

Chuck served his apprenticeships with Bo Diddley, James Cotton, British R&B star Georgie Fame as well as jam sessions with "The Blues Brothers", John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd.

An avid sports fan, Chuck was able to combine that love with his musical passion when, as a member of the all-star Labatt's Double Blues Band, he performed at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary.

In 1990 Chuck became the front man of the legendary Downchild Blues Band appearing on JUNO-nominated albums Good Times Guaranteed, Come On In and on Lucky 13. Four-time nominee and winner of the Maple Blues Award's "Male Vocalist of the Year" in 2000.

In 2002, Chuck was honored by the Toronto Blues Society with the prestigious "Blues With A Feeling" award for his contribution to Canadian Blues.

As an added bonus our good pal, Herb Nelson, may be sitting in on keyboards!

Other upcoming dates of note:

May 4th & 18th - Niagara Rhythm Section @ The Sports Bar

May 19th - Niagara Rhythm Section with Neil Chapman, in concert at VIRGILSTOCK 2007 - 7 pm, Virgil Arena. For more info, visit:

Sept 15th - Drums Along the Niagara -

More musical improv coming up @ The Anchorage:

Now in our 3rd year, Niagara Rhythm Section (Goldberger, Grisbrook, Norris & MacKay) with special guests:

Apr 28 - Johnny Lovesin & Andy Kaye (amazing legendary guitarist)

(Note: possible venue change pending for this event)

May 5 - Lance Anderson (blues and New Orleans style piano)

May 12 - Martin Aucoin & Paul Martin (Classic rock and roll)

May 19 - Neil Chapman (amazing guitarist/personality)

May 26 - Eric Mahar & Herb Nelson (Fringe Locals reunion!)

June 2 - Denis Keldie (legendary keyboard man)

June 9 - Bruce Jones (original Brazilian funk)

June 16 - Maria Aurigema (rockin' guitarist from Buffalo)

June 23 - John Dickie (another great singer/personality)

June 30 - Gayle Ackroyd & Ed Kopala (country soul & blues)

July 9 - Steve Grisbrook's birthday bash with Herb Nelson on keys

July 14 - Bruce Longman (eclectic roots & roll)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton - Public Meeting

Topic: "Comprehensive Care in Epilepsy"

Featured Speaker: Dr. Alan Gruberman, MD, Neurologist

Bronson Centre, Ottawa

May 7/07 - 7 p.m.

Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton depends on fundraising to raise public awareness and provide programs and services to our members and the general public. These include monthly information sessions, support group meetings and a resource library.

A particularly important service that we provide is the “Seizure Smart” presentation, which is made to schools, workplaces and other organizations to raise awareness of how seizure disorders manifest themselves and how they can and should be managed.

Current activities which raise funds are our annual raffle, participation in the LCBO donation box program and special events such as ‘Scissors for Seizures”, which was held in March.

A number of individual events provide welcome contributions such as the "Lemonade Stand" and we are always happy to consider new ones.

Of course no fundraising can be achieved without tremendous volunteer support and effort. Opportunities exist for people with a variety of skills and experience. Some are ongoing and some are specifically event-related.

Please see the “Volunteer” page and complete the form to let us know how you would like to help. You can also contribute by purchasing and/or using the “lavender” items. The lavender flower traditionally represents isolation and solitude, too often experienced by people with seizures.

Our ‘lavender” items include a bracelet, a key chain, and lavender ribbons. Click here to email us if you are interested in purchasing or helping to sell any of these items or call the office 613-594-9255 (office hours).

Lavender Bracelet - $3.00 each
Lavender Key Chain - $3.00 each
Lavender Ribbon - free
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers new CD, IN THE PALACE OF THE KING

The album honors and pays tribute to the music of the John Mayall's long-time hero of the blues, Freddie King.

View an Ecard about the album!

In addition, we have a new tour T-shirt available now. The funky design features a gothic crown in bold red on black. Matching caps will be available in May.

Check it out at

John and The Bluesbreakers have embarked on a mini U.S. tour.

A European tour will take place in July/August.

For information on locations and venues, visit


A former feature of was a fanmail page. However, after over 7 years, the volume of fanmail became too great for our fanmail editor to handle. So, it is with regret that we have discontinued this feature for the wonderful fans out there who have had so many interesting comments to make about John Mayall. We thank you for all your support over the years. In the meantime, we are constructing a John Mayall MySpace page, which we hope will take the place of the fanmail in the future.

Monitor the website for the announcement of MySpace page launch. There's an essay by our fanmail editor at: in which a secret is revealed!

Sincerely yours,

Magnolia Blue
Taj Mahal Trio @ Beale Street Music Festival - May 2007

For more info on Taj Mahal and the Beale Street Music Festival 2007, see

Randy Norris and The Full Degree

Hey, Fans. Ready for some Rock and Soul?

