Monday, September 21, 2009


Hello, folks. Here is the news this week. In this edition:

- Julian Fauth at Gate 403 this Saturday Night

- Piano-Rama Featured Artist – Bobby Dean Blackburn

- Tracy K in Toronto, September 25 and 26

- Dr. Nick and the Rollercoasters – Blues…Straight Ahead

- Julian Fauth on the Radio

- Julian Fauth’s Gigs This Week

- How to Book Julian Fauth


You all know that Julian has a regular Tuesday night residency at Gate 403 in Toronto’s west end. Going out that night is not without its risks, though, because you can get into the music, stay a bit too long, drink a bit too much and then have to face the big boss man at work the next day.

Well, this Sunday you don’t have to worry about the boss, do you? That means you can catch JULIAN FAUTH this Saturday night at Gate 403, stay as long as you want, indulge yourself to the limits of your own choosing, and groove on the blues. Julian will be joined by JAY DANLEY on guitar and JAMES THOMSON on bass.


Electro-Fi Records is producing PIANO-RAMA on October 29 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto’s west end. The show stars four of the best blues pianists in the country: JULIAN FAUTH, KENNY “BLUES BOSS” WAYNE, CURLEY BRIDGES and BOBBY DEAN BLACKBURN. These keyboardists will be backed up by CHRIS WHITELEY and his band. Leading up to this unique show I will be doing a brief piece on each of these musicians. Today, BOBBY DEAN BLACKBURN.

BOBBY DEAN BLACKBURN's musical career started at age 9 singing lead in a Gospel sextet with the Children's Mission Band for the Grant A.M.E. Church in Toronto. In 1956 Bobby started his first band "Bobby Dean and the Gems" after winning a high school talent contest. When he hit age 21, he made his way to the fabled Zanzibar Tavern on Yonge Street, a hot spot for Toronto's exploding R&B and Rock 'n' Roll scene during the golden age of the 1960's and 70's. Bobby and his combo hosted an extremely popular Saturday afternoon gig that attracted many of the International acts who were playing just down the street at the Colonial and Friar's Tavern. Some of the notables who passed by to play were Jimmy Smith, Buddy Miles, Jimmy McGriff, David Clayton Thomas, and Paul Butterfield, just to name a few. Bobby always surrounded himself with great musicians such as Rolland Prince, Demo Cates, Terry Logan, Billy Blackburn Doug Richardson, Larry Ellis, Van Dixon, Steve Kennedy and Howard Ayee. These are just a few names. There were many more. For the last 10 years Bobby has lived on the Bruce Peninsula where he continues to entertain large crowds, playing many varied venues including festivals such as the Collingwood Blues Festival, Jazz by the Bay, the Kincardine Music Festival and the Emancipation Celebration Festival.

Bobby Dean Blackburn remains a vital force on the Blues and R&B scene today and is the extremely proud father of the members of the hot funk outfit BLACKBURN. Having Bobby perform at Piano-Rama is a unique and very special treat for Blues music lovers.

For more information about BOBBY DEAN BLACKBURN click



One of my favorite blues performers, TRACY K, from Thunder Bay, is on tour and will be stopping by Toronto this week for two appearances, Friday September 25 downtown at Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen Street East (416-368-6893), and Saturday September 26 in the east end at Ten Feet Tall, 1381 Danforth Avenue (416-778-7333). Wonderful stage presence she has, a fine musician and great songwriter. Try to get to at least one of TRACY K’s shows, and be sure to buy her CDs, each of which is a tour de force. For her full schedule visit


NICK OUROUMOV (Dr. Nick) just sent me his CD, “Blues … Straight Ahead”. JULIAN FAUTH is a special guest on the album, playing piano throughout. Also supporting the vocals and excellent harmonica work of Dr. Nick are very talented and experienced Toronto blues musicians: BOB VESPAZIANI on drums, PETE SCHMIDT on guitar and JAMES RASMUSSEN on electric bass. Nice collection of tunes, all covers except for one original by Dr. Nick and Pete Schmidt – a relaxing blues instrumental called “Westcoast Lowdown”. At least that’s what it’s called on the liner notes. On the MySpace it is called “Hogtown Lowdown”. I also like the other instrumental, a jive number by Walter Jacobs called “Back Track”. The album was recorded “live off the floor”, with no overdubs on either vocals or instrumentals, in order to try to recreate as closely as possible DR. NICK AND THE ROLLERCOASTERS’ live shows. For more information about DR. NICK AND THE ROLLERCOASTERS go to


Julian has a big supporter in WCUW FM in Worcester Massachusetts. Andrew Salek, the Blues Hawg, hosts a show called "Celebration of the Blues", which airs on Fridays 5:00 to 8:00 PM EST, and he says that nary a week goes by when he can resist spinning one of Julian’s disks. I spoke to Troy Tyree, Executive Director of the station, and he told me that two other shows at the station frequently play Julian’s music, "Thing Called Blues" on Saturdays from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, and "American Roots Radio" from 9:00 to 11:30 AM. Thanks to WCUW FM,

And once again, a big thank you to Rob McLeod, host of "Tuesday Night Blues" on The Coast 95.5 FM in Kincardine, Ontario, for playing Julian’s music. You can hear the show every Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM EST on the airwaves or streaming at


Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-588-2930, 9:00 PM

Thursday, Sept. 24 – Fifth Grill, 221 Richmond Street West, Toronto, 416-979-3005, 7:00 to 11:00 PM

Saturday, Sept. 26 – Axis Gallery and Grill, 3048 Dundas Street West, Toronto, 416-604-3333, noon to 3:00 PM

and a party at Iner Souster's new gallery The Sixth, 1642 Queen St. West in Toronto – Julian will be there from 7:00 to 8:00 – also appearing are The Good Right Arm Stringband and Saturday Saints

and Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles, Toronto, 416-588-2930, 9:00 PM

Sunday, Sept. 27 – Axis Gallery and Grill, 3048 Dundas Street West, Toronto, 416-604-3333, noon to 3:00 PM


To book JULIAN FAUTH contact John Allen at 1-416-769-2272, by emailing, or by responding to this newsletter with your inquiry. I will return your phone call or email promptly.

Bye for now,



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