Check out our website at

Also, check out


Saturday, April 14, 2007

Brent Oliver Productions (BOP) Presents:

Andrew W.K., Starlite Room - Saturday, April 14

Saturday April 14 – Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB

Andrew W.K. w/ First Aid Kit & Run with the Hunted

Doors at 8 pm

Tickets only $12 available at Blackbyrd, Listen, Freecloud & Ticketmaster

A members and guests facility

All GPHL players get in free for the Green Pepper Hockey League Wrap-Up Party Boogie! Party! We Want Fun! Yeaaaaaahhhhh!

Calvin Johnson & Julie Doiron - June 24

BOP is very excited to host an intimate night of indie-rock at a unique space.

Sunday, June 24

Brent Oliver Presents K recording artist from Olympia, WA, Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Halo Benders) with JagJaguar artist from NB Julie Doiron & Field & Stream

Listen Records - 10649 124 St., Edmonton, AB,

Info: (780) 732-1132

Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door

Tickets available Tuesday, April 21, at Listen Records & Blackbyrd Myoozic

Limited tickets available. All Ages welcome. Early show!

Doors at 6 pm, Show at 6:30 pm

News - Caffrey's and more

Besides upcoming events on the BOP website, Brent Oliver Presents has just secured a new contract booking Caffrey's Irish House in Sherwood Park, AB. The live bookings start April 21, with live music every Saturday from 4-6 pm at the pub.

Mark Davis - Apr. 21 @ Caffrey's Irish House

1-99 Wye Rd., Sherwood Park, Edmonton, AB - 780-449-7468

The best part? Caffrey’s Live Events are no cover.
David Wilcox @ Jeff Healey's Roadhouse - April 14/07

Friday, April 13, 2007

The Jukes with Fathead's Al Lerman @ Timothy's - Sat., April 14/07

Good Day!

Just a friendly reminder, we are recording 'live' @ TIMOTHY's PUB in Etobicoke, ON, on Sat., April 14th @ 9:30 pm with Al Lerman of the JUNO award-winning group FATHEAD. Come join us!!!

We plan to sneak a few live tracks on to our 2nd album, so drop by and enjoy the evening.

Timothy's Pub
344 Brown's Line
Etobicoke, ON

The last time we recorded live was Sept 15th 2006…visit our website to listen to our live performance @ Chicago's East

We have 5 songs recorded 'Live' in our Music section. The performance included a selection of original music as well as R&B, Funk, Rock, and Blues covers.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you soon!Peter

The Jukes pride themselves on dispensing a crowd-pleasing mix ofRhythm & Blues, Classic Rock, Funk, Rockabilly, and Party music. With tightly arranged originals and carefully selected cover songs, The Jukes always deliver an energized and entertaining performanceguaranteed to please the audience.
Too Slim and The Taildraggers' Latest CD Release, The Fortune Teller

Trouble No More (TNM), Featuring Deb Seitz


Friday, April 13 @ The Harlem Avenue Lounge
3701 S. Harlem Ave.
Berwyn, IL 60402

OK, boys and girls, we’re back, we’re super bad, and we’ve got a special treat for all ya Blues fans.

Deb Seitz will be performing with the TNM boys and, hot damn, she’s a bundle of fun! Debbie has been singin’ the Blues around town for many years and we are proud to have her onboard. You can check her out on her website…

So don’t be afraid of no black cat moan. We’re takin’ down all the mirrors, hidin’ the ladders and there will be a limited supply of garlic on hand just in case… So come on out and see Deb and the boys tempt fate once again…

This is Not your daddy’s Blues…

See you there!

Paul Green & Straight Shot Now Appearing at:

New Orleans Creole Restaurant
114 1st Avenue South (Pioneer Square)
Seattle, WA
(206) 622-2563

Friday, April 13 - Saturday, April 14/07

Paul Green & Straight Shot will be appearing Friday and Saturday night, April 13-14/07 at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Seattle, WA.

We have a great new lineup with Gary Ballard on guitar, Paul Richardson on keyboards, along with Howard Hooper on bass and Les Merrihew on drums.

If you like to dance and go for blues/R&B/funk, check out the band. See you there.
I will also be playing at a benefit on April 29/07 with my original outfit, Blackberry Booze Band, in Belmar, New Jersey.

Paul Green
Luke Mulholland and Mulholland Drive - Jeff Healey's Roadhouse - Apr. 26

Jeff Healey’s Roadhouse is pleased to host a special Benefit concert by Teenage Guitar Sensation/writer Luke Mulholland on Thursday, April 26.

Luke and his band, Mulholland Drive, will headline at Healey’s Roadhouse in support of "Student Life", a charity organization promoting responsible use of alcohol amongst students, an appropriate cause at this time of year with high school and college graduations.

Luke, a classic rock and blue rock singer song-writer, has been compared to a young Stevie Ray Vaughan and has opened for many of Canada’s largest rock acts, including Bon Jovi at the ACC, and he has been accepted into the prestigious Berklee Music School in Boston for the fall.
There will door prizes, raffles and Q107 giveaways at this night of blistering guitar.

Catch a Rising Star on the way up and support a good cause. All proceeds go to the Student Life “Don’t Drink and Drive” graduation campaign.

For those of you that have not been out to our new location, we are on Blue Jays Way, across from Wayne Gretzky’s in the heart of the entertainment district in Toronto, Ontario.

See you all on April 26th

Randy Charlton
Jeff Healey’s Roadhouse Manager
56 Blue Jay’s Way
Toronto, ON

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Keyboardist Rod Phillips Passes Away

After a lengthy battle with cancer, Rod Phillips (Buzz Upshaw, Midnite Walk, etc.) , passed away comfortably in his sleep, on March 15/07, in the hospital, amongst family and friends.

Thoughts and well wishes to the family may be forwarded to them through this email (

Goodbye my friend, my brother…

Steve Grisbrook

Please note that a celebration of Rod's life will take place at his "home", the Blue Goose (in Etobicoke, ON) on the afternoon of Sunday, April 15.

Dave Hunter
Alabama Blues Project (APB) Update 2007

Our 2007 Spring Newsletter is Now Online!


Dear Friends and blues fans,

There are so many exciting things happening at the ABP this spring - one is that our newsletter has a whole new look and is filled with lots of great Alabama blues news!

As the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel has declared 2007 “The Year of the Arts”, I am so glad that Alabama blues is alive and well and there is so much to report. This Spring’s highlights include our end of term beginning camp open house and blues extravaganza.

Mark your calendars for Monday, May 14, at 4.30 pm, and come check out a new crop of young blues musicians who have spent this semester studying harmonica, guitar singing or percussion along with blues history lessons and a life skills curriculum.

This annual event will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 113 Hargrove Road, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is guaranteed to be fun and entertaining for all!

Meanwhile, ABP advanced band The Project will be performing all over Tuscaloosa and even heading to Columbus, Mississippi, for the Market Street Festival on Saturday, May 5, 2007, again this year.

The Crawfish Festival in Tuscaloosa again is featuring lots of great Alabama blues including Caroline Shines, Topper Price, and Little Jimmy Reed – and ABP blues camp ban, The Project!

The ABP is returning on April 20th to Somerville Road Elementary in Decatur, Alabama, to do an educational performance and help the school celebrate the end of SAT testing for this semester – featuring Caroline Shines. We will also be touring the Baldwin County schools with Willie King!

The ABP exhibition Red Hot and Blue: A Spotlight on Alabama Blues Women will be at the University of Alabama Department of Women Studies until April 15.

Finally, don’t miss the Sucarnochee Folk Life Festival in Livingston, Alabama, on April 21 where we will be placing a historic marker celebrating the life and music of Vera Hall along with an art fair and lots of great live Alabama blues.

For information and lots of blues news, check out our newsletter, and for live performance dates, check Birmingham’s Magic City Blues Society’s calendar.

Best wishes for lots of good blues and a beautiful spring.



Read the latest news and meet the instructors at our ABP After School Blues Camp

Profiling Alabama Blues Artist Robert Thomas

Willie King's 10th Annual Freedom Creek Festival is coming up on the 25th & 26th of May. There will be a great lineup including Paul Oscher, T-Model Ford, Willie King & The Liberators, and of course ABP's very own The Project.

The outstanding Alabama blues singer Vera Hall will be celebrated in her birthplace of Livingston on April 21st when the Livingston Historical Commission will be unveiling a historical marker to replace her unmarked gravesite. Read about the event as well as her life and spiritual contributions to the blues.

The ABP is excited that Bill Lloyd of Wilhagen's will be presenting the third annual Tuscaloosa Crawfish & Blues Festival. Among the performers are our very own The Project and Caroline Shines. Get more details in our newsletter!

Willie King DVD documentary "Down in the Woods" is coming soon!

We are happy to hear that legendary Alabama native bluesman Sam Lay has recovered from a short stay in the hospital. Let's all send him our best!

The Alabama Blues Project will be presenting a blues artist residency at Aliceville Middle School. We are very excited to be presenting a six week curriculum that is made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Former Capricorn Records artist Scott Boyer recently had surgery for an arterial disease. Greats such as Greg Allman, Bonnie Bramblett, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Donnie Fritts, Paul Thorn, The Capricorn Rhythm Section, The Decoys and Nashville Star runner-up Zac Hacker will perform in Birmingham to raise money for his recovery. Read more about the Benefit Concerts for Scott Boyer.

[Extra notation from blogmistress: The Blind Boys of Alabama are performing at the Foundation Fightness Blindness fundraiser tonight (April 12/07) in concert at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church on Lisgar St. (at O'Connor St.) in Ottawa, ON, Canada.]
Frankye Kelly @ Larkspur Cafe Theatre, Marin County, CA - April 14/07

Hello, Friends and Family.

I hope this message finds you in good health and good spirits. I am excited about a wonderful venue in Larkspur called the "Larkspur Cafe Theatre. I will be in concert there next Saturday beginning at 8:00 PM. It is considered one of Marin County's premier listening rooms and a performer's paradise.

Please go to their website and click on the show information line. There is also a dinner menu available. The venue is a small intimate one, so I suggest that you purchase your tickets and make your dinner reservations in advance.

I would so appreciate your presence at this venue. As always, I thank you for your continued support and I will see you next Saturday.

Peace and love,

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! - Upcoming Gig and CD

Hey, Blues Fans:

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! think it's high time we get back to blues biznezz...

This Friday, April 13 (yikes) at 8 pm we are at The Fire Creek Ale House, located at 5225 Yelm Highway SE in Lacey, WA. Call 491-5111 for details.

On Saturday, April 14, we head to the town of Snohomish to play at The Oxford Saloon beginning at 9 pm.

ADVANCE ALERT: Our new CD, Big City Blues, is in the final stages of production and should be ready to hit the streets within the next couple of months! LOOK OUT!!
Blues Web Casts From The Green Parrot in Key West

Use the following link

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10 PM EST, plus 5:30 EST where noted

April 2007

Fri 6 - Howard & The White Boys, 5:30 Soundcheck, 10pm show
Sat 7 - Eddie Kirkland
Sun 8 - Eddie Kirkland, 5:30 Soundcheck only
Mon 30 - Popa Chubby

May 2007

Tue 1 - Popa Chubby, 5:30 Soundcheck, 10pm show
Tue 8 - Zac Harmon
Wed 9 - Zac Harmon
Thu 10 - The Holmes Brothers
Fri 11 - Motor City Josh, 5:30 Soundcheck, 10pm show
Sat 12 - Motor City Josh, 5:30 Soundcheck, 10pm show
Wed 16 - Mark Hummell
Thu 17 - Mark Hummell

June 2007

Fri 1 - Sean Chambers, 5:30 Soundcheck, 10pm show
Sat 2 - Sean Chambers
Fri 8 - Eric Culberson, 5:30 Soundcheck, 10pm show
Sat 9 - Eric Culberson, 5:30 Soundcheck, 10pm show
Fri 15 - Albert Castiglia, 5:30 Soundcheck, 10pm show
Sat 16 - Albert Castiglia, 5:30 Soundcheck, 10pm show

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Posthuman Blues Blog ( reports that the Araqinta website ( has undergone a new facelift. Check out the new artwork, in addition to the one that appears below.

Blues Orbiters

Friday and Saturday, April 13-14 9 PM

The Corner Inn

6459 California SW, West Seattle

The Blues Orbiters return to shake West Seattle's favorite home of the blues, the Corner Inn. Indeed, the Corner has been nominated for "Best Blues Club" by the Washington Blues Society this year. This is a great neighborhood club with a nice dance floor. Located at the corner of California and Fauntleroy.

Hope to see you there!

Brian Lee
Blues Orbiters

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Blushing Brides Return to Ottawa!

Friday, April 13/07

Lone Star Cafe
9378 Lemieux St., Gloucester, ON)

Showtime: 10:30 PM

Ticket price: $10

Phone: (613) 743-9378
Johnnie Lovesin and the Treblemakers @ Zooma Zooma Cafe

Every Saturday - starting April 7 - from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Blues/Rockabilly legend Johnnie Lovesin and the Treblemakers

Johnnie Lovesin got his start in the mid-1960's playing in Yorkville busking for change. Fronting his own band in November 1976, he opened for The Ramones at the New Yorker Theatre in Toronto and was observed by Toronto Sun columnist Wilder Penfield III as having "blown The Ramones off the stage."

In 1980 he released "Set The Night On Fire" on Taxi Records. Following a nomination for a CFNY-FM U-Know Award in 1985 for 'Male Vocalist of the Year', Lovesin was signed directly to A & M Records.

In 1987, Lovesin performed at the Kingswood Music Theatre, opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan [R.I.P., Stevie]. He also performed twice at Ontario Place and has been the subject of a MuchMusic "The Big Ticket" special.

$5 cover

Zooma Zooma Cafe
3839 Main Street
Jordan Village, ON

Licensed. Dinner reservations available.

[Message forwarded by Marty Murray - text originally posted at]

Friday, April 06, 2007

Penny Lang in concert:

Saturday, April 7 - Rabbit Concerts, Craftsbury, VT

Friday, April 13 - United Church, Greenfield Park, QC

Saturday, April 14 - Le Zaricot, St-Hyacinthe, QC

Sunday, April 15 - MacDougall Concert Hall, Ormstown QC

Saturday, April 21 - Acoustic Harvest 10th Year Anniversary Concert
St-Nicholas Church, Toronto
Sunday, April 22 - Ken Whiteley's Sunday Series
Hugh's Room, Toronto
Thursday, April 26 - Fawcet Media Center/Struts Gallery, Sackville, NB
Friday, April 27 - Sessions Pub, Rothesay (Saint-John), NB
Saturday, April 28 - house concert, Morin Heights, QC
Sunday, April 29 - Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, QC
Thursday, May 3 - The Club (In the Exchange) Regina, SK
Friday, May 4 - Saville Theatre (Spring Valley Ranch), Ravenscrag, SK
Monday, May 7 - Pondside Concerts, Victoria BC
For more information on Penny Lang, visit
Louise Laurier - Out of the blues - Sortie des blues

For more information about Louise and to purchase her CD, visit:

Ottawa's Missy Burgess - (from the cover of her debut CD, pour me a song, and posing with Newfoundland's Ron Hynes -, below)

Patio Records - Helping Cancer Victims

At the heart of Patio Records is the sponsorship of concerts and recordings to help create garden patios at hospitals for individuals battling through the afflictions of cancer.
Events and contributions to date helped bring to fruition the Mary Eagan Garden that adjoins the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Care Center in Waltham, MA, USA, that opened for patients' comfort in the spring of 2001.
The Mary Eagan section of this site provides a deeper glimpse into the inspiration behind the garden patio concept and mention of several noteworthy design team members of the initial creation.

Save Saturday evening, April 21, 2007, in your social calendar for the 11th Annual Healing Garden Music Fest. Tickets available Online now.
The core of headliners are once-again virtuosos in their musical abilities, as well as great-hearted people underscoring all their offerings! Featured showcasers include Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen, and Ray Legere & Patio Grass....
Harvey and Joyce, who have extensive individual careers, will travel from Maine to accompany one another in their set. Ray will be joined by fellow Moncton (New Brunswick, Canada) stalwarts Paul Hebert on vocals and guitar and Frank Doody on banjo and vocals. Also coming down from Canada, for a special appearance, will be Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) singer-songwriter favorite Ana Miura....
Patio All-Star accompanists Matt Leavenworth will offer his fiddle, guitar, and vocal masteries, and Waltham's Edmond Boudreau will weave in some fine mandolin, bass, and guitar as well.
Check the MusicFest2007 page for retail outlet info.

100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Boston at Waltham (towards the caring of the Mary Eagan Garden) and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation (towards future healing gardens).
The event will take place at the National Heritage Museum's Maxwell Auditorium - 33 Marrett Rd., Lexington, MA, starting at 7:30 PM.
For additional news, visit
Writing Workshop with Novelist Paul Butler - April 15 (St. John's, NL)

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 15, Paul Butler, award-winning author of novels NaGeira and Easton's Gold, will lead a half-day workshop aimed at developing a "Writers' Tool Kit" from the synopsis which motivates you to the pitch which gets a publisher interested.

For details, call 905-753-7740, email or visit

Paul Butler
HB Creativity
Michael Pickett (solo) @ THE TRANE STUDIO (TORONTO) - APRIL 13/07

Michael's been out of the country on back to back tours since January but you can see him in Toronto soon.... very soon! Bring a friend! Oh heck, bring a few! We appreciate your support and we promise you'll have a fabulous time.


9pm showtime, 8pm doors open

6pm to 10:30pm dinner served

964 Bathurst Street (two blocks north of Bloor Street on west side) Toronto, ON 416.913.8197 info/dinner reservations

Tickets are $10 at the door.

This venue is so cool. It's a jazz club/restaurant and boasts a full Carribbean menu if you want to make dinner part of your evening. Great sight lines. Intimate atmosphere. Real stage and sound. The best part is that it has been open for one whole year and is going strong. I love a success story and this is definitely one of those.

So yes, Michael has

a) been touring tirelessly all over the planet;
b) has some new material; and
c) is still getting those standing ovations - and deservedly so.

Check out the vids on his YouTube site.

Cheers, Louise

"An artist who breathes a new life into the Blues by bringing it back with original energy and charisma." Downeast (USA)

His songs transcend the urban Blues idiom." Billboard

Mother Earth Management
Toronto, ON Canada
1.866.890.9591 toll free

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Upcoming co-hosts (with Mike Ktenas and Corky Kealey) this month at Irene's Pub Thursday Night Blues Jam:

April 5 - Victor Nesrallah (

April 12 - Larry Wayne Church ( &
Murray Kinsley ( of Wicked Grin

April 19 - Guy Short (of Francine & Friends &
Francine's Power House R&B Band -

April 26 - Vince Halfhide (of Heaven's Radio -

== Five-star review of The Jime CD

BlackCat Rockabilly Europe has written a five-star review of the new The Jime CD, New Set Of Rules:

Listen to the samples and order your copy here:

or at CDBaby:

== The next rockabilly guitar book

I’m currently writing the next book on rockabilly guitar playing , “Intermediate Rockabilly Guitar Lessons ”. Is there anything you would like to see featured in that book? Any ideas, questions or suggestions? Drop me a line. I’d like to know.

That’s it for now...

Best regards,

Vince Gordon
Guitarist/Singer of The Jime

Editor of The Rockabilly Guitar Page

Author of “How to play rockabilly guitar and get good, fast!”

CD with Rockabilly jam tracks for you to play along to

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

New CD - The Distance You Can Travel
- Jeff Turmes - )
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its 2006 winners. Almost 15,000 songs by amateur and professional songwriters from 88 countries were submitted to the 2006 competition, confirming ISC's status as the world's leading global songwriting event.

Entries were received from faraway countries such as Rwanda, Uzbekistan, Iran, Guatemala, and Hungary, among many others. More than $150,000 in cash and prizes will be shared among the 56 winners, including an overall Grand Prize of $25,000 (US) cash - the largest cash grand prize of any songwriting competition in the world.

It is with the greatest pleasure that ISC is awarding this year's Grand Prize to Scott Leger of Austin, TX, USA for his song "Maybe Tonight, Maybe Tomorrow."

Upon learning of a friend's cancer diagnosis, Scott wrote the song both as a personal coping mechanism and as a tribute to honor cancer survivors across the world. According to Leger, the song is dedicated not only to his friend but also to the millions of people affected by cancer. His hope is that the song will encourage people everywhere to live life to its fullest, whether they're dealing with cancer or any other challenge. The song was debuted at the Lance Armstrong Foundation Gala in front of a room full of VIP's including former President Bill Clinton.

In addition to its lyrical content, the song's memorable chorus and strong pop sensibility resonated with the ISC judges, culminating in it being awarded this year's Grand Prize.

As the lead singer and principal songwriter of the award-winning band Wideawake, Leger brings a passion and purpose to his songwriting that is inspirational and timeless. Wideawake's two releases, Bigger than Ourselves and Not So Far Away, have sold a combined 40,000 units independently, and they have shared the stage with Switchfoot, Blue October, Third Eye Blind, Sister Hazel, Sheryl Crow, Hootie and the Blowfish, Tears for Fears, Vertical Horizon, and Gavin Degraw. Leger has also recently launched a solo career.

In addition to the Grand Prize winner, many other deserving songwriters also share in the prestige and kudos of winning their respective categories in ISC 2006. These winners hail from all over the world, representing diverse cultures and ranging from talented amateurs to seasoned songwriting veterans. The 18 categories include all genres of contemporary music, from rock to jazz to R&B/Hip-Hop and more.

Click here for winners.

Renowned for its high caliber of judges, ISC compiled a stellar panel of judges for the 2006 competition, including:

Recording Artists:

Brian Wilson; Tom Waits; Rosanne Cash; Sean Paul; Mark Chesnutt; Jerry Lee Lewis; Frank Black (Pixies); Robert Smith (The Cure); Cassandra Wilson; Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse); Medeski Martin & Wood; Craig Morgan; John Mayall; John Scofield; Amy Ray (Indigo Girls); Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); MercyMe; Macy Gray; Charlie Musselwhite; Peter Hook (New Order); Blue Man Group; Tiesto; and Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan)

Industry Judges:

Charlie Walk (President, Epic Records); Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records); Mona Scott-Young (President, Violator Records); Cameron Strang (President, New West Records); Steve Lillywhite (Sr. VP A&R, Columbia Records and Producer - credits include U2, The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Peter Gabriel, and more); Alexandra Patsavas (Owner, The Chop Shop Music Supervision - credits include The OC, Grey's Anatomy, Without A Trace, Carnivale, Rescue Me); Barbara Sedun (VP Creative, EMI Music Publishing Canada); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Betty Pino (DJ, WAMR Miami, pioneer of Latin radio); Angel Carrasco (President, 605 Discos and Sr. VP A&R, Sony BMG Latin America); Thomas Brooman (Co-Founder/Artistic Director, WOMAD); Dan Storper (President, Putumayo World Music); Danny Epstein (Music Supervisor, Sesame Street/Sesame Workshop); Tara Griggs-Magee (Executive VP Gospel/Urban Music, Sony Records); Emily Wittmann (VP, Nick Records); Leib Ostrow (CEO, Music For Little People); Larry Willoughby (VP A&R, Capitol Records Nashville) and Manolo Gonzalez (Sr VP Regional Mexican A&R and National Promotion, Univision Records)
From Mark Sepic:

Here are some dates coming up



thursday, april 5th - solo, 10pm-1am, hosting the open mike at the Slippery Boot Pub 1552 Avenue Road, just north of lawrence (416) 783 9992

friday, april 6th - 8:30pm-12am, with rita di ghent, piano, vocals; kenny kirkwood, sax, vocals; colin campbell, bass; frank march, drums -
Momo’s Bistro, 664 the Queensway, Etobicoke, ON (416) 252 5560

wednesday, april 11th - solo, 7:30-10pm, at a new venue: le petit dejeuner. this charming place has a classy, european feel to it, but keeps a homey, neighbourhood pub vibe. come to my gigs with a friend and receive a complimentary belgian waffle with your order!

191 King Street East , 416-703-1560

wednesday, april 25th - solo, 7:30-10pm, le petit dejeuner, same as above.
"Alliant Mobility Sounds Fantastic" and TBS (Tantramarsh Blues Society, Sackville, NB) Present

The Paul Rishell and Annie Raines Blues Band

Friday, April 13th, 9 PM @ George’s Roadhouse

Tickets are $8 in advance (at Ducky’s) and $10 at the door

Special Student Price at the door (ID required): $6

TBS and the Mt. Allison Music Department are pleased to co-sponsor a Country Blues Guitar Workshop and an Intermediate Blues Harmonica Workshop taught by Rishell and Raines on April 14. The workshop fee is $40 and pre-registration is required. Please contact Janet Crawford at 536-9000 for details.

Paul Rishell was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1950, which made his young teenage years coincide with the early '60s, so naturally he started out as a drummer in a surf-rock band. Fortunately for all of us, a friend soon turned him on to the country blues records of Son House, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson and others, and Paul was hooked for life. Blues struck such a chord in him that he immersed himself in the old records until he learned to capture their feel on guitar and vocals, all the while gaining an encyclopedic knowledge of the great players and their recordings. By the early '70s Paul had moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and established himself among contemporaries like Bonnie Raitt and Chris Smither as a solo performer, bandleader, and one of the top players on the fertile Boston music scene. It was an exciting time, as many of the great bluesmen made their first trips north of Chicago, and Paul had the chance to play with many of his heroes, including Son House, Johnny Shines, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Howlin' Wolf. At about this time, Annie Raines was just across town, working her way through Kindergarten. The blues muse struck her during her high school years, which were the mid-'80s. While her friends were listening to Pink Floyd, Annie was enthralled by the sounds of the Muddy Waters Band, and particularly drawn to the blues harmonica playing of Little Walter Jacobs, Big Walter Horton and Sonny Boy Williamson. As with Paul Rishell some twenty years earlier, the blues hit Annie so hard she just had to follow, and she dropped out of college halfway through her freshman year to become one of the first serious female blues harmonica players in the country. Annie began to play gigs at local Boston area clubs, and later traveled to Chicago where she met and played with Pinetop Perkins, Louis Myers, and James Cotton.

Paul Rishell’s debut recording, Blues on a Holiday, was released in 1990 as the first CD from the fledgling Tone-Cool Records label, to resounding critical acclaim. The album was half acoustic, half electric, and established Paul as a masterful, versatile blues player and as well as a deeply soulful singer-songwriter. Meanwhile Annie continued to hone her considerable talents working the club circuit with various bands, including the Tarbox Ramblers and the very first Susan Tedeschi Band. Not coincidentally, Paul was giving guitar lessons to both Michael Tarbox and Susan Tedeschi at the time. It was inevitable that these two kindred spirits would eventually get together, and when they did, during the recording of Paul's second Tone-Cool CD, Swear to Tell the Truth, in 1993, the sparks flew. Paul and Annie both base their ensemble playing style on close communication, listening keenly to the other players to support rather than overshadow them, and their duo work here is marked by the sensitive interplay that has become so central to their performances. Paul and Annie stayed together as a working team, collaborating on original songs and releasing I Want You to Know (1996) and Moving to the Country (2000), the W.C. Handy Award-winner for "Acoustic Blues Album of the Year". The buzz-singing guitarist Paul Rishell and his harmonica-blowing partner Annie Raines have fashioned a mighty fine career for themselves through their refreshing rearrangements of vintage blues, mostly of the rural sort. Goin’Home, the Boston duo's latest release, is typically rife with variety and virtuosity.

Living Blues, Paul Rishell's second album, features expertly ordered and nuanced updates of acoustic blues songs - he makes the masters like Son House and Robert Johnson speak to us across time." (***1/2) DOWNBEAT

"Rishell's ability to convey the essence of acoustic Delta Blues is shocking. His guitar playing is tremendous. His vocals are exceptional..." SKYLAND BLUES NEWS

"Raines is the perfect foil for Rishell. Both are sincere lovers of the older masters, and though they have chops to spare, they keep their playing straight and simple, going to the heart of the material...atmospheric late-night music, played with real grit and soul." BOSTON GLOBE

"She plays so good it hurts!" --Pinetop Perkins

"...both are strong vocalists, Rishell's guitar work is first-rate, and Raines's harmonica is note-perfect."

"There must be some physical explanation for the sheer joy they bring to the blues...lots of heat but also plenty of subtle variation under the theme." ATLANTIC MONTHLY

"...they have a musicianly rapport and a wide embrace of styles, from Delta heartache to Chicago drive, that make for world-class blues. Their new I Want You To Know (Tone-Cool,* * * * *) has some of the best recorded performances of the year." PULSE!

Web Links

For the artists’ website, please go to:

For our website, please visit:


For our out-of-town friends, Ducky's (506 536 1344) can hold tickets on the basis of a Visa or MasterCard number. Hope to see you at the show.


Monday, April 02, 2007

The Crossroads Band has garnered two BB award nominations for 2007 from The Washington Blues Society. The band's latest CD, I Want It Right Now, is in the running for top recording and harmonica-player Steve Bailey has been nominated for the " Life-Time Achievement" award.

The Crossroads Band has recently had a light gig schedule. That is about to change. Every Thursday in April, the band will be playing The Chalet Tavern, 5515 Pioneer Way E., Puyallup, WA 253-845-3860 from 7-10 pm. This looks to be a fun place. Hope you can drop on by and say Hi!

April 5th,12th,19th and 26th.

Later this month, Crossroads will be playing two Seattle dates:

Friday, April 20th, the band will rock The Highway 99 Blues Club and on Saturday, April 28th, the band will shake it up at Egan's Ballard Jam House on Market Street.

The band will be pumped, so please make your plans and join us for a rockin' good time.

Check out my latest "In The Pocket With Mr. Solid" ramblings at for some thoughts on books, DVDs, CDs, etc.

John Lee

Hope to see ya at the gig and have a great month!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

29th March 2007 - Artist Spotlight @ Pacific Songwriting Competition -Gregg Danton (http://greggdanton.tripodcom/)

Newsletter from author Rick Mofina

Hi, Everyone.

I know, I know - I had promised some news a while ago. But things were still pretty fluid. Right off, thank you and a big welcome to all of you new subscribers. And thanks to all of you who signed up from the get-go and have stayed with me. I appreciate all of your kind words and support. Now, to the news.

First, my website has been updated and we have posted the cover for my upcoming book, A PERFECT GRAVE, on my home page (and at left). Please have a look and let me know what you think -- it's a bit darker than EVERY FEAR.

We've also updated my appearances. For the first time, my release date has been split between the U.S. and Canada. A Perfect Grave (APG) will be released May 29 in Canada and September 4 in the U.S. Pre-orders have started already online. For those of you outside of Canada, and thanks to my readers who order online and read my in English versions in Turkey, South Korea, South Africa, Iceland, Japan, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, France and Great Britain, if you can't wait, you might want to consider pre-ordering online from a Canadian site (if it's possible) or ask your favourite local store to order for you. And a special thanks to readers in Norway and Sweden, where I am published in Norwegian and Swedish.

I invite everyone to check out my foreign edition covers. We just got the new one for THE DYING HOUR, which comes out in April in Norway. I think it is evocative of the movie poster for The Exorcist, one of my favourite books and movies.

Now you get the big scoop (and for those of you in news I have buried my lead). If you've been enjoying the Jason Wade series, there's further reason to consider ensuring you get APG and the two previous books in the series, THE DYING HOUR and EVERY FEAR. After A PERFECT GRAVE's publication, Jason and his old man will be taking a break.

In 2008, I'll release a stand-alone thriller. It has the working title, HOUR OF DEATH. More on that later.

Will Jason return? Well, I don't want to leave you in suspense, but that's something I'll address in future newsletters. The other news concerns my participation in a new TV show, called "True Pulp Murder", a documentary TV series. Last weekend I was in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside shooting my segments. The show blends elements of fact and fiction. According to the producers, each episode focuses on a true crime, with re-enactments and interviews with the original police investigators, coupled with a crime writer commenting on parallels between the true crime and his or her own writing. Now, it is slated to first appear on Canadian networks later this year, possibly on Global. As for the U.S., UK and others, that is all still in development. That is all I know for now. When I know more, I'll pass it on to you.

Before I sign off, I'll mention that there may be a chance for you to get a sneak peek of the first chapter of A PERFECT GRAVE early in June. Stay tuned for more on that. Now, please feel free to share this newsletter with your chat groups and bookclubs. I love it when you spread the word and introduce new readers to my work or ask your local libraries and book stores to order. I also love it when you drop by the website to let me know how you enjoyed my stories. It may take a while, but I always try to answer every letter I get.

In a few quick months, A PERFECT GRAVE will be unleashed. It's a great little thrill ride. Take care now.

Rick Mofina